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Pencil eyeliners are less expensive and easier to use than liquid liners, but they are not as long-lasting. And yet, with a few simple tips and tricks, you can learn how to apply pencil eyeliner like a makeup professional for eyes that pop.
Watch Now: 4 Tricks to Apply Eyeliner Like a Pro
Start with a Dash
Do you struggle with creating a straight line? Renowned makeup artist Laura Mercier offered one of the best beauty tricks for eyeliner in Allure Magazine. She says that the secret to knowing how to apply an eyeliner pencil, creating the perfect line on the upper and lower lashes, is to begin with a few dashes.
- Pull the skin taut at its outer corner.
- Slowly draw a series of dashes with the eyeliner, starting from the inner corner and working your way out.
- At the halfway point of the line, angle your pencil so you’re now drawing with the side of it. This will create a thicker line.
- Connect the dots—or in this case, dashes.
Line and Smudge Your Lower Lash Line
There’s a simple trick to getting a casual, “I didn’t spend extra time on my makeup” look: eyeliner smudging. This technique can really play up your eyes in the most subtle of ways.
- Use a pencil eyeliner to line your bottom lashes.
- Carefully smudge the line using your fingertip.
- If you want a little more definition, go ahead and give the line a thin, second coat with your liquid liner.
Rim the Inside of Your Eyes
Lining your waterline can be super sexy, especially for a night out. The technique is actually called tightlining, and there’s a trick to getting it to last.
- Use a waterproof pencil and make sure to sharpen it to a point. This not only adds control but will also remove any germs that might have been on the pencil.
- Gently pull your upper lid up and line the top inside rim first from the inside corner of the eye out.
- Follow with the bottom waterline.
If you have small eyes, consider using a beige pencil to line the inside rim to make the eyes pop as dark colors can make eyes appear smaller. Using beige will also create the illusion of a good night’s sleep.
Fix Mistakes with Cotton Swabs
Even the pros make mistakes from time to time, and eyeliner can be a tricky one to clean up after a slight blunder.
If you mess up a penciled line, dip a cotton swab in a bit of eye cream or moisturizer. Dot it over the messy spot to make it easier to wipe away. You can also use the swab to smudge the line and make the mistake look deliberately smoky.
Set Your Line with Eyeshadow
One of the biggest problems with penciled eyeliner is that it looks great in the morning, but tends to melt away by the end of the day. You can prevent that by setting your line with eyeshadow, using it as sort of a primer.
Simply dip a small, angled eyeshadow brush into a dark shadow and run it along your lid, right against your lashes. Then, all you have to do is trace over the eyeshadow line with your liner.
Warm Up Your Waxy Eye Pencil
There’s nothing worse on your lids than an eye pencil that won’t glide on smoothly because it’s too cold or waxy. This can hinder your ability to expertly put on eyeliner pencils, causing the lines you try to create to look chunky and splotchy. The trick to avoiding this is to warm it up.
There are three easy ways you can do this:
- Rub the tip on your hand until it softens.
- Roll the point between the tips of your fingers.
- Heat up the end quickly by holding it in a flame for a very quick second. Then let it cool down for another couple of seconds before applying to your lids.
Next time you buy a pencil, keep in mind that anything labeled “creamy” or “kohl” will go on smoother. Typically, these will not need to be warmed up.
Try a Brown Pencil
While you may be accustomed to black eye pencils, they can sometimes look a little harsh on fair skin. If you find that’s the case, or simply want a more natural look, use a brown pencil to create a more subtle, “no-makeup” look.
If you have dark hair, you can try a trick from makeup artist Mally Roncal. She suggests lining your upper lash line with black eyeliner and your lower line with brown for a soft, yet sexy eye makeup look.
Don’t Be Afraid of Color
You can also have a lot of fun with colorful eye makeup, and that goes beyond eyeshadow. Use colored eyeliner pencils to brighten up and enhance your eye color:
- Purples and maroons make green eyes glow.
- Navy blue and purple enhance blue eyes.
- Green and golds brighten up brown eyes.
- Gray and bronze play up earthy tones in hazel eyes.
Make Your Eyes Appear Larger
There are a number of tricks you can use to make your eyes appear larger than they are, and one of those involves eyeliner.
If you completely cover both the top and bottom lash lines with liner, you’re going to close the eye, making it look smaller. To prevent that, only apply your liner halfway, to the middle of your eye, on both the top and bottom.
Create a Smoky Eye
Smoky eyes are sexy, and they’re easier than you may think. The secret is to use a kohl pencil, and the fatter the better.
- Warm up the kohl pencil by rubbing it on the back of your hand.
- Dot it along the upper and then the lower lashes using the dash technique.
- Dab a cotton swab with a little moisturizer or eye cream into it, then smudge your line of kohl dots with it.
- Finish with a sweep of dark shadow (try some browns, deep purples, or blues) to the lid.
How many of you wanted to create perfectly lined eyes but ended up looking like a panda instead?
Don’t get me wrong, pandas are damn cute, but I don’t want to look like one when I have to attend a wedding or something. Knowing how to apply the eyeliner is one of the basics of makeup, so if you love makeup, you eventually learn how to do it. I am no exception! My go to is the winged eyeliner. When I feel lazy and don’t feel like doing myself up too much, I like going all out on my eyeliner. We’ve broken this potentially scary tasks into steps so that it’s easy to understand.
Let’s look at the products you will need to apply eyeliner like a pro!
Things You Will Need
- Eyeliner (with an eyeliner brush if required)
Before we talk about how to apply the eyeliner, we must go through the basics of the types of eyeliners out there that you can use.
Types Of Eyeliners
Although this may seem intimidating at first, this is probably going to become your best friend if you love those cat eyes. I, for one, swear by it. They usually come in pots, so you’ll need to use a brush for it. I highly recommend the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline.
A liquid eyeliner is best for precise application. These liners come in two types of packaging, a tiny vial-like bottle with an extremely fine and precise dipping brush, and a marker type pen with a felt tip. If you’re a beginner, then I suggest you go for the latter one. The Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner by Too Faced is a good choice for the felt tip liner.
This type of eyeliner is usually the first one we all started out with. It’s best used to line the water line and also to create a smokey look. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil is the no-brainer choice for the pencil eyeliner.
And now, we shall proceed with the tutorial with no further ado!
How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly – Tutorial
Step 1: Prep Your Eyes
This is a step that is quite overlooked, but is, in fact, the most important step. After cleansing your face, apply a moisturizer for the face and an eye cream around the eyes. The eye cream helps with premature wrinkles and evens out any redness or discoloration near the area.
Step 2: Start With A Clean Base
To achieve an even and clean base, apply a small amount of eye primer on the eyelid, under your eyes, and around the general eye region where any kind of eye makeup would go. The primer’s main job is to make the skin smoother so that it becomes easier to apply makeup. This will give you a flawless finish and also keep the makeup in place for a long time. Apply a concealer on top of the eyelid and the under eyes. Blend it well, and make sure to set it with a setting powder.
Step 3: Line Away!
Now comes the main part – the eyeliner. You can either use the brush that comes with it or buy one. Start with a line above your lashes. Make sure you use small lines and strokes. It’s always better to build it up. If you make it too thick, you might create a mess out of it, so keep the strokes small. Once you are satisfied with one eye, do the same with the other one. Try to keep it as symmetrical as possible.
Now you have your basic eyeliner done!
But if you want to go further and wing it out, read ahead!
Step 4: Wing It Out!
I can never stop at just the eyeliner on the eyelid. I think I have an involuntary reaction to wing it out or something. I feel like it completes me somehow. Okay, so moving on to how you achieve this look. The trick to finding the right angle is to follow the natural line of the lower lash line. If a line extended from your lower lash line, that is where your liner should wing out to. Map out the line and fill it in slowly. Take your time with this when you’re first starting out, because if you mess it up, you’ll have to start over.
Step 5: Finishing The Look!
After you have successfully winged out your liner (congratulations are in order!), you can proceed to line your lower lash line (only in the outer half) with a pencil liner and smudge it out. Apply some mascara, and you are done!
