Back in high school, one of my friends decided to try tightlining. I had never heard of it then, but she swore it’d make her eyes more defined and her lashes look longer and fuller. That was the idea. But when she gave it a go, she just stabbed herself in the eye with the pencil. Ouch!
Thankfully, she didn’t suffer any long-term damage, but the pain was excruciating. We both got the message: applying eyeliner to your lashlines is dangerous. If someone as meticulous as she can poke herself in the eye with it, can you manage what awful things could happen to someone as clumsy as me? The horror!
But, as the years passed and the memory faded, I thought my reaction had been a bit too extreme. I love the way tightlining defines your eyes and thought that, with some practice and caution, there would be no risk of the pencil slipping into my eye and doing some serious harm. It took a while, but I got the hang of it.
Applying eyeliner on the lower lashline is a lot easier. I love using a light shade, like cream or pale mint green, there. It opens up my small eyes and makes them look bigger (dark shades make them look smaller). The problem, this time, is to find a pencil that won’t disappear after 5 minutes! Not an easy task. The most longlasting I’ve found are Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils, but even they need to be retouched during the day.
But applying eyeliner on my lashline is something that still makes me uneasy. I’m not worried about poking myself in the eye anymore. It’s blepharitis I’m scared of getting:
What’s Blepharitis And Why Should You Worry About It?
If you look at your upper and lower lashlines closely, you’ll notice some little holes. They secrete Meibum, an oily substance that prevents your tears from drying up. When these little openings are somehow blocked, your eyes become dry. They can them become inflamed, causing blepharitis.
Although it usually doesn’t cause permanent damage (phew!), it’s still not fun to deal with it. Symptoms include redness, swelling, itching, eyelids sticking together, and a gritty sensation like something foreign has got stuck inside your eye. So uncomfortable!
So, should we stop using eyeliner on the lashlines? Well no. I still do so, just not every day. But even daily wear can be safe, if you’re aware of the risks and know how to avoid them. Here’s what you can do:
1. Apply Eyeliner Below The Lashline
Rather than applying eyeliner right on the waterline, try putting it on just below it. Wait a while, and some of the color will naturally migrate to the lower lashline (and even inside the eye). This way, your eyes are still beautifully defined and your eye glands remain (mostly) free and open.
2. Take It All Off At Night
Regardless of where you apply your eyeliner, some of it will end up in your eye. To avoid it blocking your glands, make sure you take it all off at the end of the night. I know it’s a chore and you cant wait to get into bed, but it only takes a couple of minutes and could save you a lot of discomfort later on.
Do you use eyeliner on the lashline? Has it ever caused any problems for you?