A comprehensive guide on how to apply eyeliner with some effective tips on application
Welcome to Zuri’s ‘how to’ video series. This series focuses on the application technique and covers the following topics: 1) how to apply foundation, 2) how to apply kajal,3) how to apply mascara, 4) how to apply lipstick, 5) how to apply eye shadow and 6) how to apply eyeliner. This video series builds on the previous knowledge that was published on Zuri. For example, about eyeliner, try the makeup tips here, here, here and here. Now that you know a little bit about eyeliner, check out the fifth video in these series and learn the secret about how to apply eyeliner perfectly.
You can use any of the following products to apply eyeliner –
- a pencil
- a liquid liner
- a pen liner
- a gel liner or
- an eye shadow with a brush
In case if you do not have a steady hand, here is a quick tip–
Sit down. Place your elbow on a table for balance and then apply the eyeliner.
To begin, keep the eyeliner as thin as possible. If you wish for a thicker eyeliner, you can always build it up. It’s tough to remove eyeliner without making a mess and much easier to add product.
If you have droopy eyelids, make sure the eyeliner turns up in a slant. This will create an illusion of a ‘lift’ & will make your eyes look uplifted rather than droopy.
In case if you want a different eyeliner look & not the regular ‘thin-to-thick’ line, apply liner only to the outer two-thirds of the eye. Leaving some space unlined on the inside corner of your eye gives an ‘opened/awake’ look. Make sure that the eyeliner on the lower lash line connects with the back corner of the upper lash line. Remember, that a heavy liner on the lower lash line ends up looking like your mascara has smudged.
Tightlining is good for those who don’t want to look too ‘done’. This method gives the illusion of an eyeliner although the line is not directly drawn on the upper lash line.
If this still seems too hard, use a Scotch tape to make the application smooth. Remember to take off some stickiness from the tape on the back of your palm so that you don’t end up tugging with your eyes.
In case if you are looking for a softer look, use eye shadow with an angled brush to apply eyeliner. This way you can use different eye shadows like green, blue, orange etc. to experiment. To intensify the color, spray some water on the brush & dip it in the shadow & then apply. You’ll notice the color ‘pop’ on the eye.
Moving on to different styles of eyeliner—
The basic line is the simplest, quickest & that anyone can do. It is the base for any other eyeliner look one might choose.
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 and draw more attention to your lashes, making them look thicker.
This eyeliner look requires a bit of practice. 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.
Step 1: Start by making small dashes on the upper lash line and join them slowly.
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: Fill in the color into gaps & fix any edges to clean up. Don’t forget to join the upper & lower outer corners. And you should have a perfect winged liner!
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.
This look is really bold & involves lining the entirety of your upper & lower lids.
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.