Magic marker stylings

I LOVE this Jolinean (ooh, new beauty term!) look, but I’ve long been intimidated by liquid eye liner, because I simply suck at applying it. My hand is shaky, I guess, and many formulations are unforgiving if you have to go over the same area twice, and being extremely fair means that mistakes show up even more on my complexion. So it’s no wonder this particular makeup type has historically freaked me out!

While I did have more success with gel liners, I’ve recently been more willing to give the liquid stuff a try — thanks entirely to a newer genre of liquid liner applicators. Back in middle school I first discovered some cheap but great stylo-type liquid liners from L’OrĂ©al and Cover Girl, but they got discontinued — so I had to just wait it out until makeup companies put these awesome flexy soft-tip markers for the eye back on the market. But my cat-eye prayers have been heard, and answered!

Smashbox, MAC, NARS and Hourglass all have pen-like liquid liners out now. The only one I’ve tried so far is Smashbox, because it seemed like the most water-resistant formulation when I tried them all out (sans MAC) at a Sephora.

4 Replies to “Magic marker stylings”

  1. The Jolilean look is a blepharoplasty (eyelid surgery, cuting extra skin and tightening the eye muscle)… same as Megan Fox’s. You won’t get the same effect by applying eye liner I’m affraid…

  2. hey,

    i’ve done this look many times on myself and others and it really does lift the eye area (sans blepharoplasty or any other cosmetic surgeries). I love Hourglass pen as one of the best because it the product lasted the longest compared to NARS, MAC, Sephora’s, or Chanel’s!

    I’m actually going to blog about them now at and i tweet daily beauty tips @beautybydanni on twitter! :)

  3. Ooh, good to know about Hourglass — been wanting to try that one, but I’ve held off so far due to the price tag. And bleeech to blepharoplasty — I mean, she looks lovely, but the idea of cutting at skin around my eyes is eeky.

    So fair warning to other readers — Danni’s blog link is currently NSFW in conservative environments! Maybe try again after Valentine’s Day. :)

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