Whether you absolutely adore making yourself up with tons of products or prefer to have a more minimalist beauty style, eyeliner is a must-have makeup item for every woman. People always say the eyes are the window to the soul, so why not spend a few extra minutes and make your eyes truly pop! If you have smaller eyes, eyeliner will draw attention to them, highlighting their natural beauty. Applying eyeliner may take a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, you’ll be amazed at how one product could make such a dramatic difference in your look.
What Type Should I Use?
The first decision you have to make is what kind of eyeliner to use. The most popular eyeliners are pencil eyeliner and liquid eyeliner. Pencil eyeliner is a great place to start because it requires less precision and can give you a softer look, whereas liquid eyeliner requires a steady hand and can deliver a bold and dramatic look. Another perk to pencil eyeliner is that it’s budget-friendly. There are also various creams and gels to try out once you get the hang of how to apply eyeliner.
Rest your elbow on a hard surface and tilt your head back slightly. Keep your eyes half-open, and let your wrist rest on the side of your face near your jaw line.
Step 1: Hold the skin on your upper lid taught (you may also find it easier to draw on a relaxed eye lid). Using a light hand, start in the middle of the eyelid and create a line that travels down into the outside corner of the lid. Keep the line as close to the lash line as possible while still drawing on the lid. The line should extend just beyond the lash line.
Tip: Avoid making one single stroke across your lid, as this often results in a sloppy line. You can still get a fluid looking line using smaller strokes.
Step 2: Place the pencil on the inside corner of your lid and draw a line back up to the middle point of your eye lid, where you originally began the line.
Tip: For a bolder look, make the line on the outside part of your lid thicker than the inside portion.
Step 3: Once the line is complete, go back over it, filling in the gaps and creating a more fluid line.
Tip: If you’re using pencil eyeliner, you might choose to trace over the line with liquid liner.
Step 4: Use eyeshadow to set the liner.