Whether you’re a complete beauty junkie or someone who just throws on a lick of lipstick as she heads out the door, you probably have a least one much-loved eyeliner in your makeup stash. The question is: Are you making the most of it? Sure, it is tempting to stick with your tried-and-true liner technique every weekend, but there are so many different ways to do eyeliner you’re missing out on. It is time to be bold and branch out with these trendy ways to do your eyeline.
Natural Eyeliner: Who says simple eyeliner can’t be trendy? Let’s get back to the basics with this classic natural eyeliner look. Starting from the inner corner of your eye, draw a smooth, medium black line as close to your upper lash line as possible. This will accentuate your lashes and attract attention to your eyes.
Next, use an eyeliner pencil to colour in your waterline. A rich, dark brown is perfect for a natural style and will flatter older eyes. Smudge your pencil liner out a bit to soften the look further if desired.
If you want a more defined look, use liquid liner on your upper lash line, but for a softer effect, opt instead for an eyeliner pencil. Having trouble creating an even line? Start by applying little dashes along your lash line then connect them to form a single solid line.
Invisible eyeliner: A totally underrated ways to do eyeliner is tightlining – also known as invisible eyeliner. Tightlining is a great way to achieve alluring eyes while maintaining an effortless no makeup look. This clever technique will also help you create the illusion of enviably long lashes even if you skip mascara.
To tightline your eyes, gently pull up your eyelid to expose your upper waterline. Using a soft eyeliner pencil, carefully apply the product from the inner part of your eye outwards, going over the line until you get the desired opacity. To intensify your look, just add a hint of eyeliner beneath your lower lash line.
Make sure your eyeliner pencil is soft when tightlining, so you don’t have to apply unnecessary pressure to your delicate waterline.
Cat eye (pin-up) eyeliner: Using a black gel or liquid eyeliner, carefully line your upper lash line. Your line should be the thinnest at your inner eye and gradually taper outward as it reaches the outer corner of your eye. Imagine an invisible line connecting the outer corner of lash line to the end of your eyebrow.
Extend your eyeliner so it flicks upward at this angle then fill in any gaps. Voilá! You have a cat eye!
While liquid liner offers the most polished look, beginners can start by using their favorite eyeliner pencil for a softer, more forgiving line.