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"Bling Waterlining" Is One Instagram Eye Makeup Look You Should Never Try

"I just got annoyed because I had so much time and all I wanted to do was makeup, but I couldn't."


By Devon Abelman, Allure

Instagram has almost desensitized me to seeing makeup artists glue weird things around their eyes — almost. I can handle flowers and pom poms, and even (fake) corsets. However, I draw a line at "bling waterlining." Sofie Petersen, an 18-year-old aspiring makeup artist from Denmark, placed a small chain along the waterline of one of her eyes and posted a macro shot on Instagram. The second the post came up on my feed, I cringed and yet was also completely enamored. Bling waterlining is about as creepy-chic as it gets.
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Almost every day, I tightline my eyes and wear contacts, so I'm well acquainted with touching the inner parts of my lids and actual eyeballs with foreign objects — and even I can't imagine letting something sit on my eye that isn't prescribed by an eye doctor.

Fascinated, I asked Petersen how that gold chain ended up in her eye. "Well, I kinda have had a 'creative crisis' for the last two to three weeks during my summer break where I didn't have any ideas," she tells Allure. Usually, she can come up with two looks in a day, so she found this block incredibly frustrating. "I didn't feel excited when I looked at my palettes anymore," she explains. "I just got annoyed because I had so much time and all I wanted to do was makeup, but I couldn't."


In the past, Petersen has glued necklace clasps, rings, and earring backs to her lids, so she looked to a familiar place: her jewelry box. "I had this gold necklace that I no longer used," she says, "and that day when I looked, I instantly got the idea when I saw it and the size and thickness were made for my waterline." Because she hadn't created any looks in a while, Petersen felt like doing something extreme. "I cut a piece of the gold necklace that would fit with the length of my waterline," she explains. "Then, I placed it in my waterline, and then I just had to be quick to take a picture."
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Placing it perfectly in her eye was obviously the biggest challenge Petersen faced in creating the (potentially dangerous) look. If you are reading this right now, please don't take that as a tutorial and try this at home — I don't advise doing so at all, and it is likely very difficult to avoid hurting yourself.


Speaking of eye safety, Petersen admits that she can be sloppy when it comes to taking precautions to protect her eyes. "When I get an idea, it just goes so fast that I don't even manage to think about being a little careful before I have done the look," she says. "But of course, I won't just put anything on my eyes."

The "bling water lining" happens to be her most risky look yet, and she acknowledges that. "I felt a little bad for my eye afterward," she says. "I should be more careful, but I'm just glad that I don't have very sensitive eyeballs."

The final look went up on Petersen's Instagram earlier this week, and like and hilarious comments started rolling in. Some highlights include "'Do-Not-Try-This-At-Home' Feels", "this is sweet but... u ok," and "I can barely put eyeliner on and you do this how the fuck." Of course, a couple negative comments were made. Sofie Petersen is no stranger to them, though. Aside from the aforementioned jewelry eye makeup looks, she has also affixed safety pins to her lashes and clothing labels to her lids.

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"When negative comments first started coming, they could bother me, yes, but I guess I just got used to them now," Petersen says. If anything, she appreciates the varying reactions she gets and finds the meaner comments funny to read. "I just don't understand how someone who doesn't know me at all can get so offended about something I put on my eye — my eye, my choices," she adds. "I just think it's cool if I made them feel something, whether it's hurting their eyes or pleasing their eyes."

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