Few things in the beauty world are more frustrating than the moment when you ruin your entire eye look with one poorly applied stroke of eye liner. Next time, try one of these tips to up your eye liner game.
Smudge With Shadow
While pencil liners with a built-in smudger on the end may seem crazy-convenient, it’s not going to give you the best effect. Instead, take a shadow in the color of your liner (either shimmery and matte will work, depending on the look youâ€™re going for). Put it on a smudge brush, and use that to smoke out the liner for that quintessential sultry look. This will ensure an even smudge that is easy to blend and has staying power.
Heat It Up
Have a pencil that feels like sandpaper scraping across your eyelid? Not ideal, to say the least. Try heating up the tip with a hairdryer to soften the pencil and make application easier. Just remember to not hold it there for a long amount of time.Two or three seconds will suffice to make the pencil soft enough to glide across your waterline.
Mascara as Eye Liner
Worst-case scenario: Youâ€™re getting ready in a pinch and find you have no eyeliner whatsoever, just mascara. Don’t worry, you can use the mascara to line your eyes like you would with eye liner. Simply apply the mascara super-close to the lash line, shimmying it up against the skin to create a smudge-y line. If you have a brush, use thatâ€”you can drag the brush along the mascara wand and apply the product like a gel liner. One catch: use this on the lid only, not the waterline.
Start on the Outside
To achieve a cohesive line naturally, you should start at the outer corner of your eye and work your way in. Create the shape that you want your liner to go instead of just winging it. This way, you can visualize the way you want your liner to look at the very startâ€”winged, thick, or super-fine, however you’re feeling that dayâ€”and then go the rest of the way in. Trust us, this is,by far, the most effective way to do the liner every time.
Use Pencil as a Guideline For Liquid
If you find you have a hard time drawing a liquid line from scratch, this tip is for you: to try drawing on the liner look you want first with an eye liner pencil to give yourself a guideline. Then, you can go back and trace over it with liquid liner. This won’t interfere with the lasting power of your liquid liner and will give you the added benefit of easy clean up if you mess up the first time and want a do-over.Good luck!MYNEWSHUB