Beauty for Dummies: Eyeshadow as Liner
If you remember, the last time we hung out, I was becoming Benjamin Button
The ability to strategically problem solve is a character trait, I am told, that most employers look for in their employees. If you’re in a two-seater car, for example, and see your best friend and an old lady at a bus stop urgently waiting for a communal, never coming automobile to collect them, what do you do? Help the lady or your friend?
Apparently — and if you’re good at unlocking the Da Vinci code-esque proverbial puzzles of business acumen, you also know this — you do neither. Or both, rather, and get out of your car, give your keys to your friend to take the old lady home and then drop himself off.
I never quite understood why forfeiting your car was a solution that rendered all parties involved winners but maybe that’s because I’m too narrow-thinking. Alter the variables (eyeliner and eyeshadow over friend and old lady) and augment the scenario slightly so that you’re playing the Have Your Cake and Eat it Too game (you can only take one, so which do you take?) and I think I come out a champion. Why? Because I abandon the eyeliner and rescue the eyeshadow in anticipation that the filmy, colored powder could at best moonlight as one, inherently function successfully as both.
I don’t have an aversion toward eyeliner (though I do second guess this sentiment when it is being applied and at first tickles my eyelid in an endearing oh, baby kittens kind of way but then becomes a full-blown case paws-scratching-chalkboard, paltry-skin-over-cornea irritation), but in the matter of beauty and my face, I am not a woman of many products. And anything that could be deemed extraneous must go.
Today that is not eyeshadow.
After all, if you’ve got a big, fancy (or not) set of myriad colors and a mouth that produces a decent amount of spit, you’ve essentially also got every liner under-da-sun in just one compact case. As for the actual application, I do not expect you to believe that I am “good” at makeup but like I said, spit, color, brush and boom: your lids shine bright like diamonds.
What’s so great about the eyeshadow thing is that once you’re done applying it as liner (I used the so-dark-it’s-basically-black brown,) you can add the smoke effect using the very same substance, hold the oral liquid. Then your lids will look smokier than processed turkey from Katz’s Deli and like in the rectified case of the bus stop, the woman, the friend and your car, everyone comes out a winner.