Are you running out of time as you struggle to match the left-winged eyeliner with the right? We’ve all been there. Winged or not, applying eyeliner is no easy feat and can almost be considered a superpower if you get both sides right the first time. Well, if you’re one of those people, move along, it's time for us noobs and shaky hands to master how to apply eyeliner perfectly.
- Start from the outer edge
- Draw and fill
- Dot it down
- Trace the lash line
- Use a sneaky tool
- Start with a thin line
- Steady your hands
- Use the right eyeliner
- FAQs on how to apply eyeliner
Start from the outer edge
So, you know how to match the thickness of the eyeliner on both eyes but can never say the same for wings. First, pick a point on the outer corner of your eye. Start drawing the liner from there and work your way in. Start with small strokes by first creating the wing. Then connect the wing to the upper lash line and work your way into the inner corner of your eye.
Draw and fill
This is one of the most common ways that beginners usually apply eyeliner. Instead of ending up like a panda while trying to match both eyes, draw an outline. Once you’re happy with the outline on both eyes, start filling it in. This way, you won’t have to deal with a mess while wiping off any mistakes.
Dot it down
Do you stress out every time you get to the eyeliner when doing your makeup? Well, make it fun by literally playing the connect-the-dots game! Before you begin, apply a primer like the Lakme Absolute Blur Perfect Primer so that your hard-earned eyeliner doesn’t disappear in a couple of hours. It also provides a smooth and matte texture so that you can easily get to applying your eyeliner. If you are worried about a cakey finish, worry no more as this primer is super lightweight, making application easier and also giving you the perfect finish.
Next, take your eyeliner and add three to four dots above your upper lash line. Connect them to create an outline and fill it in. Doesn’t sound too hard, now does it?
Trace the lash line
Sometimes it is the easiest method of applying eyeliner that eludes us. Instead of convoluted tutorials on how to apply eyeliner, start with the basics. Take a pencil eyeliner, hold your temple firmly with your spare hand and simply trace the lash line in small strokes. Yes, that’s it!
Use a sneaky tool
Feel like a pro without letting anyone know how you got the perfect winged eyeliner. You can apply scotch tape from the outer corner of your eye to the end of your brows and trace it with your eyeliner.
You can also use a tweezer, a spoon or even a ruler as a marker to keep your wing straight while using gel liner like the Lakme Gel Liner, which is transfer-proof, waterproof and dries out in 15 seconds, thus minimising amateur mistakes.
Start with a thin line
It truly is about small movements. If the small stroke hack isn’t working for you, then start with a thin line. We recommend a liquid liner like the Lakme 9 to 5 Black Impact Liner for experts and amateurs as its long handle provides a comfortable grip. Its water-resistant and fast-drying formula also makes sure that you draw on smooth lines while also facilitating application.
Apply a thin line as close to your upper lash line as you can from the inner corner of your eye to the outer. Keep building on it with thin lines till you’re happy with the thickness of your eyeliner.
Steady your hands
This one applies to amateurs and pros alike. You may be an expert on matching the angles of your wing or the thickness of the liner on both eye, but do shaky hands mess it up? Even the steadiest hands can lose confidence if a lot is at stake – like you’re already 10 minutes late to meet your friends. Rest your hands on your vanity desk or a table to stay steady while applying eyeliner.
Use the right eyeliner
Sometimes, all it takes for beautiful wings are the right eyeliners. If you want a smooth and dramatic winged eyeliner, a pencil won’t work well. If you want a simple and thin line, you might make more mistakes with a liquid liner than with a pencil. Opt for a liquid liner for wings and a pigmented pencil like the Lakme Eyeconic Kajal if you are starting out with a simple look. This kajal pencil promises a rich and vibrant colour and also lasts for 22 hours so that you don’t have to worry about touching up your eyes every few hours.
FAQs on how to apply eyeliner
1) What eyeliner is easiest to apply?
If you are a beginner, a pen eyeliner like the Lakme Eyeconic Liner Pen Fine Tip will give you the accuracy and steadiness needed for a neat line. It is also waterproof and lasts up to 14 hours.
2) Which is better, gel or liquid eyeliner?
Gel eyeliner works well for smokey eyes since you can achieve the smudged effect well. Liquid eyeliner is better for sharp winged eyeliner.
3) How do you take off eyeliner?
Add a couple of drops of makeup remover like the Lakme Bi-Phased Makeup Remover to a cotton pad and gently wipe from the inner corner of your eye to the outer. This product is also perfect for sensitive skin so you don’t have to worry about irritating your eyelids. It also effortlessly removes stubborn makeup.
4) How do I keep my eyeliner from smudging?
Primers are the best way to keep your eyeliner from smudging. For additional support, invest in waterproof liners and a setting spray to keep the eyeliner intact for long.
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