French marking / Lashliner - That's how it works!

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    Lashliner, or lash marking as it is also called, is the make-up tip that is most appreciated when I help people with make-up consultation / product advice. Lashliner / eyelash marking often makes the person look in the mirror and say "wooow" in a slightly shocked tone, because it makes such a big difference even though it is a discreet detail! :)

    Why a lash marker / lashliner?

    • When you are "unmade up" and want to look fitter
    • To mascara to make the lashes look fuller
    • Instead of eyeliner - perfect for people with droopy eyes and hooded eyes, as well as people with shorter lashes. If you have a wide eyeliner, the lashes look shorter.
    • Together with eyeliner to get the eyeliner more intense (otherwise there can easily be gaps between the lashes and the eyeliner, where the skin shines through)

    It's super good simply!

    French marking / Lashliner before and after:

    French marking / Lashliner before and after

    But there is a recurring question regarding lashliner that I often get, most recently yesterday when I received this comment:

    "Among other things, you have suggested that the eye gets another nice framing (?) If you apply eyeliner / similar in the upper lashes (ie in the 'upper lashes waterline') what you now call it haha. It makes a big difference, but for me the color then ends up on the lower waterline & the whole eye turns black… ”

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    And so I thought I would sort it out now :)

    1. What product can be used to make lash markings / lashliner?

    You can make lash markings / lashliner with black eye shadow, eyeliner, cream eyeliner or even mascara + brush. It's a matter of taste!

    If you want a completely waterproof result, I recommend either the eyeliner pen Pixi Endless Silky Eye Pen (adlink) in the shade BlackNoir or some waterproof cream eyeliner. The eyeliner from Pixi is very creamy, almost like a gel eyeliner in pen form. And sits like a mountain!

    Personally, I usually use black eye shadow which I apply with a brush that I moistened with a fixing mist, for extra blackness (due to damp) and extra good durability (due to fixing mist instead of water). It holds me well enough :) Examples of a good black eye shadow are Make Up Store Paradise Microshadow (adlink) in the shade Super Black and a good fixing mist that I often use for eye shadows is Pixi Makeup Fixing Mist (adlink) which is super good! :)

    However, doing this with mascara is not a favorite of mine. It gets a little stiff which makes it harder to apply the mascara on the lashes later. But it works!

    2. The application - the lash line and the waterline are different things

    But the biggest reason why the fringe marking is smudged is usually not the product you use, but the biggest culprit in the drama is a misunderstanding about where the lash marking should be applied - it is called lash marking and lashliner because it is applied to the scalp of the lashes, right where the straws are stuck, and not along the upper waterline as I have understood that many do.

    Note: It is not wrong to apply along the upper waterline as well, but then you must have one very durable product. Many products are kept on the upper waterline but still discolour a little under the eye. One solution is to paint black eyeliner on the lower lash line even then, so it does not matter if it discolours :)

    Or you just put on make-up along the lash line itself. Most eyes get an equally fine result from lash marking only in the scalp of the lashes, as if you paint all the way down to the upper waterline. It basically looks the same when you look straight ahead, the difference is that one way is messy, but not the other :)

    fringe marking / lashliner

    When you look up, you see the difference clearly, do you see the difference between the one who messes up and the one who does not mess up?

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    I have tattooed a lashliner so I am not completely without the before-picture, but I painted in a little extra late to show you more clearly.

    fringe marking-draft copy

    Here you see arrows that show what I mean. On the lashliner that does not smudge on the lower lash line, the upper waterline is completely unmade up - that is how I recommend that you do. In the picture on the right, the entire waterline is also made up, but it started to smudge on the underside of the eye directly for me on that eye.

    And as I said, you can apply with different products, but this is what I usually do:

    1. Use a good brush! Preferably as narrow as possible and good quality so that it does not start to spread in different directions. For example. so is the brow brush Anastasia Beverly Hills Duo Brush Nr. 12 (adlink) how good at anything!
    2. Spray fixing mist on the back of the hand, dip the brush in the mist so that it is thoroughly moist (but not running wet)
    3. Gently apply the brush on the eyeshadow so that you only get a little black eyeshadow on the brush. Better to apply paint several times than to have excess shadow on the brush that risks falling on the cheeks during application.
    4. Lift the eyelid slightly with your finger. Dab with the brush right into the scalp of the lashes, from the underside.

    You can also put a mirror on the table in front of you and look down. Then you also get a clear angle of the lash scalp and see exactly where to apply :)


    Then it's ready! So hard to take pictures! It's simpler than it looks, but it may take a few times before you get into the technology. But once you get into the routine, it goes quickly and easily!

    Hope that the post about fringe marking / lashliner was helpful, and if you have any follow-up questions, you know that it's just a matter of shouting, leave a comment or email! :)

    Hug ♥

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    Helena Amiley
    I write mostly about beauty but also offer glimpses from the entrepreneurial life and the construction of our own camper van. Vanlife here we come!


    1. Oh, thank you so much for answering my question! And now I understand more easily how to actually apply. Hope it works better now. But thank you very much!

      Hug! :)

    2. Thanks! Have every time had the problem that it is messy but will try to get better at this now. As you write, it makes a huge difference when you get color even around the lash roots.

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