Eyeliner Basics: The 3-Step Guide

Eyeliners are my one must-have makeup product.  The black Lakme Instaliner was my very first one, and till today, I prefer the ease of use of a liner over the effort needed for an eyeshadow.  My favorite is, of course, the black kohl liners - a staple for almost every Indian girl!  Available in a variety of formulations - gel, liquid, pencil - the one I reach for the most often is the pencil :D

Used Urban Decay Perversion along the upper lashline, waterline, and for tightlining.
As with any other makeup, there are a few  steps to applying even a basic eyeliner that make the application easier and helps it last longer.  Here's what works for me:

1.  Prime your lids before applying the eyeliner  - even if you are applying the liner only along the lashline, applying a little primer on the lids helps the liner stay on better without smudging/transferring.

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If you are applying the liner along the lower lashline, something I almost always do, it helps to apply a bit of the the primer along the lower lashline (don't get it on to the waterline or into the eyes).  This keeps the liner from straying under the eyes and avoid the raccoon eyes!
2.  The Pencil Liner Basics:  I like to pick a softer pencil (my obsession - UD Perversion) which won't tug or pull the skin and needs only the slightest pressure to apply.  Next thing that I do is ensure that it's sharpened - not pointy sharp but a slightly more rounded yet precise tip.

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  • My pet peeve with liner application is having a visible gap between the lashes and the liner.  An easy tip I picked up from a makeup artist - apply the pencil right at the roots of the lashes. This would avoid the gap while also making the lashes look darker and thicker.
  • While everyone has their own way of getting that perfect line, here's my easy shortcut to a neat line:  Trace out the line using short strokes.  Then use a fine liner brush (I use the one that comes with the Maybelline gel liners) to smudge the line and connect the dots.  This is especially helpful with getting those barely visible, thin lines close to the lashline :D
3.  Applying gel or liquid liners:  I started using gel liners a little over a year ago, and I really haven't used liquid eyeliners since then, but I think both formulations apply sort of similar.  I use either an angled liner brush or an finer-tipped eyeliner brush to apply these.

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As with the pencil liners, applying the liner close to the lashes with short strokes helps with a neater application.  Another tip is to steady the elbow against a surface, a table perhaps, to get a more precise line.  Pull the eyelid skin taut at the corner to smoothen out the skin and avoid any creases - not a problem everyone has, but it's something I find useful on my eyes!

Avoid any harsh lines by using a smudger brush and/or some shadow to smoke out the line.  This softens the line and also avoids the pesky line that comes from the excess liner transferring on to the crease.

So, that was my basic guide to eyeliner application.  Happy lining and have a great weekend :D

17 comments:

  1. Great tips Rads :)I prefer pencils too and can you believe if I say I have never tried gel liners !!

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    1. I was the same! I love the MAC Fluidlines, but being too lazy to clean the brush is one big reason why I prefer pencils :D

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  2. I like all three but I prefer the liquid ones specifically the felt tip liquids. I get too lazy with gel liners too.

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    1. Oh I should get one of those felt-tip liners too..makes life so much easier! I have one from ELF but that seemed dried out even when it was new :(

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  3. Great tips. I have a horrible time lining my lower lashes. It always looks terribly unnatural and just odd. I also have deeper inset almond shaped eyes, so the bottom liner can be overwhelming. I love gel liners, but hate liquid liners.

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    1. I have huge saucer eyes...so I always line the lower rim...will do anything to make them looks smaller :D

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  4. Awesome tips, Rads! I agree with you on the tightlining--I started doing this about a year ago and it makes SUCH a difference. Really makes it look like you naturally have super thick, black lashes!

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    1. Hi Becca :) Changed my life ever since I learned about it :D

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  5. u know what i loved most abt this post...i might sound wierd...but i loved the way u watermarked the pictures :D :D
    btw loved the post <3

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    1. Hehehee..:D What to do..I hate watermarking, and I somehow do it, and still people use the photos..just crop out the watermark and use it, so now I do this! Not that I have much hopes about things getting any better :((

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  6. Hi Radhika, came here over from Karen's MBB. I hear ya' on your obsession with "Perversion"-this one, along with "Oil Slick" make for really quick eye looks! And I am perfectly lazy, so pencil eyeliners are my favorites, followed by gel liners ;).

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    1. Hi Musical! Am eying the UD liners naked set..that has all my favorite colors :D

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    2. Oh yes! UD eyeliners are such a treat to apply!

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    3. Ohh I just saw your food blog..I think I used to read it before..I went on a food blog ban for a while..just too much temptation!!! You food bloggers are just awesom :jaiho: Didn't realize you are the same Musical..not that I ever commented on your blog or anything (too shy to) but is the first time I have seen anyone from the food blogging world in the makeup world..:D

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  7. One more food blogger here..:) I was a lurker all the while,a malayali myself..So today just thought of actually coming up and saying that I love your posts,pics esply..Keep going Radhika !:)

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    1. Hi Varsha! You have a yummilicious blog...just went and peeped! You take some great photos too...and thank you :)

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  8. Thats a very useful post Rads..I love gel liners..I prefer pencils only for the waterline..
    am too clumsy wid liquid liners..

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