Makeup Emergency Fix: Eyeliner

It’s no secret that I don’t like makeup as a part of my everyday life. It’s a pretty fantasy, but that’s all.

So it’s no surprise that I often forget to bring eyeliner when I go to places where makeup is appropriate.

People always say, “Oh, just use a makeup swab thingy and use your mascara!” Right, OK, thanks. I didn’t bring a whole makeup kit, otherwise I’d have eyeliner. What’s easier to find than that? A pen with a cap. Yep! Plus, the mascara washes right off, so you’re not getting the pen all gross.

San Fran wedding trip for Mike 053

Don’t have a pen? Ask your hotel/motel for one. SOMEONE will have a pen cap. Makeup brush? Not so much.

San Fran wedding trip for Mike 052

Run the cap along the mascara brush and (carefully!) apply. And yes, this was the entirety of the makeup I managed to pack.

Is it perfect? No. Zoom in and you'll see. But from a foot or two away, it looks pretty darn good.

Is it perfect? No. View full size and you’ll see. But from a foot away, it looks pretty darn good.

Just be careful with the pen cap, and apply softly. It’s hard plastic, after all. But it’ll get you out of a jam. Because who wants to wear mascara and no eyeliner? It looks weird.

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