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Eyeliner Advice??

I've always worn eyeliner on my top and bottom lids. Now that I'm 40, I'm thinking of changing things up a bit. I'm wondering if the liner on my bottom lid is too harsh, too much, you know?
That being said, if I don't wear liner on my bottom lash line, I feel like my makeup is incomplete and my eyes just don't look right. 
Normally, I use pencil on my bottom lash line, UD's 24/7 to be exact. I've also tried using Clinique's bottom lash mascara, which I like....but to me, it looks a little "off" without liner to go with it.
Should I try lining my bottom lash line with eye shadow instead? I'm thinking that might give me a softer look? What about my waterline? If I don't use liner on my waterline, I feel that I look weird. 

I've tried pencil, cream, and liquid liner in all different brands. I just want to find a look that will compliment me now that I'm in my 40's. I don't want to wear my eye makeup the way I did in my 20's because it makes me look like I'm trying too hard.....if that makes sense?
Anyway.....any advice or tips y'all could send my way would be wonderful! Smiley Happy

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Lining your eyes with eyeshadow will create a much softer effect! I do it for my sister when she doesn't want a over-the-top look. Using browns and mauves will give you a really soft, but defined look that's not too dramtic. For you waterline, try using a light brown eyeliner. Smiley Happy

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I've just turned 40 and have been playing around with makeup looks for the same reason. I really like a "soft" undereye look. Usually I use eyeliner the last 1/3 of my bottom lash line, and I soften the look by using a pencil or eyeliner brush with a shadow that compliments the eyeliner, and I blend that eyeliner inwards to not only soften the look, but also to complete the look by having my full lower lash line still lined. I also sometimes just soften the outer edges and don't take the color all the way in. Ive found this to be very complimentary as well. I still line my waterline, and if I do, i just make sure I follow the same blending steps. I've also used eyeliner along my full lower lash line and have dabbed a brush in an eyeshadow shade that either matches, or compliments the liner shade, and blend that out so that the harsh lines aren't so sever.
So to sum it up, I find lining the bottom lash line still works and can look great as long as it's softened out by blending. You may not even need to use an eyeshadow, a pencil brush may be all you need to soften the liner you are using. UD has amazing eyeliners that are so blendable that I don't always find myself needing to use an eyeshadow to blend it. Hope this helps and as always, have fun experimenting!  Smiley Happy



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I have to say, I've never really been a big fan of lining my entire eye. I've always lined my lower lashes but only the outer corners with plum or deep purple eye shadow. Then I go over the lower lashes with purple mascara.

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I'm 38.  I use eyeshadow to line my lower lid and only go about 1/3 of the way, starting from the outer corner.  Even that line can look a little 'on purpose' to me, so I blend it out with my index finger or Q-tip.  I have green eyes, so liner on the water line has always looked a little harsh on me, but when I use a lighter color the effect is nice (I've recently been playing around with a navy liner and am liking it.).  I also sometimes forgo mascara on the bottom lashes or just to a quick sweep.  I feel like if you have too much going on both the top and bottom, it can close the eye. 

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Whenever I want a softer look I use a lighter colored gel pencil (ie brown instead of my usual black) and wiggle the fine tip in between my lower lashes about halfway and stop when I get to the centre of my pupil. Stippling the eyeliner instead of a solid line gives me a lighter look.  I am a big fan of the Too Faced 3-pronged eye lining tool although it is black because of the great control I feel with the tip. Then I use a smudging brush and blend some neutral colored shadow to further soften the look, yet I still get the definition.


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Let's be clear - if you don't do something you normally do, you don't look "weird" or "not right." You just look different, and it will take some getting used to - moreso for you than anyone else. Likewise it will be more obvious to you than anyone else. So take a step back on the self-criticism and cut yourself some slack!


It's like buying new glasses - you're entire face is going to look different with a new shape/color frame. It's about embracing the change and owning the look. The confidence speaks for itself. Smiley Happy

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Try using a brow kohl eyeliner or perhaps a brown shadow?

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So weird! When I turned 40 I thought the exact same thing: The black under eyeliner has to go. But it was impossible to go cold turkey, so I used Sephora eye pencils in dark brown to start with then weened myself down to pale brown and then sandy shaded pencils, before finally giving it up entirely after about a year.


At first I thought the lack of that black kohl underline made me look tired, and made my eyes look smaller, but over time I realized my eyes look pretty good.


Then I relocated from Dubai to the UK, and here even 60 year old women wear smudgy rock chick black underliner! I haven't been tempted to go back yet, but I've only lived here 3 months, so time will tell!

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Hi, Ginger74!  You don't need to stop lining your bottom lid!  I'm 49; I don't have eyelashes; and until a couple of months ago, I had not used eyeliner in over a decade.  A few months ago, I started lining my bottom lid from one end to the other.  I use whatever color I want (except black), line fairly lightly, and smudge for a more smokey, subtle effect.  I line along the lash line, but not on the waterline.  I use the UD 24/7 pencils.


Something else you could try is to use a darker color on top and a lighter color on the bottom; for example, dark brown on the top lid and light brown on the bottom lid; dark green, light green; black, purple; etc.

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