Me and eyeliner go way back. At school my go to makeup was mascara with some pencil eyeliner smudged onto my lower lashline. Since then I’ve discovered potted gel liner, liquid liner, Benefits They’re Real and most recently, felt tip liners. Before I started really getting into makeup, you would rarely see me out and about without a cat eye framing my peepers. Heck I even have a couple of fancy ‘in your face’ glitter liners (thank the make up gods for TK Maxx and Stila).
But more and more recently I’ve been opting for the liner-free look. I used to think it made my eyes look wider and more defined. I’ve since realised that with a well placed eyeshadow, I can achieve that wide eye look I want, without the need for eyeliner. Don’t get me wrong, I still love it and it’s still my go to when I can’t be bothered doing a full face, but I’ve found that my preferences have changed. As my make up collection has grown, so has my love for an eyeliner free look. I find myself reaching for my Naked Basics palette and a good volumising mascara more than I do my new favourite Supercat Liner.
I wonder if it’s a ‘growing up’ thing? As I’ve gotten more confident in my looks and make up skills, I don’t feel the need to rely on the tools I used to. I prefer fresh faced over heavily done up, neutral eyeshadows over bright. I haven’t necessarily fallen completely out of love with eyeliner, I just think we need a bit of a break. Maybe I need to work on using pencil eyeliner, it’s the one media that I haven’t really managed to grasp the hang of. The teenage emo look isn’t really one I want to go for in my mid twenties…
If there’s one thing that I’m certain of when it comes to my eye makeup, it’s this: as much as I may have fallen out of love with eyeliner, mascara will always be my one true make up love.
Have you ever fallen out of love with a product you used to always use? I’d love to know I’m not the only one!