Eyeliner is the ultimate way to define and enhance the eyes. it frames the eyes, makes them appear larger, and really makes them stand out. A liner can also be used to improve the shape of the eyes. its application needs to be generous enough to be visible when the eyes are open to making the most impact. Many women achieve a beautiful, defined look using liner only on the top lash line. for those who use liner on both top and bottom lash lines, it is important to keep the top thicker than the bottom. to avoid the appearance of tiredness and darkness under the eye, apply a relatively thin or smudged line as close as possible to the lower lash line.
There are several eyeliner formulations: powdered shadow, eye pencil, and liquid or gel liner. Each has its advantages and specific application techniques.
SHADOW LINERS are easy to apply, dry or damp, and can be long-lasting if applied correctly. Using shadow liner requires a good eyeliner brush—one that is thin, stiff, and flat, with either a straight or a slightly rounded tip.
EYELINER PENCILS are easy to apply but may smudge. Pencil liners have a creamy consistency that smears if they are not set with either eyeshadow or face powder.
LIQUID, CAKE, AND GEL LINERS are the most difficult to apply, but with practice, you can achieve incredible results. These liners are extremely long-wearing, very precise, and a good choice for creating dramatic looks.
Dark circles look darker when the liner is applied on the lower lash line. Bring concealer up to the lash line, and use only mascara on the lower lashes.
Make eyes look more intense by the double lining. Use a dark shadow with a dry eyeliner brush, then repeat with a liquid liner or wet brush using a slightly thinner line. The gradation in depth from the lash line will give a dense look to the lashes. The technique can also be reversed—gel can be softened with shadow.
Gel Liquid & Cake Liner Application
These formulas are the longest lasting. Mastering the techniques for using them will be worthwhile. Always line the whole lid across, with a thicker line at the outer corner, gradually thinning the line toward the inner corner.
- Begin lining in the middle of the lash line and move to the outside corner of the eye. Gently lift the lid to get close to the eye.
- Apply the liner in smooth strokes.
- Next, apply the liner all the way to the inner corner of the eye.
- See the difference with one eye lined.
- Repeat with the other eye.
- Note the difference when both eyes are lined.
Do not leave space between the eyeliner and the lash line. If, after application, there is a small space, fill it in with the same shade of powdered eyeshadow.
Pencil Liner Application
Pencils are easy to use but are not long lasting and can smear. Layering powder shadow on top will help with these drawbacks.
1 Draw the pencil across the lash line and blend gently using a clean finger or brush.
2 Using short feathery strokes can result in a more natural effect.
3 To soften, smudge the line using your finger or a brush.
4 To give a pencil line staying power, use a liner brush to sweep a layer of powdered eyeshadow in a corresponding shade over the pencil.
Eyeliner Dos & Don’ts
- Don’t apply liner to the inside rim of the eyelids, except for a theatrical effect or a fashion shoot. You risk infection and injury. And, rather than making the eyes stand out, lining inside the rim actually makes the eyes appear smaller.
- Don’t line just the bottom of the eye.
- Do line all the way across the lids! You can line just the top and not the bottom, but don’t line either lid halfway. Lining from the inner corner to the outer corner will help open up the eye.
- Do apply liner as close as possible to the lash line, making sure there is no gap. This has the added benefit of making the lashes look fuller and lush.
- Do apply liner thinnest at the inner corner of the eye, and thicken it as you move outward. This accentuates the eye’s shape and gives the eyes a lift.
- Do make the top and bottom lines of liner meet at the inside and outside corners to make the eyes appear larger. Not connecting the lines makes the eyelids appear too round and small.