Hallelujah! No-smudge eyeliner!

I was part of a fabulous event last night…


A stiltwalker sets the mood for the party.

It was a sultry evening in the desert near Indio, CA…



The temperature at 6:00pm was 105F!  Usually this is dry heat, however since the event was held at a polo club and there was a pond and a verdant, watered lawn, things were a little steamy (as well as a wee bit muddy on the walk back to the car!)

As a henna artist, part of my job is to look “exotic” — as exotic as a middle-aged white girl of Irish heritage can look.  So I wore my black kurta and I tried tightlining my eyes with tips learned from Karen at Makeup and Beauty Blog. My tools: Urban Decay’s Smoked Palette which includes a 24/7 glide-on eye pencil in Perversion, a very rich black.  Throwing caution to the wind, I did a cat line on my upper lashes, then slid the pencil along my waterline.  I don’t usually line my waterline because the color wears off in 2 minutes and is never very convincing to begin with.  Well, I must have been using the wrong pencils.  One swipe of this baby and my eyes were sooty black.  I didn’t even bother with the second coat, but went straight for a dab of the black powder shadow to set both upper and water lines.

my eye with make-up

A not-so-perfect image from my camera-phone.

Once I settled into my booth and the guests arrived, it was 3 hours of non-stop drawing.  It was hot.  It was humid. The glitter stuck to everyone’s skin and made a sparkly mess. The lighting was less than optimal and I had to squint and twist into awkward postions to not cast shadows in my line of vision… But my eyeliner looked fantastic.

Me with black eyeliner

Even after hours of sweating and squinting, my eyeliner is still inky and awesome!

And it still looked fresh after the 2 and a half hour drive home, although by that time, I was so exhausted and hubby was asleep so no-one cared except for Miss Java who approved.

Miss Java

Princess Java is a fan of black eyeliner.

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