How to Apply Eyeliner: 14 Insanely Simple Tips
We know the type of struggle putting your eyeliner can be in the early hours of the A.M., so we made a list of the best tips on how to apply eyeliner that can make your days easier and your makeup virtually flawless. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a few simple hacks can make in your daily routine. Take a look at these simple tips and we promise you will get perfect eyes every single time.
1. How to Apply Eyeliner for Beginners
We’re going to start our list with the basic things every beginner needs to know about how to apply eyeliner correctly. If you follow these simple tips and tricks, your eyeliner is going to be your best friend instead of a dreaded enemy.
This tutorial on how to apply eyeliner correctly will teach you the basic steps you need to follow. You can see the tutorial below.
And just because we know all about how putting on eyeliner can go wrong, we recommend you also take a look at this comprehensive list of what not to do when applying eyeliner.
Another common struggle that beginners face when learning how to apply eyeliner is finding the best products. If you’re new to this, you must know just how overwhelming it is to skim through the seemingly endless list of products. Take a look at this tutorial that will tell you all about the different types of eyeliners.
According to Cosmo, these are the best products for beginners.
- Kohl pencil: Rimel Scandal Eyes or MAC Eye Kohl Pencil
- Almay Intense I-Color Liner
- Kat Von D Tattoo Eyeliner
- Covergirl Queen Collection Vivid Impact Eyeliner
- MAC Fluidline
- Laura Mercier Tightline Cat Eye Liner
- NARS Soft Touch Shadow Pencil
2. How to Apply Eyeliner and Eyeshadow Correctly
Makeup artists have been debating on how to apply eyeliner and eyeshadow properly for quite some time now. Below you can watch a tutorial that emphasizes that eyeliner should go first because it determines how much eyeshadow you will need to put on.
On the other hand, this Vogue article points out that the right way to do it is to begin with the eyeshadow. Click here to read the full article. While beginning with your eyeliner may help you set some boundaries to your look, applying eyeshadow first will save you quite a bit of time because your eyeliner will not get smudged.
We recommend you try both methods yourself to find out which one is better for you because they are both considered to be correct ways of applying eyeshadow and eyeliner.
3. How to Apply Eyeliner Correctly on the Top Lid
Applying eyeliner on your top lid is the most complicated part of putting on your entire makeup because there are so many ways it can go wrong. As you can see in this tutorial, this dreaded procedure can be quite easy if you follow a few simple rules.
The first thing you need to know about how to apply eyeliner to the top lid correctly is that you have to find the best type of line that compliments your eye shape. Then, you can experiment with your eyeliner to create very different effects. This amazing video will give you an idea of just how much you can do with your eyeliner.
4. How to Apply Bottom Eyeliner Properly
Applying eyeliner on the bottom lid can do wonders for your look. The main goal is to enlarge the eyes or provide them with a dazzling shape that will make them pop. Take a look at this tutorial to find out all about the basics of bottom eyeliner. You can find the full video below.
You can also create a dramatic look with your eyeliner. Here’s a tutorial that will teach you how to apply eyeliner on the bottom lid for stunning eyes.
5. How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner
The first type of eyeliner that people typically use is the pencil eyeliner because it is the most accessible option out there. This tutorial on how to apply pencil eyeliner for beginners features the basic rules you need to know to get those rich lines you are aiming for. You can find the video here.
You can also check out this list of the best pencil eyeliners on the market to help you find the ideal product for you.
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
- Urban Decay Cosmetics 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil
- Tarte Tartiest Double Take Eyeliner
- MAKE UP FOR EVER Aqua XL Extra Long Lasting Waterproof Eye Pencil
- Two Faced Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner
- Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner
- Eyeko Sport Waterproof Eyeliner
- Kevin Aucoin Beauty Precision Eye Definer
- Urban Decay 24/7 Waterline Eye Pencil
6. How to Apply Eyeliner with a Brush
Once you have mastered the technique of applying pencil eyeliner, you are ready for step two of the eyeliner makeup process: using a brush. You’ll be surprised to see just how easy it is to apply your eyeliner with the right brush. This tutorial will teach you everything you need to know about it.
