Perfectly Applying Eyeliner


When used properly, eyeliner is an excellent tool to draw attention to your eyes. Improperly applied, eyeliner can ruin an otherwise flawless application of make-up. If you are going out and aren’t sure how to properly wield an eyeliner pencil you should wait until you’ve had a chance to practice.

Selecting the Perfect Eyeliner

Select an eyeliner pencil that is the same color as your mascara. Using a clashing color of eyeliner will make your eye makeup garish. Make sure your eyeliner pencil is sharpened before you use it. If you need to sharpen your pencil, put it in your refrigerator for 15 minutes before you sharpen it, the cooler temp will prevent your eyeliner pencil from breaking during the sharpening process.

How to Apply Your Eyeliner

You apply your eyeliner after your eyeshadow and before you apply your mascara.

Close your eye halfway, this will give you enough access to your eyelid to apply the eyeliner, but also allows you to see what you are doing. You don’t want to completely close your eye because your dominate eye can make it appear that you are drawing a straight line along the edge of your eyelid when you are in fact applying your eyeliner somewhere completely different.

Use your thumb and first finger to pull your eyelid taut before you start using your eyeliner pencil. The tightened skin makes it easier to draw a straight line. Start applying the eyeliner above the outer corner of your eye. Don’t try to draw a straight line with your eyeliner pencil, use short feathery strokes.

The line you are drawing along the edge of your eyelid should start to taper as you reach the inner corner of your eyes. This will make your eyes appear larger and more luminous.

Give the eyeliner time to dry before you open your eye. Opening your eye too quickly will cause the eyeliner to smudge, forcing you to start all over

If your eyes are heavy lidded or set close together you should use as little eyeliner as possible. Thick lines only serve to make your eyes look heavier. Try to keep the line as thin as possible, and only outline your upper eye lid.

One of the mistakes people commonly make when applying eyeliner is that they try to use their finger to blend the eyeliner into their eyeshadow. Don’t do this. You want the line  to stand out, this will make your eyes appear larger, while also making them appear mysterious and exotic.