Suck at Eyeliner? Here’s the do’s & don’ts!

Among the long list of essential life skills, learning how to do your eyeliner is definitely up there! A killer wing is a complete game-changer: it instantly lifts your eye and makes them look SO much bigger. But done incorrectly, it can make your eyes look droopy and tired – thank you, next!

Eyeliner tip #1: Get into position

Positioning yourself correctly before you start your liner can completely determine the end result. First, grab a handheld mirror: this will allow you to get up close and personal with your eye so you can see what you’re doing. Hold it slightly below the eye so that when you’re doing your liner, your lashes are down – it makes the process easier. Then, to steady yourself, place your elbow (of the hand you’re using to apply the liner) on a table or surface. If your hand is shaky, tense your toes to steady yourself – we know it sounds crazy but it actually works!

Eyeliner tip #2: Use a pencil to create the shape

If you’re a beginner, start by tracing the shape of your wing using a pencil as this a lot easier to remove than liquid liner. Once you’ve worked out the shape, apply the liquid liner on top and neaten with a Q-tip wherever necessary.

Eyeliner tip #3: Draw the wing first

While it may seem strange to start with your wing, by beginning at the outermost corner, it’s a lot easier to get the angle right so that it lifts and snatches your eye instead of bringing it downwards.

One of our all-time favorite liner hacks is using a post-it to get a clean straight wing! It’s so simple and makes the whole process SO much easier. Start by placing the post-it edge along the lower lash line and angle it so it meets near the tail end of your brow. Use this edge as a guide to create your wing. Wait for the liner to set, then slowly peel away the post-it. Next, draw along your lashline to meet your wing.

Eyeliner tip #5: Make sure lids are taut

One of our biggest frustrations when applying liquid or gel eyeliner is dealing with a brush that skips. This happens if the canvas – AKA your upper eyelid – isn’t perfectly smooth. By holding the skin taut it makes the drag on the liner super easy. Keeping your mirror low and looking down helps as well.

Eyeliner tip #6: Smoke ‘n’ smudge

If you’re going for a softer look, we love to use a pencil. Then smoke it out and along your upper lash line using an angled eyeliner brush or a smudge brush back and forth. The result is a soft, gorgeous smoky eye.

Eyeliner tip #7: Try the dot-to-dot method

Create a line of dots on the upper lash line that are close to each other and then connect them with a straight line to create the perfect liquid liner.

Eyeliner tip #9: Never forget to tightline

Tight lining your waterline on your upper lashes is another crucial step to achieving the perfect liner look. It helps create the illusion of thicker lashes, opens up your eye, and adds drama. Avoid going too far in and apply the liner to the center only, so the liner won’t smudge or run. You can also use a nude pencil along the lower lash line to open up the eye.

Eyeliner tip #10: Find the right wing for your eye shape

One of the most important rules when it comes to applying winged eyeliner is getting the angle of the wing right. What a lot of people don’t realize is this is completely dependent on your eye shape. For example, to accentuate round eyes, you want to create the illusion of added width by adding a liner to the outer corners. Whereas, if you have small deep-set eyes, it’s best to use a thin line with a horizontal flick, as close to your lash line as possible.

Eyeliner tip #11: Line your tear duct

If you’re a liner pro and want to go for a super dramatic liner look, we love to take inspo from our Middle Eastern heritage and take the liner all the way into the tear duct. If you’re a liner newbie, this can easily go wrong; so be warned! Once you’ve nailed your wing, to make your eyes look even bigger, trace your tear duct with liner along the upper and lower lash line. You want the line to be as thin as possible so you may need to keep some cotton buds handy to keep the line defined.

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