Taylor Swift’s cat eye skills have always been strong, but we’re shocked to learn that the singer-songwriter used to use permanent marker to achieve her trademark look. Yes, permanent marker.
In a recent letter she wrote for Elle entitled “30 Things I Learned Before Turning 30,” Swift details a slew of youthful mistakes and the lessons learned in her 20s. The majority of her admissions will have women nodding fervently in agreement: apologizing too often, jumping headfirst into the wrong relationships, and being too critical of her own body. But using Sharpie instead of, you know, regular eyeliner? That’s cause for concern.
In lesson No. 17 of her list, she writes: “After my teen years and early twenties of sleeping in my makeup and occasionally using a Sharpie as eyeliner (DO NOT DO IT), I felt like I needed to start being nicer to my skin. I now moisturize my face every night and put on body lotion after I shower, not just in the winter, but all year round, because, why can’t I be soft during all the seasons?!”
Swift’s all-caps warning of “DO NOT DO IT” may seem obvious now, but hindsight is always 20/20, right? After all, before the skin care craze of recent years, sleeping with makeup on used to be the norm for a lot of people.
Still, we wonder where her glam squad was when she was tracing her eyes with a Sharpie. You would think at least one of her makeup artists would urge her against it, especially considering these markers contain dyes, propanol, butanol, and diacetone alcohol. That’s a recipe for potential eye infections.
So, yeah, take Swift’s advice and do not do this. There are plenty of makeup products out there that are designed to stay put.