All About Eyeliner!!!!
- Tightlining- This is when eyeliner is applied on the inner rim of the eye, at the very roots of the lashes, to subtly define the eye without taking up any lid space. Using a gel or pencil eyeliner, look straight into a mirror, lift up your upper lashes, and apply the eyeliner along the upper rim.
- Pencil eyeliner- Pencil is the most easy-to-use and versatile eyeliner, allowing you to create a sexy smudged eye or a sharp flick. Look for a creamy pencil that is soft to go on easy to blend, but with a long-lasting, water-resistant finish.
- Liquid liner- This is probably the most difficult eyeliner to apply, but practice makes perfect. Keep your hand steady by resting your elbow on a table as you work.
- Gel eyeliner- I love gel eyeliner: you can achieve the same effects as with a liquid liner, but it is easier to apply and lasts longer. You can also press powder eyeshadow into the gel liner, making it really versatile (this is a great way to create a smoky eye). Available in many colors, gel liner comes in a pot and has a texture similar to shoe polish. Apply it with a fine-tipped brush, building up the color in increments.
- Powder- You can use most eyeshadow as eyeliners, applying them wet or dry using a fine-tipped brush to create the desired shape. Powder eyeliner offers a wide choice of colors, is easy to blend, and creates a softer finish.
- Glitter eyeliner- A fun accessory that is great for party looks, glitter eyeliner has the consistency of regular gel eyeliner and is an easy way to glam up your lash line with a dash of glitter.
Top Tips for Applying Eyeliner
1. When applying liquid liner, draw out the shape in pencil first before going over it with the liquid.
2. Apply liquid and gel liner sparingly using a thin, supple brush, building it up gradually-this is the best way to prevent smearing and running.
3. Clean up any mistakes using a Q-tip dipped in concealer; then dip the other end into translucent powder and apply it over the same area to set it.
4. Lining the inner rim of the eye with a creamy white or flesh-colored pencil is a great way to open up the eyes.
Gel or Liquid Liner Flick
A classic flick is a great way to extend your natural eye, making it more feline and elongated in shape. Don’t follow the curve of the lash line at the outer corner, as that will pull your eyes downward and make them look droopy. Instead, bring the liner out horizontally, making sure it tails off just above the outer corner of the eyes.
The elongated flick first became fashionable in the 1950s and is still a popular evening look. Follow the shape of the eye from the inner corner of the upper lash line to just before the outer corner and then flick the tail upward, which gives the illusion of lifting the eye up at the outer corners. This is a difficult look to achieve if you have deep-set or hooded eyes, as you need to be able to see the eyelid. The trick is to get the right shape: make sure the line tapers toward the inner corner of the eye, is at its thickest in the middle and then begins to slim out two-thirds of the way along with an upward flick just above the outer corner.
The party flick is a more extreme version of the elongated flick and creates a real statement. Think modern-day Cleopatra.