How-To Make Your Lines Appear to Disappear

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As I was preparing to take a goofy-faced selfie to send to my nephew, I noticed my fine lines in my eye area.  This made me remember a trick I used to use to disguise fine lines.  Before you read further, please don’t hold my eye area against me- I have not exfoliated.  I can only do that a certain number of times due to using tretinoin, and it’s not time to do it yet…lol!  The only problem is that once I do exfoliate, the lines will be gone (hence the reason I put up with the tretinoin).  So, if you want to see the trick, you have to put up with my crepe-y, unexfoliated skin.

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Before

First off, I feel the need to disclose that I did not come up with this trick on my own.  I’ve been using this for quite some time, but cannot remember who I got it from.  I wish I knew so I could give that person due credit!  If I ever find out or remember, I will give him or her a mention.

Anywho, on to the point.  You can do this either before or after putting on foundation.  If you do it before, make sure you are not using a full coverage formula, because that will cover up your handiwork.  I usually put on foundation first, then lightly blot on a very thin amount after.

You will need an eyeliner pencil, white if you are light or pale, peach or light beige if you are medium to dark.  Basically, you want it to be several shades lighter than your skin, but not extremely lighter.  You will also need to make sure the pencil is SHARP so you can get a very fine line.  Find your lines, and trace them.  Basically, draw a fine line along the center of the wrinkle.  I used NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Santa Monica Blvd.  (For purposes of this tutorial, I drew the lines a bit broader so you could actually see them.  At first, I drew them as I normally do, but they would not show up due to being so fine- you will want to draw very fine.)

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Trace the lines with eyeliner

I did not have any makeup on prior to drawing my lines.  Afterward, I used the tip of my finger to lightly tap on a very fine layer of BB cream just over the area I drew in.  (I used Guerlain Lingerie de Peau BB cream in Natural).  The whole idea is for the white eyeliner to reflect light from the wrinkle or line, thus making it seem to disappear.  If you put on too much makeup or foundation (or use a full coverage formula or concealer), then this will not work.

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After

You can also do this in other lines as well- I often did this in my smile lines around my lips, and it worked quite well.  Both the NARS liner and Guerlain BB cream are available at Nordstrom.  Now through August 31, you can get a bag full of cosmetics for free with a minimum purchase by clicking the banner at the top.  After August 31, simply click the banner below to get free shipping and free returns, all the time!

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