Eyeliner can be dramatic or subtle, sexy or innocent. Different textures can be applied in different ways to accessorize the eyes- from liquid and gel to pencil, in colored, glitter, or metallic finishes.
Eyeliner can be drawn all the way around the eye or just along the top or bottom; you can draw halfway along or create flicks that extend beyond the eye; make the line strong and defined or soft and smudged; draw on the inner rim or on the outside of the lashes – anything goes. Pencil is the easiest eyeliner to master and the most forgiving, producing a blunt line that can be smudged. Liquid liner creates a precise line for a super-glam look, but calls for a steady hand. Gel liner, which comes in many colors, gives a similar effect, but is easier to apply.
- Gel liner is fast-drying, waterproof, and long-lasting. The pen applicator makes it easier to achieve a precise line along the upper lashes with a flick at the outer corner.
- For high-maintance glamour, liquid liner is applied with a fine brush and a steady hand.
- Pencil liner is very versatile, giving a blunt line that can be smudged with a special tool (Q-tip) for a soft, smoky look.
Applying Gel and Liquid Eyeliner
- If using a pen applicator, hold it at an angle, pointing slightly downward and use a light hand- pressing gives an overly thick line.
- Rest your elbow on the table to steady your hand.
- Hold your eyelid taut to eliminate any creases.
- If you have deep-set eyes or heavy lids, keep your eyes closed until the liner is dry.
- Use an oil-based eye makeup remover to correct any slips.