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How many times have you heard the phrase that your eyes are the window to your soul? This statement is true for a number of reasons ranging from the fact that your eyes are most probably the first thing a person notices about you to your eyes give away your emotions better than your words ever could. These are some of the reasons that women love to accentuate their ‘Mirrors de l’âme’. But like everything else in life, beauty is not so simple a thing to achieve. Which of us can claim that they have never gone through a bad-kajal-day at least once?
No doubt the quickest and easiest way to achieve sensual and attractive eyes is the use of a kajal (kohl) pencil/liner but sometimes this little pencil/liner gives us more trouble than we deserve. While easily to apply, kajal (kohl) can give you positively ghastly and horrendous results if smudged. A smudged kajal (kohl) look can make even the loveliest of goddess look like a black-eyed raccoon. However, luckily for us, there are now many different types of kajal (kohl)’s and, even more, tips one can use to get a smudge-free look. Here is a ‘from-the-top’ list on how to keep your kajal (kohl) looking smudge-free and fabulous!
1-Focus on your Technique:
The first and foremost thing you need to take into consideration is your technique. This involves everything from prepping your skin to the last touch-up. Many times, it is not the kajal that goes runny but, in fact, your oily skin that causes your kajal to spread and smudge. That is why before going off to buy the most expensive brand of kajal you can find, you should always make do what you can at home.
Preparing your skin is the first step in applying kajal correctly so it stays smudge-free as long as possible. Always make sure that your skin is oil and sweat free. Everyone knows that you should always wash your face before applying your makeup but sometimes that is simply not enough. Before applying any sort of eye makeup, you should make sure that your skin is cool and shine-free. The easiest way to do this is to run small ice chips or ice cubes around your eyes and let the wetness dry naturally. If you find the cool sensation unbearable, use cotton pads dipped in cold (as cold as you can bear) water. This helps to tighten your skin and thoroughly clean it of any oil build-up that will later cause your kajal to run. If you have normal or dry skin, your natural oils are already fine or even low and, therefore, you should skip out on a toner. If, however, your skin is oily, invest in a medium-strength toner. These come cheap and will work wonders for even the oiliest of eyes.
After preparing your skin, focus on your kajal. If you are using a kajal that you have used before, it is a good idea to wipe the tip lightly on a tissue. Always use a crisp, sharpened pencil for an elegant line. This way, even if you find yourself in a hot and sticky situation, your kajal won’t spread as much as it usually does and you will not look like a panda.
For maximum protection, always brush some loose face powder on your eyelids after you apply kajal. Try not to get any on the kajal line itself because powder absorbs any oil that will sprout up on your skin through the next couple of hours.
The next step is any woman’s favorite because… well, SHOPPING! Choosing your Kajal wisely can sometimes make all the difference. Remember that it is not what’s on the price-tag but in fact, what’s in the kajal that matters the most. Choosing a long-stay and ‘smudge-free’ formula is a must for anyone who wants to just put on their kajal quickly and forget it for the rest of the day. Water-proof kajal of any good and respectable brand is a good choice because it is specially designed not to get runny in the case of moisture.
3-Complete the Look:
Kajal should always be applied with a companion be it Mascara or eye shadow. It is always a good idea to pair it with an actual eyeliner. A liquid eyeliner pen or a gel eyeliner is a good choice. A cake eyeliner is cheaper and fades after a few hours but it is still a good choice if you don’t want to overspend and don’t mind a touch-up every 4-5 hours. A dark eyeshadow will hide most smudging and will also give you a smoky eye look so it is also a good method to stop any potential smudging.
4-Keep it symmetrical:
Remember that the kajal over your exact eye will not look as bad as the line under your lower lid and the tips will. Always apply a very thin line under your eyes and start with a thin line on the inside of your upper lid then make it thick in the middle and then thick again until the tip and go as far as you want. Doing so will make it look good even if it gets slightly smudged.
5-Prepare for the worst:
Like the sports motto goes, ‘hope for the best and prepare for the worst’. Doing so is also good in the case of make-up. Organize your emergency makeup kit over the weekend and make a list of everything you need in order to prepare for the worst smudge-situation ever. Keep a small plastic zip-lock full of cotton swabs and cotton buds. Also, keep a travel-sized bottle of your preferred face-toner (so you can wipe a smudge quickly) and eye cosmetics that you like. Keeping some wet-wipes handy is always a good idea because they are designed to clean your skin, strip it of any excess oil residue and make your skin dry so just wipe a small square of wet-wipe under your eye and around it carefully to get rid of that smudge as easily as 1, 2, 3.
Remember to keep a small sized kajal (kohl) pencil of your favorite type handy in order to correct any accidental over-cleaning and look like a fabulous diva whenever you want!
In case you find that you do not have your kajal pencil, use a dermatologically tested gel liner close to your waterline. Don’t use it on the direct waterline because it will clog your glands and cause you an eye-infection. Using a gel liner near the waterline gives the illusion of kajal in a desperate situation and can be an essential part of your survival kit.
Follow these tips for a happy and smudge-free makeup experience!
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