Here are some tips and tricks to help you achieve that perfect wing.
More Tips And Tricks To Apply Eyeliner
- While applying, make sure you have a place to rest your elbow. This makes it easier to apply and provides you with a steady hand, which will give you a clean and precise finish. If you have a vanity or a table, it’s best to do your makeup on that.
- Use a cosmetic mirror. Trust me, this helps a lot! Usually, they come double sided, where one side is a normal mirror and the other side is magnified. I find that the magnified one helps you achieve a cleaner finish as you can get a closer look.
- Always look down while applying your liner. Looking up can make you get the shape wrong.
- Do NOT stretch your eyelid while creating the wing. This will mess up the wing. Apply in small strokes without moving the skin too much.
- If you still find it difficult to create the extension for the wing in a straight line, you can use a credit card and create a line by holding it against your lower lash line to where your wing should be.
- You can also use tape to create the wing.
You probably came in here all intimidated. I can completely relate to that. It took me a while to get it right; do know that it requires some practice. You can’t sprout wings in a day (pun intended)! Do let us know how it turns out by commenting in the box below.
Expert’s Answers for Readers’ Questions
What color eyeliner should you use for green eyes?
Red is a complementary color for green, so choose shades that have red undertones, such as purple (lavender or violet) and bronze. Try MAC Technakohl Eyeliner Kajal in Image Concious.
Can you use eyeliner as lipstick?
Yes, you can. You can use eyeliner pencils as lip colors/lip pencils. For eg., Chromographic Pencils from MAC is a two-in-one pencil.
What color eyeliner would you recommend for blue eyes?
The colors that complement blue eyes would be different shades of purple, brown, gray, and silver. Avoid wearing blue and black liners. Try NYX Studio Liquid Liner in Extreme Smokey Grey.
What color eyeliner would you suggest for hazel eyes?
Go for rich, autumnal colors like golds, browns, and greens as these colors would enhance the color of your eyes. Any of these colors would look great on its own or with a trace of black eyeliner and mascara. Try Revlon Color One-Stroke Defining Eyeliner in the shade Glazed Green.
What color eyeliner would you recommend for brown eyes?
Brown is the most common eye color and is very easy to work with when it comes to makeup. Use shades of blue/purples and metallic tones of golds, browns, and bronze as these will make the eyes stand out more. Try Maybelline Vivid And Smooth Eye Liner Pencil in shade 6.
Can you use lip liner as eyeliner?
Yes, you can. You can buy pencils that can be worn both as an eyeliner and a lip color/lip pencil. For eg., Chromographic Pencil from MAC is a two-in-one pencil.
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You’ve either just discovered that this awesome cosmetic exists, or have finally decided to give it a shot and overcome your fear of pencils near your eyes. Either way, searching online for how to apply eyeliner can be a daunting task. Endless lists of the varieties of eyeliner and different application processes for each can seem overwhelming. It doesn’t have to be though. In this article, we’re going to take some baby steps and go over the absolute basics of applying eyeliner, and before you know it, you’ll be a pro!
Where to Start
First, you have to choose which eyeliner you want to apply. If this is your first time applying eyeliner, it’ll be easier for you to do so with a standard pencil eyeliner. These are more forgiving if you have shaky hands or if you’re just starting out and mess up a little bit. With a liquid eyeliner, you move your eye, and suddenly there’s a whole line across your eyelid, whereas with a pencil eyeliner, there will more than likely be just a tiny smudge.
All you need are:
- This article
- A mirror
- A pencil eyeliner
- Make-up remover
I use the make-up remover wipes because they’re easy, you can use them more than once, and they are miraculously never too wet. Any make-up remover you prefer will work though.
Do not wait until you are getting ready to walk out the door or after you have already applied all your other makeup to do this. You want to make sure you have time to play with it a little bit and get the look you want. For some people, that might happen the first time you ever touch an eyeliner pencil. For others, it might take a few tries. If it takes a few tries, you’re just going to wind up wiping off your other makeup in the process of wiping off the eyeliner. If you’re on your way out the door, you might feel a bit rushed and that can make this a little more difficult. So, take a minute, turn up some music, and have fun with it!
If you tilt your head back slightly and close your eyes just a tiny bit, you can see your upper eyelid, and it’s really easy.
Place your finger at the corner of your eye and pull outwards, making the skin taut. Another variation of this is to pull the skin outwards and upwards. Either way will work great!
How to Position Your Eye
Now that it’s time to actually put on the eyeliner, take a seat in front of your mirror (with your laptop, eyeliner, and make-up remover) and look at your reflection. I’ve never heard of anyone looking straight in the mirror to apply eyeliner. It doesn’t work out well. A very common way to apply eyeliner is to tilt your head back and look into the mirror. This way, your eyes are partially closed so that your eyelid is exposed but partially open so that you can see your eyelid.
This isn’t easy for everyone to do. Another great way to start out is to close one eye, similar to when you’re applying eye shadow, and keep the other eye is open so that you can see what you’re doing. After you close the one eye, take the hand you won’t be applying eyeliner with and pull the corner of your eye outwards, making the eyelid tighter. If the eyelid is taut, it will be easier to apply the eyeliner.
A third option is a combination of the two. You tilt your head back, looking down, and pull the skin on the outside of your eyelid tighter at the same time. Your eye will still be open, allowing you to see more, and the eyelid will be in a position that makes this pretty simple.
The second method is easier for me to apply pencil eyeliner, while the first is easier for me to apply liquid eyeliner. Try them out and see which one works best for you! (I know it sounds like a lot, but if you try out all three, it really only takes less than about two minutes.)
Applying the Eyeliner
For beginners, there are two basic ways to apply eyeliner. One way is to start by making dots along the upper lid. After you have made the dots, you simply connect them.
The second easiest way is to simply start in the middle of the upper lid and draw the line outward. After that, you start toward the inner corner of your eye and work your way to the middle in small, even strokes until you have done the upper lid.
That Bottom Line You Missed
Once you have put on the eyeliner, it’s very common to look in the mirror and realize there is a fine line right above your eyelashes that is completely bare (this is especially likely if you applied it with your eye closed all of the way). That’s ok.
Simply position your eye the same way you did to apply the eyeliner, and apply the eyeliner across that line. Most people find that it is easier to hold the pencil from the above to apply eyeliner the first time, then to angle it from below while finishing this little line.
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I t can be smoky and smudgy or precise and angular, but eyeliner is one of the trickier propositions when it comes to our beautifying regimes. Make-up artist Justine Jenkins agrees, ‘Applying eyeliner seems to create fear in everyone, but don’t worry, it’s nothing a little practice and following my foolproof tips can’t sort’.
Here Jenkins, who has worked with Laura Whitmore, Fearne Cotton and Oscar-nominated actress Charlotte Rampling, shares her tips for perfect liner every time.
Eyeliner application trick
‘If you’re just starting to experiment with eyeliner have a few cotton buds dipped in eye make-up remover to hand in order to effortlessly remove any mistakes.’
Powder eyeliner for beginners
‘For beginners my tip would be to use eyeshadow as a powder liner as this technique is definitely the easiest to master. With any eyeliner application I recommend starting off by looking down into a handheld mirror as this allows you to see what you’re doing and you can rest your elbow on the same surface to keep your hand steady.’
‘To apply, take a flat brush like the Vegan Angle Brush by Inika, £14, and dip it into your chosen eyeshadow. Eyeshadows are great for beginners because they give a softer finish than kohl pencils or gel and liquid liners, which makes mistakes slightly easier to clean-up. A deep matte eyeshadow like Nars Eyeshadow Duo in Pandora, £25, or Nars Eyeshadows in Thunderball and Coconut Grove, £18 each.’
‘Start by pressing , not drawing,the colour into and along the lash line,’ advises Jenkins, ‘and then join up the dots. For a pretty, soft finish blend the pigment in using a dry cotton bud or a smudger brush.’
