Eyeliner is a small yet remarkable little tool in the process of creating a dramatic eye. In makeup, this is an element that is often overlooked because of lack of knowledge on which formula to choose (liquid, kohl, cream, or gel) and how to apply it. So if you want to know more about eyeliner and how to make it wear for hours with proper application, then read on and you will soon know how!
Step 1: Start with a Clean Face
This may seem obvious, but it is absolutely necessary. Start with a clean face and make sure to pay close attention to the eye area. Since you have natural folds around the eye, it is easy for dirt and oils to get trapped there.
Step 2: Prep the Eyes
With a clean brush, wipe away any existing makeup from the where the eyelid meets the lashline. Next, use a small bit of translucent powder and gently apply to that same area. At this step, you will also want to sharpen any eyeliner pencils if necessary. If you are a novice to eyeliner, a traditional kohl pencil would be your best choice. This is because it easily glides across the skin. A bestseller that I highly recommend is, CHANEL Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner, it has the added advantage of also being a mechanical pencil that is self-sharpening.
Step 3: Define the Top Lids
To start, place your middle finger at the outer corner of your eye and gently lift the skin up and out. With your other hand, position the pencil on the outer corner of the lash line, tilt the tip slightly, so it’s on its side and draw inward along the lashline. Use short strokes to draw and stop just before your reach the inner corner of your eye. Repeat for other eye.
*Tip: At this point, you will want to step about a foot away from the mirror to evaluate your work. If there are any gaps or uneven lines, repeat Step 3 to correct them.
Step 4: Define the Lower Lids
With one hand, using your ring finger, lightly press the skin just below the center of your lower lashline. With your other hand, place the pencil tip on top of the lashes at the outer corner, slant it so the side rests on the lashline, and draw inward (directly on the lashline). Stop just short of the tear duct (the tiny hole you see in your lower eyelid). Repeat for other eye.
Step 5: Blend & Finish
This step may not be necessary if you have large eyes that tend to dominate your face. However for others, the sharp lines of the pencil tend to make eyes look smaller, so soften the edges by gently blending them with a wedge makeup sponge. To finish the look, use a taupe or neutral eye shadow across your eyelids for a daytime effect. For a more dramatic evening look, use a shadow that is the same color as your eyeliner or use two eyeshadows that are a few shades lighter that your eyeliner. Finish with your favorite mascara.
Eyeliner should now be your best friend! Not only do you know which one to choose if you are a novice, you also know how to apply it. There are many different formulas out there on the market, so take the time and give them all a try so you can find out which one works best for you. As with any makeup application, it will take a bit of practice to apply eyeliner and make it look perfect. Be patient with yourself and soon you will have the showstopping eyes everyone envies!