Lately, I received a lot of compliments on my eyeliner…which weirds me out a bit because: I suck at taking compliments and I didn’t think my eyeliner is anything special. I remember the first time I tried applying eyeliner, I was in high school and it looked absolutely horrible. So I understand how overwhelming and scary it can be when you’re starting out with makeup — especially when it’s extremely close to your eye.
But don’t fear, I am going to show you how to apply an everyday eyeliner in just 5 steps!
Step One: Step One is the most important…relax. The more stress and fearful you are, the more likely you will make a mistake or poke your eye out. Mistakes will happen, they are inevitable, but the more hype you are, the more frequent and severe they will be. To help myself relax (because I still get nervous too), I start with a clean face, making sure my eye area is clean and moisturized, ensuring that the eyeliner applies smoothly.
Step Two: Rest your elbow. This is the key to making sure that you have a steady hand to apply your eyeliner. It’s important that you rest on a flat surface to guarantee that you are able to draw your eyeliner with the most control.
Step Three: Start from the middle and work your way inward, making sure to stroke away from the corner of your eye. I’m sure that sound confusing, but really, it’s quite simple. You want to use this method regardless of whether you’re using gel, liquid or pencil eyeliner. I’m sure you make be wondering why I work my way in, instead of drawing the liner towards the outer corner first. Besides the ‘wing’, how you draw along the inner arch of your lash line is the most important….if this isn’t ‘right’, nothing is, so I like to give more time and attention to making sure that it’s perfect.
Key Note: Use small, short strokes for a more controlled and even line.
Step Four: It’s important that the line drawn towards the outer corner of your eye matches that of the inner corner. You want everything to be symmetrical and natural looking. Also, I know it is tempting to add a ‘wing’ all at one time, but save this step for the end.
Step Five: This step is optional. If you would like for your eyeliner to have a wing, using a thin eyeliner applicator (liquid or gel), apply a thin line going up and away from the outer corner of your eye. If you find this difficult, don’t worry, there’s a hack for everything. Get a small piece of scotch tape and place it at a small angle, ‘up and away’, from the outer corner of your eye. This serves as a guide for you to follow along the line of the tape for a perfect straight wing. Lastly, make sure you fully connect the wing to the rest of the liner on your eye, so that it looks like one continues stroke from corner to corner.
Like I mentioned earlier, mistakes are inevitable. But don’t fret, simply grab a wet q-tip or tissue paper and wipe away your mistake. You can even apply soap or a facial cleanser to guarantee that it completely disappears.
Until Next Time,
Music: Hold On, We’re Going Home (Christina Grimmie)
It's so true. Don't fret the mistakes. Just go with the flow!
Wow! Those are great tips! I love how you use short strokes.
These are great tips! I really stink at drawing a wing so I might have to try your tape method!
lol! Would love to see the results 😛
Have you tried Kat Von D ink pen? It was a game changer for me ?
I haven't yet, but I've heard a lot of great reviews. Will have to check it out 🙂
I love the scotch tape hack!
lol yes! So good!!!
Thanks for the how-to, I love winged eye liner but can never quite perfect it! I don't know why I never even thought to clean up my mistakes with a Q-tip!
All the Best,
Allison | http://www.LiveLifeWellBlog.com
I'm the worst at liner but thank you for these tips! Hopefully I will improve!
My pleasure! Practice makes perfect, you'll get it!!!
This was so helpful! I've really been trying to get more into make up lately after being able to beat a fairly decent face in under 10 mins during undergrad. These days everything related to make up takes me forever and my eye liner is always one of the biggest headaches! I'll definitely be trying this tips out this weekend.
love the video! you do a fabulous wing!
Great tips. Thanks
Great tips! Eyeliner is tricky sometimes!
OKay I am going to try this for the first time. wish me luck
You've got this!!!!
I've yet to master my eyeliner game! Love the final result in yours, and will definitely put your tips and tricks to use.
Looks great! I have never tried liquid liner because I have never been brave enough. I will have to try it now.
It's definitely tricky…I try to stick with gel but sometimes liquid just looks better to me…