How to apply pencil eyeliners
‘When you’re using a kohl eyeliner the first thing is to make sure your pencil is sharp as this will allow you to get the kohl as close to the lash line as possible. Start at the inner corner of your eye and draw a fine line up to where the lashes start. Change the angle slightly and start to press the pencil into the lash line, massaging the colour in between the lashes as you go along. When you’ve reached the outer corner of lashes either blend it all together with a smudger or cotton bud, or make it thicker by going over the liner again.’
‘For added definition take the liner all the way to the lower inner corner of the eye and for a dramatic effect apply to the inner lower water line. One tip that really works is to apply kohl along the inner upper water line as this creates the illusion of really full lashes. For red carpet looks, I use Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kohl Liner, £16, or Bare Minerals Lasting Line Longwearing Liner, £15.’
The low maintenance eyeliner look
‘Chunky eye liner crayons are a great innovation for making a smoky eye really easy – and incredibly quick! Their soft formulations go on seamlessly and blend easily so you can create a subtle or a really intense look. You don’t have to be as precise as you are with a kohl pencil liner, in fact it’s much simpler. Just apply roughly to the lash line and blend. I love the finish I get from the Nars Velvet Shadow Stick, £21, and the Charlotte Tilbury Colour Chameleon Eye Pencil, £19.
The tricky liner technique
‘Gel liners are probably the most versatile eyeliner product with a deep, long-lasting colour, but it does take a little bit of practice to get it right. You can use gels to create anything from a thin, barely there line right the way through to a dramatic, bold feline flick.’
‘Take an eyeliner brush and dip it into the gel pot making sure you wipe off any excess. Start in the inner corner and trace a line close to the lashes, pressing the colour into the lash line as you draw. Stop three-quarters of the along the lash line, don’t worry about precision here as you’ll be going over this. Then, look straight ahead into a mirror and place a dot of liner beyond the natural lash line where you want your eyeliner to finish. Start at this dot and trace the line back to the inner corner of the eye and then again to the outer corner. This will create a triangle that you can now fill in. From this shape you can thicken up the line or draw the flick out even further.’
Introduction: How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner
Eyeliner is simultaneously one of the most basic and challenging skills for a makeup wearer to learn. In my opinion pencil eyeliner is the easiest to learn so that’s where we’ll start. This tutorial is for beginners so I will not be adding a wing.
Pencil eyeliner: I used Burt’s Bees Nourishing Eyeliner Pencil in black.
Lid primer or concealer (optional): I used Urban Decay’s Primer Potion.
Eyeshadow (optional): I used Colourpop’s Double Entendre palette.
Eyeshadow brush (optional): I used the Morphe E13.
Makeup sponge (optional)
Step 1: Start With Clean Skin
All cosmetics apply will apply more easily to clean skin, so wash your face!
Step 2: Prime Your Lids
If you do not have a lid primer or concealer skip to step 4, but I find that any eyeliner will last longer if applied over primer and eyeshadow. Dab the primer on your lids and blend into your lid with a makeup sponge or your finger.
Step 3: Apply Eyeshadow
This step is only necessary to set the primer from the last step. Choose a color close to your skin tone for a natural look. Take the color of your choice on a fluffy eyshadow brush such as the Morphe E13 and blend over your lids.
Step 4: Start With a Sharpened Liner
A sharp pencil will produce a clearer line and is more sanitary, which is a must for anything going near your eye!
Step 5: Drawing the Line
Use short strokes to connect the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye. Try opening your eye once you are halfway across your lid to achieve a more predictable result and keep the pencil as close to your lash line as possible.
Step 6: The Finishing Touches
Once your initial line is drawn you can go back in and smooth it out with your pencil to get the best result.
You might have 99 problems, but your liner won’t be one.
Even though eyeliner is probably one of the first makeup products you ever purchased, it’s still, after all these years, somehow one of the hardest to apply. ’Cause unlike intuitive products like blush or foundation, eyeliner can go very wrong, very fast (and I’ll be the first to attest to that, considering my f*cked-up eyeliner has made me late to work more times than I’d like to admit). That said, there are some game-changing tricks in the beauty community that’ll help you apply eyeliner like a pro, and they’re actually pretty easy to master.
Ahead, 12 tips and tricks for perfecting your eyeliner every time along with my favorite products to get the job done.
1. How to Apply Eyeliner With Precise Lines
The problem: You’re lining your eyes with a dull liner rather than with a sharp one.
The fix: If your eyeliner turns out thick and smudgy regardless of how carefully you apply it, it might be time to give your pencil a quick sharpen. Lining your eyes with a flat-tip pencil will leave you with rough, uneven lines, so keep a sharpener in your makeup bag at all times.
2. How to Apply Eyeliner That Doesn’t Transfer
The problem: Your liner transfers onto your eyelids, leaving behind a “stamp” of pigment.
The fix: Transfer is annoying AF but also fairly common, especially if you have smaller, hooded eyelids or oily skin. Try increasing the height of your eyeliner so the line is still visible when you open your eyes. That way, when your eyelid folds and opens, your liner will stay put.
3. How to Apply Colored Eyeliner
The problem: You are sick of classic black eyeliner but haven’t totally figured out how to wear colored eyeliner.
The fix: Keep it simple and accentuate your upper or lower lash line with a thin line of color rather than a full-on, super-intense block of it. Here are some of my favorite colored eyeliners to get you started:
Pencil eyeliner gives the eyes a gentler definition than gel or fluid, is simpler to smirch with control, and for beginners is a lot simpler to apply than the other two alternatives. With regards to the advanced pencil eyeliner, we have two options: programmed or customary, the two of which have their good and bad times.
With programmed eyeliner pencils, the conspicuous in addition to is that you never need to hone it, wiping out both the need of a sharpener and the majority of the chaos that joins it. They arrive in a plastic pen-style tool and when you go through the head, you just bend the base to raise more item. The drawback of not having the option to hone an eyeliner is that except if you move it in specific ways with each utilization (or on your hand, which would be inefficient), the leader of the tip will turn out to be level after only a couple of employments, making the liner thicker on your eye and along these lines somewhat harder to control the result. Essentially, programmed liners are not as delicate or smooth as the customary pencils, so in case you’re searching for something somewhat more extreme or in case you’re encountering seeping with your conventional pencil, attempt a programmed and let us know how you feel about the distinction. In any case, remember that an intense liner implies it’s somewhat rougher on the eye, which we as a whole know to be an exceptionally fragile territory, so a decent method to release up an extreme liner is to warm it up with your breath (no joke).
Conventional pencils, then again, have a more noteworthy nearness available which implies you have more options (dependably something worth being thankful for) in shading and surface. The drawback of this sort of eyeliner is that if the eye isn’t prepared appropriately, the creamier kinds can drain either on the lower lash line or around the eye. So as to avoid this, utilization an eyeshadow base (regardless of whether you are simply wearing liner) set with powder. This will enable the liner to hold fast to the base rather than your eyelid, which if tends to get somewhat slick around late morning isn’t the best choice. As a result of their less unpleasant nature, conventional pencils skim simpler within the lower eyelid, and on the off chance that you have touchy eyes you should be aware of tearing while applying liner to this zone of the eye.
All in all, how to apply? The primary thing to recall is to be incredibly delicate when managing the eye territory, as it is extremely touchy. Pulling the eye instructed so as to get a pleasant, clean line might be the most straightforward approach however it surely isn’t the best so endeavor to abstain from doing this no matter what. Rather, utilizing your contrary hand in all respects delicately pull the cover up, rather than out, and make short strokes with your pencil. Begin at the focal point of your eye and move out towards the external edge at that point attract the other heading, from the inside to the internal corner.
Since we are utilizing a pencil eyeliner, the line can will in general be marginally thicker than we would check whether utilizing fluid or gel liners. On the off chance that that is the look you are going for, great. What’s more, if not, we can at present use pencil liners to accomplish the look you are going for.
