Mastering the art of eyeliner can be an uphill task, no matter how many years of experience you have, because one tiny mistake and you run the risk of ruining the entire look. On top of that, you are also at the mercy of the eyeliner that you choose as each eyeliner format can deliver its own set of pros and cons. For example, pencil eyeliners tend to be the easiest to apply, gel eyeliners are super intense while liquid liners are the most long-lasting. That said, regardless of your favourite eyeliner format, here are some makeup tips and easy-to-use eyeliners that will help you master that perfect flick.
Stabilise your hands
If you have shaky hands, rest your elbows on the table when you’re applying your eyeliner. This anchors you steadily so you don’t have to worry about uneven strokes.
Connect the dots
To make things easier for eyeliner novices, try marking out dots or tiny dashes along the lash line before joining them together. This way, you are more likely to draw a smooth and even line.
Be ready for clean-up
Anyone who has applied eyeliner regularly will understand that there are simply days when your eyeliner just doesn’t go your way — either the application is streaky or both sides are unequal. When that happens, it always helps when you have some Q-tips on hand to help clean up the mess. If you don’t have access to makeup remover, reach for your lip balm or petroleum jelly and dab a tiny bit onto the cotton swab before lightly rubbing on the smudges to remove them. Alternatively, you can try to mask such smudges with some undereye concealer.
Have a contingency plan
Sometimes, when you’re really strapped for time, cleaning up smudges and then reapplying might be too much of a hassle. Instead, make your clumsiness work for you—use the Q-tip to smudge out your eyeliner for a soft, smoky look instead. This way, you won’t need the effect to be as precise so it wouldn’t be as obvious even if both sides are a little unequal.
Check out some of the mess-proof eyeliners we’ve curated for you:
Easy to use eyeliners for beginners
K-Palette 1 Day Tattoo Real Strong Eyeliner in Super Black, $21.90
If you’ve been a fan of the Japanese brand’s 1 Day Tattoo Real Lasting Eyeliner, you’ll love this latest addition. With the same 24-hour long-lasting wear, this new version features an even bolder and more saturated pigment payoff. This means that one simple stroke delivers jet-black pigments that remain vibrant throughout the day without fading or flaking. Moreover, you don’t even have to shake the pen to dispense the formula so that means no more possibility of leakage. We also love that the brush tip has just the right firmness to make application a breeze.
Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in Blackmarket, $33
Enough has been said about Urban Decay’s iconic eyeliner range. Featuring a buttery texture that glides onto lids smoothly without tugging, it combines long-wearing benefits with intense pigments so all you have to do is apply and forget you even have it on.
Chantecaille Luster Glide Silk Infused Eye Liner, $51
Just like its name suggests, this eyeliner pencil promises silky-smooth application each and every time. Moreover, it offers rich and intense colours that set into a lustrous effect. And thanks to its blendable properties, you can also smudge it out and wear it as an eyeshadow before it sets.
Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner, $56
While many liquid eyeliners which promise unparalleled precision have a ultra-fine applicator tip, that can also mean that the tip is soft and flimsy, making it a challenge to control. But not this one from Hourglass. With a firm, yet soft tip, it is easy to administer, even for beginners, and it releases the perfect amount of product with each stroke. Use minimum force to achieve a super fine line or tilt your liner down at an angle for when you want a thicker line. That’s not all, the formula is also waterproof, sets quickly and doesn’t smudge or transfer, so you are promised immaculately lined eyes round the clock.
Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Glam Glitter Gel Eye Crayon in Glitterbug, $38
The brand’s multi award-winning Highliner Gel Eye Crayon now features a glittery formula. With the same smoother-than-silk texture that glides like a dream over your lids, it is now saturated in shiny shades that enable you to create countless glamorous, shimmery looks. Once applied, you have 15 seconds to smudge it out and create the smoky eye look you desire before it sets in place, and it doesn’t slide, smudge or budge at all for 12 hours.
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