How to Apply Eyeliner: Beauty Tips for Beginners

How to apply eyeliner? Probably every makeup amateur asked herself such a question at least once. It is not a secret that eyeliner is one of the most effective tools when it comes to accentuating your eyes. The moment you apply eyeliner of any color your eye makeup becomes more vivid. Here and now we will try to answer that scary question and clear everything out for you.

Three Basic Types of Eyeliners

Let’s start with the basics and see what you can use to get that desirable winged eyeliner. Three eyeliner types exist today: pencil, gel, and liquid.

Pencil liner is not difficult to apply and it fits normal and oily skin. However, the application might not be very smooth comparing to other liner types.


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Gel eyeliners suit normal and dry skin. These liners tend to be matte and they glide on smoothly.


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Liquid eyeliners work for normal to dry skin. They grant a more precise line but don’t dry at once.


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Three Easy Ways How to Apply Eyeliner

When it comes to how to apply eyeliner, liquid eyeliners are tricky but there are solutions. For example, use a dots or dashes method. Paint either dots or dashes and then simply connect them in one line.


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A sketch or a spoon can help you apply eyeliner, as well. It’s not easy to get even symmetric wings, so use this trick and voila! Who could imagine that these two can be used that way?


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A more difficult cat eye look can be achieved with this simple trick. Use this steps tricks to make it easy. Just practice and you will succeed eventually!


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How to Hide Mistakes of Wrong Eyeliner Shape

When it comes to eyeliner, things get messy from time to time, especially when you have little experience. When this happens, just take a cotton swab soaked in makeup remover and clean it up.

If the extra liner is too close to the done line and you’re afraid that makeup remover will spoil the liner, hide the extra liner with concealer.

Was the eyeliner application not that successful and you are run out of time? A special smudge brush will work magic!
Sometimes the line turns out to be splotchy. In this case, you can fix it with black eyeshadow.

How to Tightline Eyes

Depending on your eye shape, you might wish to go for tightlining. Put the eyeliner beneath the lash line if you believe that the regular line appears quite intense when you apply it. Considering the area of application, you should opt for waterproof liner.


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Tailor Your Winged Eyeliner to Your Eye Shape

Almond Shaped Eyes

A lighter shade will be on the whole lid. Medium eyeshadow will be on the outer corner. Line with dark eyeshadow lower and upper lashlines.


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Sweep light eyeshadow from the upper lashline up to the brow bone. Use medium eyeshadow for along the upper lashline and also crease. Apply it in a V-shape. Use dark shimmer eyeshadow for the outer corner.


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Light matte eyeshadow will be on the brow bone. Apply light shimmer eyeshadow to the whole lid. And dark matte eyeshadow will line the upper lashline.


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Round Shaped Eyes

Apply light eyeshadow across the lid and up to the crease. The medium shade will be on both upper and lower outer corners. Line with dark eyeshadow and extend the line.


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Dark shimmer eyeshadow will be on the upper lashline. Diffuse it upwards. Medium eyeshadow will be across the crease. And a black shade will line the whole upper lashline.


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Medium eyeshadow is applied to the lid. Light matte eyeshadow should be swept across the brow bone. Line the outer corner tightly using dark eyeshadow.


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Monolid Shaped Eyes

Light eyeshadow will be on the whole lid. Apply medium eyeshadow above the lid and also contour. Line the upper lashline using dark matte eyeshadow.


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Light matte eyeshadow should be swept across the brow bone. Medium shimmer eyeshadow should be applied to the whole lid. Line the upper lashline using dark eyeshadow and then diffuse it upwards.


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Light eyeshadow should be swept across the brow bone. Medium matte eyeshadow should be applied to the whole lid. Using dark matte eyeshadow, line both lashlines, making the line thinner at the lower lashline.


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Hooded Shaped Eyes

Light eyeshadow will be on the whole lid. Using medium eyeshadow, blend it to the crease and diffuse upwards. Using dark matte eyeshadow, line the upper lashline and blend upwards.


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Apply light eyeshadow to the inner corner and brow bone. Blend the medium eyeshadow on the whole lid and up above the crease. Using dark matte eyeshadow, line the upper lashline and diffuse upwards at the outer corner.


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Light matte eyeshadow should be applied to the brow bone. Medium matte eyeshadow should be swept across the lid. Using dark matte eyeshadow, thinly line the upper lashline.


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