For a more slender line, utilize the pencil sideways with the goal that it is basically parallel to your top. This powers you to utilize a lighter hand, and thusly you will get a lighter and more slender line. Another trap to get a more slender line is to adhere to a meaningful boundary somewhere between your top and your lash line. Since just 50% of the pencil will hit your skin, you’ll get an a lot more slender line.
Obviously, another alternative is smoke out or smirch the liner. So as to do this, apply the liner as untidy as you need to the upper cover (and for a completely smokey look, the lower lash line and lower water line) at that point take a smirch brush, clean eyeliner brush, or even a cotton swab and mix out the unforgiving shading and line of the liner you simply connected. You can move it up on to your top to wear it as a shadow or keep it near the lash line.
One of my preferred systems is tight lining, or undetectable eyeliner, which is most effectively and adequately done utilizing pencil eyeliner (waterproof, ideally). We will line the upper bit of the internal lash line, beginning in the inside and moving out, at that point returning to the middle and moving in. To get to the territory, utilize the finish of a brush or a spotless finger to delicately drive your top up, uncovering the wet region. In the event that you are attempting it out of the blue, it might tickle and your eyes may water a bit however both of those things disseminate with time.
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As beauty editors, some of the most commonly asked questions we get relate to eyeliner. After all, anything from an intense cat eye to a barely there wing can elevate your makeup look in an instant. When it comes to knowing which look, technique and product is best for you though, it’s important to consider your eye shape . If you’re someone with almond-shaped eyes, the good news is that your eyeliner options are seemingly endless. To get tips on how to apply eyeliner for almond-shaped eyes, we spoke with celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo .
Tip #1: Start With a Pencil When Applying Eyeliner on the Lower Lash Line
“I always recommend pencil before liquid because it helps you sketch the line before you commit to the liquid,” says Oquendo. “Liquid liner is much harder to manipulate once it’s applied, whereas pencil is far more malleable and blendable, so it’s easier to work with and more forgiving.” He recommends using a pencil eyeliner, like the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil , to cover the waterline and the lower lash line. “With almond eyes, you can evenly distribute the color along the lashes or focus on the outer corner for an even more elongated eye shape.”
Tip #2: When Doing a Wing, Flick It Upwards
“When you have almond-shaped eyes, you want to flick your wing liner upwards, which will lift and complement the eye shape,” says Oquendo. For a winged eyeliner, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Mechanical Eyeliner . It’s an easy-to-use eyeliner that offers a precise application and a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
Tip #3: Always Elongate Your Liner
If you want your eyeliner to make your eyes appear more awake and wide, Oquendo recommends stretching out your eyeliner line. “With almond eyes, I love creating an elongated winged liner,” he says. “I like to pull my liner out a bit more at the outer corners of the eye for a wide-eyed and lifting effect.”
Tip #4: Start With a Thick Line
When creating an eyeliner look on almond-shaped eyes, Oquendo says to start with a thicker line. Because your eye shape naturally curves, it’s easier to start with the big, thick shape and carve into it to see what needs to be made thinner or built upon. Oquendo says that doing so sculpts a shape that exactly fits the eye.
Tip #5: Don’t Be Afraid to Try Different Eyeliner Looks
“To me, you’ve won the lottery when it comes to the most flattering eye shape for eyeliner,” says Oquendo. You can use all different types of the eyeliners and create all different types of looks on your eye. “There isn’t one type that’s more flattering than the other.” So don’t be afraid to experiment!
With the right makeup, the eyes look even more expressive. Whether you prefer a natural everyday look, playful with curved eyeliner for the first date or rather dramatic with cat eyes for going to a club – the eyeliner is the absolute all-rounder. But handling it is not that easy. Inexperienced hands must be trained for a successful result. Many women make some mistakes that are difficult to conceal afterwards. We take the challenge have a look at the most common makeup mistakes and show you how to apply eyeliner correctly. No other makeup product can do so much – with an eyeliner, little eyes are highlighted and eyes stand far apart look visually closer. For an expressive and open look, you should not only have a sure hand, but also use the right product and brush.
How to apply eyeliner correctly – a quick review of products and brushes variety
No other makeup product can do so much: with an eyeliner, little eyes are highlighted, eyes that stand far apart look visually closer, you can hide minor imperfections, etc. For an expressive and open look, you should not only have a secure hand, but also use the right product and brush. Here are the three options available:
– Apply a liquid eyeliner with an eyeliner brush.
– Gel eyeliner is easy to handle and can also be used without a brush.
– Felt tip eyeliner is perfect for beginners. You do not need a brush for it.
– Pencil liner can be applied easily and can be smudges with a pencil brush.
How to apply eyeliner correctly – 6 most common mistakes
Use a dull pencil
Wrong (right): Draw a line with a dull pencil. Result: a broad, inaccurate line that can hardly be corrected.
Right (left): Use a sharp pencil to draw a thin, precise eyelid line close to the lash line.
Not applying a primer
Wrong: Apply the eyeliner without a primer. Result: The eyeliner does not last long and gets smudged during the day.
Right: Always apply powder or a light eye shadow as a primer. If necessary, set the eyeliner in place with black eyeshadow and a flat definer brush.
Leaving gaps between the lash line and the eyeliner
Wrong (right): The liner is not applied close to lash line. Result: gaps are created.
Right (left): Apply liner as close to the lashes as possible. Then smudge with a pencil brush.
The line on the lower eyelid line too thick
Wrong (right): Apply thick line on the lower eyelid. The result: the eye is optically reduced.
Right (left): A thin and precisely drawn line makes the eye shape look better.
Apply the black eyeliner on the inner edge of the lid
Wrong (right): Applying eyeliner to the inner edge of the eyelid. Result: The eye looks tired and small.
Right (right): Apply the eyeliner to the outer edge of the eyelid. Then emphasize the eye with light eyeshadow.
Try to draw the wing boldly.
Wrong (right): Inexperienced hands find it difficult to draw the wing. Result: A thick line that can hardly be corrected.
Right (left): Make two-three single strokes and then connect and color them.
How to apply eyeliner correctly – useful tips
Here are some useful tips how to apply eyeliner correctly.
Start from the center of the eyelid towards the outer corner using an angled brush. Make sure the line is as close to the eyelashes as possible. If necessary, blend the pencil with a pencil brush.
Follow the lash line from the inner corner and connect it to the center.
Follow the lower lash line for the wing and stamp with the brush.
Connect the wing with the lash line and fill in.
This article on best pencil eyeliner covers some of the top brands, how to apply, how to wear or how to use, tips, pros, cons, etc. All this will be covered step-wise manner, including a video guide, some secrets and advice to ensure you are successful.
Pencil Eye liners
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- MAC Eye Kohl Smolder
- Milani Liquif’Eye s
- Maybelline New York Unstoppable Onyx
- MAC Chromagraphic Pencils
- L’Oreal HIP Chrome
- Revlon colorstayeye liner
- Avon Glimmerstick waterproof
- Maybelline master drama eye liner
- Maybelline New York Line Express eye liner
- SEPHORA COLLECTION Liner Electro – Glitter
- NYX Cosmetics Slim – 6pc Glitter
- Milani Glitzy Eyes Retractable Glitter
- Avon Glimmersticks Blackest Night Black
- NYX Cosmetics Slim 9pc Glitter Eye Liner Pencils
- Urban Decay 24/7 Eye liners
- Rimmel Special Eyes
- Jumbo eyeliner pencils
The above list of best pencil eyeliners is long and you are bound to be confused on which one to go for. This should not be the case since you have to compare their prices, read various pencil eyeliner reviews, see what users say about them as well as their ratings. This will make it much easier for you to choose from the above list best brand list. Furthermore, ensure you also choose the pencil , gorgeous and very dramatic. You will find the steps on how to apply pencil eyeliner much easier since this type of eyeliner is generally easier to apply. Of course, before you even learn how to apply pencil liners, you need to choose the right color that complements well the . Beginning with the inner eye corner, draw a line as on your lash line as close to the root of your eyelashes as possible. If you find it easier, you could use short strokes of lines. You could keep the line thinner towards the eye corners and thicker in the middle or as you would wish. If you like, you could smudge the first line slightly to make it softer using your finger or the opposite end of your pencil eyeliner. Next, draw a line on your lower lash line working inwards. The line should be close to the lash line. Again, you could use shorter strokes if drawing a continuous line will be difficult to you. The line should be thin on the outer and inner corner and thicker at the middle as in the case of upper eyelashes. Most top eye makeup artists recommend you apply the lower lash line only half way from the outer eye corner. Repeat the process for the other eye.
