Beauty, Lookbook

I am more than just my eyeliner

I secretly cringe every time someone calls me “eyeliner girl”

No, I don’t want to be known as the “girl with cool eyeliner” anymore. 

Yes, it’s flattering, But I can’t even begin to explain how frustrating it is when you’re just known for something as minuscule as the makeup on your face. I love winged eyeliner; that’s why I wear it 90% of the time, but that doesn’t mean I want my name to be eyeliner or that I think people should just stop calling me Fatima and call me “eyeliner girl” instead.

So let me explain how this eyeliner thing started.

[bctt tweet=”No, I don’t want to be known as the ‘girl with cool eyeliner’ anymore. ” username=”wearethetempest”]

It all began in the 8th grade when I wore bright purple eyeliner to school. It wasn’t a wing, it was more of an innocent “flick” at the end of my lash line. All I can remember was that my friends kept coming up to me and telling me how cool it was that I not only got to wear eyeliner, but colored eyeliner. That was a great day. I felt super cool, and proud of the fact that I now knew how to impress my peers. Never mind the fact that I felt like I had to wear makeup to impress others is just a sob story in itself. This was only the beginning.

Since sophomore year began two years later, I developed a huge passion for makeup. And when I say huge, I mean HUGE. I love it. I could literally bathe in it (I basically do in all that highlighter on my cheekbones). 

It’s safe to say that everyone knows me by my eyeliner. I don’t blame them; it’s razor sharp and can cut right through anyone’s bullshit. But sometimes it’s not so great being called “eyeliner girl” by strangers. You may think I’m flattered, or hey, maybe you just really don’t know my name, but I’d prefer to be called by my actual name.

[bctt tweet=”I know that may sound cliché, but I think it’s kind of weird people know me by one simple thing – a line across my eyelid. ” username=”wearethetempest”]

I’m more than just my eyeliner.

I know that may sound cliché, but I think it’s kind of weird people know me by one simple thing – a line across my eyelid. Yes, it’s literally just a black line across my eye. I’m not even going to lie, there are times I’ve brought the attention to myself through my eyeliner skills. But even then, I don’t want that to be the only reason people know my face or who I am. 

Contrary to what people think, eyeliner isn’t my life; I love writing, I’m passionate about social justice, I’m an aspiring lawyer, and I’m everything that makes me, ME. I may like eyeliner, but I’d rather that not be the only thing that comes to mind when people think of me. 

Don’t get me wrong, I’m flattered and all, but do you really have to call me the “girl with eyeliner?” 

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My winged eyeliner obsession was simply a phase. I still wear it a majority of the time, but I don’t make it a big deal, nor do I try to bring attention to my face just because I actually know how to make a decent wing. 

In retrospect, it’s funny, because just a year ago, my winged eyeliner game was SUPER weak. You know that moment when you start off doing your wings and they look super good, but when you try to fix one eye it keeps getting thicker and more lopsided than before? Yeah well that was me 50% of the time. I just want to cry looking back at old pictures of my eyeliner. 

And then there was the very recent phase, like roughly 2-3 months ago, where I would make my wings super straight and out towards the sides of my face. I liked the way it elongated and narrowed down my huge, bulgy eyes. But looking at it now, it just looked a little silly having super long, sharp wings that didn’t even properly accentuate my eyes. 

[bctt tweet=”I actually learned to appreciate my eyes without it and I’ve now grown to love my round eyes.” username=”wearethetempest”]

Nowadays, for huge occasions such as wedding festivities, I don’t even wear wings. Huge shocker, I know. I actually learned to appreciate my eyes without it and I’ve now grown to love my round eyes. My makeup skills as a whole have also improved greatly since then. 

Therefore, for all of you who give me love for my eyeliner and my makeup skills in general, you are much appreciated. But I think for now, I’m just going to go about winging my life and hope that people know me for who I am – and not the eyeliner I apply to my face in the mornings.