Posts Tagged ‘eyeliner’

New solution to the lingering eyeliner problem! (Kind of.)

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

mascaraeyesopenI did some experimental dressing the other night in hopes of figuring out a way of perhaps substituting eyeliner with something else that is more easily removed. Anyone who keeps up here knows I already posted a whole piece on removing eyeliner and I really think it’s an issue that plagues all of us. Lo and behold, I discovered something I should have thought of all along, which is definitely an improvement. It’s nothing novel, really. Any of us could have figured it out. It is simply black eye shadow worn as eyeliner.

Now it’s not any more difficult than applying eyeliner, itself, but I did feel like there was something missing from the experience. I mean, eyeliner is so classically enjoyable to draw into place. Brushing or padding it on is just meh. There is no room for detail and you practically have to put it in your eye to do the bottom lids.

On the other hand…

mascaraeyesclosedThe eye shadow was far easier to remove than the eyeliner. I am uncertain how much I was able to remove, as we all know that after wearing eye make up all night, our eyes look foreign to us once it’s gone…no matter what. The next day, though, it looked like it was mostly gone by 11 o’clock, after a five hour sleep and a single morning eye wash. I washed once more and by 5 o’clock there was certainly no trace of it. (Though it may have been gone sooner without my imagination being able to comprehend it.)

The key factor of the experiment is this: I never even touched the witch hazel. Had this been eyeliner, applied then simply washed without an astringent, it likely would have stuck around for two whole days. The conclusion here is that we ultimately have to weigh our options. eyeliner is great fun, but how long do you want to have it on and what do you have to remove it? If you want to play it safe for the office, your much better off to just go ahead with the black eye shadow. It’s not a cure-all, but it’s definitely less of a hassle.¬† Also, you should be able to tell from the pictures that the effect of the eye shadow on the lids really is just as good as eyeliner, itself.

On a side note, my readership has picked up here and I certainly appreciate it. However, I really want to start a community here, and share pictures of other girls…not just me all the time. So again, I’m asking for you to email to me pics you’d like to share here: holly@gendertrade.com

I’ve already asked for headband pics (and received none!). Those are still good to send! Email me some eyeliner pics also! Or whatever you have! Eventually, I’ll share them (with more of my own) when we have a good, categorically relevant gallery built up.

By the way, if you’re in the market for some eye shadow to play with, check this out.

But if you’re just looking for black eye shadow, may I suggest this?

Eyeliner: The Blessing and Curse

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

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Eyeliner is so rewarding in the short term, yet so frustrating in the long term. How many times have you applied it to your eyes to get a dramatic look…that ended up lasting about 24 hours too long? What is a crossdresser to do?

It’s a multifaceted problem, really. The initial problem is simply removing the make up. The broader problem is, after you are unable to remove the make up, going to work or a social function and having to answer to people who ask, “Are you wearing eyeliner?” It’s annoying, awkward and none of their business. Yet it can be expected that at least one person in a handful of peers will pry just the same.

We might as well accept that we will never remove all the eyeliner from our lids in a single night. We can scrub and scrub and rub and rub, but traces are going to remain well into the next day whether we want this or not. So the question is this: What can we do to remove most of the eyeliner?

There are make-up removing products out there, but frankly, we don’t need to shell out the money for these things in nice packaging when we can get the raw materials for much cheaper. See, the main ingredient, if not the only ingredient, in most of these products is an astringent called witch hazel. You can purchase it for roughly the same price as a bottle of rubbing alcohol. Dabbing it on a cotton swab and rubbing it carefully along the edge of the lids does the trick about as well as it can. Apparently, Vaseline has a similar effect and is less irritating if it gets in your eyes. I have yet to test this, though, and witch hazel is thus far unmatched to me.

It can be equally difficult to dealing with the nosy busybodies who ask questions about that eyeliner you didn’t quite remove the whole way. The simplest answer, which is rarely followed up on, is simply, “it’s a bedroom thing…you don’t want to know.” Most people, at that, actually do want to know, but will refuse to cross into the taboo of asking you to elaborate. The most likely case is that they will presume you to be “naughty” and shrug you off in their own embarrassment and sexual longing.

It is also helpful if you play music or are involved in theater. If you are involved in one of these trades, most people automatically assume that eyeliner goes with the territory. A world of answers extend before you in this case. Why are you wearing eyeliner? Because I played a show last night. Of course! What’s up with the raccoon eyes? I had a dress rehearsal. Oh, duh!

Now I’m not condoning that you lie to anyone. However, I sincerely recommend you stretch the terminology of your crossdressing. Maybe you didn’t rock out your guitar on a stage, but the terms “play” and “show” need not necessarily be referring to anything public. Likewise for a dress rehearsal. I have, myself, rehearsed several¬†dresses in the past just to see if they look okay on me.

There is always the entire truth option, as well. Why are you wearing the eye makeup? Because I got into some crossdressing last night. Say it casually, with a smile, and the other party will likely feel foolish to question you further. “Was he being sarcastic?” they will wonder. And always keep this one thing in mind: Anyone who asks about something as subtle as eyeliner is obviously excited by it in some way. This can be used to your advantage. And you know…if they were not around to see what you were doing with all that eyeliner, what does it really matter what you tell them anyway? Exaggerate and fib to your heart’s content!

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