Tips on How to Apply Eyeliner

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Tips on How to Apply Eyeliner

Eyeliner applied correctly enhances the eyes. However, the eyeliner can appear clownish if applied with a heavy hand or the style isn’t appropriate for certain occasions. Eyeliner can also add years to a face if not applied properly. By practicing with eyeliner and following certain tips, a woman can discover how to improve her appearance by using eyeliner tricks.


Choosing Eyeliner

There are different types of eyeliner on the market, all with their own attributes and drawbacks. Choosing a type of eyeliner depends on how dramatic a person wants their liner to look and how steady a hand she has.

Liquid Eyeliner

For a striking eye, opt for liquid eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner is normally darker and more intense than a pencil eyeliner. However, it requires precision when applying. An unsteady application draws an uneven line that is only emphasized with this bold eyeliner. Yet, an even line application with liquid eyeliner will provide the most impressive look.

Pencil Eyeliner

The pencil eyeliner is effortless to apply and provides a softer look. Pencil eyeliners offer more shade colours than liquid eyeliner, so a woman can match it better with eye shadow. Pencil eyeliner works well for daytime wear, but can be used for a more dramatic effect by applying a heavier line. However, the heavier the pencil line, the more likely it will smudge and smear over a long wearing period.


Applying Liquid Eyeliner

Sit at a table or desk when applying liquid eyeliner. Rest the elbow of the arm that is applying the liquid eyeliner on the surface to help steady the application. Pull the eyelid taut before applying the eyeliner. Apply the liquid eyeliner starting at the inner lash line and sweeping it across the top. At the outer corner, sweep the eyeliner slightly upwards. The upward movement provides more lift to the eyes, providing a more youthful appearance. Apply eye shadow along the lower lash line to soften the look.


Applying Pencil Eyeliner

The pencil eyeliner is simpler to use and mistakes are easier to rectify than with liquid eyeliner. However, it doesn’t provide as bold of an effect as liquid does. Start with a well-sharpened pencil. Guide the pencil along the line of the upper lashes. Avoid lining the entire bottom lashes, opting to start at the middle then proceeding outward. Lining the entire bottom lash line can look too garish, especially during the day. Pencil eyeliner tends to smudge, especially in humid climates. Set the eyeliner by dusting eye shadow over the top. Powder works just as well if a woman opts not to use eye shadow.


Creating a Cat Eye With Pencil Eyeliner

To create a dramatic cat eye, start by applying a thin coat of eyeliner along the inner lashes. Increase the thickness of the pencil eyeliner near the middle of the eye and continue until reaching the end of the lash line. At the end of the outer lash, sweep the pencil upward at an angle to draw the wing of the cat eye. Starting at the edge of the wing, draw a line back towards the middle of the lash line. This creates a slender and angled triangle at the edge of the eye. Fill in the triangle with the eyeliner pencil.


Eyeliner Tips

Soften pencil eyeliner before applying by wrapping a tissue around it and rubbing it. This creates friction, softening the eyeliner yet keeping fingers from becoming smudgy. For large eyes opt for thicker eyeliner, however, small eyes will get lost. A woman wants to enhance her eyes, not have them lost in a sea of bold eyeliner. Line small eyes with a thinner coat so it improves the eye’s appearance instead of amplifying tiny eyes. Avoid lining the entire eye with eyeliner as it only exaggerates the eyeliner instead of enhancing the eyes.


How to Buy Eyeliner on eBay

Look for the Makeup link under Heath and Beauty on eBay. From there refine the search by typing in cosmetic eyeliner bags in which to store eyeliner while on the go. Replace liquid eyeliner every three to four months as air can dry out the liquid and make it difficult to apply.



Eyeliner is a way to make eyes standout. However, don’t let them stand out for the wrong reasons. Choose eyeliner that is simple to work with. A woman will be frustrated if the eyeliner she chooses is difficult to apply. Fortunately, there are many to pick from and one of these will likely become her favourite.

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