I’ve always liked to apply eyeliner on my waterline. When I was in high school I would use black eyeliner thinking it was cool when it just made my small eyes appear smaller. Now that I know better, I use light-colored eyeliners as they open up the eyes, making them look bigger. But whenever I mention the word waterline to my friends who aren’t into the makeup, they don’t know what I’m talking about. It got me thinking that there may be other makeup newbies out there who don’t know what the waterline is either so I decided to write this post to explain that and also share a couple of tips and tricks on how to apply eyeliner in this area:
What is the waterline?
The waterline is the inner rim of your bottom eyelid, that small line of skin between your lower lashes and your eyeball. This is a particularly delicate area and needs to be treated really gently because everything that’s applied here gets into direct contact with the eyes and could cause irritations and infections. But don’t get scared. If you’re careful, that won’t happen.
Choose eyeliners safe for the waterline
First of all, make sure you choose an eyeliner that’s safe for the waterline. Avoid glittery eyeliners as they can irritate the eyes. Liquid eyeliners shouldn’t be used either as they too can irritate the eyes or just look too harsh. In any case, check the packaging to make sure that whatever eyeliner you use can be used on the waterline. If it isn’t mentioned anywhere that it can be used in this area too, don’t risk applying it anyway as it could cause problems.
How to apply eyeliner on the waterline
The waterline is a moist area and, especially if you have very watery eyes, makeup applied here just won’t last long. But there’s something you can do to prevent having to retouch it over and over again throughout the day. Apply the eyeliner on the waterline and set it with a powder eyeshadow of the same color. Also, make sure you invest in an eyeliner with good staying power like MAC Fluidline and Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Pencils.
How to remove makeup from the waterline
It is true that makeup from the waterline tends to disappear pretty fast but you still wanna make sure that every tiny little bit of it is removed before going to bed. If you use eyeliner on the waterline regularly and don’t take it all off properly, it can clog the tearduct which leads to swollen and inflamed eyes and, sometimes, to infection. So, before going to sleep, soak a q-tip in makeup remover and take the eyeliner off.
Do you use eyeliner on your waterline?