How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly For Beginners

Greetings, all makeup lovers! This section is an excellent read for those who require some quick tips for carrying eyeliner when you are a beginner.

By Megha Upadhyaya
How To Apply Eyeliner Perfectly For Beginners


As you all know when it comes to makeup, eyeliner can really make all the difference and bring the look together. Eyeliner, in my opinion, is my favorite and most challenging step to put on in my makeup routine. I believe my eyes are one of the best features on my face so I try to accentuate them accordingly with eyeliner and makeup for my eyes. Eyeliner can be subtle and eyeliner can also be very dramatic. This all depends on your preference and style. Regardless of how subtle or dramatic you want it to be you have to take into consideration the size of your eyes. Are you a beginner? Do you have big eyes? Do you have almond eyes or round eyes? Do you have hooded eyes? Do you have no eyelids or too droopy of eyelids? So many things to take into consideration when you're doing your eyeliner, especially if you aim to look your best.

How To Apply Eyeliner Properly For Beginners

How many of you wanted to create properly lined eyes but ended up looking like a panda instead? Don’t get me crazy, pandas are damn cute, but I don’t desire to look like one when I have to visit a wedding or something. Comprehending how to apply the eyeliner is one of the basics of makeup, so if you love makeup, you finally should learn how to do it. I am no exception! My go to is the winged eyeliner. When I feel sluggish and don’t feel like doing myself up too much, I like traveling all out on my eyeliner. I’ve disclosed this potentially scary tasks into steps so that it’s easy to know.

Things you will require:

1. Eyeliner (with an eyeliner brush if required) 2. Primer 3. Concealer But before I talk about how to apply the eyeliner, you must go through the basics of the types of eyeliners out there that you can use as a beginner. Let’s look at the products you will need to apply eyeliner like a pro!

Types Of Eyeliners

1. Gel Eyeliner

Although Gel Eyeliner may appear frightening at first, this is apparently going to become your best companion if you choose those cat eyes. The Gel Eyeliner normally come in pots, so you’ll require using a brush for it. I would very much recommend you to go for the Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner by Maybelline.

2. Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is suitable for a precise application. These liners appear in two types of packaging, a tiny vial-like bottle with a much fine and precise dipping brush, and a marker sort of pen with a felt tip. When you’re a beginner, then I will surely ask you to go for the latter one. The Sketch Marker Liquid Art Liner by Too Faced is a good choice for the felt tip liner.

3. Pencil Eyeliner

This type of eyeliner is normally the first one we all started out with. It’s desirably used to line the waterline and more to create a smokey look. The 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil Eyeliner is the no-brainer choice for the pencil eyeliner.

Why Use Liquid Eyeliner As A Beginner?

It can be a million dollar question, maybe! Unlike the pencil eyeliners, the liquid liner emphasizes the eyes in a dramatic way. Additionally, it makes the lashes appear fuller and lasts longer than a regular pencil. Liquid eyeliner contours and gives a precise definition to our eyes. Simply said wearing liquid eyeliner will give you the WOW effect! However, the task of getting it on properly is definitely a tricky task, especially if you have shaky hands. With that, I must admit that if there is one makeup tool that I haven’t totally mastered, it is applying my liquid eyeliner. Either it comes out too thick or too thin, or looks like it has been lined by a five-year-old kid. A total disaster. Thankfully, with new brushes, formulas, and better overall design improvements, I have realized that liquid liners are now easier to use than ever. So, here’s a brief picture tutorial on how to use liquid eyeliner easily. One certainly needs some practice and patience before mastering this art and then you can play around with the liner for the type of contouring you want!

Step By Step Tutorial For the Perfect Look

Step 1: Just Prepare Your Eyes

This is a level that is quite neglected but is, in fact, the most significant step. After cleaning your face, use a moisturizer for the face including an eye cream nearby the eyes. The eye cream improves with premature wrinkles plus evens out any redness or discoloration near the eye area.

