Beauty School : Eyeliner 101
Have you ever thought what the beauty world would be like without eyeliner? It is like birthday cakes without the candles I suppose. Right? Let's face it, eyeliner is one of our basic essential beauty item that almost every lady would have on their vanity table, in their purse or in their office drawer. As for me I would have an eyeliner in every cosmetic pouches in all my handbags so I won't be caught without.
So let's take a closer look at this beauty essential shall we?
First the pencil liner, which is the staple for every woman. Almost every girl starts with pencil liners because it is the easiest to apply especially if you don't have a steady hand. It is also happens to be my personal favourite type of liner as it gives the eye a softer overall effect to your eye makeup compared to gel/cream or liquid liner.
Pencil liners are great for :
- defining your upper and lower lash lines
- lining your waterline
- smudging on the upper and lower lash line to create smokey eye look
- always make sure that your pencil liner is always sharp so that you can get close to the lash line possible and create a beautiful natural looking defined look (if that make sense). Don't be lazy about sharpening your pencil liners girls, believe me, it won't look as nice and neat of you line with a blunt nib.
- always use the sides of the kohl to line the eye instead of the tip. This will give you more control when lining your lash line. This technique will give you a more precise line
- line using short strokes starting from outer corner of your lash line and work your way in one stroke at a time.
- look for a high pigmented pencil that is soft enough so that it won't tug on your delicate skin
- set eye pencil liner with eyeshadow to ensure its staying power (though most pencil formula now are waterproof so more often than not you don't really need to set it)
Personal Picks: IN2IT Gel Eyeliner Pencil, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, Stila Kajal, Shu Eumura Drawing Pencil
Next, is the gel or cream liner. This is a great alternative to the liquid eyeliner as gel/cream liner is easier to apply because of its thick consistency/formula. So if you have unsteady hand, this type of liner will be more forgiving (compared to liquid liner) and gives your more control when drawing the line.
Gel/cream liners are great for:
- creating a more precise line along the lash line compared to pencil liner.
- creating that fashionable cat eye/ winged liner that we love so much
- creating that ultra thin line on the lash line
- eye shadow base for your eye colour (more so for cream liners)
- use an angled brush to create the perfect cat eye. As usual always start from the outer corner of your lash line in short strokes and work your way in one stroke at a time
- use a small precision brush to create that ultra thin eye liner
- use a fluffy dome brush to smooth cream liner on your lid if you want to use it as a base colour for your eye colour. I find using this type of brush spreads the cream liner better compared to a flat brush
Personal Picks: MAC Fluidline, Stila Smudge Pot, Benefit Cream Shadow, Shu Eumura Painting Liner, Maybeline Gel Liner
Last is the liquid liner. Using liquid liner is tricky but once you master the technique it will be a breeze and you will be able to line your lash line in less than 1 minute! Liquid liner gives you the cleanest and most precise line compared to the two types above. Liquid liner comes in different tip :- Felt tip, Nylon Hair brush tip, Pencil brush tip. I personally love the Felt Tip ones.
Liquid liners are great for:
- creating the cleanest and most precise line for that cat eye or winged eye look compared to pencil or gel liners
- those with oily eye lids. It applies wet but dries quickly. Once it is dry it won't budge. So love that about liquid liners
- always have a pointy cotton bud with you to clean up mistakes
- pencil brush tip gives you more control and nylon hair brush tip will be the hardest
- practise, practise and practise some more. Don't give up hahaha.
Personal Picks: L'Oreal Paris Super Liner Black Lacquer (Best liquid liner I have tried. I have been using this for the past 5 years), Mary Kay Liquid Eye Liner
So there you have it and I hope it has helped you in small ways if not more. I would like to close this post with a video tutorial. Please note that the method used in lining the eye is the same for pencil, gel or liquid. Just remember to use the sides of the pencil kohl instead of the nib when lining your lash line. Good luck!