How to apply eyeliner

Eyeliner can totally transform your look with minimal time or effort. Whether you go for a dramatic feline flick or subtle, natural looking eyeliner, there's no denying that it can have a huge impact on the appearance of your eyes. This simple guide will show you how to apply eyeliner like a pro.

What colour of eyeliner?

Nowadays, there are plenty more options than the traditional black eyeliner. Coloured eyeliners can look dramatic and eye-catching, or they can be applied subtly to complement your eye colour. Deep greens look great with brown eyes, while bronzes and plums really set off lighter coloured eyes.

Pencil eyeliner or liquid eyeliner?

Whether to use pencil eyeliner or liquid eyeliner largely depends on the look you are trying to achieve. Liquid eyeliner is good for precision application and for creating a more dramatic, bold effect. Pencil eyeliner is good for natural looks and for smudging to achieve "smoky eyes". A combination of both can be used to give the effect you desire.

How to apply eyeliner

  • If you're user a pencil eyeliner, blast the tip under a hairdryer for a couple of seconds to soften it. This will give a smoother line
  • Holding the eyeliner, rest your elbow on a hard surface and your wrist on your face
  • Tilt your head back and half close your eye
  • Use the index finger of your other hand to pull your eyelid taut
  • Using light, feathery movements, draw a line on the upper lashline - as close to your lashes as you can get it
  • Starting from the outer corner, draw a line on the lower lashes. For a more natural look, stop about two thirds along the line
  • Smudge with your finger or a cotton bud to soften the look and make it look more natural

Tips and warnings for when you apply eyeliner

  • If you're using liquid liner, sketch the line with a eyeliner pencil first and then go over it with the liquid pen
  • Before sharpening an eyeliner pencil, put it in the freezer for half an hour. This will make is harder and less prone to breaking
  • For eyes that look bigger and brighter, line your waterline with a white or gold eyeliner

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