When it comes to everything eyes, I can safely say Benefit Cosmetics have me covered. They’re all about the pin-up larger-than-life doll eyes and that’s pretty much evident in most of their collection. Most of you know from my Snap Chat daily tutorials (@IvySays) and Instagram posts just how much of a strong focus I like to put on my eyes, even when it’s a simple eyeliner swipe and big bold lashes I’m after. And although A LOT of ladies I know are throwing on the false lashes even for a day-makeup look, ain’t nobody got time for that around here, especially when many of us need to be working.
But by no means do I mean I plan on leaving the house without fabulous eyes. Never! It just means I discovered some makeup hacks that can help me achieve those looks without breaking a sweat. Because let me tell you, the right kind of tools can make eyeliner application a little more stressful and a lot more fun. So I’ve rounded up 5 of my favorite Must-Haves by Benefit Cosmetics that can help you achieve gorgeous Doll Eyes…
1. They’re Real! Tinted Primer
First things first, lash primer. Yes this one’s for the lashes not the face. What does that mean? Well think of it as a base, to prevent your mascara from smudging, clumping and sticking together and give your mascara a major boost for both length and volume.
So how do you wear it?
Alone or before mascara. It’s actually a gel mink brown formula intended to give your lashes a natural look when worn alone. It’s enriched with Pro Vitamin B5 so it’ll keep your lashes looking healthy and natural, for those days where you’d like to go as makeup-free as possible but still wanna add a kick to your look. Not to mention just how soft and smooth they’ll feel. The Extraflex brush will also separate them which works as a perfect first step before mascara application.
2. They’re Real! Beyond Mascara
I think this one goes without saying. It’s a cult fave among Benefit lovers because it delivers exactly what it promises; make it look like you’ve got a pair of falsies on. Yes, Beyond Mascara is all about the drama, it’s one of my favorite mascaras in the market, because truth be told, it has lengthening capabilities like no other. It’s a deep jet black shade that will hold on to each lash, root to tip, until it’s got a firm grip that coats, curls and lifts up, way UP! So if you haven’t tried this yet, I really don’t know what you’re waiting for!
3. They’re Real!Push-Up Liner
I confess, when it comes to eyeliners, the simpler the better for me. I’m not into complicated mechanisms that make the already daunting task even harder. But I’ve made an exception for the Benefit Push Up Liner. This one works by twisting the base at the bottom until the matte gel formula appears at the top, it’s a little tricky at first so don’t be alarmed if you end up with a little more than you wanted, but all you gotta do is remove the excess and apply the eyeliner design of your choice. Be prepared for excellent grip and precision, with an angled tip that will give you that retro winged eye you’ve always wanted. The formula is the blackest of black mattes, and it’s waterproof, so it may not come off as easy, but it on the upside it will last all day long and smudge-not.
4. Instant Brow Pencil
No doll-eyes are complete without the perfect brows, every make lover can attest to that. They’re actually the most important aspect of your face, so don’t leave them unpolished. Just when your done priming, lashing and lining your eyes, you need to focus on those brows. My brows are way lighter than my hair color (though I don’t dye my hair?) so I’m always coloring and filling them in with a darker shade, (not too dark of course). Yes there are so many to choose form in the market so why Benefit? Well I like this one because it’s super creamy, the color release is impeccable and it’s has a powderish finish, which camouflages and sits incredibly on my eyebrows. And of course how convenient is the brow brush on the other end for blending and brushing. If I would change one thing about this it would only be thickness, I would love for it to be even skinnier when sharpened for those sparse hard to reach areas. Medium shade works perfectly for me.
5. High Brow
My secret weapon. This is the product you never thought existed until you just can’t live without. So here’s how it works; you’ve colored and shaped your brows, you’re done right? Wrong. You’re one step away and that’s where Benefit’s High Brow comes in. You just apply a single swipe on your brow bone or the arch of your eye to give your eyes a polish, awake and lifted and defined look. It has a very creamy with a color pay off that blends really well, I just use my fingers for this. The bonus with High Brow is that you can use it on the tip of your nose, chin and inner corner of the eyes like you would a highlighter. The one I have is the Linen pink shade.
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