Step 3 – Cat Eye Looks
This step is optional for people who want cat eye looks. You should flicker the outer corner of your upper lash line to make it wind up and outwards. This slightly upwards curl could also be done using the eyeliner pencil with minimal pressure. Read exclusively on Cat Eye Eyeliner/Winged Eyeliner and Various Styles.
Step 4 – Final Touches
For a more dramatic look, you could start making a line from middle of your upper eyelashes using small-connected dashes and make them much thicker towards your outer corners eyes. In case of any mistake, you could use the makeup cleanser or remover to clear it and begin the whole process from steps one of how to apply eyeliner makeup above for the affected area. Of course, you will not wash it.
Step 5 – Apply Mascara
It should be clear that mascara is applied only after you have applied your eyeliner. However, eye shadow should be before you. Note – We did not discuss steps for applying, wearing or putting on eyeshadow. We assume you already know them. If you do not, see how to apply eyeshadow like a pro.
How to Apply Pencil Eysliner Video Guide
Applying Pencil Eyeliner Tips, Secrets and Advices
It is a fact that they are the simplest to apply. However, they might not end up being easier unless you try some of the tips discussed below. This is what most makeup artists across the world are encouraging people to try.
- If your it seems a bit hard, warm it by cupping your hand on it for a few seconds. This will make it much creamer and easy to apply.
- Silicon pencil eyeliners have been known to last longer and easy to apply. Try them if you are new.
- People who have small eyes should ensure they do not apply it to cover the entire length of their lower lash line. This will make their eyes look much smaller. See more on small eye makeup
- Avoid applying eyeliner on your inner eyelid as this can introduce some bacteria to your eyes
- If you have shaky hands, you could place the elbow of your dominant hands on a firm table and begin applying it.
- To help set your it, use the angled brush to apply eye shadow, the same color as your eyeliner on top of the eyeliner.
- Glittery pencil eye liner will be perfect when you are going for an off party. However if you decide to use them, you should follow the tips, advice and secrets of using glittery eyeliners.
Pencil eyeliners are the easiest to use and most commonly used. You should follow the above steps on how to apply them carefully if you want to be successful. It is worthwhile to note that different makeup artists might give directions that slightly vary and their applicability depends of your expertise. Start looking dramatic today.
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Call us crazy, but doesn’t it often feel like the simplest of products are the hardest to find? Take black eyeliner for example. It’s a go-to item in everyone’s makeup bag, and there’s no shortage of options out there (take a quick trip to the drugstore beauty aisle and you’ll see what we mean) but finding the best formulas is no easy feat. A lot of them crease and smudge easily, a nightmare scenario for anyone trying to master a fierce cat eye. So, to help you sort through all the choices, we weeded out the poor picks.
Read on to discover the top eyeliner pencils out there that’ll glide like a dream and make all of your eyeliner looks a long-lasting reality.
Best Overall: Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil
True to its name, Pat McGrath’s Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil glides on smoothly, thanks to its infusion of silicone, making it easy to play with. You can keep the line super precise, or smudge it out before it dries for a smokey eye look. The highly pigmented color is bold and beautiful, creating dramatic definition. It comes in three matte shades and two shimmer finishes, and each color gives off high fashion vibes.
Best Budget: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liner
Rimmel’s creamy kajal liner belies its price tag. Packed with pigment, you can build the color for as much drama as you’d like, and blend away as you please. The waterproof formula truly doesn’t budge and will stand up to sweat and humidity, even on the steamiest summer days.
Best Drugstore: Maybelline New York Eyestudio Master Gel Pencil
The 1.8 mm micro tip on this pencil can be used to draw a cat eye, and even allows you to get super close to the lash line—a tough feat—and it stays exactly where you applied it. The pencil automatically twists up, so you never have to worry about having a sharpener on hand, and it lasts for a whopping 24 hours of wear.
Well-defined eyes are the key to achieving a gorgeous eye makeup. But, at times the eyeliner starts running down your eyes. Isn’t it? Well, don’t worry. Now you can try these amazing makeup tricks and tips to prevent eyeliner from smudging!
How To Prevent Eyeliner From Smudging?
Follow these 7 simple tips and stop eyeliner smudging under eyes.
1. Use Good Eyeliner Formula
A good eyeliner formula itself will never budge or smear off your eyes. Always invest in a good eyeliner for your eye makeup. It will turn out to be your best friend in makeup. You need not buy an expensive eyeliner for it to be good. If you cannot afford high-end brands, it is best to go for affordable eyeliners. The best budget eyeliners include Lakme Absolute Shine Eyeliner, Maybelline Hyper Glossy Liquid Eyeliner and Kryolan Liquid Eyeliner.
2. Apply Concealer In The Under Eye Area
Take your favorite concealer and apply it in patting motions on your under eye area. This step will prevent your eyeliner from running. It also prevents its seeping into the fine lines of the under eye area. Evening out the skin, the creamy formula of the concealer fills in all the lines. It acts as a barrier between the skin and your eyeliner, so that the formula lasts longer and stays fresh.
3. Try The Layering Technique
Don’t we all try layering our lipstick to make it vibrant and long-lasting? The technique is simple – apply, blot and reapply again! Well, the same trick applies for your eyeliner too. This simple idea keeps your eyeliner intact for the whole day. Start by applying your eyeliner and then softly smudge it out with a pencil brush or a cotton swab. Then, reapply one more time and your eyeliner will last really long. It will not slip, smear or slide off your eyes!
4. Apply Face Powder
I know you are hearing it for the first time, but it works wonders! Just as setting your cream foundation with powder prevents creasing, powder your eyelids before application of eyeliner to avoid creasing and slipping off of the eyeliner. This technique helps in setting the eyeliner intact and in place.
5. Use Oil Absorbent Sheets
This trick will be of great help for people with oily skin. You might have noticed several times that within an hour of application of makeup, some shine and greasiness appear around your eye and t-zone areas of the face. Use good oil-absorbent sheets and blot on the area to remove any oiliness, which might lead to faster creasing and slipping of your eyeliner.
6. Use Primer
Eye primer helps in setting and intensifying your eyeshadow. It also helps in preventing your eyeliner from creasing. Start applying an eye primer and set it with your favorite compact powder, and then apply your eyeliner to make it last long, for the entire day.
7. Seal It Up
If waterproof eyeliner formulas still run away, try eyeliner sealers that are easily available today. The sealer helps in setting the eyeliner in place for long hours. The Kryolan Eyeliner sealer and Make Up Forever Eyeliner sealers can easily make your eyeliner a winner for you!
A Simple Tutorial On How To Stop Eyeliner From Smudging
Here is a list of products that you need, to prevent your favorite eyeliner from running down your eyes:
- Compact or translucent powder
- Shimmery gold eyeshadow from the Elf 144 Ultimate Eyeshadow palette (optional)
- Matte Black Eyeshadow from Oriflame Marcel Eyeshadow and Blush palette.
- Loreal Million Lashes Mascara
- Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal
Step 1: Pat The Eye Cream
Before we move on to the actual tutorial, we’ll need to get our eyes ready! Gently pat some eye cream to the under eye area to hydrate and relieve any dryness that is present. Apply and blend it completely with a light hand until it is fully absorbed into the skin. People with pigmented eyelids would have to use an orange or peach colored corrector prior to the layering of the concealer to get a flawless finish.
Take a liquid or cream concealer and gently pat it on your under eye area. If you have pigmented eyelids then you can apply the concealer over the eye area too. This trick will keep your eyeliner in place and prevent running. The added benefit of wearing a concealer is that it prevents seeping of the kajal into the thin fine lines of your under eye area. The creamy formula of the product fills all the skin lines, creating a flawless base. It also acts like a barrier between your skin and eyeliner.
