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Eyeliner Application: The DIY Guide Professional Makeup Application

Apply Eyeliner Like A Professional

Have you always wondered if you are doing your eyeliner application in the best way? You probably already think you are doing it just fine. And sure, you probably are doing a “Just fine” or “It Will Do” job. There is, however, a huge difference between the way you might do your eyeliner application and the way a professional make-up artist does eyeliner application.  Well good news, here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial that will show you how to do your eyeliner application as a professional makeup artist would do.

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Which Product to Use for Eyeliner Application

Since eyeliner is applied to the base of your eyelashes, a very sensitive area, it’s important that you try different types of eyeliner to ensure that your sensitive skin holds the product well without irritation. And of course, the most important thing in beauty and makeup artistry… deciding which product accentuates your natural beauty! A liquid liner may not be the best option for rounded eyes. There are varying products in the market such as gel eyeliner, liquid liner, and pencil eyeliner, so play around with different ones and find the best one that suits you.

Play and practice are the keys to perfecting the perfect, fine eyeliner. A thin line is always recommended. No one wants to see a very thick line. Definitely not a pretty sight, and it will make your eyes look harsh, loud, and even aged. If you have any trouble applying it, you can use a brush to smooth and smudge out the line and to blend it well.

How not to apply eyeliner. Woman with think, harsh eyeliner look frustrated and tired.
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Liquid Eyeliner:

Liquid eyeliner is normally an opaque liquid, similar to ink available in a variaty of colors. It comes in a glass or plastic bottle and is typically applied with a small, fine tipped brush. Liquid eyliners should only be used above the eyelashes, and never below. Typically you would use an eyeliner pencil or shadow on the bottom lashes.

Liquid eyeliners are recommended for fine precision but can be difficult to start with. The more you practice, the better you will get at perfecting your line.

Tip: Don’t think you have to do a line in one stroke experiment with where to start the line. Sometimes it’s easier to start in the middle to outer corner then go back to inner corner depending upon product. Small strokes can work well too.

Eye Liner Pencil:

Eyeliner Pencil is probably the most traditional and easiest tool to use for applying eyeliner, however, it can cause some damage to the skin. As the tip of this liner is dry, it has a tendency of pulling your eyelid’s fragile tissues

Tip: Stretching the eyelids when lining with a pencil help to achieve a smooth application.  And always remember, to sharpen the pencil before every application to eliminate any bacteria that has accumulated at the tip.

Felt-tip Eyeliner

A felt-tip eyeliner has a pen-like nib that provides a precision line with ease. Somewhat an easy medium between the liquid eyeliner and a pencil eye-liner.

Where a felt-tip eyeliner has its pros, it also comes with cons. Felt-tip eyeliners do not give the opacity of liquid/pencil eyeliners and can fade in color. They also tend to dry out quickly.

Gel Eyeliner

Gel eyeliner is a long-lasting eyeliner that is a great option to create a bolder, dramatic, and more noticeable effect. This type of eyeliner often comes in a small jar and is applied with a brush. The finer the brush, the more control you’ll have with the makeup. Gel eyeliner can simply be applied to the upper lid to line the shape of the eye, or it can also be used to create special effects, such as the winged look that helps extend your eye.

Permanent Eyeliner:

This is normally a procedure conducted via cosmetic surgery and is known as micro-pigmentation, a technique that adds a defined line to the lid which with a handheld device used to puncture the skin several times a minute with a very thin needle that pushes color pigments to the position that is desired….just like a tattoo!

Female hand holding a liquid eyeliner applicator.
Play and practice are the keys to perfecting the perfect, fine eyeliner.

Eyeliner Application Tips

  1. Use your hands lightly when applying eyeliner. The skin around the eyes is quite thin, very sensitive, and delicate. We want to reduce the risk of skin damage, so make sure you have a steady, light hand.
  2. Always begin at the inner corner of your eye and work your way out.
  3. Put on your eyeliner only after you have already applied an eye shadow.  Doing it before an eye shadow application would only cover the eyeliner.
  4. For a more dramatic and intense look, use a pencil with color and apply above as well as below the lashes. Then use a black or dark gray liquid eyeliner at the top.

    This will give the impression of dark eyelashes and will stay on for the whole day. A dark-colored eye-liner will highlight the eye’s form and outline as well as give them a deep look.
  5. While holding your head back facing the mirror, look down so that your eyelids will become tight making it easier to apply and control the liner. When necessary, smudge to blend and soften out the line.
  6. The eyes will seem larger when you make a line with a pencil under your lower lashes – instead try a dark eyeshadow applied with the help of a tiny makeup brush, to give an illusion of darker and fuller eyelashes. Below such a line, you need to apply also a thin line with a lighter shade of eye shadow, preferably white, yellow or beige to brighten up your eye area.
  7. Pencil liners may be used both above the top lashes as well as under the lower lashes. Liquid eyeliners, however, must only be applied on the top lid.
Beautiful winged eyeliner
Use your hands lightly when applying eyeliner. for a beautiful winged affect.

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