10 Eyeliner Makeup Tips for Beginners

Eyeliner can add so much to a look, doing everything from emphasizing your eye color to making your lashes appear darker and longer.

However, eyeliner is a makeup product that can take quite a bit of practice to master, so here are 10 tips to get you started:

  1. Understand the Different Formulas

Eyeliners are available in a few different formulas, and each one will have its own technique when it comes to application.

The easiest formula for beginners to master is the eyeliner pencil...

These can be used to create a variety of different looks, but you do need to ensure that you always keep your pencil well-sharpened.

Gel eyeliners are another option, although you may find it difficult to know exactly how much product to use at first, since gel liners come in a pot and are used with a brush. However, they are beautifully creamy and easily glide onto the skin.

Finally, you've got liquid liners. Beginners tend to find the liquid eyeliner quite messy, but they are ideal for creating a sharp, defined and dramatic line.

  1. Experiment with Colors

While black tends to be the most popular eyeliner color, there are so many other shades out there that you can experiment with.

Each color will have its own unique effect on your eyes, with certain colors able to enhance your eye color so much more than black.

Here are some eyeliner color guidelines based on eye color:

  • Blue Eyes – a warm copper or gold will brighten up your eyes, making them appear even bluer. Navy will have a similar effect if you would prefer something darker
  • Green Eyes – colors with red undertones, such as bronze, will bring out the green in your eyes, but you may want to line your eyes in black first. This will prevent the red from making your eyes appear pink
  • Brown Eyes – earthy shades of brown work well with brown eyes, as does a dark blue
  • Hazel Eyes – a warm brown will make your eye color appear richer, while an emerald will make it appear brighter
  1. Use a Primer

Have you ever tried using an eyeliner primer?

It works in the same way as a normal makeup primer, in that it gives your eyeliner a good base onto which it can grip, ensuring that it lasts so much longer. It also makes the eyeliner much easier to apply, making an eyeliner primer the perfect product to help a beginner create a stunning look.

Eyeliner primers are still quite new makeup products, and are usually found in the form of a pencil. All you do is run this pencil over the parts of your eyes where you plan on applying your liner.

Can't find an eyeliner primer?

An eyeshadow primer will work just as well, and are usually more widely available.

  1. Give Blending a Try

If you don't like dark, harsh lines around your eyes, give blending a try. This will soften any lines that you create, leaving you with a much more natural look.

Blending is best done when using pencil eyeliners, as gels and liquids will usually just smudge and smear instead of seamlessly blending.

What should you be using to blend your eyeliner?

Many eyeliner pencils come with a sponge at one end for this exact purpose. Alternatively, you could also purchase a specialized blending brush, or just use a finger.

  1. Trace Your Way to the Perfect Cat Eye

Ever wondered how to achieve the perfect cat eye makeup?

While some people with a steady hand may be able to do this with just a few swipes, it isn't quite so easy for others!

Fortunately, there are a couple of tricks you can use to help with this...

One would be to hold an object up against the outer corner of your eye, and then trace around this with your eyeliner. Of course, you do need to make sure that you hold your chosen object in an angle that will naturally flick the liner up from the corners of your eyes.

Which objects are good for tracing around?

You can try some of the following:

  • A business card for a straighter line
  • A piece of tape, which you would have to gently remove after drawing your line
  • A teaspoon for a curvier line

You could also try drawing a light line first with an eyeliner pencil, and then going over this with your liquid liner.

Another option is connect-the-dots...

This involves placing small dots along the shape of the line that you want to draw. Dots tend to be easier to accurately place compared to a neat line. After you have your dots in place, you can then join them together with your liquid liner, resulting in the perfect line.

The cat eye is one of the most popular eye makeup looks out there, so give these tricks a try!

  1. Hold Your Eye Steady...But Don't Pull Too Tight

Does your eyeliner often catch on your eyelids, resulting in a less-than-smooth line?

This is a common problem, but there is a simple solution to this...

All you need to do is use one hand to hold your eyelid tauter, and then apply your liner with the other hand.

However, you do need to be careful that you don't pull too hard...

This will only end up distorting the final shape of your line, and the friction from tugging can also damage your skin.

  1. Look Down

Do you often find your lashes getting in the way when you're applying eyeliner?

There's an easy trick to get around this...

Chances are, when you apply your eyeliner, you're looking straight on into a mirror.

Well, try looking down instead. You will need a hand-held mirror for this, holding it just below your skin. You will find that your eyeliner is so much easier to apply this way, as you won't need to worry about your lashes.

  1. Preventing Smudges

If you're using a liquid liner, chances are that you will experience quite a few smudges, especially when you are first getting started.

One way to prevent this is by keeping your eyes closed for about 30 seconds after you have applied your eyeliner. This will give the liquid enough time to set, preventing smudges from occurring once you open your eyes.

You could also purchase a setting powder to use over the top of your eyeliner.

How does a setting powder work?

It basically forms a layer of protection over your eyeliner, helping to lock your liner in place.

All you need is the powder, making sure that it is a translucent one, along with a flat brush. Remember to keep the layer of powder quite light, as you don't want it to end up caking over your eyes.

Don't like the idea of a setting powder?

You could opt for a setting spray instead. These work in the same way, but can be easily sprayed onto your eyes. It will help to keep your eyeliner in place for much longer, even during bad and wet weather. Of course, if you intend to spend time in the rain, it would be worth searching for the best waterproof eyeliner to use instead of a non-waterproof formula.

  1. Keep Some Cotton Swabs to Hand

Since you're an eyeliner beginner, mistakes are to be expected.

Don't worry, this doesn't mean that you have to take all of your makeup off and start over!

All you need are some cotton swabs, but you need to have easy access to these before your eyeliner dries.

Simply dip the swab into some makeup remover and gently roll it over any mistakes you have made. The excess eyeliner will be neatly removed by the swab, enabling you to carry on with the rest of your look.

What happens if you find a smudge that has already dried?

Dab a small amount of concealer over this, and it should quickly cover it up.

Need to neaten up the lines you have drawn?

Try some makeup primer for this. Dip a small brush into your primer and then use this to smooth out the edges of the line that you have created. This will also give your eyeliner some extra water resistance.

  1. Go for Nude on Your Waterline

Want to brighten up your eyes and appear more awake?

The secret lies in your waterline...

Many people line their waterline with a dark color, and this definitely does add some beautiful definition to the eyes.

However, give a light color a try, as you'll be surprised by the effects that this will have.

All you need to do is use a light shade of eyeliner, preferably a nude shade, to trace your bottom waterline. You can try this with your top waterline too, although you will need to take extra care to not poke yourself in the eye!

How does this trick give you bigger and brighter eyes?

Because the nude shade will mimic and emphasize your natural waterline, making it look wider, therefore brightening your eyes up too.

Eyeliner can be a tricky makeup product to master, especially for beginners. However, just like with everything else in life, practice makes perfect. Don't give up if you can't seem to draw your lines properly the first few times – with a steady hand, plenty of determination, and these ten tips up your sleeve, you will soon become an eyeliner pro! 

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