Tips from Julia Brown
Many people think they already know how to apply eyeliner, and
by all rights, they do a good job. In actuality, there is a big
difference between the way you might apply eyeliner and the way
a professional make-up artist does. Use these easy-to-follow
steps and you can apply eyeliner like a professional make-up
How To: Eye Liner and Shadow with Lisa Perry
Ford Models' Lisa Perry shows how to line the eyes with a pencil and use shadow for darker skin. Lisa also recommends the book The Beauty of Color by Iman.
1. Select your eyeliner
An eyeliner must be applied near the base of your eyelashes. As
there are varying products in the market such as cake eyeliner,
liquid liner and pencil eyeliner, it is important to try each
type so that you will know which type will best accentuate your
own natural beauty. Also, to whatever type you prefer, practice
the application so you can achieve a very fine line. Remember
that it is not a pretty sight when you apply eyeliner in a very
thick line. It will look harsh, at the same time loud, making
your eyes as well as giving it a tired and heavy impression.
Always bear in mind that a thin line is recommended - should
you have any trouble applying it, a brush is helpful to smooth
out the line and to blend it well.
Liquid eye liner.
Liquid eyeliners are recommended to be used and should only be
used above the top of the eye lashes, whereas an eye shadow or
an eye lining pencil is suggested to be used under the eyes
lower lashes. This kind comes usually in a bottle with an
application brush, almost similar to an ink. This requires
great precision during application, but can be perfected
through constant practice. A note to remember is to always let
the liquid dry before you open your eyes after application - if
not, the liquid may smear the top of your eyes and give you a
Eye liner pencil
The easiest to use, works just like colored pencil. As the tip
of this liner is dry, it has a tendency of pulling your eyelids
fragile tissues; stretching the eyelids when lining it could
help a lot in achieving a smooth application. A note to
remember, you should always sharpen the pencil before every
application to eliminate any bacteria that has accumulated at
This is can be created through cosmetic surgery. This procedure
is known as micro pigmentation, a technique that adds a defined
line to the lid which with a handheld device used to puncture
the skin several times a minute with a very thin needle that
pushes color pigments to the position that is desired.
2. Apply the eyeliner
- Begin at the inner corner of your eye. Always be certain to
use a light hand when applying your eyeliner, as the area
around the eyes is very sensitive and delicate.
- Put on your eyeliner only after you have already applied an
eye shadow. Doing it before an eye shadow application would
only cover the eyeliner.
- To achieve a dramatic and intense look, a kohl pencil with a
color can be applied above as well as below the lashes, and
then followed with black or very dark gray liquid eyeliner at
the top. This will give the impression of dark eye lashes and
will stay on for the whole day. A dark colored eye-liner will
highlight the eyes form and outline as well as give them a deep
- While holding your head back facing the mirror, look down so
that your eyelids will become tight making it easier in
applying and controlling the liner. When necessary, smudge.
- The eyes will seem larger when you make a line with a pencil
under your lower lashes - instead try a dark eye shadow applied
with the help of a tiny makeup brush, to give an illusion of
darker and fuller eye lashes. Below such line, you need to
apply also a thin line with a lighter shade of eye shadow,
preferably white, yellow or beige to brighten up your eye area.
- Pencil liners may be used on both above the top lashes as
well as under the lower lashes. Liquid eye liners however, must
only be applied on the top lid. Cake eyeliners are applied with
water and may be put on to both the top and so too the bottom
of the lid.
- If you have beautiful green eyes, try putting on a violet
smoky pencil that will enhance your eyes, since basing from the
color wheel, violet and green are opposite, so they will
compliment each other.
- Refer to nature when you are in a process of deciding on a
color. Green, beige and burnt orange are autumn colors.
- Others prefer using an eye liner not only for the eyes, but
the lips as well. Should you decide on this, an eye lining
pencil will be most suitable for the application. Make sure
though, that you choose a certain shade of somewhat reddish
brown or orangey-brown or a brownish plum, to compliment and
flatter your lipstick.
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