All of us will agree that life without the eyeliner is not as fun! After all it’s the easiest way to subtly call attention to your eyes. It’s astonishing to see how a stroke of colour on the eyes can amp up your appearance instantly. Eyeliner make lashes look longer, adds definition to the eyes by bringing out the eye colour and even make you look more awake or woke, whatever you prefer! But sadly, not all of us have the dexterity to master those even wings or the edgy graphic eyeliner look. It is especially true for the beginners. Sometimes, just creating a plain, straight line can be tricky; that’s when we realise that steady hands, and tons of patience are two topmost skills in the list required to be an eyeliner expert. But that des not mean you need to give up on your beauty quest.
While practice makes perfect, there are a few tricks and cheats that can help you master this beauty basic. Follow this simple guide to make all your eyeliner hopes and dreams come true. We promise, you’ll get finer with your eyeliner art in no time.
Know your linerEyeliners come in liquid, gel and pencil form. Each has its specific application, ups and downs and requires different skill level. Pencil liner is the simplest and easiest to begin with. If you are new to liner, start with the pencil. Pick a liner that glides easily on the skin without tugging or dragging. MyGlamm’s Jet Set Eyes Kajal-Eyeliner has a creamy texture that makes it convenient to apply closer to the lash. It is densely pigmented giving you intense line in one stroke and saving you the trouble of going over and over.
Line with a pencil firstOnce you have mastered the pencil liner, it’s time to graduate to gel and liquid ones. These can be tricky but then you can cheat your way to eyeliner perfection. Start by drawing with the pencil and then go over with the liquid liner. The pencil liner will not only help you trace the shape easily but will also act as a base, giving you a more intense colour. You can use your brow pencil to the same effect.
Stretch the skin Taut skin makes it easier to apply any kind of liner. It also gives precision by allowing you to see closely and clearly. Use a finger to gently stretch/pull the skin just above your eye (brow bone area) and then apply the liner. If your hands feel shaky, prop your elbow up on a counter to steady your hand. But remember, you don’t want to tug too hard and risk damaging the skin.
Don’t get daunted by mistakes Liners can be unforgiving and even the experts must take an occasional smudge or an awry line. They key is not to panic and to understand that it can all be corrected. Mistakes are bound to happen and if you are a beginner, often! Be ready with a few Q-tips, for they’ll be your bestie while you deal with your stubborn liner. Soak the tip with a little makeup remover and swipe away the smudge or use it to correct that crooked line. You don’t need to erase your handiwork entirely; a little spot correction will do.
Use hacksHacks don’t just make entertaining videos, these can actually be of great help (given you try the right ones!). Take help from duct tapes, credit cards or even spoons to get even wings every time. Keep your trusty Q-tips by your side for any accidents. Use duct tapes or hold the edge of credit/debit cards diagonally from the outer corner of your eyes and trace a line with the liner. Let it dry for a while and remove the object. Ta-da, you have the perfect flick.
Get rid of oily lidsYour liner will be difficult to apply on sweaty/oily lids. It often advised to moisturise and prime the lids before makeup application, especially during winters when the skin tends to get drier than usual. But greasy skin will not give you the colour payoff along with increasing the chances of smudging. Always remove excess moisture from the lids before applying the liner. If you have oily skin, set the liner with a translucent powder post application.
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