Eyeliner 101: Everything You Need To Know!!!
- Tight Lining– 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 Liner– I love gel eyeliner; you can achieve the same effects as with 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 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 Liner– 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 Liner– 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
- When applying liquid liner, draw out the shape in pencil first before going over it with the liquid.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Eyeliner 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.