Step 2: Begin With A Clean Base

To obtain an even and clean base, use a small amount of eye primer on the eyelid, below your eyes, and about the common eye region wherever any kind of eye makeup will go. The primer’s chief job is to get the skin smooth so that it fits making it easier to properly use makeup. This will provide you a perfect finish and also keep the makeup in place for a long time. Apply a concealer on top of the eyelid and the under eyes. Blend it well, and make sure to set it with a setting powder.

Step 3: You Are Good To Go!

-> Clean and prime your eyelids. -> Apply your eye makeup before applying the liner. -> Then starting from the middle of the eyelid draw a thick line towards the outer corner of your eyes keeping it close the upper lash line. Remember not to cross your line beyond the upper lash line width wise and make sure you don’t put too much pressure on it. Tip: Ensure the brush of the liner is thin. -> Then again from middle draw a comparatively thinner line towards the inner corner of your eye. Retouch the points where the line seems to be broken or uneven. Once done, apply a bit of concealer in the end. Complete this technique with a dusting of eyeshadow. Dramatic! And VOILA! We are done.

Alternative Ways For Beginners

The above liquid eyeliner tips may not be very appealing for beginners. So here are few more easy ways of applying a liquid liner: -> You can place small dots all along the lash line & then try to join them symmetrically & later give a touch-up for the uneven or bumping line points (Remember the joining dots drawing practice in your childhood!) -> Pencil eyeliner is comparatively easy to apply (Refer HERE for tutorial). Apply pencil eyeliner very lightly on the lash line and then darken it with liquid liner. This is relatively easier to do as you already have a line and structure to follow. -> If you are uncomfortable by drawing a line from the middle of the lid, you can start from the inner corner of the eye and while coming towards the outer corner try to make the line a bit thicker. -> If you face any problem while applying liner to your closed eye, then slightly stretch the outer corner of the eye -> Another way to get the leanest line is by using the tip of your brush and looking up and outward in a mirror.

Looking To Soften Sharp & Perfect Liquid Eyeliner Look?

Now, what if you aren’t comfortable with the sharpness of the liner, and are looking to soften it out to suit the occasion? No worries as this makeup lesson will help you achieve a softer winged eyeliner look. Now you needn’t compromise with the winged look, yet make it look soft at the same time! Here’s our DIY makeup hack that will help you carry the beautiful classic winged eyeliner shape, but with a softer finish, making it totally appropriate for daytime, college, office or just for a delicate eye makeup look. Read on to know the steps to achieve that soft and sharp liquid eyeliner look:

Step 1:

Hydration is the basic step we need to follow before applying any kind of makeup. The same principle also applies to eye makeup! Gently pat your favorite under-eye cream to moisturize the delicate area and to relieve the dryness. Even a little dryness can make your makeup appear unattractive. Start by applying and blending it gently with your ring finger till it blends into the skin. People with darker and pigmented eyelids can use salmon or orange color corrector before applying the concealer. Doing this will hide the dark circles, and also create an even base for the eye makeup. Finally, set it with a compact powder to stop creasing of the products applied. Now apply your favorite eyeshadow to the eyelid area of your eyes. Load the eyeshadow on a flat brush and softly pat the color over the moving eyelid area. Take a black liquid eyeliner and you can do a dramatically winged eyeliner look like you usually do — thick or thin, totally depending upon your preference.

Step 2:

Now, wait a few seconds for the formula to set and completely dry. Then, take a clean cotton swab and gently run it along the outer edge of your winged eyeliner. Swap the cotton bud along the outer edges only, and do not bring it near the upper lash line area. The idea behind this step is to soften the sharp outer edge of our winged eyeliner, but you should also remember not to remove the pigmentation of the liquid eyeliner as it might make your eye makeup appear worn out and faded. Gently press and softly run to and fro motions on the outer edges of the winged eyeliner. Remember not to pull the eyeliner over the upper lash line of the eyelid area as it will give a faded and messy appearance, which will not look good even for the casual everyday look.

Step 3:

Now, take a matte black eyeshadow on a thin angled eyeshadow brush and gently push it on your upper lash line, just above the winged eyeliner. This step will increase the longevity of your eye makeup and also reduce the sharp liquid eyeliner look. And, you are done! There you have the soft, yet elongated winged eyeliner look.