Notes From The Powder Room

I Will Never Stop Trying to Make Double Eyeliner and Side Ponytails Happen

The great thing about trends is that they always make comebacks and I think that we should devote the rest of 2011 to making double eyeliner come back onto our eyelids and into our lives. While we’re at it, we also need to take a minute to re-examine our stance on the side ponytail. In case you were wondering, I’m Team Side Ponytail.

Anyway, a little known fact about me is that I was the only baby born in the United States wearing eyeliner. It’s as much a part of me as my right hand is, if you want to look at it poetically. Recently, I’ve decided to take my obsession to new heights and wear double eyeliner.

To make this as painless as possible, what you’re going to do is apply an unreasonably thick layer of colored eyeliner to your lids. No, thicker than that. Even thicker. When you think you’ve gone too far, make it a little thicker and then call it a day. Perfect. For my colored eyeliner, I chose Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner in #8, Iridescent Electric Purple.

The second and last step is to apply your black liquid eyeliner of choice over the top along your lashline as usual. Touch up any imperfections, throw on some mascara, and that’s it! You’re done. The result is, in a word, awesome. As I’ve been saying for months, who needs eyeshadow?

This eyeliner is also super waterproof. Here’s a before and after of it applied to my hand — on the left, it’s untouched. On the right is after I attractively spit on it and rubbed furiously. Conclusion: you can wear it on a rainy day without being paranoid. Alternate conclusion: I’m disgusting.

(A quick note about Make Up For Ever Aqua Liner: the first time I tried it, it was clumpy and flaky and made me look vaguely diseased. Then I read the fine print on the tube, which says shake before use. Don’t forget to do this! It changes everything.)

Before you freak out, I already know what you’re thinking. You’re probably wondering when I got glasses (6th grade) but more importantly, how my hair grew three inches since the last time I posted a picture of myself.

I stumbled upon my new favorite hairstyle yesterday when I was leaving to go bowling and needed it to be at least semi-up for the occasion and do something other than irritate me. Unhappy with a full ponytail or bun because my face was having a particularly unforgiving Round Day, I improvised with bobby pins and created a flattering lie. I call it “The Half-Up-Side-Ponytail” or “The HUSP”.

To make your own HUSP, you’re going to need bobby pins and hairspray. If you’re feeling fancy, you can curl your hair prior to all of this. Otherwise, all you need to do is collect about half of your hair and pin it directly behind one of your ears so it resembles a faux messy ponytail. Then, bring the rest of your hair around the side of your neck (you can let it do its own thing or pin it in place). Lastly, use your hairspray liberally. Welcome to the laziest hair extension illusion of all time.

I have no idea what The HUSP looks like from the back but I don’t really care because I can’t see myself from the back. However, as a precautionary measure, take care to position yourself with your back to a wall whenever possible.

Featured image via Temptalia.

  • Beth Curry

    Never stop trying! It looks beautiful!

  • Libby Elyse

    i have definitely taken advantage of the HUSP and it is awesome..
    however, i haven’t ever even heard of double eyeliner before this post but i’m more than a little intrigued now.
    i would also like to add that i am a makeup forever convert. i was just talked into trying their waterproof mascara; i’m hoping it’s as fabulous as the liquid eyeliner.

  • Olivia Colsman Langford

    “take care to position yourself with your back to a wall whenever possible.” HA! love this. love, love, love it. double eyeliner is forever cool.

  • Melody Calvert

    oh man, days of double eyeliner… so fun.

  • Karen Lada

    the side pony tail looks “GORG” on you!!!

    • Filleosophy

      Thanks girl!

  • Shelby Marie Radovich

    I’d never heard of double eyeliner either!! I wish though i was better at doing a pretty winged eyeliner!

  • Melissa Senger

    If any of you have seen Friends with Benefits, you will see Mila Kunis ROCK a side ponytail. I’m not sure I can pull it off.

    Side ponytails these days are right behind the ear, correct? Any advice on how to pull off a good side pony?

  • Claire Bass

    HUSP and double eyeliner…I will attempt to jumpstart this trend in Tennessee.

  • Jess Ripley

    You should do a video tutorial of the hairstyle, or perhaps more pictures of it in the various stages. It’s a little difficult to figure out based on words alone. Very cute, though :)

    • Filleosophy

      Sorry! I hope this will explain it better. I trust you’re familiar with the half-up, half-down hairstyle? It’s popular among five-year-old girls and bridesmaids. You’re literally just going to do that, except instead of tying your hair in the back center of your head, you’re going to PIN it on the side behind your ear. If you have short hair like me, this looks really goofy if you use all of your hair, but if you leave the bottom half down, it creates the illusion that the whole thing is in a ponytail and it’s just layered and long and luxurious. Then you’re just going to sweep the hair that isn’t pinned to the side over your shoulder [that corresponds to the ear you chose to pin the hair behind] and work with it to try to blend it all together. If your hair won’t stay over your shoulder, just use a few bobby pins in the back to move it along.

      Does this help at all? No?

  • Laura M. García

    You’ve got me convinced… I’m on board! I have done a sloppy side ponytail in my recent past when I don’t want to look like I’m trying to get my hair out of my face but it’s never looked as nice as yours. Then again, I have way-too-long hair. Will be trying the double eyeliner next time I go out!

  • Amber Lane

    I am all about double eyeliner and I’m going to attempt to bust out that ponytail tonight.

  • DougMina Fuller

    I’m totally jealous! I could never do what you do – you look amazing!!!

  • Kristen Dupré

    I’m team side ponytail too! Now just need to get my double eyeliner on.

  • Michelle Menchaca

    I am a fan of eyeliner and this one seems worth trying.

  • Jj Murrell

    just tried the double eyeliner what a marvelous look i did mine with bronze eyeliner and it loked fantastic and it looks just as good with my glasses on as it does with my contacts i do totally think this should happen and i have been pro side ponytail for ever so i say yay :)

  • Josilynn Reynolds

    I love the double eyeliner!!! & also, side pony or BUN is awesome and always will be. I love rocking messy side bun on fancy occasions – side part…side bun and i am out the door, with the right dress its classy and easy. Rock that side pony, you look gorgeous!

  • Nicole Worley

    I think we have the same glasses! and the HUSP is my favorite among other side pony tails I wear almost daily! I find the side bun to be very classy and easy to pull off! BRING BACK SIDE PONYTAILS!

  • Leandra Watson

    I love this article. I have never tried the double eyeliner-but am totally intrigued now. Recently I rocked the side pony look in a slightly different way, and I loved it too. Made my hair look longer and one of my friends even commented on a picture of me with my side pony saying my hair has really grown out. It is a great illusion. I will have to try it your way though because it sounds more attractive than my way. Thanks girl!

  • Leah Moran

    All over the HUSP and DEL… you rock girl xx

  • Anonymous

    you look MARVELOUS!!!

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