By Jo Green
Eyeliner is one of the most important and transformative products in your makeup kit.
Quick application of a pencil eyeliner along your waterline or application of gel-liner across your lashline will give you an instantly defined, smoky look.
Eyeliner is a wonderful way to make lashes appear longer, make your eye-colour pop or even help you to look more awake.
Knowing what colour to use, where to put it, and how to apply it are key skills that any makeup lover should have in her beauty repertoire.
- There are three types of eyeliner
Whether you choose pencil, gel or liquid, each has its own special application and skill level.
Pencil is the most common and easiest type and perfect for an everyday look.
Gel eyeliners typically come in a pot and are applied with a brush. Gels have an amazingly creamy consistency so they can glide across the eyelid.
The most advanced liners are the liquid category. They can be unforgiving if you make mistakes, but once you master the delicacy needed for proper application, these are unparalleled at creating cat-eyes and other dramatic shapes.
- Hold your eye for more control
You’ll find that most liners tend to get stuck or skip across your lid, so start off by creating a smooth canvas for your liner to glide across. Using your pointer and middle finger, pull the skin above your eye taut for a smoother, more precise line. Prop your elbow up on the counter to steady your hand.
- Choose the right colour
You don’t always have to go with classic black, especially if you are just starting out. Brown and light gray are great training colours when you’re trying a new technique as they are less stark and much more forgiving. You can also make your eyes appear brighter and more vibrant by using a colour-enhancing shade. For blue eyes that means picking something in the warm browns, bronze, or copper family. Green beauties should try violets and purples, while brown-eyed girls can go bold with bright blues or navy.
- Don’t forget to blend
When using a pencil, blend it out for a more natural look. A dual-ended pencil with a sponge attachment at the end makes this process a lot easier. The pressure you apply will determine what kind of line you get. A light touch will soften without losing definition, while a heavier hand will diffuse the colour and create a smokier effect.
- Line your waterline in nude for bright eyes
Instead of using black on your inner rims, choose a nude shade for a doe-eyed effect. This is a perfect trick for when you’re tired and want to look more awake. You can also use a champagne or metallic rose hue to really brighten things up. Try applying it to both the waterline and smudged into the inner corner of your eye for a more ethereal effect.