Are shaky hands stopping you from nailing a perfect cat-eye?
Mastering eyeliner techniques can be challenging especially for beginners who are not accustomed to drawing precise lines on their eyes. However, practice makes perfect and we promise you that all your hard work will pay off when you finally get skilled at putting on eyeliner! Read this ultimate beginner’s guide to eye pencil application and bid uneven lines goodbye!
1. Start With An Eyeliner Pencil
An eye pencil is a great starting point for beginners. Like training wheels for the makeup newbies, eye pencils are easier to control and use than other eyeliner types. Moreover, eye pencils tend to be more forgiving if you have shaky hands.
Makeup artist Renee Loiz says, “Similar to writing with a pencil, an eyeliner pencil is the easiest and most fail-proof eyeliner to use for beginners. Just hold as you would a regular pencil and draw along your lash line.”
2. Prime Your Eyelids
It’s all in the prep work. Dab on a small amount of eye primer and blend it out gently to create a flawless canvas for silky smooth eyeliner application. An eye primer also creates a barrier between your lids and eye makeup which helps your beauty look last all day. With an eye primer, your eyeliner will pop and have something to hold onto so it can stay put.
3. Steady Your Hands
Start by looking down in a mirror and tilt your head back. This angle gives you the best access to your lash lines. Steady your hands by resting your drawing arm or elbow on a flat surface while you apply eyeliner. Alternatively, you can rest the pinky side of your hand on your cheek as you trace your lash lines for extra stability.
4. Connect Short Dashes
If drawing a continuous single line across your upper lids is too difficult, draw short dashes along your lash line before connecting them. A good eyeliner like our All Natural Eyeliner Pencil should not tug at your lids but instead deposit colors smoothly and evenly. If you do end up with an uneven line, use an angled brush to clean up the line.
5. Master The Flick
Alluring cat-eyes are never complete without the flick. A dramatic flick draws attention to your eyes while a subtle short flick can instantly awaken and elongate your eyes. Place your eye pencil on the outer corner of your eye and flick upwards by following the natural angle of your lower lid. Then, trace your eyeliner along your upper lid outward and connect it to the wing.
A foolproof way to get a perfect flick is to use a name card, old credit card or tape, as a stencil to extend your eyeliner outward. Get gorgeous cat-eyes every single time!
6. Tightline Your Eyes
Tightlining is a technique that can be worn alone to add subtle definition for a natural look, or it can be worn with bold eye makeup to intensify your look. Place a finger on the center of your eyelid to gently lift it up. Then, trace a thin line on the area of skin below your lash line. Finish off by curling your lashes and add a coat of mascara.
7. Mistakes Are Okay!
Even seasoned beauty experts make boo-hoos sometimes! Clean up any mistakes with a q-tip and eye makeup remover. Let it dry before applying your eye pencil again to prevent any residual makeup remover from interfering with the beauty products.
8. Set Your Makeup
The last but very important step. Dust a thin veil of All Natural Pressed Mineral Translucent Powder on your eyeliner using a fluffy eyeshadow brush to set your eye makeup and prevent it from budging during the day.
With these eyeliner tips under your belt, you will overcome shaky hands and nail the perfect eyeliner look every single time! We recommend using our longwearing All Natural Eyeliner Pencil to achieve any makeup look you desire!