Are you a nervous wreck at the sight of a liner wand? Does your hand quiver at the mere thought of simply trying to draw a line across your eye lids never mind any of the ‘fancy flicks’ you often dream of perfecting? If you’re a newbie to lining your lids, regardless of age or experience, then why not check out my top tips on eye liner for beginners! And if you’re feeling really creative you can also check out how I Create The Perfect Winged liner in 5 Simple Steps.
But before we go wild with the flick let’s get to grips with the basics 😉 Ready to line those lids gals? Then let’s get started…
With 3 different types of liner to choose from, it’s safe to say that most of us have our secret preferences as to which we prefer eye doodling with! Pencil usually works a treat if you’re aiming for a softer finish and is perfect for those ‘smoked out’ or ‘soft’ every day looks. Gel liner tends to come in a tiny pot and is applied with a liner brush (Real Techiques has a great range of affordable brushes), and although it can be quite drying there’s no denying it often results in a super smooth line. Liquid (my personal favourite) is great for creating beautiful cat flicks and dramatic looks, however be on your guard as it does require a steady hand, patience and fair bit of practice if you’re a first time user.
Although black is considered one of the most popular colours for eye liner, it’s not the be all and end all. You could opt for a warm grey or soft brown to compliment the colour of your eyes or to tone down the finish if you’re aiming for a more wearable everyday look. Don’t forget, if you fancy glamming things up why not try a striking purple or electric blue? It’s amazing how vibrant a coloured liner can transform your eyes – perfect for a girls night out. Alternative check out some of the glitter liquid liners… these are SUPER easy peasy to apply and a great way to get used to adapting to liquid liner without the need for a majorly steady hand.
When I’m creating a dramatic eye look I love to use little strips of tape that I place against the side corner of each eye. Not only does it keep my shadow looking defined it also gives me a great template and guideline when it comes to lining my eyes…
Scotch Pop Up tape is perfect for this! After all, every little helps to get those lids looking super even and on fleek 😉
Another great tip is to slightly pull the skin surrounding your eye & tip of brow taut. This draws the skin tight creating a smooth surface for you to create a super sharp line!
If you’re planning on lining your eyes with pencil, then it’s generally a good idea to warm the pencil lead first by either cupping it with tissues or rolling it over the back of your hand. It may be a little messy, but it makes such a difference when it comes to application as it glides on so much smoother and it’s less likely to feel uncomfortable or crumbly!
Yet again another tip for pencil lovers… creating a much softer result by using a smudger or small brush to very gently blend your kohl liner out.
Remember to be very gentle so you don’t rub it off completely, but by blending your liner out you’ll get a much softer result that’s perfect for an everyday look or classic smokey eye.
If you’ve opted for gel or liquid, always give your liner time to dry by closing your eyes for a moment and allowing the liquid to set… particularly if you have hooded eyes as quite often the liquid or gel can end up transferring when blinking if it’s not entirely set. Okay, so it may add another minue to your routine but it’s totally worth the risk of not having to retrace your steps by fixing any mistakes!
If you really want to brighten up your eyes and make the colour pop then why not opt for a nude liner? It’s perfect for making tired eyes look so much brighter when you run a nude coloured pencil over your bottom and upper water line.
For this I use Rimmel Scandaleyes pencil. Although it’s also available in white, I feel it’s a little too stark for me whereas the nude just tends to brighten up my entire finished look perfectly!
What’s your favourite liner? Are you a pencil, gel or liquid kinda gal? Do you have any top tips for beginners when it comes to applying liquid liner? Whatever your thoughts are do stop by and say a quick hello in the comments below! Wishing you all a fabulous weekend 😉
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