TOOL TIP : How to find your eyeliner soulmate

Liquid, pencil, marker, crayon, or gel?  It’s a minefield out there and with  so many choices its easy to get baffled and not know where to begin!

So so often, eyeliner is skipped altogether because its just too-hard-basket to decide which type to go for – let alone the all important choice of colour. Get it right, and it opens up so many options for your peepers!

Make it your new BFF, not your foe, with these foolproof tips to picking the right consistency for the look you wish to achieve.

Thanks to LA–based celeb makeup pro Robyn Cosio over at Health.com for these pointers!

Check out some of my recommended buys to recreate the look – most of the brands here being organic, certified organic or certified natural! Yay.

From dramatic to subtle and smokey, we’ve got you covered.

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You want…. A soft, natural line

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The go-to product: A pencil liner. Easy to control, the blendable formula is forgiving of mistakes.

Try :  Inika Organic Eyeliner Pencil in Black Caviar.  A divine, creamy, true black.  Around $29 from  Inika 

Tip: Make tiny dots between the hairs along the lash lines for subtle definition.

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You want….A wearable, daytime-appropriate line

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The go-to product: Gel liner. Has major staying power, but can be diffused by blending. Also comes in a dazzling array of colours, from teals, browns, metallics to eggplant, silver, grey and white.

Try : Morgan Annie Organic Gel Liner in Black.  Around $39.95 from  Morgan Annie

Tip: After dipping the brush into the pot, wipe off excess liner on a tissue before applying

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You want…. A strong, defined line

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The go-to product: One of the latest marker liners. Their fine, stiff tip can be used for thin and thick lines.

Try: Smashbox Love Me Paint Pen Eye Liner ($24; smashbox.com) or the Marbella Organic Semi Permanent Liquid Eyeliner Pen from Marbella.com

Tip: Hold the marker on its side as close as possible to your lashes, then sweep outward.

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You want….A bold razor-sharp line with a wet-looking finish

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The go-to product: Liquid liner, of course! Ideal for dramatic looks, the fine brush creates clean definition.

Try :  Lavera Liquid Eyeliner. Certified 100% natural, and containing certified organic ingredients ($26 AUD, available from Nourished Life)

Tip: Starting at the inner corner, draw short strokes in three small sections, not one long line.

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You want…A heavy, smoky line

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The go-to product: A fat, creamy crayon. The tip is wide, so you’ll get a thicker, more intense effect.

Try :  Sephora Collection Jumbo Liner 12HR Wear Waterproof ($14; sephora.com) or Livinia Naturals Natural Eyeliner. 100% Natural and Vegan. This one is in electric blue! Available Nourished Life, around $16.95 AUD.

Tip:  Turn the crayon on its side for a delicate line, or smudge the wide part for a night-out look.

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Too easy right? Now get your gel, liquid, pencil or crayons at the ready and start having some fun!!

x DS

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TOOL TIPS: Furless Makeup – new brush crush

So I stumbled across this little site today – FURLESS, a cruelty-free Australian cosmetic supplier.

Whilst doing some web meandering, I found out that cosmetic giants Avon, Mary Kay and Estée Lauder have recently been removed from PETA’s cruelty-free list after it was discovered the three companies have returned to testing their products on animals.  Saddening, especially considering the Estee Lauder group owns so many other companies such as Bobbi Brown, who themselves can’t come out with a straight answer about their stance on animal testing when questioned.   Bobbi Brown’s official take is along the lines of “Our products are not tested on animals except when absolutely mandated by law”. So there you have it. They don’t, but they do!

Anyway, it’s a long story, and definitely one that warrants further investigation and telling, which I’m sure I will get to in another post when I’m a little more bright-eyed and bushy-tailed and well rested and full of fight again!

While reading about this I inadvertently ended up on the PETA website again, as I wanted to check their cruelty-free list and other such resources. It really is a handy reference for anyone who is serious about animal welfare and wants to take a stand against animal cruelty. 

Looking around PETA I came across a link back to an Australian company producing high-quality, vegan, and cruelty-free makeup, makeup brushes, bags, cases, and brush belts.  I was instantly intrigued to learn more and I must say on inspection of their site, and reading some of their press and feedback, I think I will be purchasing some of their brushes PRONTO.

Its products are so sleek and glamorous and this brush set looks sexy as hell.

Can’t go wrong with purple, in my book!


Tha SEX!! If these babies aren’t enough to pique your interest they also have a luxe, limited edition range, including this to-die for red tipped kabuki brush:

Oooooo.la.la!! And the prices are what really took me aback.

Around $10  – $15 for a single brush (outrageous considering the quality) and the sets are around $30 – $40 AUD for a set of EIGHT (!) very decent all-rounder brushes, perfect for me.

I’ve been looking to upgrade my pretty dismal collection of brushes of late, especially now that I’m starting to get pretty hot and heavy into my makeup artistry and its more than just a passing fad.

I really need some good quality tools which are the business, and of course I would much prefer a good quality synthetic brush over even an animal fur brush that claims to be harvested sans cruelty.

That stuff I find can never really be validated and I’d rather be sure that my brushes aren’t made from a furry friend’s hair or pelt.  And I would much rather pay under $100 for a couple of really good cruelty free brushes that look and feel and apply wonderfully, just as good as any big-name prestige brush on the market for around 5 times the price.

The great thing about Furless, apart from the fact that they’re cruelty-free, totally good-looking and receiving heaps of props, is that –

  • Their products are environmentally friendly—all of its packaging is biodegradable, recyclable, and/or made from recycled materials
  • Their website explains why synthetic makeup brushes are superior to animal brushes
  • They provide makeup tips and tricks from women who’ve shared their secrets via Facebook
  • They ship worldwide
  • They have industry discounts for MUAs, bloggers and product reviewers = awesome!

Love your work, FURLESS.  I look forward to testing out some of these pretty, cruelty-free fur babies myself!

Get into FURLESS peeps – show them some love!


xDS