Eyeliner is a great tool to use to make your eyes look bigger and bolder. I put on eyeliner pretty much every day when I do my makeup to transform any look. If you have any questions about eyeliner, this post covers every detail to help you look and feel your best while applying eyeliner!
The Initial Fear… When someone comes at you with a sharp object near your eye, your first instinct is to move your head back, right? I still flinch sometimes when I’m having a professional makeup artist do my eyeliner! Especially when applying eyeliner to your waterline, you have to be careful not to poke yourself in the eye. It seems like a no-brainer, but there have been a few times when I’m rushing to get my makeup done and I end up messing it up and poking my eye. All jokes aside, eyeliner can be a tricky technique to master so always apply it slowly and carefully!
Which type to use?
Pencil Pencil liner is great for everyday wear. It’s easy to use and control, and gives you a lot of freedom of how thick of a line you want to apply. Pencil eyeliner is also great for the bottom lash line because it can blended out for a more natural look. Liquid Liquid eyeliner is great if you are more advanced with makeup. It can be difficult at first to get the hang of a liquid liner, but with some practice liquid liner is great for a precise, sharp line. It is especially great for winged liner if you like a bolder look! Gel I recently started using a gel liner and love it! Gel eyeliner is great if you are making a thicker line and want the ease of using a brush. Like liquid eyeliner, gel liner takes a few tries to master but looks great once you get used to applying it.
Sharpening The Pencil
If you want a precise line, you NEED a sharp pencil! Ideally it would be great to sharpen your pencil before each application, but that takes time! I love using a retractable eyeliner pencil because it's so easy to simply twist the tube and have more eyeliner ready to apply. You won’t get as sharp of a line with this type of pencil, but if you are looking for an easy, everyday product, this works great!
Holding The Pencil
Where you hold the eyeliner pencil is all about personal preference. Some girls will hold the pencil farther towards the end, while other girls find it easier to hold it near the front to get a super precise line. Personally, I hold my eyeliner pencil in the middle, the same way that I hold a normal pencil to write. This helps me to control the pencil and direct the line where I want it.
When To Apply
Eyeliner is one of the last steps to my makeup routine. It makes such a drastic difference in how my face looks, so I love putting it on and seeing my makeup look complete. Another reason to save your eyeliner for the end of your makeup routine is in case you need to make any adjustments to your eyeshadow. This way you don’t have to worry about messing up your eyeliner with more eyeshadow. Tip: Always do eyeliner BEFORE mascara. It’s a lot easier this way!
Should I Reapply?
One thing that I love about eyeliner is that you hardly ever have to reapply it. Unlike lip products, you wont have anything rubbing against your eyeliner so it will wear off a lot more slowly. This gives you one less thing to worry about! The only time that you would need to reapply eyeliner is if you apply more eyeshadow or face powder. Eyeshadow will cover part of your liner, giving it a dull appearance. Likewise, if you use a loose face powder it may fall onto your eyelids, making your eyeliner look dull.
Whether you are using a pencil, liquid or gel, the application is basically the same.
1. Before applying any liner to your top lash line, start by applying a line of eyeliner across your top waterline with a black pencil. This helps to make your eyelashes look even thicker!
2. Now, take your tool of choice (pencil, liquid liner or gel) to apply your eyeliner. Start in the center of your eye and draw along your lash line to the outer corner of your eye.
3. From here, you can extend this line out to the length that you prefer based on how dramatic of a look you are going for. I prefer to extend the line just slightly out past the outer corner of my eye to give my eyes a larger appearance without making a dramatic statement like a winged liner would.
4. Finish the line by tracing your lash line from the inner corner of your eye up until you meet the line at the center of your eye. Now you can make any touch ups to ensure that the line is straight all the way across. 5. Optional: Apply a thinner line of eyeliner to your bottom lashline. Many people prefer to apply liner only to their top lash line, which is perfectly fine! Do whatever makes you feel best and looks best for your unique eye shape. I hope that this helps answer any questions that you had about eyeliner! Let us know of any additional questions you have in the comments!
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