So anyone who knows me knows that I am obsessed with fake eyelashes, like OBSESSED. But over the past few weeks, I've been trying not to wear them. I'm not sure what it is, whether it's just my two-year trend cycle/attention-span, or what, but I've kind of realized that glue-ing on several pairs of fake eyelashes a day to get the "Cartoon-Look" (which I still love, by the way) is kind of lunatic. So my new thing, which I've been thinking about for a while, is just to be "normal." Normal is in quotes because I'm not actually trying to be normal. The best way to explain it is that I'm trying not to overthink things and overdo things. I'm trying to de-neuroticize myself, which isn't easy since I grew up in New York, the capital of neurotic people.
Anyway, long story short, I've started to use mascara, eyeliner, and eyeshadow again. Obviously, the best mascara ever is the Dior Diorshow Blackout Mascara -- the only one that always always always gives my short lashes the fake-lashes look and never ever smudges or flakes off during the day. And I love love love Stila's Kajal eyeliner because it's the blackest black and so smudgable.
So now I'm trying all this stuff I have from this season (and previous seasons) lying around and seriously, hands down, the best all-in-one kit is the Nars Black Eye Set. The black eyeshadow is the blackest blackest black -- which, for those who use black eyeshadow know, is no easy feat. Most black eyeshadows read grey on the eyelid. The eye makeup remover is unbeatable. And this morning I just tried the Black Moon eyeliner from the kit and it is, hands down, the best "hard" eyeliner I've ever used. I drew a thick line under my eye and smudged it a little with my finger and it turned into that perfect Allure-magazine-cover slash Hollywood-actress red-carpet-closeup smudgy undereye -- i.e. it doesn't look like i have a black eye and it looks like a makeup artist pro applied my eyeliner for me.
Best. Kit. Ever.