In this article we take a look at how to apply eyeliner with some tips on achieving some great effects.
One stunning effect that can be achieved easily and a favorite of such wellâknown actresses from
Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe to Gwyneth Paltrow, is rimming the eyes with either a white or
beige eye pencil. This has the effect of enlarging the white of the eye to create a seductive, alluring
Things You Will NeedTo apply the eye pencil, pull your lid away from the eye very gently using one or two fingers and draw a
line along the inner eye rims. Do the same with both the upper and lower lids. To make a sharpened
pencil softer and easier to apply, you can draw a few lines first on the back of your hand. This will
soften the tip and get the color flowing.
Kohl can be applied in the same way with sensational effect. The use of kohl goes back to ancient
Egyptian times and is characteristic of eye makeup in the Middle and Far East. Apply your kohl pencil
as described above to both the upper and lower rims, from corner to corner. Then, using either a
spongeâtipped applicator, eyeshadow brush, or even your fingertip, blend the color by smudging it to
create a smoky effect.
Once you are satisfied with the appearance, you will need to set it by using a light application of loose
powder. For an even stronger, more intense effect, apply your preferred color around the eyes in either
cream, liquid or powder form.
If you want to use liquid eyeliner, once you've mastered the technique of applying it, this can be a quick
method of achieving a stunning and sophisticated look. But applying liquid eyeliner can take a littlepractice.
To begin, it's best to be in front of a good magnifying mirror, so that your eyes are magnified sufficiently
to see very clearly what you are about to do and ensure a smooth application of the liquid eyeliner.
Then, using your free hand, start by pulling the eyelid taut. If you're rightâhanded it's probably easiest
for you to start applying the liquid from leftâtoâright, as if you are writing, and vice versa if you are
leftâhanded. Draw across in a single continuous fine line. If you want a thicker line then, at the end of
the run, simply retrace.
A tip when applying liquid eyeliner is to apply it as close as possible to the eyelashes, even running
into the eyelashes. This will avoid you getting that annoying white line effect between the lashes and
the liner when the two don't meet.
Applying liquid eyeliner does take some practice, so have a bottle of makeup remover to hand until you
are confident in the technique. As they say: "practice makes perfect", and with a little perseverance and
a steady hand you'll soon be achieving some great effects.
Step 1Ever since Queen Nefertiti first lined her eyes with black coal, women have been using makeup to
emphasize the beauty of their eyes. If you are looking for eye makeup tips or eye makeup ideas for a
dramatic eye make up look for an evening out, or simply some free eye makeup tips to put on your
"morning face", you can start out by learning basic eye makeup application.
How to Apply Eye Makeup
Before applying eye makeup, it's always a good idea to use a concealer to hide dark circles and
wrinkles around the eyes. Choose a shade of concealer that's slightly lighter than your natural skin
tone. Don't use too much and blend it in well.
Apply the eye shadow color in several thin layers, blend well. Put the sheer color on the center of your
lid with a sponge applicator or pencil.
Next, brush up and out toward your brow, then nose. Use an eye brush if possible. Apply a deeper
shade of color to the crease of your lid.
Highlight Your Eyes
To highlight eyes, add a lighter shade of the same color of eye makeup to your brow bone.
Outline and Define Eyes
Outline the top and bottom of your lids with an eyeliner pencil. You can make short, close little dots
with your eyeliner instead of a straight line. Smudge the dots or line lightly from the inner corners to the
outer corners, if you want a softer line.
Make Thick Eye Lashes
For great looking eyelashes, go over lashes first with an eyelash separator comb. Apply a thin coat of
mascara to lashes (If you don't have many lashes, you may want to do lashes individually). Reâcomb
your lashes immediately after you apply the mascara. Let them dry, then repeat the process.
Removing Eye Makeup
Eye makeup should be removed with a cotton ball or swab that has been soaked in makeup remover.
Makeup remover pads are good too.
Remember to be gentle and don't rush. Be especially careful when removing mascara. You can gently
rub the underside of the lashes until they come clean.