Step 2: Set The Concealer
Then, set the concealer applied earlier with a translucent or compact powder to prevent smearing of the cream or liquid products. Pick a fluffy powder or eyeshadow brush and load some powder, then pat it on your eyelids as well as under eye area to avoid slipping off of your eyeliner. This makeup technique is loved by makeup artists as it sets the eyeliner intact for long hours!
Step 3: Apply Eyeliner
The next step is eyeliner application. Choose a perfect eyeliner formula depending upon your eye area. The formula plays a vital role in preventing running of eyeliners. Long wearing and smudge-proof formulas will last longer and you needn’t worry about them smearing off your eyes. You definitely needn’t invest in expensive eyeliners. If you really can’t afford expensive high-end brands, then the best bet is to choose affordable eyeliners like Lakme Eyeconic kajal, Maybelline Colossal kajal, Loreal Magique kajal. These are the best budget friendly kajals, which are easily available and stay for long hours. Apply the kajal thickly or thinly on your lower lash line as well as line your waterline with it.
Step 4: Set The Kajal
The next step is to set the kajal as we did with the concealer earlier. This is a really great trick to stop the eyeliner from smearing or running. After applying the eyeliner, allow it to dry for 2 to 3 seconds. Then, grab a black eyeshadow and layer it all over your eyeliner. The eyeshadow should be in the same color of your eyeliner. Use a fine thin or pointed eyeliner brush to create a neat and precise finish.
Step 5: Powder The Lower Under Eye Area
The final step is to powder the lower under eye area once again with a very light hand. This step will remove any fall outs left by the black eyeshadow as well as prevent any further running of the eyeliner.
That’s it, you have seal-proofed your eyeliner for good! Now rock the day from morning to night with no fear of kajal smearing or running! Have fun!
How do you prevent eyeliner from smudging? Share your tips with us.
No-fail tips for mastering five classic techniques
There’s more than one way to apply eyeliner. That being said, no matter whether we’re talking about how to apply liquid eyeliner, how to apply pencil eyeliner, or how to apply gel eyeliner there are a few hard and fast rules that are universally applicable. No eye pulling, heavy lower-lining, or applying when you’re in a rush. The last of these always ends terribly. Most other eyeliner transgressions are easily forgiven—if not up to personal discretion. As for just how you go about getting the perfect subtle line that both widens and brightens eyes? Well, that’s dependent primarily on your eye shape. Once you’ve nailed down the proper eyeliner technique for your eye shape (more on that here), allow us to serve as your guides on the journey to perfecting your lash-line look.
Ever heard of it? It’s the subtlest of eyeliner techniques and, quite surprisingly, not too tricky to pull off if you use our no-fail process. The easiest way to go about tightlining is to start with either a liquid or gel liner. Simply dab your brush or eye pen just below your upper lash line, but above the waterline. It creates a little extra oomph, making your lashes appear thicker than what can be achieved with just a coat or two of mascara alone.
Products to Try:
Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, $30; macys.com
Bobbi Brown Ultra Precise Eyeliner Brush, $31; macys.com
Lancome Artliner Precision Felt Tip Liquid Eyeliner, $31; ulta.com
Approach with caution. Sensitive eyes? Allergies? This one isn’t for you. Let us also say that a pencil is your best tool for this type of application. With caution (read: extreme levels), pull back your lashes so your waterline comes into view. Now, you may have tried this before and wondered why your liner just wouldn’t stick. It’s probably because there was too much moisture on the application site. Gently dry the waterline with a cotton swab or cotton pad then, use your pencil to line the dried waterline. You can also employ the same technique on your lower lash waterline if you’re looking to really kick up the drama. Whatever you do, don’t lay it on too thick.
Product to Try:
L’Oreal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Eyeliner, $5; target.com
What’s the difference between a cat eye and winged liner, you ask? Some might say they’re one in the same. As far as we’re concerned though, there is a subtle difference. With a cat eye, there’s a definite upward motion, whereas winged liner just means your liner extends beyond your lash line—it could go out or up but, please, never down. There are a few different ways to achieve a winged liner look, but perhaps the simplest is just extending your liner out slightly beyond the lashes, then bringing a line from the lower corner of the lid up to meet it. Go thin at first, adding more weight as desired. It’s always easier to make a line heavier, but thinning it out typically requires completely starting over.
Product to Try:
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner, $25; sephora.com
Cat Eye Eyeliner
It is possible to freehand a cat eye but, in the year 2019, you don’t have to. Simply use the nifty little guitar pick-like tool linked below to trace the edge of your liner and create the perfect cat eye. The real conundrum is going to be finding the right time and place for this high-stakes look. Sunday service with Mama and them? Probably not. Saturday night out with the girls? Absolutely. But, as with most things, less is more. Just a subtle flick of liner, a hint of a cat eye, will do you just fine.
Product to Try:
BeautyBlender Liner.Designer, $16; beautyblender.com
WATCH: How To Apply Eyeliner
You’re going to want to watch a few YouTube videos before trying your hand at this one (start here). Begin with a liner and a powder eyeshadow in a color similar to that of your liner. Apply your liner to your lash line (we’ll leave it to you as to whether you choose to go lower, upper, or both). Then take your shadow and smudge it into your liner, using an angled brush. To finish, go heavy on the mascara. Now is the time to bust out your lengthening and volumizing wands—even if you need to use two different varieties. We’re fans of a mix-and-match mascara adventure, too.
Discover Charlotte’s expert tips and tricks on how to apply eyeliner, including liquid eyeliner pens, and kohl eyeliner pencils for perfect winged eyeliner.
- 29th July 2019
- By Team Tilbury
Discover Charlotte’s expert tips and tricks on how to apply eyeliner, and explore her dreamy collection to find the best eyeliner for you! Winged eyeliner is a go-to eye makeup look for many beauty-lovers including Charlotte Tilbury herself; the feline flick is her signature eye look! A strong defining line close to the upper-lashes creates a sultry, sexy look perfect for both day and night. Charlotte knows that a perfect winged liner look can be tricky to perfect, but with her easy-to-use collection of liquid, kohl and pencil eyeliners and expert top tips, you’ll be able to master a mesmerising winged liner in no time!
“A feline flick gives you amazing, hypnotic, sexy eyes. It’s a universal look that suits everyone.” – Charlotte Tilbury
HOW TO APPLY EYELINER FOR THE PERFECT, SLEEK FELINE FLICK
For a bold, sleek eyeliner look, choose The Feline Flick liquid eyeliner pen for precision. This expert eyeliner pen in Panther is the perfect liner for precise application with it’s fine-tipped calligraphy brush and ergonomic rubber handle for ultimate control. Read our step-by-step tutorial below to learn how to apply eyeliner for a sexy, cat-like makeup look!
Start by lining the upper lash-line with your The Feline Flick liquid eyeliner, getting as close to the root of the lashes as possible for a seamless look.
Now that you have your line in place, it’s time to get that hypnotic, winged eyeliner flick! Look straight ahead in the mirror and draw the line as if it were an extension of your lower-lash-line, in an upward direction to lift the eyes and perfect that feline shape.
To help with this, use a cotton bud and line it up against your eye to make sure you get the perfect angle! If you’re a beginner, Charlotte recommends drawing a small dot where you’d like your wing to end and joining this up to the liner on your lash-line.
How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner for a Smokey Winged Liner Look
If you prefer a softer, smokey eyeliner look for every day, kohl and pencil liners are must-haves for your makeup bag! Charlotte’s eye-defining Rock ‘N’ Kohl eyeliner pencils come in six mesmerising shades, from natural browns to electric purples! Or choose The Classic powder eyeliner pencil, available in black and brown, to add subtle definition to the eyes.
Start by lining the top lash-line with your eyeliner pencil, being sure to smudge close to the lashes so no skin is showing through.
