No girl is every fully satisfied with her makeup until she applies that flick of eyeliner. I, for one, definitely count my eyeliner as a necessity, and place it right up there with oxygen.

But I think we can all unanimously agree that even though eyeliners form an integral part of our makeup routines, they aren’t exactly easy to handle. Yes, panda eyes, we’re looking at you! If you love your eyeliner just as much as we do, we’ve compiled some of the best eyeliner hacks and tips for you--whether you’re a beginner, or looking to up your game. Prepare to be amazed!

Trace your cat eye with a pencil first
 

Trace your cat eye with a pencil first

Desperate times call for desperate measures, and this is a life-saving trick for anyone struggling to get both eyes to look even. To ensure that your eyeliner looks even, first draw the shape you want with a soft brown liner and then go over it with your usual black liquid liner. It’s a lot easier to clean up than liquid liner, and then you can perfect the shape with minimal risk.

Look down in your mirror for better precision
 

Look down in your mirror for better precision

We know this sounds a little weird, but trust us, it is one of the most effective ways to apply your eyeliner. Instead of using your bathroom mirror, place a handheld mirror on the counter, below your face. Look down into it so you don’t have to contend with your lashes like you would if you were looking straight on.

Dots for the perfect liner
 

Dots for the perfect liner

Another hack to ensure that your eyeliner application never goes wrong is to make small dots on top of your lashes with pencil eyeliner and then join them slowly with liquid eyeliner. This will ensure that your winged eyeliner is one beautiful, seamless stroke.

Use mascara as liner
 

Use mascara as liner

All of us are familiar with those mornings when we have pressed the snooze button one too many times, and now you don’t have the time for the perfectly crafted winged liner. That’s when you need this trick the most. Your mascara can double up as a liner. Simply curl your lashes and then add two to three coats of mascara, pressing and holding the lash wand into the root of the lashes without wiggling it. This deposits mascara between the roots, which has an eye-opening effect without the eyeliner.

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