For anyone that grew up in the ‘80s or ‘90s, eyeliner was probably the first makeup product that made you feel capital-M-Mature. You layer it onto your lower waterline with abandon, and head to the mall. That was the look du jour, and it barely wavered.
Then, for a while there, we gave our bottom lids a break: first, when cat-eyes were exiled exclusively to the upper lid, and again when no-makeup makeup meant a swipe of mascara and a tiny smudge of liner along the top waterline—if that—was more than enough. Fast forward two decades and the look is back, albeit way less juvenile than your preteen days.
The coolest way to wear bottom eyeliner to make it smudgy: “Turn the shower on and let the steam melt it a bit,” says Hughes, who likes M.A.C’s Eye Kohl in Smolder. “Once you’re out of the shower, line you bottom waterline and just clean up what you don’t want.A hard line can look too goth in all the wrong ways and if there’s liner along the lower lash line, keeping the waterline naked looks a little incomplete. Polish the look by lining the waterline with a black liner for a smoky look or a beige-y taupe for more of an ‘I-just-napped’ look.”