The Eyeliner Chronicles: The Perfect Daytime Eye With a Touch of Drama

Welcome to the Eyeliner Chronicles! After a bit of a hiatus, I’m back to interrogating my girlfriends, acquaintances, passersby on the street, anyone I spot who manages to achieve that perfect Sophia Loren, Brigitte Bardot, Marilyn Monroe (pick your fave eyeliner icon!) look. Eyeliner application isn’t a one size fits all affair. Different strokes for different folks, and I figure if we catalogue enough techniques we can find methods that work for each and every one of us.

I met Andrea Ruiz a month or so ago when she reached out to me about using Google+. She’s a “field marketing rep” in the San Francisco Bay Area, so it’s her job to get bloggers like myself interested in using the search giant’s social platform. Well, she convinced me, I now post regularly to my Google+ page. But during our conversation I couldn’t stop staring at her perfect eyeliner! It was slightly dramatic but perfectly office-appropriate and I needed to know how she did it. Happily, she agreed to share with all of us. Plus, a tip I bet you’ve never in your life heard of… read on to find out what it is (and please be careful if you try it)!

1. What’s your go-to eyeliner?

My go-to eyeliner is MAC Cosmetic’s Fluidline in “Blacktrack”.

2. Could you take us through a step-by-step of how you apply your eyeliner to get that perfect result?

I begin by taking a small angled brush and lightly dipping it into the eyeliner. I begin to apply the eyeliner by gliding the brush from the inner corner of my eye, all the way to the outer corner. I make sure that at first I apply a fine line, this avoids making it too thick. Then I lightly dip the brush in the eyeliner formula once more, and I go over what I’ve already applied, making sure it’s thick enough and symmetrical.

Using the same small, angled brush, extend the liner just a bit at the outter corners of the eye (no more than 1/4 inch) and voilà – you got yourself that sexy, subtle cat-eye.

3. When did you first start using eyeliner? Was there someone in your family who inspired the look?

I must have been 13 years old—my mother has always worn dark eyeliner, so as a child I couldn’t wait to be old enough to wear makeup just like my mom.

Andrea Ruiz eyeliner close-up


4. What other eye makeup is your favorite?

I like using Bobbi Brown’s “Pink Quartz” Shimmer Brick Compact. I always blend a little onto the inner corners of my eyes, and right below my eyebrows to give me that “awake” and “dewy” look.

5. Are there any current eye makeup trends you’re interested in?

I’m currently into the low-key, cat-eye trend. Keeping it minimal gives one some sass without looking too crazy. Not only do I love going for the subtle cat-eye because it gives that touch of sass, but also because it’s pretty simple to do. (see above!)

6. Any other tips or tricks you’d like to share?

In order to get a super feminine look, I like to have my eyelashes really curled. Take your eyelash curler, and with a blowdryer, blow hot air directly onto it for a few seconds. The added heat will intensify the curling effect. Just make sure it’s not too hot—you don’t want to burn your eyelids!