Wing out in an upward direction, as before. As we’re going for a smokey look, this doesn’t have to be precise. Remember to use a cotton bud for extra guidance to get the angle perfect!
Take the Eye Smudger Brush and gently blend the eyeliner, softening and smudging out the edges for a gorgeously sexy, smokey look! Be sure to work quickly, as the Rock ‘N’ Kohl liner will set in place all day after 30 seconds.
With Charlotte’s Rock ‘N’ Kohl eyeliner pencil in Eye Cheat, line the bottom waterline to open up the eyes for a wider, brighter eye look.
To take your winged eyeliner look from desk to dancefloor, apply your eyeliner pencil along the lower lash-line, smudging out the edges for gorgeous sultry eyes.
Practice Makes Perfect
Remember, practise makes perfect when it comes to winged eyeliner. If you make any mistakes, take some of Charlotte’s Magic Cream moisturiser on a cotton bud and gently wipe away any smudges for a seamless result.
Complete The Look
To complete your gorgeous winged eyeliner look, curl your eyelashes with eyelash curlers, holding for 5 seconds. Next, apply lashings of Legendary Lashes Volume 2 mascara to the top and bottom lashes. Add extra mascara to the outer lashes to further elongate the eye and exaggerate the cat-eye look!
Open up the eyes by dusting some powder highlighter, or the Pop shade from your favourite Luxury Eyeshadow Palette on the centre of the eyelid.
Want to go for a full smokey glam look with your winged eyeliner? The Rock Chick from Charlotte’s 10 iconic makeup looks is a glamorous, dramatic makeup look featuring a killer smokey eye with an iconic feline flick!
Eyeliner tops the list of the bare essentials requisite for your beauty regimen. In fact, as per experts, you can count on this essential cosmetic to completely transform your look and revitalize your dull and tired appeal. Eyeliners essentially accentuate the look of the eyes and make them look larger than their actual size. However, more than the choice of good eyeliner, the technique you use to apply the same matters the most.
One correct stroke of the eyeliner can help you experiment numerous looks to suit your mood. Right from creating smoky eyes, to dramatic look to subtle appeal, it is the right strokes of the eyeliner which makes all the difference. Many guides have written pages on ways to apply eyeliner on the upper lids, however, in this guide, we’ll guide on how to apply eyeliner on the lower lid. So, take a paper and pencil and start taking notes.
How to apply pencil eyeliner on lower lid
Wearing pencil eyeliner on lower lid is almost similar to putting kohl smear on the bottom of your upper eye lids. Follow the procedure to learn how to apply eyeliner on the lower lid.
- Always check for the point of your pencil eyeliner before applying it on the lower lid. Always sharpen the blunt point of the pencil, further, doing the same also removes traces of unwanted bacteria clung on to the tip.
- Before you begin to apply eyeliner on lower lid, it is recommended to apply your eyeshadows and eyeliner on the upper lid. It is recommended to leave the task of applying eyeliner on lower lid at the end of your eye make-up.
- If you are comfortable using your right hand, then keep your left hand steady on the face by pulling your lower lid.
- Begin sweeping the eyeliner on lower lid in form of short strokes in the outer corner first. Those who are experts at applying eyeliners generally apply the eyeliner on lower lid in just one stroke, however, novice users are recommended to proceed the same in form of short strokes starting from the outer corner to the inner corner of the lower lid.
- If you want to achieve a softer look, smudge the applied eyeliner on the lower lid with your index finger.
- Now repeat the process in the left eye. Look at the mirror and smudge away unwanted traces of the eyeliner with the help of a damp tissue.
How to apply liquid eyeliner on lower lid
Before you begin to apply the eyeliner on lower lid, it is important that you dust some powder under your eyes right from the immediate lower region of the eye till the cheekbones.
- Now dip the brush into the liquid eyeliner and hold it in the hand you are most comfortable using. Use your less used or non-dormant hand to pull the skin under the eye until you finish applying the eyeliner.
- Look at the mirror and position your brush at an angle of 60 degree from the lower lid.
- Smear the brush gently over the eyelashes of the lower lid starting from the inner corner to the outer corner of the eye.
- Repeat the process on the other eye. It is recommended to avoid blinking of the eyes for a few seconds after the application of the eyeliner lest you spread it.
- If you want a more smoky appeal, smudge the eyeliner with your index finger while the eyeliner is still wet. This will create a smudged smoky appeal that you wanted to boast for your coveted party.
- Dust away the powder you had applied under the eyes.
How to apply gel eyeliner on lower lid
Before you begin to apply the eyeliner on the lower lid, it is important that make your choice of the right color that would essentially complement the kind of look that you want to bear.
- It is important to clean or wipe the angled brush that comes with the cream eyeliner before using the same. This step is important to get rid of any dirt or traces of eyeliner used in the previous usage.
- Next, pull your eyes from the bottom with your less dominant hand and hold the brush in the most dominant hand.
- Sit down and place the mirror in a way that your eyes are closely visible to you.
- Now dip the brush into the cream pot and gently apply the strokes onto your lower lid, closest to your eye lashes.
- It is better to start from the inner corner of the eye towards the outer corner. You can either form small strokes or make single stroke, depending on your proficiency.
- Next, smudge the stroke to get a more soft and subtle appeal. For more dramatic look, smear two-three lines on the lower lid.
These were some of the most do-able tips on how to apply eyeliner on lower lid. Practice them and create different looks!
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Are you looking How To Apply eyeliner like a pro? Applying eyeliner is not just as drawing a liner, it is an art that totally changes your look and makes your eyes beautiful.
Every woman wants a perfect look, whatever age they are. They are always conscious of her looks and makeup. Well, women are the beautiful creation of god, and the most important part of women is their beautiful eyes.
Eyes are the main point which enhances there all face glow. Their eyes are becoming more beautiful with the perfect eye makeup. Applying eyeliner is an important part of the eye makeup that totally changes your look.
Applying eyeliner is not that difficult but getting equal winged is difficult. But with the perfect tools and eyeliner tips, you can easily achieve a perfect eye makeup.
If you are looking at how to put on eyeliner perfectly or how to apply eyeliner like a pro on eyes?
Then you are the right place, in this article, I will share some tips on how to apply eyeliner perfectly. Let’s have a look at eyeliner tutorials beginner for the perfect eye look.
How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly
Before applying eyeliner, firstly see the size and shape of your eyes. Apply short eyeliner and keep the line thin if you have large eyes. If you have small eyes, then apply thick and long-winged liner.
1. Prepare Your Eyes Before Applying Eyeliner
This is the first and important step of eyeliner tutorials and before applying makeup. Gently clean and moisturize your face, then gently apply eye cream around the eyes.
Applying clean around the eye can treat premature wrinkles, discoloration, and redness near the area.
2. Apply Base
In the second step of the eyeliner tutorial. Take a small amount of eye primer and apply on the under the eyes, and around the eyes, it will help to stay your eye makeup long-lasting.
Apply some concealer on the under and top of an eyelid and blend it gently it will give you the flawless look. Now your eyes are ready for applying eyeliner.
3. Apply Tape
This is the easiest part of the eyeliner tutorials. Using scotch tape before applying eyeliner can help you to create a perfect wing it will work as a guide.
Apply the tape corner of your eye press the strip on your hand to make it a bit less tacky. The scotch tape just outside the end of the eye and the eyebrows.
4. Apply Eyeliner
Use liquid eyeliner because it will give you a finished look without any smudges. Use small lines and strokes it is a better way to build it up.
Apply the eyeliner half an inch past the corner. Tace along the tapes’ edges and do the same to another eye. Then allow your eyeliner to dry for 30 seconds. Then apply eyeliner to the rest of the eyelid.
5. Apply Mascara
For dark and glossy eyelash tightline your eyes and apply mascara it will enhance the beauty of your eyes.
Then with the white or brown eyeliner pencil tightline your waterline it will make you instantly more awake.
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It’s not a one-size-fits-all situation.
