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Life’s Lessons, Lemonade & A Little Liner

Lifelong Liner Lover Affair Ends

Image of a heart drawn with crayon
February is National Heart Healthy Month

I was desperately downcast and despondent. It really doesn’t get any worse than this. When my good eye became suddenly defunct, yes, I was understandably upset. My whole world became a state of confusion.

Applying eyeliner, especially liquid eyeliner, is not for the faint of heart. In my early days of attempting to apply liquid eyeliner my hand would literally shake as the tip of the brush would near my eye. Even though I only used the liquid liner on my upper lids (used pencil under the eye) in the beginning there were many days I would make a complete mess and would have to start over. It took some time, but once I perfected my technique, in a flash I could do both eyes with one hand tied behind my back.

NYX Liquid Black Liner
NYX Liquid Black Liner
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Over the years I tried different types and brands of eyeliners from liquid in the elongated tube, to markers. The type that I liked the most was in a little inkwell-type bottle and because the tip of the wand was considerably shorter than those in the elongated tubes it added to the ease in application.

NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker
NYX Cosmetics Super Skinny Eye Marker
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That cliché “when life hands you lemons make lemonade,” didn’t work for me when I lost my vision. As a matter of fact it was during my first crack at what used to be my makeup regimen that had I possessed a few lemons I would have thrown them down to the ground, stomped them and then put them in the garbage disposal for good measure.

Almay Liquid Eyeliner
Almay Liquid Eyeliner
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Loathing the Lack of Liner

For a woman who would never consider leaving home without makeup, I was now faced with a major life’s decision: continue down the road of self-pity or, and this is huge, go without.

I chose self-pity because quite frankly I was good at it. I mean, I couldn’t see, couldn’t put on my ‘face’ so the solution was to wallow in it and wallow I did. But as all good things must eventually come to an end so did my little pity party.

Learning to do my makeup again within the constraints of my vision loss was a bit of a challenge. A few familiar products just needed minor tweaks and others I had to replace. For example I no longer liked applying liquid foundation and began using minerals as I found them so much easier to blend. Using the pencil liner under the eye was easy, however, the liquid liner I was accustomed to, gave me serious grief so I gave it up.

It’s been about 5 years since I’ve gone without liner on my eyelids. While I feel comfortable without it in my last Sephora order I bought some pencils to give it one more try. To my delight it works!!! Yay!!!

Sephora Collection Mini Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof 01 Black Lace
Sephora Collection Mini Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof 01 Black Lace
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I’m Back!!

So how do I use the pencil?**

  1. Closing my eye, I gently pull my eyelid taut at the outer edge.
  2. Resting the palm of my right hand on my face helps to steady my hand when applying the liner.
  3. Using short feathery strokes of the pencil I start from the inner eye and work my way to the outer edge of my upper lash line.
  4. I gently smudge the line after applying to soften the look and if per chance my line isn’t completely straight smudging helps to cover the flaw.

The pencil I use is the Mini Contour Eye Pencil 12hr Wear Waterproof, Black Lace – Black from Sephora www.sephora.com I like working with a shorter pencil as it’s easier to handle and the crayon glides on very easily.

Next week we’ll talk cat eyes.

**While no one can know how they will react to specific cosmetics or skin care products, it’s prudent to check with your eye doctor prior to using any kind of eye makeup.

“Taking joy in living is a woman’s best cosmetic.” ~Rosalind Russell

4 thoughts on “Life’s Lessons, Lemonade & A Little Liner

  1. I love this post. Simply love it! I love to read what u have to say but for some reason this is my favorite post thus far. The kohls post comes in second because I live in Kohls, LOL.

    1. Thank you for you kind wirds Marlett. It does my heart good!

  2. I’m glad to hear that you got over your pity party. I never used liquid eyeliners; however, I did use Glimmersticks by Avon. This is similar to using a pencil; but is not dry like a pencil. It went on quite smoothly. After a while it got to the point that I was putting it on too heavy and then with my glaucoma I couldn’t wear it any more. Maybe I could try the pencil; but I have to check it out with my eye doctor.

    1. Thanks for reminding me Sherri. I’m gonna update the post to reflect checking with eye docs before using eye makeup.

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