I’m not as big of a makeup person as I aspire to be. I really want to get into it, but I was always so concerned about what would break out my face. As a result, I focused on stabilizing my face instead of “covering it up”.

Now that my face has seemingly calmed down — thank you, Proactiv — I’m ready to test the waters again. But, mind you, I am taking baby steps and starting with eyeliner.

I’ve never been that great with pencil eyeliners, so last year I splurged nd bought my first MAC item: fluidline in Blitz & Glitz and a MAC brush 208 to apply it. I figured if I was going to do it right, then I needed better product and equipment, right?

The first couple of times were rough! This was last year. I’d put it on decent, but it wouldn’t last as long as I liked. Then I learned from the experts at makeupalley that you best put some primer on your lids if you expect anything to stay there longer than 3 hours. Based on the reviews, I chose Urban Decay Primer Potion. Best. Stuff. Ever!

Case in point, yesterday afternoon. When I decided to tinker with my eyeliner, I put it on first, followed by my fluidline at around 4PM. It is now 2AM and the liner looks as if I just put it on!

So, if you’re looking for a smooth and lasting liner, I highly recommend MAC’s fluidline in addition to UDPP. A cheaper alternative to MAC’s Fluidline would be L’Oreal’s HiP Color Truth Cream Eyeliner. The reviews at makeupalley are extremely positive!

To finish things off, I used Neutrogena’s One Step Gentle Cleanser to remove the liner. Worked like a charm without a lot of scrubbing. I also hear their Oil Free Eye Makeup Remover works pretty well.

Note to self: I need to get this in blacktrack. There is a CCO at the outlet malls near here. Hopefully I can hit it up and get this for about $10 instead of $15.