Jacquelyn Jablonski’s Smoky Eye Shower Trick


"One thing I do with eyeliner when I go out is this kind of smudgy look. I feel like I can never get it to look natural with a brush or my finger, so, if I have time, I will literally put on eyeliner and get in the shower and let it run a bit. It melts and gets in the lash line, and then afterwards I just clean it up. It sets in perfectly and doesn't look forced. Then I do under-eye makeup—I like the Laura Mercier Secret Camouflage concealer. Also, a makeup artist was telling me that eye cream is kind of...it's good, but kind of a joke. Like, you can just put oil around your eyes and it's as good as a special moisturizer. So I've been trying avocado oil, which is nice and feels really soft. With some products, I feel like there are so many things in them and they kind of burn—even an eye cream I got from my dermatologist! But the avocado oil is good for sensitive skin like mine."

—as told to ITG

Jacquelyn Jablonski photographed by Emily Weiss in New York on March 20, 2014. Jacquelyn's hosting A Night For Autism, a silent auction and cocktail party, tomorrow, Thursday, April 3rd, at Milk Studios in NYC. For more information on the event, autism, and ways you can get involved, click here.

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  • http://cosmoslyn.blogspot.com.au/ Ailyn Koay

    noooo ... don't need eye creams? then why do people keep recommending it?

    • Corina

      Do your thang girl. Do what works for you, everyone is different. Try avocado oil or another natural oil., if it works and you love it, never look back. If an eye cream makes your under eyes silky soft and healthy, stick with it.

    • http://cosmoslyn.blogspot.com.au/ Ailyn Koay

      that's true that's true

  • Jane T.

    Thanks Jacquelyn for pointing out that eye cream is a total joke! There is literally no research indicating that you need a separate cream for your eyes -- it's purely a device for companies to sell you the exact same product but usually at a higher price for a lower quantity.

    Also, love this trick -- have never thought to do this ahead of time, but I like the way that my eyeliner melts in the shower, so I will definitely be trying it! Any recs for fun liners to try with this technique?

    • Corina

      She didn't say anything about using the "exact same product" [that you use on your face] under your eyes. Fact: skin under the eyes is thinner and more delicate than the rest of your face. Not all facial moisturizers are suitable for that area. What she said was that you can get the same result as an eye cream with a much less expensive natural oil.

      I personally am sick of all the eye cream bashing. If someone wants to spend hundreds of dollars on eye cream, who cares? Is it hurting anyone? Let them do it. If you get great results from using your Clean N Clear oil-free moisturizer or your all natural, organic face oil under your eyes, that's fabulous - no need to go around preaching that you are right and eye cream users are wrong.

      • bluesky557

        It might be hurting the person spending the hundreds of dollars!

      • http://youtube.com/thegalsguide Mariah Leonard

        I agree. I have seen actual, visible results with pricey eye creams, but not with oils - but, it could very well be because the oils in the pricey creams are more pure. Who knows! To each their own, obviously oil is working wonders for Jacquelyn because her undereye is flaw-free!

  • Corina

    She is totally beautiful, love her signature eyeliner trick, and not to be weird, but she has gorgeous lips!

    • http://www.otherwildthings.blogspot.com/ mdemaria

      Not weird at all, she does!

  • Megan

    I want to know more about her earrings.

  • Hope

    Top Shelf please!! Her skin is incredible.

  • Helene

    Eyes are great! But I love her lips. Can you tell what she put on them?

  • Brielle

    I do something similar to this as well...I put my eye makeup on (minus mascara) let it sit for a minute and then steam my face using boiling water and that gives the eyeliner a nice smudged look!

  • Justis

    Where does she first apply the eyeliner? In the water upper and lower waterline? I assume so...

  • http://tiffives.blogspot.com Tiffvies

    I have to admit, after I wash my face, if there is some eyeliner still there and it looks good and smokey ... I leave it there. It does leave a nice look that is hard to achieve on a squeaky clean eye with brushes.

  • ModernGrace

    I never use eye cream for that same reason. If you use a facial oil or a good night cream, it's going to end up around your eyes anyway because of the warmth of skin.

  • Inkygrl

    I love this idea! Perfect for that "lived in" look. Trying it tomorrow!

  • CreeZy

    Eye cream is not a joke. It depends on your needs. If your face moisturizer has an acne treatment and your eye area gets dry, you probably don't want to use your face moisturizer under your eyes.

  • Emilym

    It's a bit backward but I will do up my hair in my typical loose bun and jump in shower (when I'm not washing it that day) and the steam just gives it a nice crazy loose messy vibe that I just can't do myself. Definitely gonna incorporate the eyeliner thing now.

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  • mamavalveeta03

    That would just make the liner and mascara run into my eyes, causing redness and sensitivity. Not a good look!

  • mamavalveeta03

    As a former MUA, I found it much easier to put concealer on a client if their under eye area was properly prepped and moisturized. And for my dryer, aging skin, a good eye cream means I wake up to a well-hydrated under eye area. Maybe for you, that means an oil works. I'd have milia under my eyes in a hot second if I used oil! And some products contain ingredients I wouldn't want to get into my eyes. That's why eye products are "ophthalmologist tested." Just because I want to use safe products on my face doesn't mean I have to be able to EAT them!

    • Theresa

      I really love a simple and natural beauty routine, but I totally agree with you on the under eye oil application. I get milia almost immediately if I saturate that area with oil. Such a bummer.

  • http://www.clevergirlreviews.com/ Clever Girl Reviews

    This is exactly how my old BF use to get the perfect "guyliner" in the 90's!

  • Rose Nolan

    Gooodddddddddddd she is beautiful


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