- The Pointed Slant Brush
- The Fine Tip Eyeliner Brush (by Bobbi Brown)
- The Flat Eyeliner Brush
- Bobbi Brown Black Ink Pot Liner
7. How to Apply Cream Eyeliner
Cream eyeliner is yet another useful product you will want in your makeup kit because it will help you define your eyes perfectly. This tutorial will show you the basic steps you need to follow to apply cream eyeliner like a pro.
8. How to Apply Gel Eyeliner
Learning all about how to apply gel eyeliner will prove to be extremely useful and you will get stunning results. This tutorial features all the tips and tricks you need to know to get perfect eyes every time. You can watch the video below.
9. How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner
Liquid eyeliner is extremely useful because you can make very thin lines with it. While it might seem difficult to use at first, we guarantee that you will fall in love with it in no time. Here’s a tutorial from Sephora Pro that will teach you all about how to apply liquid eyeliner correctly. You can find the video below.
Once you have mastered the basic steps of applying liquid eyeliner correctly, you can use it to get that perfect winged liner. This Kat Von D tutorial will teach you everything you need to know.
Another important step is finding the best liquid eyeliner for you. According to Cosmo, these are the best products out there:
- Lancôme Artliner
- NARS Eyeliner Stylo
- LORAC Front of the Line Pro Waterproof Eyeliner
- Eyeko Skinny Liquid Liner
- Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner
- URBAN DECAY 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner
- Tom Ford Beauty Eye Defining Pen
- NYX Curve Eyeliner
- MARC JACOBS Beauty Magic MARC’ER Precision Pen
- Kat Von D Tattoo Liner
- Maybelline Stiletto Liquid Eyeliner
- Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner
- L’Oreal Paris Secrets Pro Brush Tip Liquid Eyeliner
You can discover the complete list of product for flawless eyes.
10. How to Apply Thin Eyeliner
Getting those picture-perfect thin lines is the main goal we all aspire to when applying eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner is the ideal product to get the thinnest lines. The rest is in the delicate technique it takes to apply it. This tutorial will teach you the most important things you need to do.
Another important part you need to know about applying thin liquid eyeliner is to steer clear of those common mistakes you are bound to make. You also need to know that there are some simple tricks you can resort to that can fix virtually anything that can go wrong. This article features the best tips and tricks for eyeliner perfection.
11. How to Apply Winged Eyeliner
Winged eyeliner creates a dramatic look that is simply irresistible. However, you should be ready to practice quite a bit before you get those straight firm lines that you aspire to. This video includes 10 ingenious tricks on how to apply perfect winged eyeliner.
12. How to Apply Cat Eyeliner
Cat eye makeup takes winged eyeliner to an entirely new level and creates an absolutely stunning look. This tutorial will take you through the entire process so that you can get that perfect bold look. When you perfect your cat eye technique, you will reach the mastery level at makeup, so you should feel proud.
13. How to Apply Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes
If you have hooded eyes, then you know just how difficult it can be to get the full effect of your makeup. These simple tricks will show you that there is hope and that you can get excellent results if you learn how to apply eyeliner correctly to highlight and elongate your eyes. Click here to learn all about the ultimate hacks for hooded eye makeup.
If you want to know more, you can also read this article on how to apply eyeliner for hooded eyes.
14. How to Apply Eyeliner for Small Eyes
These simple eyeliner techniques can make your eyes look much bigger. You can see a step-by-step tutorial on how to apply eyeliner on small eyes below.
If you want to know more about how to make your eyes bigger by using winged eyeliner, take a look at Stephanie Lange’s ultimate tutorial.
We hope our 14 tips on how to apply eyeliner will make your daily routine much easier and that they will help you get the results you want every single time. Don’t be afraid to experiment to get the best results!