Eyeliner 101: Everything you want to know about eyeliner!!!
Different types of eyeliner are widely available, from your local drugstore to beauty supply stores. How each kind is applied varies according to the type of product and the effect you are trying to achieve.
- To wing eyeliner from the outer corner, first line along lashes and then flick wrist up and away from the outer corner, making short strokes and lengthening the line a little bit at a time.
- If you use kohl pencil eyeliner on the inside of the lower eyelid but find it runs downward, brush a dark matte powder eyeshadow under the bottom lashes to act as a barrier and help keep eyeliner in place.
- Don’t line all the way around the eye if you have small eyes; it will make them look even smaller.
- Colored liquid eyeliners can be smudged over the eyelid and used as an eye base. They will make bright-colored eyeshadow even more vibrant.
- If you draw a strong liquid line along the top lashes, either leave the underneath bare or softly define; anything too harsh will draw the eyes down.
- Liquid eyeliner is effective when re-creating a period look.
Eyeliner adds definition and impact to the lash line. It can be used to complement an eye look or as an eye look in itself. Applying eyeliner requires a steady hand. If it goes wrong, you can use a cotton swab to smudge the line into your eyeshadow and try again, or alter your eye look slightly to suit the smudged line! If you aren’t confident, use powder eyeshadow to start off with. Liquid liner is the hardest to apply and is only for the seasoned pro!
When applying eyeliner, it helps to pull your eyelid taught so the skin doesn’t ruffle, creating a broken line. Draw the line in one direction; once it is all the way across the lid, go over it in the other direction. Eyeliner is usually applied after eyeshadow and before mascara.
Applying Powder Eyeshadow
For softly defined eyes, line along the top and bottom lashes with eyeshadow. To give impact, use dark browns, blacks, and dark gray. The eyeshadow should be applied with a detail eye brush close to the roots of the upper and lower lashes.
Applying Pencil Eyeliner
The texture of your eyeliner pencil should be soft and creamy; if it is too hard and dry, it will be very difficult to apply. To draw an eye line with a pencil, first make sure it is freshly sharpened and then make short strokes in a line from the outside corner inward. Each small stroke should slightly overlap the end of the previous stroke. If your eyelids are loose and creepy, go over the line in the other direction to ensure it is unbroken. To apply kohl inside the eyelid, pull the lid down and draw from outer corner inward.
Applying Cream or Gel Eyeliner
This liner comes in a pot and is applied with a brush. I prefer to use a flat liner brush but you could also use a fine tip angled liner brush. Using a flat liner brush means you don’t have to drag the brush across the lid. Dip the brush in the product and then, starting at the outer corner, press the brush onto the lid and wiggle it slightly, then pull the brush away and move inward so you are slightly overlapping, and repeat. Using fine detail brush, make small strokes as you would with a pencil, working from the outer corner inward.
Applying Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid liner is good for re-creating period looks, or for when you want a visible solid line. It dries quickly, which makes it harder to apply. The liner comes with its own applicator, which has a firm tip. Wipe the applicator after you have removed it from the liquid to remove clumps and then line the eyes from the outer corner inward. For a period look, build up the width of the line toward the outer corner and extend the line beyond the corner of the eye, flicking it upward.
- Eyeliner adds definition to the eyes and a professional finish to a day or bridal look.
- Eyeliner is used to blend the lash band of false eyelashes into the natural lash line and eyeshadow.
- Eyeliner was popular in the 1950s and 1960s and can be used to give a retro feel to a makeup look.
- Eyeliner is an essential component to a smoky eye look. It is used to blend the eyeshadow seamlessly into the root of the eyelashes, as well as to add intensity to a look.