Let’s get one thing straight: You’re gorgeous and the “wrong” eyeliner isn’t going to change that. But applying eyeliner in a way that flatters your eye shape and highlights your best features will help you look even better—and feel super confident. So we asked Vanessa Eckels, a senior makeup artist with Hourglass Cosmetics, and celebrity makeup artist Kristofer Buckle, who has a namesake makeup line and a client list that includes Mariah Carey, Jessica Chastain and Christina Aguilera, to weigh in with their thoughts. Here, they offer their best (translation: easy) eyeliner tips that you’ll want to start applying on the regular.
Your celeb eye twin: Taylor Swift; America Ferrera
Keep your eyeliner soft and smoky, says Buckle. Liquid liner can create harsh borders around your eyes and make them look even smaller. With a pencil liner, begin your line a little out from the eyes’ inner corners—where your eyelashes start to get thicker—and draw to the outer corner. Then, create another soft line on the bottom, but starting from the middle of the eye out. Finishing with a flesh-toned pencil on your bottom waterline can open up your eyes and make them appear bigger.
Your celeb eye twin: Sarah Jessica Parker; Anna Paquin
The trick is to draw attention away from the inner corners of your eyes. Start at the middle of your top lash line, and apply pencil eyeliner outward so that you’re only lining the outer half of your eyes, says Buckle. As for the bottom, apply eyeliner to the last quarter of your eye. Another helpful trick: Extend your eyebrows a little at the ends with a brow powder. It creates the illusion that your eyes are farther apart.
Your celeb eye twin: Gabrielle Union; Amanda Seyfried
Use liquid or pencil eyeliner to apply a clean line starting at the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner, says Buckle. You’ll want to avoid a smudged or blended look. Winged eyeliner tends to pull your eyes apart even further, but that doesn’t mean the look is completely off limits. Just keep the wing short and draw the wing up towards the end of your eyebrows, instead of long and out toward your temples.
Your celeb eye twin: Sandra Oh; Jenna Ushkowitz
Go for a winged look with a line that gradually gets thicker towards the outer corners of the eyes, says Eckels. If your eyeliner smudges (as they often do with monolids), try a liquid or gel liner since they’ve got great staying power. This eyeliner look is fairly basic, so to create more depth and dimension, just layer your eye shadows. Start with a darker shadow close to the lash line and work with lighter shades as you move higher up the eyelid toward the brow.
Your celeb eye twin: Beyoncé ; Sofia Vergara
The almond-shaped eye has carte blanche when it comes to liner, says Buckle. But a classic cat-eye always looks great. Using a liquid liner, start a thin line on the upper inner corner of the eye and let the line get thicker as you move to the outer corner of eye. The wing exaggerates the angle of the eye and adds some drama. For a softer look, go with a classic smoky eye in soft browns or taupe.
Your celeb eye twin: Mila Kunis; Susan Sarandon
Using a neutral-colored eyeliner like a brown or taupe is super flattering for big eyes, says Eckels. The softer shade still highlights the eyes without being too bold, so you can line both the upper and lower lash lines. Creating a winged look with liquid or gel is a favorite of Eckels, or you could use gel or pencil and blend out the line with a smudge brush for a softer effect. Oh, and if you’re trying to make your eyes look smaller, line the full upper and lower lash lines in a dark shade.
Your celeb eye twin: Mindy Kaling; Cameron Diaz
A smoky look can make eyes look more sunken in, says Eckels, so stick with a thin, clean line that’s very close to your lash line (gel or liquid works great for this). In addition to liner, sweep a champagne-colored eye shadow across the lid, recommends Buckle. “You want to keep dark colors away from the crease and reflect as much light into that area as possible.”
Your celeb eye twin: René e Zellweger; Blake Lively
Those with hooded lids often find that eye makeup on the lid is more prone to smudging, says Eckels. Using a gel liner (liquid won’t work and pencil is too creamy), apply to the upper lash line at the very root of the lash from underneath. This gives great definition, but also avoids the potential smudging issue. Eyeliner doesn’t stand out as much with this particular eye shape, so what you do with your lashes is just as important, says Buckle. Use several coats of volumizing mascara or try falsies.
Eyes are the main attraction of any women and putting eyeliner to them can enhance your magnetism. Nobody will see your eyes unless you have put on a perfect eyeliner. Learning how to apply eyeliner perfectly is quite easy, it’s just that you need to remember few simple steps. Once you will master this art, you can try different variations of it that can enhance your beauty. So, let’s find out the right way to apply eyeliner to your eyes perfectly without smudging.
Types of eyeliner available:
First let’s learn about the types of it available in the market & how to choose one for you before we move ahead with technique of applying eyeliner:
- The Pencil Liner: The pencil is perfect for beginners, who are yet to learn about the advanced techniques like cat eye and winged eye flick. This eyeliner is quite popular among young girls because of its ease of application. If applied properly, it can give you a beautiful Smokey eye effect. The pencil is available in different- 2 shades, however pick one that is water proof and long lasting.
- The Felt Liner: The felt is a combination of liquid pencil. The ease & accuracy of applying this is exactly same that of pencil & liquid. However as per our recommendation, you should master the technique of applying pencil eyeliner first before moving to felt. There are a lot of application styles available to try with felt, as compare to pencil.
- The Gel-Based Liner: Gel eyeliner should be held softly as compared to pencil. They are bit tougher to apply in comparison to pencil. However, if you want a perfect smoky and much cleaner look, nothing works better than gel base.
Steps in applying eyeliner perfectly
- Choose Your Look: After learning about eyeliner types and their use, it’s time to choose a look for you based on the occasion. For a formal look go for a thin line, for informal appearance apply thick or winged eyeliner and for night out choose a smoky effect.
- Apply Your Regular Makeup first: To get a clean and perfect look always apply your eyeliner in the last after you have finished up with your routine makeup like foundation, eye shadow and blush. You can learn how to apply eye shadow and mascara perfectly here.
- Create a Dotted Line Along Lashes: If you are a beginner, start with your upper eyelid first and draw a dotted line close to the root of eyelashes. This step will eliminate any chance of mistake that you might face in drawing a perfect line thereafter. For advanced users, you can directly a draw a thin line close to the roots of your eye lashes.
- Connect the Dots: Now it’s time to connect these dots slowly, starting from inner corner of your eye to the outer one. If by any chance you got it wrong, remove it with the help of a cotton ball and redo the above step. Voila you are done
Create different looks with your eyeliner:
You can try different looks with these little variations in your regular eyeliner:
- Line Your Bottom Lashes: To get an impressive or a striking look, apply a thin line of eyeliner on your bottom lashes as well. Application method is same as explained in above steps. Draw a dotted line first and connect them later.
- The Cat Eye Look: This is a dream look of every girl. Simply draw a thick line close to your upper lashes and extend it beyond the outer corner of your eye. Similarly, draw a thin line close to your bottom lashes, extending it beyond the outer corner and join it with upper line. Now fill the space between them with pencil or gel
- The Vibrant Look (colored ): To get a colorful look, you need to have at least three different shades of mascara available with you. Divide your upper lash-line into three parts using dots. Now connect first two dots with one color, second & third dot with different shade and third and fourth dot with another color. Now, apply a thin black line on your lower lash and you are good to go with this most vibrant look.
- The winged look: This is a most favorite look among girls. To apply winged eyeliner, draw a thin line along the upper lash line of your eyes. You can also draw dots first and can connect them later. Now draw a thin diagonal line (45 degree) at the outer corner of your eye forming the shape of a wing. Close your eye and join the tip of a wing down to the middle of your upper lash-line using pencil eyeliner. It’s time to fill in the gap area with pencil or gel and you are ready to go!!
Expert tips to apply eyeliner perfectly
- The best way to apply perfect is to sit in a comfortable position with your elbow resting on a flat table. This will eliminate any chance of mistake that may happen.
- Pick a color that matches your skin tone, e.g. white or brown color eyeliner would look beautiful on fair skin whereas black would look perfect on dark shade.
- If by any chance you get messed up with your eyeliner, just grab an ear bud with some Vaseline on it and remove the spot.
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