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10 Must-have Items in Your Makeup Bag

Eyeliner helps add a little dose of glam to a pedestrian makeup routine.
Eyeliner helps add a little dose of glam to a pedestrian makeup routine.
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Eyeliner defines and accentuates the shape of your eyes. It can add a touch of glamour to an everyday makeup palette.

When you shop for eyeliner, you'll notice that you have a few different options:

  • Liquid eyeliner gives eyes a dramatic look -- but only if you can apply it without smearing, which isn't always easy. Use liquid liner after you've put on eyeshadow, but before you apply mascara. Remove extra liner from the applicator first, and then run the liner only over your upper lash line.
  • Gel eyeliners are similar to liquids, but you may have to apply a few coats to get the look you want.
  • Powder eyeliner softly fills in the lower lash line, and it can be a good add-on if you're using a liquid eyeliner along your top lashes. Apply it using a thin, stiff brush, shaking off the excess to avoid smudges.

Neutral eyeliner shades -- browns, grays, and blacks -- are best for everyday. If you're going out for the evening and really want to make an impact, you can add a touch of color.

When you apply eyeliner, don't go for the Cleopatra look. Start at the inner corner of your eye and work your way only to the outer corner -- no further. Trace a thin line to start. You can always retrace it for a darker, more impactful look.