When are two lines better than one?

January 13, 2014

I’m starting out the New Year by tackling a very dark subject.

It started with a conversation among friends at a Christmas party. I have to admit that I actually introduced the topic as it was something that had been weighing heavily on my mind for some time. Girlfriends tend to be excellent sources of advice and I knew I would find some kindred spirits and good answers among this particular group of friends.

I waited until the moment was right, and then threw my question out into the universe—in this case, a hallway where a few of us were congregating.

“Do you think I should use eyeliner on the top AND the bottom of my eyes?”

I was standing next to Carissa Chick and noticed that she had lined both the top and bottom of her eyes with very dark eyeliner. It looked great on her, but is contrary to the advice given in the book How Not to Look Old. Of course, Carissa Chick is seventeen years younger than me and is only considered old by children who think anyone over the age of 18 is ancient.

My question prompted a lively discussion but resulted in no definitive answers. For that, we needed to conduct some scientific research and Carissa Chick, a high school math teacher, was game to help me with my experiment.

On research day one, she went to work wearing eyeliner on the top and bottom of her eyes as usual. The next day she wore liner only on the tops of her eyes, as suggested in the book, and received numerous comments from both students and co-workers stating that she looked tired. None of those who commented were aware that she was taking part in a potentially prize winning Chick experiment.

I wondered if people might just be more used to seeing her with eyes fully lined, and also if age would make a difference when added to the equation. We decided to take our experiment one step further and post pictures of ourselves wearing liner only on top and then both top and bottom and let you decide.

Please note that I’m doing this in the interest of science as it really is QUITE UNFAIR to post pictures of myself next to those of Carissa Chick as she is stunning and young and thin and has perfect teeth and I would be forced to hate her is she wasn’t so fabulous and such a good friend.

Carissa Chick is shown here wearing liner only on the tops of her eyes. Carissa Chick is often tan and her coloring is medium in tone as makeup palettes go. She normally wears very dark liner. Here she is wearing it only on the tops of her eyes. Now she has liner on the top and bottom of her eyes. Now she has liner on the top and bottom of her eyes. Does she look more alert/older/younger/no difference?

 

And here I am with liner just on the tops of my eyes. I'm very fair and cannot wear the kind of dark liner that Carissa Chick does. My choice here is a liquid liner in plum. And here I am with liner just on the tops of my eyes. I’m very fair and cannot wear the kind of dark liner that Carissa Chick does. My choice here is a liquid liner in plum. Now I have liner on both the top and bottom of my eyes. It was a very windy and cold day when we took these photos. As you can see my hair wanted to fly away. Do I look older/more alert/the same? Now I have liner on both the top and bottom of my eyes. It was a very windy and cold day when we took these photos. As you can see my hair wanted to fly away. Do I look older/more alert/the same?

 

What do you think? Do we look better with liner on top AND bottom? Does the bottom liner make either of us look older? Give us your opinion in the comments.

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