Quick Makeup Cheat For Wide Awake Eyes

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One of my favourite ways to pick up new makeup tips is flicking through magazines. A little while ago, I came across a feature in Look showing how to cheat bright, wide awake eyes, and it immediately caught my attention. After all, we all have nights when we don't get enough sleep, for whatever reason, and any little makeup cheats that can make me look fresh-faced and well-rested - even when I feel the complete opposite - are worth their weight in gold as far as I'm concerned. This one is super simple. Look called it "light lining", and to recreate it all I needed was a sweep of metallic or pearlescent eyeliner, in a shade lighter than my skintone, across my lower waterline. I picked one of their recommendations - the 24/7 Glide-on eye pencil by Urban Decay, in the shade Yeyo.

Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

While there's nothing particularly new about using a light coloured liner on the lower waterline to make eyes look bigger and more awake, the twist with this technique is all in the finish. By choosing a metallic or pearlescent shade, you're going to get a greater reflection of light, and thus more of an impact.

Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

As you can see, Yeyo is quite a white shade. Without the magazine recommendation, I probably wouldn't have chosen it. White is harsh, right? However, the soft pearl sheen to it, coupled with the fact that it's semi-sheer - I've built it up on my hand here so that you can get a good idea of the colour - softens it considerably. It's a very nice pencil to use and does indeed "glide on" across the waterline. You really don't need a lot. It's a subtle technique, but effective.
 
Quick Makeup Cheat for Wide Awake Eyes - Featuring Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Yeyo

I really like the result. It's so quick and easy to add into my routine, and really does make my eyes look brighter. I'll definitely be using it from now on whenever I wake up looking red-eyed and generally like a troll that just crawled out from under the bridge.

One thing I will say about this pencil, when Urban Decay say it's waterproof, they mean it! It takes me forever to get rid of this at night. Of course the upside of this is that it stays put during the day, so no need to worry about it sliding down your face if something irritates your eyes.

Have you heard of light lining? What are your favourite makeup tricks to cheat a wide-awake look?

Kate x
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57 comments

  1. I either use a highlight in the inner corner or a skin tone pencil in the waterline to make my eyes look brighter and more awake x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness

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    1. I love highlights in the inner corner, but it doesn't work so well on me! x

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  2. I use the Smashbox always sharp twist up liner in "Bare". Similar finish, but more nude in color, which I prefer on my eyes. But it really makes all the difference.

    Linda, Libra, Loca: Beauty, Baby and Backpacking

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Nothing to it really but it helps so much! x

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  3. I've used a cream pencil before but I have to say that I like the look of this one - looks less harsh on than I imagined xx

    Beautylymin

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    1. Yes, I was surprised by this as well! x

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  4. What a lovely simple look. I love it. I should buy a white pencil too :)

    aishettina.blogspot.it

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    1. You should! Such an easy trick. x

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  5. I love this look. your eyemakeup is flawless
    wendeeisaacs.com

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  6. I have been contemplating investing in this for a while, exams take their toll and make my eyes look so puffy and red :-( Your review has pushed me in the right direction and I do love all things Urban Decay haha!
    xoxo
    http://gingersnaphattie.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Such a great brand aren't they? Especially for eye makeup! x

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  7. Oh that's such a gorgeous shade, I always used to use black and it totally did the opposite so I am so glad I read this and saw how gorgeous your eyes look xxx

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    1. Thanks so much Jessica! I think black can look good there, but you're right that it can also close up the eyes in certain circumstances. x

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  8. Great post...thanks a lot for sharing!

    http://www.fashionpumpkin.com

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  9. Yesss- I love this trick! Definitely use it on weekday mornings when I want to look awake even if I only got a few hours of zzz's the night before. :)

    -Ashley
    Le Stylo Rouge

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    1. It's genius isn't it? So simple yet so effective! x

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  10. Wow, loving the look of this pencil on you Kate! Love the fact that it's waterproof, too. You might have convinced me to pick this up!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

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    1. It's a really good pencil - not that I would expect less from Urban Decay! x

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  11. Love this shade! Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo,
    Love from www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

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  12. This looks absolutely gorgeous on you - I think it depends on the product you get! Sometimes it can be too white and other times the pencil could have a cream-white effect which doesn't work - this one looks great though and it really is a wonderful way to 'brighten' eyes and make you look a lot more awake and alert! :)

    Layla xxx
    http://www.sprinklesofstyle.co.uk

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    1. Thanks Layla! I think you are right actually - not all white pencils are created equal! This one is a winner though. x

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  13. I've been using a nude eyeliner to brighten my eyes, but this seems even better ♥

    tipscapsule.blogspot.com

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    1. Nude ones are good too, just more of a subtle effect than this, I think. x

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  14. This is such a brilliant makeup tip for livening up the eye area! I've seen a couple of my favourite Insta-bloggers doing this lately and have been tempted to give it a go, so thanks for the tutorial :)

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice
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    1. You're welcome! There's nothing to it really, just all rests on getting a really good pencil! x

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  15. this is great! i hope you're doing well :)

    mfashionfreak♥blog

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  16. I absolutely swear by this pencil - it makes all the difference :)

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  17. I really need to try this out! I'm forever giving away how tired I look in my eyes. This Urban Decay eye pencil looks really good :)

    Hana | www.hanarosella.blogspot.co.uk ♥

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    1. It really is - the perfect shade and formula! x

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  18. I really like the effect of this pencil on the eyes, it definitely makes the look more awake!

    http://www.withlovevanessa95.blogspot.it/

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    1. It does, doesn't it? Such a good trick! x

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  19. loved the way it enhances the beauty of eyes <3
    http://ohladymania.blogspot.com/

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  20. I have a nude and white shade eye liner for this purpose but I rarely do it because 1) I'm lazy 2) I'm forgetful. LOL!

    Shireen | Reflection of Sanity

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    1. Haha! I've been leaving mine on the side to make sure I remember it! x

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  21. I've been doing this for years when I do retro 60's type looks. I think it just makes the eyes pop.

    Heba xx
    <a href="http://www.theheba.com/”>The Heba</a>

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    1. It really does. I love 60s makeup - so striking and different from now. x

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  22. Despite having seen this tip for so long, I've never actually tried it but you've totally convinced me. You look so glowy and healthy, beautiful!

    Elle
    www.theellenextdoor.com
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    1. Aw thanks Elle! It really is nothing particularly new, but I'd never tried it before either! x

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  23. Oh yes! I like to do that too!
    I also put some light eyeshadow on the inner corner of my eyes sometimes. ;)

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    1. Inner corner highlight always looks so pretty, just never seems to work too well on my eyes for some reason! x

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  24. Ohh this product sounds amazing! I'd love to try it too! =)

    Very cool look and mix of romantic with edgy chic! I liked it! =)

    NEW POST on http://whattostyle.blogspot.com/

    xoxo,
    Jessica

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  25. This is such a great tip! I didn't realize that white eyeliner could make you look more awake. Thanks for sharing!

    http://thecourtneydiaries.com

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    1. You're very welcome Courtney! x

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  26. I really love your result :) So easy :)
    x Lilli | www.LilliFerreira.com

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  27. I would never think to do this but I can actually see the results on your photos, it looks so good! I might have to invest in a white liner now!

    Jodie @ Jodetopia x

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