Let’s face it: eyeliners are one the best makeup tools to create versatile looks. Whether it’s a demure single-line sweep across the lids or a dramatic, bold etching a’la Brigitte Bardot, you know it’s a reliable must-have in your beauty stash.
But creating your perfect look isn’t necessarily easy– mistakes can be made along the way. But practice makes perfect, right? Here are some of the top glitches we usually do when applying eyeliner:
1. Overdoing it on the bottom lid.
Heavily lining your lower lid â€” especially with a very dark color â€” can make your eyes look smaller.. Plus, you’re more likely to end up with under-eye smudges. If you want to define your lower eyelid, use a light pencil or, for an even more subtle look, a light brown or taupe eye shadow.
2. Putting it on unevenly, resulting in a jagged look.
It’s so frustrating to have to wipe off that line on your upper lid with makeup remover a million times before you get it right. To keep liner straight, avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes. This can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth. Try pointing your chin up and looking down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them. And if you’re using gel liner, apply it with a slanted brush for a smoother look. You can also use a light pencil to draw in the line to give yourself a guideline.
3. Only using black and brown.
A little white or nude eyeliner on your bottom lid can work wonders to make you look more awake and refreshed. Gently pull on your under-eye and trace the line between the lower lashes and the inside rim.
4. Not knowing the differences between pencil, gel, and liquid.
Pencil eyeliners are best if you’re in a hurry: They’re the quickest to put on and resist smearing. Gel liners give you a more glam look, are water-resistant, and allow more control over line thickness. Liquid liners are the “advanced” kind. They apply more precisely, but you really need a steady hand to put ’em on. If you’re a beginner trying a wing-tip or cat-eye, use gel instead of liquid. Liquid liner is a powerful product that delivers a strong, fluid line. Its intense pigmentation creates definition at the lash line and by controlling the thickness of the line, you can create a range of looks.
5. Not smudge-proofing.
Here’s how to do it: Apply your liner with a pencil or a tiny brush, and then trace over the line with a matching powder shadow. To make it last even longer, wet your shadow brush with EyeMo eye drops first.