Main Types of Eyeliners and Tricks on How to Apply Them

14 Dec

How to Apply EyelinerEyeliner makes a huge difference—it can take the look of a basic eye makeup application to a look that accentuates your lashes and enriches the shape of your eye. Eyeliner can be sexy, elegant, or subtle, but it also can be harsh, overly dramatic, or sloppy—it all depends on how you apply it.

The first step in choosing in a liner is finding the right formula. From basic pencils, to shadows, gels and liquid eyeliners there are a bevy of beauty options depending on the look you are trying to achieve.

Each has pros and cons you need to know before shopping:

     1. Eyeliner Types 

  • Pencil eyeliners tend to smear and smudge, unless you find a really good one that isn’t too creamy or too slick. Opt for a retractable pencil versus one that requires sharpening. After applying the pencil eyeliner, apply a small amount of eyeshadow or pressed powder over it to help keep it from smearing. Pencil eyeliners tend to have the shortest wear time, so applying powder over it can help quite a bit.
  • Liquid eyeliner is the most dramatic and, typically, the most difficult to apply. It takes a steady hand, but it also offers the most precise and defined line. Look for liquid liner that comes with a thin, fine-point or felt-tip brush for impressive results!
  • Gel or cream-to-powder eyeliners offer superb application and deep color payoff. The main complaints are (1) that you have to wash the brush applicator after every use to prevent the gel or cream from hardening on the brush hairs and (2) that the look is too intense. If you don’t find those to be problems, then gel and cream eyeliners are an excellent way to go. Because they don’t smear, they are especially great for anyone with oily eyelids or for use in humid climates.
  • Powder eyeshadow works well as eyeliner as long as you use a small, fine-tip pointed brush so you can be precise. Using powder eyeshadow as your eyeliner can achieve a softer look than you can with other types of liners. You can use the powder shadow either wet (for a more dramatic effect) or dry (for a softer look).

      2. Choose Your Color

After finding your perfect formula, the next step is choosing the right color. One of the most beautiful things about eyeliner is how it adds depth to your lashes and makes them appear thicker.

For best results, choose shades of dark brown, gray, deep plum, or black for the upper lid. For the lower lash line, use a softer variation of the same shade. Stay away from brightly colored or pastel eyeliners! They tend to draw attention to the color rather than to your lashes.

     3. How to Apply Eyeliner

  • Apply eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible, and place it between each and every eyelash. It’s best to apply liner after your eyeshadow to create a defined, solid line. It’s also best to use a magnifying mirror so you can be sure you get the liner between each eyelash. This is a time-consuming process, but the effect is sensational!
  • If the outer corners of your eyes droop, make sure the eyeliner turns up ever-so-slightly.This will create a more youthful look that de-emphasizes the downturned corners.
  • To add drama, line the outer corner more thickly. Start with a thin line on the inner corner of the lash line and gradually make it thicker toward the back third of the lid for an attractive, classic look.
  • Make sure that the eyeliner on the lower lash line connects with the back corner of the upper lash line. This creates a more natural, cohesive look.
  • Apply a thin, soft line. Heavy liner on the lower lash line ends up looking like your mascara has smeared.

How to apply eyeliner

Play around with different textures, colors, and styles to reveal your prettiest eyes.

One Response to “Main Types of Eyeliners and Tricks on How to Apply Them”


  1. Make Up Tricks for Green Eyes | Beauty Tricks blog - March 14, 2013

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