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Eyeliner was the first makeup I ever used. I’ll never let middle-school-me down for that.
Specifically, drugstore eyeliners were the first makeup products I ever wore. I applied it badly and like any rebellious tween, I blamed the eyeliner for the racoon-chic results. When I got older, I started purchasing high-end eyeliners, thinking those would solve all of my life’s problems.
Now, I know what you are thinking. “Haha, she’s such a makeup noob, good products can’t replace proper technique!” That is very true, but I am still glad that I spent the money in those formative makeup years on high-end rather than drugstore eyeliners. We tend to think of high-end makeup as simply being better quality. While that is a part of it, I think more importantly, high-end makeup brands are the innovators of the makeup world. High-end makeup brands push boundaries, improve existing products and create new trends. Drugstore makeup brands follow in high-end brands’ coattails, which is actually a good thing.
Experiencing the high-end eyeliners, (and makeup in general,) taught me what is possible. I learned that I need not settle for eyeliners that tug on my eyes when applied or that smear at the first sign of moisture or oil. I also discovered that liquid eyeliners CAN be easy to apply. Lots of lessons learned, I tell you.
Here in the present day, these are the drugstore eyeliners that stand up to the big guns, aka high-end eyeliners. Honestly, I never see the need to purchase another $25 eyeliner ever again because everything I’ll ever need can be found in the drugstore. I now know what I like and where to find it, and that’s super liberating.