Almost every girl struggles with eyeliner. But there are tricks you can apply to create that perfect winged-eye.
1. Double up on your waterline.
Lining your waterline (the inner rim of your eye) is a no-fail way to get a more dramatic look, but it tends to disappear in, well, the blink of an eye.
2. Go with a brown pencil.
Black eye pencils may look a little too harsh for some women with fair skin and hair. Instead, use a brown pencil for a more subtle, “no-makeup” look.
3. Prevent a mid-day meltdown.
To stop smudgy eyeliner before it starts, use a makeup brush to press translucent powder just underneath your lower lash line. It acts as a barrier, keeping your liner in place.
4. Create a smoky eye.
Smoky eyes are sexy and they're easier than you may think. The secret is to use a kohl pencil, and the fatter the better.
5. Use a business card to create that perfect wing.
It’s not just for networking—a business card can help the not-so-steady-handed master winged eyeliner.
6. Blur the lines.
A smoky eye can be pretty labor-intensive—unless you try this quick cheat. Line lids—top and bottom—with a black pencil. Then use a makeup brush or Q-tip to smudge on black or charcoal gray shadow.
7. Get the low-down on color.
Only wear colored liner on the bottom lash line. It’s fresh and unexpected, but because you can stick to your regular look on top, you won’t feel too far outside your comfort zone.
8. Try colored pencils.
You can have a lot of fun with your eye color and it goes beyond eyeshadow. Use colored eyeliner pencils to brighten up and enhance your color.
9. Add a pop of white.
White eyeliner was all over the spring runways—and for good reason. A quick swipe of the stuff can make you look wide-eyed and more awake.
10. Rim the inside of your eyes.
Lining the inside of the eyes can be super sexy, especially for a night out. The technique is actually called tight lining and there's a trick to getting it to last.
11. Warm-up your waxy eye pencil.
There's nothing worse on your lids than an eye pencil that won't go on smoothly because it's too cold or waxy. The lines you try to create can look chunky and splotchy, so the trick to avoiding this is to warm it up.
12. Mascara before liner.
Most of us reach for the eyeliner first, but it’s smarter to start with mascara because you’ll see the full shape of your eye, so you’ll know exactly what to enhance with liner.
13. Set your line with eyeshadow.
One of the biggest problems with a penciled eyeliner is that it looks great in the morning, but tends to melt away by the end of the day. You can prevent that by setting your line with eyeshadow, using it as sort of a primer.
14. Dot the line
To make your lash line look fuller without mascara, use an ultra-fine tipped liner to draw teeny-tiny dots in between each individual eyelash.
15. Fix it with cotton swabs.
If you mess up a penciled line, dip a cotton swab in a bit of eye cream or moisturizer. Dot it over the messy spot and it will be easier to wipe away.
16. Turn up the heat.
Transform any basic pencil into a high-intensity gel liner.
17. Don't connect the lines.
If you want eyes that look larger, steal this runway tip: Don’t let your lower lash liner meet up with your top liner—it closes up the eyes.