Are you bored with your eye makeup? Stuck in the 90s or 80s and still drawing on a heavy lower lashline pencil line? I’d love to show you how you can take a step back, and think about moving away from the dreaded lower eyeliner look for good.

episode takeaways
  • It’s okay to change your makeup as you age
  • Be open to trying new techniques that may be more flattering
  • Learn my favorite techniques and product alternatives to a heavy lower eyeliner look



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What You Will Learn In This Episode:

  • Why you should be open to saying goodbye to heavy eyeliner on your lower lashline over 40
  • Some softer alternatives that will be more flattering, easier to apply, and look great
  • My favorite makeup techniques for applying different types of makeup to create an alternative to a heavy solid lower eyeliner look


Inside this episode, we explore the notion that our makeup changes, and should change as we get older.
Whether you wear more makeup or less makeup than you did in your 20s, it’s important to evolve with your skin and be open to changing the makeup products and styles that you wear as your face, and quite frankly, your life experience change over time.

For me, as I get older, it’s all about my eyebrows because they’re going bald.

I mean, I’m just losing my eyebrows. So for me, the eyebrow pencil is, is a must-have.

When I was in my twenties, I used to wear mascara and a bit of concealer. And I don’t know why, because I’m pretty lucky – my eye bags are pretty minimal and they’re not terribly dark either.

But for some reason, that’s what I was into back then, but now it’s that I probably don’t necessarily wear more makeup. It’s just different.

It’s interesting to see how makeup changes when we age.


woman holding black framed mirror
Image by Kelly Sikkema


But the one big thing I see everywhere, all over the place, in online forums, is that the eyeliner on the lower lash line never seems to go away.

I don’t know what it is, but some people just have to hold on to it.

Now, I know that there are no rules in makeup, and sure, I actually like to follow that rule as well, but the very principles of colour and light cause an illusion.

So when you draw a heavy eyeline across your lower lid, or lower lash line, you close up your eyes. It makes your eyes look smaller.

And going inside the waterline is honestly the height of unflattering eye makeup for us members of the over 40 set.

It’s simple science. There are ways around it, though, so don’t go throwing out your beloved Kohl’s and Kajal’s just yet.

So I wanted to talk about some of the ways that you can still create the look of a lower eye line, but without using that harsh pencil or whatever you’re using.

And these are those ways.

I like to use a cream eyeshadow. They’re soft. You can blend them and for the most part they don’t go anywhere. So check out Mac Paint Pot, RMS Cream Eyeshadows and Jones Road.

I’ve got some really pretty cream eyeshadows that I just love as well. You can also think about using a crayon. So a crayon is basically like a big fat eyeliner pencil, isn’t it? So when you’re going to apply it onto your eye, it’s going to create a thicker line, which you can then just soften with your finger or a small eyeshadow pencil.

And check out Clinique’s Chubby Sticks – they’re really great.

And then my favorite way of creating the look of eyeliner but without using a pencil is simply by using your eyeshadow and mixing it with a medium such as Sonia Roselli Water Elixir or even just a mixing medium or even just makeup sealer.

So, what does all this mean, and how does it help you?

Hopefully, these products, if they’re not things you’ve explored already, there’s some great ideas for you.



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resources mentioned on the episode:

MAC Paint Pot

RMS Cream Eyeshadow

Jones Road Just A Sec Cream Eyeshadow

Julep Crayon

Clinique Chubby Stick

Sonia Roselli Water Elixir

Mixing Medium

Makeup Sealer

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