Today we cover part 4 of the how to apply eyeliner series. This post covers the different styles of doing the eyeliner.
Let’s recap what I’ve already discussed about how to apply eyeliner: In the first part, I discussed the types of eyeliner available in the market, then in the second part I covered how to apply eyeliner for different eye shapes & the third was all about the technique: that is, basics of how an eye liner needs to be applied. Today, the fourth & final part of the series, will cover different styles of doing the eyeliner. There are in general 4 ways of applying an eyeliner – The Basic Line, Winged EyeLiner, Gentle ‘V’ EyeLiner & ‘All Around The EyeLiner’ (well, that’s just what I’d like to call it – one can call it anything they want) 🙂
The basic line is the simplest, quickest & that anyone can do. One doesn’t need to have any superpowers to master it 😉 It is also the base for any other eyeliner look one might choose. So here is how to apply the basic eyeliner:
Step 1: Start by applying small dashes along your upper lash line, as close as possible to the lashes. Connect these dashes creating a solid line.
Step 2: Extend the line just slightly beyond the outer corner with a little flick. This will flatter the eye & draw more attention to your lashes, making them look thicker.
I have done a complete video on this. This eyeliner look requires a bit of practice. But once you’ve practiced it, you will feel like doing this eyeliner all the time (that’s the phase I am in right now)! Winged eyeliner looks are perfect for any occasion be it a rock concert or a bridal sangeet or diwali function & one can get as dramatic as they want! It just depends on how long or thick you want to make the winged liner. So here are the simple steps of how to apply a winged eyeliner.
Step 1: Follow the steps of the basic eyeliner tutorial.
Step 2: Draw a thin line from the outer corner of your eye, using the curve of the lower lash line as a cue, angled upwards towards the end of your eyebrow. The length of this line will determine the thickness of your wing!
Step 3: Make another line from the upper lash line at the end of the wing & connect it to the center of your lash line or whichever angle looks best with your eye shape.
Step 4: Fill in the color into gaps & fix any edges to clean up the style. Don’t forget to join the upper & lower outer corners. And you should have a perfect winged eyeliner look!
TIP: If you make a mistake at any time, simply grab a Q-Tip/cotton bud & dip it some makeup remover & gently slide this along the edge of the line.
The Gentle V Eyeliner:
This eyeliner technique is very versatile as it can be worn casually during the daytime or you can make it more dramatic for an evening out. All you need to do is outline the corners of your eyes, the most outward parts of your upper & lower eyelashes. This will naturally make a v-shape. Remember not to ‘lift’ the ends as it’ll begin to look like a winged eyeliner instead. Easy beezy 😎 The pictures below depict how to apply the gentle v eyeliner:
TIP: To make the edge of the eyeliner stand out, dip a clean eye shadow brush in some concealer (preferably a shade closest to your skin tone) & swipe it across the edges to get a smooth & clean tip.
All Around The Eyeliner:
This look is really bold & similar to the Arabic eyeliner style. Like the name implies, this technique involves lining the entirety of your upper & lower lids. How to do this eyeliner? See the steps below:
Step 1: Begin with applying the eyeliner in small thin strokes on the upper lash line & flick the line just a little bit in the outer corner.
Step 2: Join the edge of the upper lash line to the lower & fill in the corners. It’s best to make a soft but thick line on top and a thinner one on the bottom. You’ll want to smudge here.
Apply the eyeliner in the inner tear duct area, on the upper & lower lash line forming a sharp ‘V’. Finish off by lining the waterline & the lower lash line too by joining top & bottom.
TIP: In case if you have small eyes, an eyeliner look like this might make the eyes look smaller. If this is something you do not want to do, I’d suggest skipping this look entirely.
This brings us to the end of the 4 part ‘How to apply eyeliner‘ series. I hope that you were able to learn from these articles & would be able to try them on yourself. Do send me images of your looks & questions, if any! It would feel great to see the creativity out there! Good luck!
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