No makeup look is ever complete without emphasizing the shape and size of your eyes. Even the best eyeshadow application can look like it’s missing something without a little eyeliner. A quick application of foundation, mascara, and lipstick can give you a fresh look when you are in a hurry, but nothing will make your eyes pop quite like eyeliner. It can be a pain to apply eyeliner if you aren’t sure how to do it. One day it may look flawless, other days, you end up with coon eyes and find yourself washing it off without reapplying! But if you follow these steps, you will know how to apply eyeliner perfectly everytime.
How to Apply Eyeliner Perfectly
It’s important to know the different types of eyeliner available because not all are applied the same. Some are harder to apply than others while some can go on very easily leaving more room for mistakes.
Before you begin, make sure your skin is moisturized, but not oily, so the gel can stick to your lid. Use a thin brush to create thin lines. You can always build upon these lines for a more dramatic look. A thicker brush will create thicker lines, so it is best to start with a thin brush if you are new to applying gel eyeliner.
- Dip a stiff, flat angled brush into gel pot and coat brush with eyeliner. Wipe the sides of the brush onto sides of the jar to take off the excess liner. Too much at once can cause clumping and won’t give you a thin line.
- Start at either the middle of the lid or outer corner of the eye. To get a perfect application, you need to work in sections instead of tracing along the whole lash line at once.
- Slowly and gently swipe brush along your lash line. Get as close as you can to the lash line to avoid thickness and mistakes.
- Make sure the inner corner of your eye only has a thin line and becomes thicker in the middle and outer corner of your eye.
- Reapply more if you want a thicker line or have bare spots.
Liquid Eyeliner Pen
The felt tip on a gel eyeliner pen will give you more control and precision with your application. Don’t apply too much pressure when applying or you will end up with smudges and thicker spots than you want. Think of this almost like a smaller, cleaner version of a paint pen. Applying too much pressure will cause the pen to bleed giving too much product at once.
- Start at the outer corner of your eye to begin applying.
- Use the tip of your pen to draw a thin line as close to your lash line as possible.
- Trace this line in sections from the outer corner to the middle, then from the middle to the inner corner of your eye.
- Gel eyeliner pens give a bold look from the start so you don’t need to reapply to the inner corner. This thin line should be enough unless you missed a spot. In that case, go back in with the tip to fill in any bare spots.
- Go back to the outer corner and tilt your pen slightly to its side to create a thicker line over your thin line. Trace this line gradually making the line smaller (it should still be thick in the center just not as thick as the outer corner). Once your thick line blends into your original thin line, you are finished!
Make sure the tip of your pencil is sharp with each application to create a precise, thin line.
If you use a colored pencil, choose to apply it to either your upper or lower lash line instead of both. This will give you a fresh pop of color without it being too much.
It’s always best to use a pencil eyeliner on your waterline over other types of eyeliner to avoid the product rubbing off or smearing.
Kohl pencils are also easy to smudge with a smudge brush if you want a bolder look without overpowering.
Use a pencil eyeliner to fill in any gaps underneath your top lid.
Some pencils may be too dry to apply straight to the lid. Soften it up by heating it for 2-3 seconds with a lighter.
- Hold your pencil so it’s slightly on its side to draw your line.
- Start at the outer corner and work your way inward working in sections for an even application.
- Apply in thin lines and draw the second layer to thicken if necessary.
Gel Eyeliner Pencil
A gel pencil is a great option for beginners due to its ability to blend well. It instantly gives off a smudged look so take a smudge brush to blend in any mistakes.
This cream-like pencil goes on very smoothly and easily.
- Lightly glide pencil over the lid as close to lash line as possible starting at the inner corner.
- Stroke gentle lines in sections until you make it across your lid.
- Either repeat over the first line to make a thicker line or blend with a smudge brush.
Brush-Tip Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner is meant to be used when you are going for a bold, precise look. It can’t be smudged, so trying to create anything other than a simple thin or thick line will only end in a mess.
You may find brush-tip liquid eyeliners in matte or satin finishes, and with or without glitter or a shimmer. Choosing which one to use is all about the type of look you are going for!
- Tip your head back a little bit to smooth out eyelid wrinkles to ensure a clean, straight application. Look downward into your mirror to keep your eyelid taut.
- Start your line where you feel the most comfortable. I prefer to start at the outer corner of my eye for each type of eyeliner, but some prefer the inner corner when starting with a liquid eyeliner. You can even start in the middle. It’s really all about preference. Just make sure to hug the lash line whichever spot you choose to start!
- Apply gentle strokes along the lash line and fill in any gaps by lightly dabbing the brush against those areas.
- Light pressure will give you thin lines which you want to start with when using liquid eyeliner. Thicken the line at the outer corner and keep the inner corner thin.
Whether used as a setting powder to set eyeliner in place or by itself, eyeshadow is great to use to enhance the features of your eye.
No matter which way you choose to use it as an eyeliner, you must first wet your brush to pick up the powder and have it stick to your lid. Using either water, facial toner, or a solution, wet your brush completely before picking up eyeshadow. This will give your eyeshadow a creamy consistency to work with.
- Wet brush with either water or a little bit of a hydrating facial toner.
- Dip wet brush into eyeshadow and pick up just enough to coat the tip of the brush.
- Start at the outer corner of your lash line and work your way inward in light, short strokes. Follow the natural curve of your lash line until completely lined.
- If you are using only eyeshadow eyeliner, you may need to go back through with a thicker line to make the color pop.
- Be sure to use an eyeshadow the same color as your eyeliner underneath to enhance the color.
- You can also take a smudge brush to an eyeshadow liner if you are going for that smoked-out edge.
No matter which type of eyeliner you choose, there are some things to keep in mind for each type of application.
- Always apply as close to the lash line as possible.
- Small, gentle strokes in sections are key to a straight, flawless finish.
- NEVER hold your skin taut! Stretching the delicate skin around your eye will cause your skin to wrinkle over time. Instead, slightly tilt your head back and look downward to naturally pull away wrinkles on your eyelids.
What are your favorite looks to create with eyeliner? What’s your favorite eyeliner you’re currently using? Let me know below!