In this article, we’re going to take some baby steps and go over the absolute basics of applying eyeliner, and before you know it, you’ll be a pro!
Eyeliner is an ideal tool to accentuate and reshape your eyes. The lines can be drawn faithfully along the actual contours of the eyes, or in daring styles like cat eyes to add an intense impact to the eyes. Once you’ve mastered the skills, you can easily use eyeliner to change your makeup look for different moods and occasions.
Choose the right eyeliner
Eyeliners come in all sorts of types. Their different finishes and styles offer many makeup possibilities. Choose the eyeliner according to the look you want to achieve.
- Finish: Soft lines that blend naturally
- Ideal for: A more natural blend with the eye shadow, or for beginners who don’t feel comfortable with liquid or gel eyeliner types
- Finish: Fine lines that reshape the eyes (e.g. cat eyes)
- Ideal for: Glossy lines or delicate, clearly contoured lines.
- Finish: Clear lines with good coloration and subtle gradations.
- Ideal for: Controlling the thickness of the line and for a smudge-free, long-lasting eye makeup
How to apply eyeliner
The basics: Natural look
The eye line looks more natural and beautiful when the skin between the eyelashes is not visible. Eyelashes grow in layers. Look directly into a mirror to check your eyes. If you notice any skin color peaking out from between your lashes (Figure 1), use an eyeliner to fill in the gaps (Figure 2). This makes the lasher look denser and adds impact to the eyes.
If you tilt your chin up and look slightly downward into the mirror, you’ll see the roots of the lashes on your upper eyelids. This will make it easier for you to draw lines.
For best results, gradually thicken the line as you move from the inside to the outside of the eye to draw attention to the outer corner of the eye. For a more natural finish, use a cotton swab or eye shadow to blend in the borders above the eye lines. Eyes look more natural when the lines don’t stray far from the actual corners of the eyes.
Cat eyes have an upward wing from the outer corners. The lines on both sides must be perfectly symmetrical, with narrow tips at the outer corners. Liquid or gel type eyeliners render sharp lines ideal for cat eyes.
The winged lines can be drawn in various ways. Some women prefer an upward wing outwards and upwards from the corner of the eye (Figure 3). Others prefer to define the final point of the line first and then draw the wing backwards toward the corner of the eye (Figure 4). Longer, more symmetrical lines are easier to render using this second method, which may be helpful for beginners. To create a thicker winged line, draw an outline first and then fill in the space in between. This method is also useful for drawing sharper lines.
What eye shadow color is best for cat eyes?
Cat eyes stand out more beautiful when using a natural color for the eye shadow. The line will be less noticeable if you use a distinctly darker color.
If you feel unsure, you can easily draw a soft winged line using a dark eye shadow instead.