Winging It All

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Why So Serious?

Have you ever actually talked to anyone about their eyeliner? What I have found is that eyeliner really is one of the touchiest subjects to bring up in a conversation. I actually now break, and take a deep breath before I ask my client the dreaded, “ how do you like your eyeliner?”

Some women immediately know exactly how they want their eyeliner. These women are also the same women that I literally hand my pencil/liner to and say, I can already tell you are a fanatic over your eyeliner and I’m never going to be able to match what you do on a Tuesday or Monday morning cause I have never seen you with it 🤷‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️🤦🏽‍♀️. These women I know that no matter what, I will never ever in a million years make them happy. 

Then there are the women who say, “I do it yet I’m just not very good at it, and I’m not too sure what I’m doing!” Don’t worry you are not alone. There is an overbearing amount of pressure on women and eyeliner, but don’t worry I’m going to tell you a few secrets. 

Mommy Minute Hack #9 PICK YOUR POISON …

(pencil, liner, gel, stamp, powder and setting spray) and stick with it!

There are soooooooo many kinds of eyeliner it’s honestly absurd. There are brands there are styles there are colors and there are sizes, shapes, stamps, pencils, pens, gel… etc. I would suggest if you are not an eyeliner guru, to start off with a Kohl black pencil. Sharpen it, it will not hurt you, and keep it sterile. Either spray it with rubbing alcohol once a week if it’s yours only, or sharpen it every time you use it. 

Pencils

Kohl pencils tend to be my favorite. However; the FDA doesn’t actually allow kohl into the process. Kohl is actually a mineral that is mined; however, it contains lead so it is not approved for use in cosmetics. Our makeup companies call the smoother creamier and softer pencils “Kohl”. Kohl is a term used to describe the texture and application, not the actual ingredient.  Khol isn’t a real black either, more like a shiner dark silver, coal color. The best way to learn proper application is with one of these pencils. Basic makeup with some mascara 💋 and you are ready. 

FUN FACT:

Original Kohl ~ How it was made: Ancient Egyptians made their traditional eyeliner cosmetic by grinding together a combination of malachite (a bright green mineral), lead, and oil or fat with a mortar and pestle. The liner was then stored in a pretty container.

You can actually run the pencil back and forth on your hand and melt it a bit and take an eyeshadow brush and color in the corners of your eye a little to create a very basic smokey eye all-in-one.  This is also great for your water lines. 

Gel Liner

To me…this is the worst creation to mankind. You need patience and time, the gel liner and brush or applicator, and then a setting spray or whatever kind of solution comes with it. This tends to dry out very quickly and become a breeding pool of germs if not properly taken care of. Closing the gel while wet without rubbing alcohol in this hot humid weather in Florida is just asking for the jar to become a science experiment. If this is something you would like to use, and don’t know how to: I would personally use a pencil first and then apply this to possibly thicken it or just use the jar that you have had laying around 🙄.

Pens, Pens, and More Pens … 🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

Pens can be either your best friend or your worst nightmare. Most of the liquid pens that are on the market are already waterproof. These are the best way to get winged eyes if you ask me. Felt tips are the smoothest and glide right on. Do one eye at a time. The end of the wing should match the end of your eyebrow that’s the goal. Try to aim up there while you are drawing on your face.

Remember that people will be talking to you head on, and no one can see both of your profiles at the same time. You don’t have to spend 45 minutes licking the back of a Q-tip to make them exactly even. Plus half these filters fix it for you anyway or you can just blur your entire face on an editing program and no one will no. I’m kidding, but really this shouldn’t be so stressful. 

FUN FACT:

Special properties: Ancient Egyptians believed khol liner had magical and healing powers.

You can make the wing, and with your foundation sponge or brush fix the wing to make it even. It’s a free eraser. I’m not going to lie, but I have been obsessed with the wing stamp on my own face. It literally takes me about one min flat if that to make both magical winged eyes! 

FAKE IT TILL YOU MAKE IT! Get the winged stamp eyeliner and practice drawing it over your eye or just surrender and keep it simple with one basic stamp! May the magic of wings be with you!

Mommy Minute Hack #9 Wing it all the time with a Wing stamp! Yup no one needs to know! 

Take a look at some of my favorites: 

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I’m wife to one lucky guy, mother to two beautiful children, and the owner of All Dolled Up. After graduating high school I moved to Fort Lauderdale to go to college with dreams of being something…anything! After getting a degree that I never used, someone said to me “you always do such great makeup why don’t you go to school for it?” So, I did! I graduated from Cosmix School of Artistry in 2011 with hopes and dreams of leaving this city. As fate would have it, I met my husband shortly after I moved to New York with my best friend. St Patty’s day left me with a surprise, I was pregnant with my first. After having my son and trying to live through the struggle of snow jackets and car seats for one winter, I packed up my family moved my husband right to where I knew he couldn’t resist...Central Beach Fort Lauderdale. I put all of the efforts I put into bartending and entertaining into makeup and was relentless. I did free makeup until I knew what my worth was. Long hours, throwing my towel in, crying, fighting, but it’s all been worth it! I’ve been published in magazines all over the world. I’ve done fashion week, swim week, art basil, I’ve worked with stars and celebrities. I have surpassed anything I could have imagined. Shortly after my business took off, I got pregnant with my second child. She is now over a year old and managing a business, kids, a house, and everything else has just been a journey. I want to help moms! I hear you and I want you to know we are listening. Looking forward to getting to know each other.