If you have ever found yourself standing in front of the mirror battling shaky hand as you try to apply eyeliner, you aren’t alone. There’s nothing worse than rushing around to get ready, only make mistakes with eyeliner or have it come out looking nothing like what you envisioned. Whether you typically go for more of a natural look or you’re after a dramatic cat eye, knowing a few eyeliner hacks will help you get the job done as planned. Want to be the envy of all your friends when you’re eye makeup is stunning? Keep reading for a few secrets to perfect eyeliner.
If shaky hands are your issue, use a lightly toned eyeliner pencil to create that perfect line you’re after. Once you have it just the way you like it, trace over that light line with a darker, more dramatic liquid liner. The light line will help guide your hand to get the perfect look.
If a soft and somewhat mushy eyeliner pencil is giving you troubles with smudging, put it in the freezer for ten minutes or so. The tip of the pencil will stiffen up just enough to make gliding it along your lid smooth as silk.
Are your eyeliner troubles rooted in creating the actual line? Rather than starting with a line, create a series of dots – and then, connect them. This will making creating that soft line much easier.
For a brightening and wide-eyed effect, invest in a pale pink eyeliner (it works wonders!). Use it along your waterline, in the corners of your eyes and even along the brow. It will perk up and brighten up your whole face.
If you want more of a natural and subtle look, add a bit of eyeliner to your waterline, in between the lashes. It will help define your eyes without appearing overdone.
If you’re really after a dramatic cat eye, opt for a gel liner and a brush. This will give you the most control and will allow you to get the perfect look.
Use a business card of a small piece of scotch tape to create and trace a stencil right by your lid. This is another great trick for anyone who struggles with shaky hands.
Dab a bit of concealer on both your bottom and top lids to keep eyeliner in place all day.