Ask Me Mondays: Brighten Eyes

Q: I really need something to brighten up my tired-looking eyes, especially after a late night of studying (or going out). Any tips?

Oh, yes. White eyeliner is your friend in these cases.

But before you get all crazy with the white liner, a few words of caution: don't use it like your regular liner.

After using a good concealer all around the eye, fill in your shadow as usual. Take your white (or nude) eyeliner and gently line the waterline of your eyes. This will emphasize and bring out the whiteness of the eyes while diminishing the darkness underneath. You can finish up by using your regular liner along the lower and upper lash line, although I would stay away from anything too black. A neutral brown works really well with this combination.

Another trick I've found is to take my Benefit Cosmetics Eye Bright pencil and use it on each corner of the eye as well as my waterline. This really brightens up any dark circles I might be suffering from.

Here are a few white eyeliners that are available, but you shouldn't have any trouble finding a white liner at just about any drugstore. Remember, if it's not a soft pencil, you may experience tugging on the delicate skin of the eye, which is never a good thing.

Sephora Brand Slim Pencil - Eye

Make Up For Ever Aqua EyesGivenchy Magic Khol Eye Liner Pencil

Estee Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil

Avon Smooth Over Eye Definer

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