Since the age of 13, when I thought water-lining was the only way to line your eyes, I've kind of been over the whole look. Preferring an Alexa winged eye any day of the week. That was until Helena Christensen came shimmying along to the Can-Do Dinner in that alluring way of hers and showed me that water-lining looks all French and flawless and FREAKIN' fabulous. How did I miss that? Duh.
Of course, it's not the easiest of looks to create. Downsides (if applied incorrectly) include: it removing itself precisely two seconds after you've put it on, scratching your eye out, looking like a goth and of course, death. Obviously the last one's not true but I just wanted to check that you're paying attention. Yippee. Now, lucky for you, I have some rather handy advice to ensure that you'll look exactly like Helena in the eye department. Unfortunately I don't have anything for the olive skin, the gigantazon legs or that Danish-peppered accent. Sozzers.
Smooth sailing: Since this part of the eye is so delicate, you'll want to use a liquid- or gel-based eyeliner to reduce drag. Yep, not kohl. Interesting. Try Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner ($45) with the Bobbi Brown Ultra Fine Eyeliner Brush ($45). A waterproof formula also can't come highly recommended enough since this area is prone to tearing up.
Keep reading . . .Get it on: Work from the outer part of the eye toward the nose. Gently pulling the skin down on the bottom lid, use short, back-and-forth strokes to create a precision line. Repeat the same step on the top lid if desired, lightly pulling the lid upward for a close application.
Finishing touches: Clean up wavering lines and smudges with a little lotion applied on a cotton bud. To set your liner, using an angled eyeshadow brush, like ($38), dab powdered shadow or translucent powder over water-line. Eyeliner and Brow Brush
Stockists: Bobbi Brown (1800 061 326)