How To Create The Smudged Eyeliner Look: Step-By-Step Guide

Written by Sanya HamdaniSep 16, 2023
How to create the smudged eyeliner look: Step-by-step guide

As true blue makeup junkies, we can never tire of experimenting with different eye makeup looks. While we love trying bold eye makeup looks, simple and chic eye makeup trends such as the smudged eyeliner look will always have a special place in our hearts.

What we love the most about the smudged eyeliner look is that is doesn’t require much effort (and a steady hand). This soft, barely-there look softens your overall appearance; and if you have a hard time keeping your eyeliner from smudging then you should definitely give this one a try! Here’s how to create it.

smudged eyeliner look tutorial

Image courtesy: @malvina_isfan

Step 01: Prime your lids with a mattifying primer — this will keep your smudged eyeliner look intact. We recommend applying a tiny amount of the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Makeup Primer on your lids.

Step 02: Take your eyeliner and apply it as you normally would — across your lid. Avoid using a liquid formula as it will dry too quickly, leaving you with barely any time to smudge the liner. Instead, opt for a gel-based formula like the Lakme 9 to 5 Naturale Black Gel Kajal and draw a line over your lash line for a subtle look or you can go all out and draw a wing for a more dramatic look.

Step 03: Now for the best part – smudging! You can use a cotton swab or pencil brush to smudge it out. Be gentle and soften out the lines.

Step 04: If you wish to wear eyeshadow, apply that now; neutral tones look great with a smudged eyeliner look.

Step 05: To finish off and make it look clean, dip a cotton swab in makeup remover and gently clean any areas that you are not happy with.

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Sanya Hamdani

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Sanya Hamdani is a skincare enthusiast and lipstick hoarder, she truly believes no two red lipsticks look exactly alike. With a Master's degree in Communication & Journalism and 5+ years of digital writing experience up her sleeve, Sanya has some of the biggest beauty experts in the country on her speed dial. When she's not swatching products or writing about the latest trends in beauty, you will find her watching F.R.I.E.N.D.S. or cooking up a storm in the kitchen.


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