Hi, my name's Maya, and here’s what you need to know about me and makeup: I’m bad at it. Here’s another thing you need to know about me and makeup: I’m obsessed with it.
The hack: Use white eyeliner to create four dots around your eyes — one on your upper lid, lower lid, inner corner, and outer corners.
This hack took, at most, five minutes. The hardest part was making sure that the dots were aligned with each other, but the brush applicator gave perfect dots with minimal effort. Here's the final look:
First test: Unsuspecting Target-goers. I've decided that the best test of this hack is to see how strangers might react. I head into Target (under fluorescents) and am sure to ask for help. It definitely feels like the Target employee is looking at me a bit longer than he normally might, but does that mean he’s in love with me?
Second test: Lunch with a friend. I haven’t mentioned the eyeliner or what I’m doing it for, and it seems to go unnoticed until halfway through eating when he says, "Do you have something on your face?"
“Usually, yeah,” I say, aiming for cool and nonchalant, missing the mark completely when this statement is punctuated by me fumbling my fork and dropping Panera Bread mac and cheese into my lap.
“What is it?” He asks. He’s still looking at my eyes, but maybe he just doesn’t want to watch a grown woman pick macaroni shells out of her lap.
“Dots.” “Dots?” “Dots.” “Oh. They’re cool.” I’m going to call that a win.
Third test: Snapchat. I’ve been Snapchatting photos of myself to friends all day long. One of my best friends tells me that the white eyeliner helps bring out the whites in my eyes. When I check in the mirror, I see her point.
Fourth (and final) test: My friend who's also a TikTok regular. I finish off the night trying to strategically maneuver my face into my friend's line of vision as we hang out. She's already aware of the purpose of the makeup, and, about midway through the night, I give up trying to force a reaction. Finally, she says, "I am looking into your eyes more. The dots are sort of like a guide to keep looking at you."
"Are you falling in love with me?" I ask jokingly. Any hope of romance is decidedly off the table.