Eyeliner is one of those tools that can make any girl look amazing. Though eyeliner is an integral part of a woman’s makeup routine, it is not exactly easy to handle. Once you get acquainted with which eyeliner to use in which scenario, and understand what looks best on you, it is time to learn some cool hacks to make wearing it easy as hell. Here are the best eyeliner tricks every woman should know.
Use mascara as liner when you are in a rush: You know those mornings where you have hit snooze five times and feel like you might melt if daylight touches your skin? That is when you need this trick the most. Try using your mascara as liner by curling the lashes and then add two to three coats of mascara, pressing and holding the lash wand into the root of the lashes without wiggling it. This deposits mascara between the roots, which has an eye-opening effect without the eyeliner.
Trace your cat eye with a pencil first: Desperate times call for desperate measures, and is there any time more desperate than when you are trying to nail an over-the-top cat eye and just can’t get it right? If you are going for a more precise look like that that requires liquid liner, first draw the shape you want with a soft brown liner. It is a lot easier to clean up than liquid liner, and then you can perfect the shape with minimal risk.
Use a post-it as a guide for winged liner: Drawing a perfect eyeliner is difficult especially if you have a naturally shaky hand. To avoid that sinking feel as you step back from the mirror and realizing your two wings are wonky, try that trusty desk staple: the post-it. Place it from the outer corner of the eye to the eyebrow. It helps direct the flick, like a guide to make sure they are even on each side.
Makeup primer is better than makeup remover for erasing mistakes: This seems counterintuitive. But unless you have a really careful hand, you risk getting remover everywhere—including where you didn’t screw up. Plus, the oil in the makeup remover will simply cause the liner to drag even more. Instead, polish up the shape and precision with a small synthetic brush dipped in a primer. This smooths out the edges while ensuring longevity and water resistance. A Q-tip also works.
Smudge gel liner with a concealer brush for a smoky effect: When applying eyeliner, coat a smallish brush—like a concealer brush—by running it back and forth against the tip of the eyeliner until the brush is well coated. Then, use that to smudge the liner on. Unless the look you want requires precise lines or edges, it’s ten times easier to do this since a brush gives you more control. On top of that, the smudginess is more forgiving, especially if you have shaky hands. Pro tip: This is especially handy for those with monolids. Create a thick line with the brush and buff it out. It has a soft, eye-opening effect.
Create a dramatic cat eye in smaller steps: Liquid liner is the worst, but it also gives you super-inky color, a clean edge, and it can stay put for hours. A penlike brush helps with precise lines, and it also helps to break the process into three separate steps. First, perfect the flick at the end—make sure each flick is even and the same width, as well as symmetrical. Then, do a really thin line over the tear duct at the inner corners, connecting it to the wing at the end. Finally, fill in your winged outline.
Match your liner and your shadow for an unexpected combo: Not only does doubling your shadow and liner make it budge-proof, it's ultramodern. A liner matching the eye shadow looks very chic. You still get the definition, but it will look cooler and more modern than just using predictable black.