How To Define The Eyes And Make Them Pop Using A Pencil Eyeliner

Written by Urvi DalalSep 16, 2023
How to define the eyes and make them pop using a pencil eyeliner

If you are a 90s kid, then there is a high chance that your first eye makeup product was a black kohl pencil, which needed sharpening after every few uses if you wanted to create thin precise lines (ah! The nostalgia). But with time, we moved on to liquid and gel eyeliners to accentuate our eyes. However, if you’re still struggling with applying your eyeliner, it’s time to go back to using the good ol’ pencil eyeliner days. Yes, really! They not only provide a lot more control but are also super economical.

And with the right tips and tricks up your sleeve, it is indeed possible to achieve the highly pigmented black colour to define your eyes. Let’s look at what those tips are and how to apply eyeliner correctly…


01. Choose the right eyeliner pencil

04. Warm it up to darken the pigment

Picking the right eyeliner colour will help you create the kind of look you’re aiming for. For example, if you’re looking to achieve a slightly defined and dramatic look, then go for a black pencil. For a softer, day-time look, brown eye pencils work best. And if you’re particularly adventurous and bold, opt for a coloured eyeliner pencil from the Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate The Gelato Collection.


02. Use dashes

04. Warm it up to darken the pigment

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The best thing about using a pencil eyeliner is the precision and control it gives you. If you find it difficult to create a straight line, simply draw tiny dashes along your lash line (staying as close to it as possible) using your eyeliner pencil and then join the dashes to create a smooth, neat line.


03. Lock it in place with eyeshadow

04. Warm it up to darken the pigment

If you feel like pencil eyeliners aren’t as long-lasting as their liquid counterparts or start melting in a couple of hours, then here’s a tip you’re going to love. Simply use an eyeshadow in the same shade as your liner and apply it on the liner to stop it from smudging. This help soaks up any excess oil and prevents it from moving, melting and smudging.


04. Warm it up to darken the pigment

04. Warm it up to darken the pigment

If your eyeliner pencil drags a bit on your lid, or if you feel like it is not pigmented enough, then simply heat it on a candle flame for about 10 seconds. Allow it to cool down and then apply it onto your eyelids for a smooth and super-pigmented application.

Urvi Dalal

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Writer, avid reader and hardcore beauty enthusiast is the best way to describe Urvi Dalal. With over 5 years of writing experience in the beauty industry, you can trust her to have the latest skin, hair and makeup tidbits on her fingertips. In her time working as a beauty writer, she has had the opportunity to interact and work closely with a string of dermatologists, makeup artists and hairstylists. All that knowledge exchange, coupled with her flair and love for writing make it possible for her to bring you some authentic yet fun beauty content. When Urvi isn’t working, you’d usually catch her curled up with a big, fat book, drinking a cup of tea or practising her makeup skills; there is no in-between!


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