5 Steps to Applying Eyeliner Like a Pro

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 lash line. 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 lash line. 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 lash line. 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 lash line, and draw inward (directly on the lash line).

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 eye shadows that are a few shades lighter that your eyeliner. Finish with your favorite mascara.

Types of Liner
Eye liner comes in pencil and liquid form as well as the hybrids of cream, gel, or crayon. Some are waterproof, and some are not. Which you choose is largely a matter of preference. Some swear that pencil gives you more of a smokey look as it is designed to smudge while liquid eyeliner gives you a more dramatic effect with more control in application.

With a skilled hand and a high-end product, you could achieve the desired effect with either. However, some effects do lend themselves to one product over the other.

Smokey Eyes
When you want to achieve a sexy, smokey look, most women reach for a pencil. The line is applied to the top eyelid as well as the bottom and then smudged to soften the edges. Sometimes women also apply liner in a tight line, which is on the skin between the eyeball and the lash line. This dramatic application is best for evening.

Natural Eyes
Liquid liners provide the thinnest line, which is needed to achieve the natural look. It can be used with or without eye shadow. The thin line is applied next to the lashes. This sleek look is great for day wear.

Cat Eyes
The dramatic effect of cat eyes is also best achieved with liquid liner. In this look, the liner is extended beyond the corner crease of the eye toward the temple. It can be applied in a thick or thin line and can be done with multiple colors for a more dramatic effect.

When adding colored liner, usually the darker base color is applied first at the lash line with a colored line drawn immediately above it.

Both eye pencils and liquid liners can create drama, but there are some disadvantages to consider as well. The lead of the eye pencil is delicate, and just like that of a normal pencil can break and has to be regularly sharpened. On the other hand, liquid or gel liners also can dry out.

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!