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How to Apply Eyeliner

Alana Mitchell, Licensed Esthetician, Day Spa Owner

Happy Halloween! I love any holiday that gives me an excuse to try wildly bold makeup. This year I’m going for a dramatic Smokey Eye with awesome spider webs in the outer corners! The endeavor inspired me to bring you tips on how to apply eyeliner like a pro!

Types of Liner

There are lots of eyeliner formulas to choose from. The four I recommend trying are pencils, liquid liners, eyeliner gels, or using a shadow. Choose what’s right for you based on the look you are going for and the application you are most comfortable pulling off.

Kiss Me Eyeliner

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

The key to liquid eyeliner is a steady hand! It sounds silly, but I always make sure I’ve had breakfast before sitting down to this one. Blinc makes a great liquid forumla ($24).

  • Starting from the middle of the lash line, draw a line outward in one big sweep.
  • A trick I currently love is lining my eye with a gel liner before applying my liquid liner. This allows my liquid liner to go on smoother and requires less precision (always a good thing!)
  • For a natural liquid eyeliner look, start with a completely bare eye and dot liquid liner into the spaces between the lashes. You won’t get a bold line, but your lashes will appear super thick at the root.

La Bella Donna Eye Pencil

How to Apply a Classic Look
Give your eyes a natural “pop” with this classic look. The trick on this one is having a light hand during application. La Bella Donna Eye Pencils ($22) work great!

  • Holding the skin of your lid, trace the line with a pencil or an eyeliner brush dipped in a dark eyeshadow.
  • Katie Holmes' Classic Look

    For more drama, draw the outside line a bit thicker than the inside line and extend it just beyond the lash line.

  • Another shape to try this fall has been dubbed the "Nike Swoosh" by Lucky Magazine – apply a narrow line along the inner corner, a ticker line in the middle, and sweep the line up a bit at the outer edge creating fresh and awake eyes!

Youngblood Gel Liner

Dramatic Eye

Headed for a night on the town? Bold eyes can give your day time look a sexy edge. You can use any of the formulas except for a pencil. For a fun option, try eyeliner shades other than deep black for a cool change up. Jewel toned metallics are super in right now and will work perfectly. Young Blood Incredible Wear Gel Eyeliner ($21) comes in incredible colors like Galaxy, Midnight Sea, and Eclipse.

  • You will be drawing two lines. Holding the skin of your upper lid, apply liner from the middle of your eye to the outside corner.
  • For the second line, start from the inside corner of your eye and draw a thinner line that meets up with the first line. Make sure the outer edge of the line is thicker than the inside. If you have close-set eyes, don’t take the line all the way to the inside corner.

Rihanna's Dramatic Cat Eye

The Cat Eye

Meoooow. Sexy Cat Eye is a must try! Trust me, you can do it!

  • Start by dotting liquid liner along the upper lash line as close to the eye as possible.
  • Next, apply liner from the inside all the way to the outside corner. Without picking up your hand, extend the line upward at the outer corner of eye.
  • Clean up with a Q-tip and make sure the tips of the liner match on both sides.

So...which one will you try? Here's an extra tip to use with all of these looks: trace the inner rims with a white pencil to make your eyes appear wider and more awake:)

From so many requests, I have developed a special page on my shopping cart site skincarebyalana.com with a special page set aside for eyeliner products I love, click here to see it.

I have another article that might help you even more titled: How to Apply the Perfect Smokey Eye, click here to read it.

Hope this helps, click here to call or email me with questions!


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