Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Eyeliner Tips and Tricks

After the summer I always bring eyeliner back into my daily make-up routine. Eyeliner is something that can be very hard to master, to pick up again after not using it for a while. Now I'm back into the swing of things, I thought I would put together some tips for nailing eyeliner.

Since going back to college I've recieved quite a few compliments for my eyeliner so I must be doing something right! Most of the time is a small, subtle cat eye like Taylor Swift's signature look. However, I also love Jade Thirlwall's (Little Mix) eyeliner because it's a bit bolder.

1. Pick the right eyeliner for you. 

There are several types of eyeliner out there; gel, liquid, felt tip, or even pencil. You can chose whatever you prefer. I personally like felt tip eyeliner pens because it allows you to have more control with you application, and it's easy to create the right wing for you. Gel liner is great for a bolder look that is really long-lasting, whereas pencil/kohl liner can be used for a more natural or smoky look. Here are some of my favourites:

2. Colour

If black eyeliner is too harsh, brown eyeliner is much more subtle. If you have fair skin like me, you may find it suits you more than black (even though I still use black anyway!). Grey is also a nice alternative to black. And if you're feeling bold, there are plenty of brands that sell different coloured eyeliners to really make your eyes pop! Check out NYX or Benefit.

3. The tape trick

One of the tips you may have heard of is to put tape stick tape or a sticky note from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brow. Draw the liner across your eyelid and then use the tape to perfect a nice, sharp wing. It honestly saves my liner from looking uneven. Just make sure you do this before your face make up so that doesn't come of!

4. Look forward and keep a steady hand.

To create the most even wings, it's best to look towards the mirror instead of up,down or diagonal! Try to keep your hand as still as possible, one way to help this is to rest your pinky on your cheek to keep your balance, or not griping the pen too tightly!

5. Take your time.

Eyeliner is one of those things that can't be rushed, your much more likely to mess up! Take your time draw your eyeliner precisely and efficiently, Practice and patience are crucial, if you know you don't have time in the mornings for eyeliner, it's probably best to avoid it all together! A quick line of pencil over the lid and smudged out will do. 

6. Draw the outline then fill in the shape you want.

Another way to create your desired shape is to draw a thin outline away from your eyelid then fill in the gaps. This is easiest with a felt tip liner. 

7. Flatter your eye shape

Just one false move with eyeliner can make it unflattering for your eye shape. Make sure your wing is in line with the outer corner of your eye. You can find  guides like this which have examples for all eye shapes.

Do you like wearing eyeliner? What are your favourite products?


  1. Great post! So true about not applying liner when you're late hahah
    xx SofiaaDot

  2. Great post - I'll definitely be trying out the tape trick :)

    Claire | Vanity Claire xx

  3. Great tips. The key to eyeliner is definitely using a good product and taking your time. My favorite eyeliner is Kat Von D trooper and Nyc Liquid liner!



  4. Hahahaha I loved the thing about applying liner when late "DON'T" this is a reminder for me applying eyeliner in a crowded metro in the morning hahahahaha





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