SUPER DANGEROUS Sharpie Eyeliner Just Like Taylor Swift

She said she was desperate for makeup, so she used a Sharpie pen as eyeliner. Obviously I had to investigate. Obviously.
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July 12, 2013
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This is SUCH old news, but last week the Internet sparked my memory that Taylor Swift once used Sharpie as eyeliner. Apparently she was on a plane and just COULDN'T be seen without makeup, so lined her eyes with Sharpie.

I get it. I always look busted after long flights, and as a fellow super-famous celebrity, the thought of being recognized looking like a 13-year-old boy experiencing puberty is sucky. Although, I'm sure that makeup-less Taylor Swift looks like a supermodel's "early morning workout ;)" Instagram selfie crossed with a lanky adorable baby giraffe angel and not a teenage boy.

Would I ever grab a Sharpie and stab it around my meibomian glands? Probably not. (I'm lying, I'm about to do this.) Concealer's what I'd need and plan B is pretending I'm super-moody and just brushing all of my hair into my face. And sunglasses. Duh.

Yesterday I had a 4.5-hour flight back to New York from Seattle and figured I'd give the Swift method a shot. The irony of it is that a beauty editor is way more likely to be surrounded by more than one eyeliner option while on a plane than a singular Sharpie. Airport newsstands don't sell Sharpies! And I guess I accidentally left my last one with one of the countless fans that descended upon me through a swarm of paparazzi as I arrived at the airport that morning. Seriously, you guys are such an inspiration.

So I found a couple of Sharpies upon returning home: your standard fine-point permanent marker option and also an ultra-fine point. Then, you know, I tried it out...

The thicker of the two markers gave off some pretty strong fumes that my eyes were clearly very sensitive to. It also wasn't great for making a clean cat-eye flick, so I switched to the skinnier option. It didn't irritate my eyes as much and was easier to use, which you should never do anyway.

SERIOUSLY, NEVER LINE YOUR EYES WITH SHARPIE. IT'S DUMB! AND JUST BECAUSE I'M NOT BLIND RIGHT NOW DOESN'T MEAN THAT YOU WON'T END UP THAT WAY. **Shout-out to da legal team!**

Sure, it looked like many other black liners. Although a bit purple. I'm sure we've all drawn on other parts of our bodies with Sharpies before; that's pretty much what you'd get on your eyelids. There's no benefit using Sharpies over actual makeup; I'd gladly rather be mobbed by adoring fans with no eyeliner.

My biggest concern was that the ink would stain my lids for days, but it melted off INSTANTLY with Shu Uemura's Fresh Pore Clarifying Gentle Cleansing Oil. Seriously, it washed off quicker than most actual makeup I wear. OCC's Lip Tar stayed on my eyelids for THREE DAYS.

Still, that DOESN'T mean that it's okay to use Sharpies as eyeliners. BAD BAD BAD.

What's the most dangerous and stupid beauty thing you've ever done? This TOTALLY isn't mine.