How To Apply Eyeliner

Published: 11th July 2009
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Eyeliner can make even the smallest eyes appear larger. Applying it correctly is key, you don't want the line to be too dark, harsh and obvious or you risk looking overdone. Here we share our favorite tried-but-true eyeliner tips and then give instruction on how to apply a basic eye, a smoky eye, a bold eye and a cat eye.

Types of Eyeliners

Eyeliner comes in a variety of types: pencil, liquid, felt-tip pen, crayon and cake eyeliner. They each have advantages, but mostly it's all about preference. Each type of eyeliner performs a bit differently, so you may want to try each kind before settling on a favorite.

How to Choose Eyeliner Colors

When it comes to the color of eyeliners, fashion trends have moved far beyond basic black. In fact, black can be too strong or harsh for many skin tones. Charcoal or brown provides a softer look that is appropriate for most daytime cosmetic wear, especially if you have fair skin and/or blonde hair. Don't be afraid to add some vivid color to your eyeliner at night, though. Purple, green and even red eyeliner make for striking evening looks. The next time you go clubbing, try one of these shades for a fun new look. You can also use silver or white eyeliner at night. Add a bit at the inside corners of your eyes or along the inner rim of your eyelid for an extra lift when your lids appear tired or droopy.

Tips to Apply Eyeliner:

• If your eyes are set very close together, begin your eyeliner at the inner corner and extend it just a bit beyond the outer corner of the eye.

• If your eyes are very wide-set, apply the liner all the way to the inner corner of the lid and use mascara mainly on the center lashes.

• If your eyes are deeply set, remember the less is more theory. Stay as close to the lash line as possible and use a thin line.

• Small eyes will look larger when you keep the eyeliner to the outer half of the eye.

• For round eyes, line only the outer half of the eyelid and extend the liner slightly out and up at the outer corner of the eye.

• If you have bulging eyes or puffy eyes, use your liner from the inner corner all the way to the outer corner. If you like the look of liner under your eyes, stay inside the rim, not under the lashes, or you will just exaggerate the bulging.

• Droopy eyes will perk up if you keep the liner to the edge of the pupil area.

• When your eyes are aging and start to get that crepey look, vary the width of the eyeliner so that it is thicker toward the outer part of the eye. Be sure to blend and smudge correctly using a large sponge brush.

• If you are fortunate enough to have almond-shaped eyes that are set in proportion to the rest of your face, have fun with the eyeliner, as nearly any look will work great.

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