Arguably one of the hardest makeup tricks in the book, once mastered eyeliner is the go-to tool for taking your makeup game to a whole new level. Below, we look at two different ways to wear eyeliner.
The Liquid Flick
The Look: The statement swoosh is the height of cool and brings an edgy look to everyday makeup; it’s also the perfect way to transition from desk to dinner.
The Tool of Choice: Liquid liners are best for creating a perfectly precise line that stays put, no matter what. Try using a pen-style liner, such as Rodial Liquid Liner as the fine nib gives optimum control and the formula dries to a waterproof finish that doesn’t move, flake or fade. The fluid formula is easy to guide and glides onto the eyelid without snagging.
The Art: When it comes to creating an elongated flick, try to tailor the liner to complement your natural curves. For example, if your eyes are wide set or almond shaped, sweep the liner all the way to the outer corners and then kick out to create a dramatic winged effect. For eyes on the smaller side or those with less space between the lashes and the brow, keep the liner thin and closer to the lash line with a less elaborate swoosh. The trick to creating a flawless flick is to steady your elbows on a hard flat surface, rest your pinky on your cheek and grasp the liner between your index finger and thumb for ultimate control. Use your free hand to pull the skin taught around the eye to avoid skipping or dragging.
Don’t try to achieve one fluid line, instead map out the liner in sections, starting halfway across the eye. A good way to find your starting point is to aim directly above the iris. Place a dot half way between the outermost corner of the eye and the iris, then join up the sections. For the flick, drag the liner out at the corner in a straight line, then trace back towards the outer corner of the eye. If you wobble or slip, dip a Q-tip into makeup remover or dab concealer onto a small concealer brush to sharpen the line.
The Tight-line Act
The Look: While it may sound like a move you’d expect to see in the Big Top, this eyeliner technique involves gently stamping eyeliner onto the upper and lower waterline, to add subtle definition. Tight-lining is universally flattering and complements all eye shapes. It’s a great option for older and hooded eye shapes, as the product doesn’t sit on top of the skin and so is not at risk of being smudged or transferring. You can wear this look every day and even take it into the evening with a sophisticated navy or popping purple.
The Tool of Choice: You can achieve the same tight-line effect using two different formulas. The first is a gel formula which is pigmented but gives a matte finish. Alternatively, a kohl pencil liner is a quick and easy way to achieve the same look, but is softer and more subtle on the eyes.
The Art: If you like to use a brush, spray the nib of your kohl eyeliner pencil and then swipe the flat-edge of the brush against it. Push the now wet liquid into the root of the upper lash line and gentle wiggle the brush between the individual lashes or stamp along the waterline. This may take some practice, but remember, practice makes perfect. And, if you need help our expert sales associates are always in-store to lend a hand.
The other option is to use a kohl liner or dark eyeshadow stick to smudge along your water lines. This is a really quick and easy way to create a softer more subtle take on the look. Opt for a waterproof kohl pencil or even an eyeshadow stick to ensure the product doesn’t move while you’re wearing it.