Eye Makeup Application Without The Mess

applying eye liner
Hands on Face – No-No!


A Makeup Tip I’ll Never Forget

It’s still beauty week here at 3 Olives and a Twist, and today it’s all about the eyes. Years ago I read a makeup application tip in a magazine that stuck with me. It’s simple really – always apply your eye makeup first!

When I made this suggestion to my teenage daughters, they asked, “Why?” I was happy to share my little bit of beauty knowledge with them. Yes, the teenage years may have some challenges, but enjoying these fun, girly moments isn’t one of them. Finally, all of those years playing with my Big Barbie Head paid off and now I can play beautician with my real life dolls.

To answer their question as to why; I explained that taking care of your eye makeup application first, prevents smudging or smearing of any face makeup already applied. What they, and many others, don’t realize is how much we use our face to brace our hand when applying eye makeup. Whether you use foundation, concealer or blush, leaning your hand on it after it’s on will alter its flawless appearance.

Later, I told some friends how much I love this new “beauty” phase with my daughters and mentioned the tip. Several had not heard it and agreed that it made a lot of sense. And so now I share it with you.

If you wear makeup, consider doing your eye makeup application first – your flawless face will thank you.

Fake Eyelashes

One more thing, speaking of eyes – have you ever tried false eyelashes? I’ve always wanted to. I love the look of a thick, lush lash, but the one time I tried cheapies, I had glue and lashes all over the place.  I couldn’t get the darned things on and ended up tearing them before ever making use of them.

I gave up after that. Until recently when I was out with a friend (Hi Steph!) and I couldn’t take my eyes off of hers. Her lashes were gorgeous and I found myself staring, trying to figure out if they were real or not (a great sign of really good lashes). Finally, I had to ask because otherwise she might have thought I was insane. She was wearing Esqido Lashes – a popular choice in the celebrity circuit. Their claim is: The world’s most comfortable, natural looking false eyelashes. Sounded perfect to me and I rushed home to order a pair. The website has a fun little quiz to help you choose your best lash. There are many options of different lengths, volume and looks. All with fun names like “Little Black Lash,” “Unforgettable” and “BFF.”


BFF Lashes by Esqido
BFF Lashes by Esqido


I opted for “BFF” and while I haven’t had an occasion to actually wear them, I’m excited to give them a shot. If they are as easy to apply as the site says, I’ll be wearing mine over and over. Each pair is reusable up to 25 times. I’ll report back as soon as I’m feeling fancy enough to break them in.

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Sam Sandra Monroe
7 years ago

Brilliant, I shall try tomorrow. BTW I recently ordered some cream eyeliner in a pot (Tarte) It was actually a mistake but its a blackened plum and when you apply with a special tapered brush it is so much more impressive effect than a pencil. I would love to make the little hook at the outside corner but not having much success so if anyone here has a tip for that, I would welcome!!

7 years ago

Thank you for this tip Beth!! For people who know me I might be lucky to have a Chapstick floating around that I might apply. I never wear make up BUT I do LOVE mascara!! I am always insanely jealous of my daughters when they were fake eyelashes to dance competitions!! I have been wanting to do the salon fake lashes but they are pricey and with 4 kids I know j won’t maintain them. This seems like the perfect balance!!! I just bought myself a pair of BFFS 😉

7 years ago

Fun. Can’t wait to see you in them, you know I’ll be looking closely.

7 years ago

You MUST try your new lashes and post. I’m dying to see how they look. I struggle with my lashes, but have never tried falsies. I might give these a try 🙂