Ok so this blog has been a long time coming, many of you have asked for advice on applying eyeliner and particularly more daring eyeliner. So when my lovely (hopefully one day) sister in law Katy offered to model for me I took her up on the offer straight away. I find it really tricky and time consuming to photograph myself and what’s more Katy has a brill camera so it makes it soooo much easier.
Anyway down to business. You need the right tools for the job and it can be a bit of a mine field with so much choice and options so I thought I would explain each one and how to get the best from each.
Eyeliner Pencil – Recommended Benefit Badgal waterproof eyeliner
The eyeliner pencil is the most common eyeliner around and I would imagine almost everyone woman has one of these in their make-up bag. A good pencil eyeliner can produce most eye looks but you have to know how to use them. I use pencil eyeliner everyday. I line my upper and lower lashlines with the pencil liner and use a smudger (Badgal comes with one on the other end) to blend it in. This reduces the chance of it smudging later in the day and helps to avoid any flaking. By applying eyeliner along the upper lashes makes the lashes look thicker and fuller at the base. If you have small eyes be careful not to apply eyeliner all the way around your eyes as it will make them look smaller.
Liquid eyeliner – Recommended – Body Shop liquid eyeliner
Liquid eyeliners are for those with a steady hand, as you need to work in straight sweeping lines accross the eye. It doesn’t work so well on more wrinkly eyelids either so that’s worth remember. Liquid eyeliner should always be applied after eyeshadow as any eyeshadow on top will dull it. The brush works into a tip and helps to make a very neat flick for cat eyes!
Felt tip liners – Recommended – Maybelline New York Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner
I personally don’t get on with felt tip liners, but I know lots that do. Again they require a steady hand, but are slightly easier to use than standard liquid eye liners. The felt tips tend to be a thinner liquid and so you can apply it in more layers if you want a deeper colour. It’s also good for creating a good flick.
Gel Eyeliners – Recommended Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner
I’m a recent convert to gel eyeliners. Specifically Bobbi Brown gel eyeliner, you do need a extra fine brush to go with it in order to create the best looks. The beauty of gel eye liner is it creates the look of a liquid without the difficulty of applying it. It’s a lot easier to apply because you can add small strokes and build it up gradually rather than needing a really steady hand. It’s imperative you keep your brush clean for doing this though as when it drys it flakes and makes the brush rock hard so it’s important to wash your brush between uses for the best results.
For any eye look you need to apply a base. Apply your foundation and blusher as normal and shape your eye brows. Think about the kind of look you’re going for. If you want to apply full on eye liner then keep the eyeshadow simple and not too overpowering, less is more! I’ve started with a simple base of Bourjois eyeshadow in creamy beige. It’s a great base to use as it has a slight shimmer which has a brightening effect. Apply it all over the lid blending upwards towards the brow.
A simple base is best!
All of the following looks have been created using Bobbi Brown Gel Eyeliner and Bobbi Brown Extra fine brush. For a daytime, easy to apply liner load your brush with make-up and lift the lid upwards and outwards to create a flat surface to work on and run the brush along the lash line. Start no further in than where your lashes start and this line should be at it’s thinest point in the corner of the eye increasing gently in thickness as you work outwards.
A thin line along the upper lashes will help to give the illusion of extra volume in your lashes
By using the brush you can blend easily and ensure the line is straight and fully covered with make-up
The second look I’ve created is again a look you could easily where during the daytime, but if you’re not overly confident with make-up then it could be a night time look too.
Increase the thickness of the line and work outwards and gently upwards to create the flick
Use the end bristles of the brush loaded with gel eye liner to create a neat flick
Ok so we’re getting a little more confident now. This look is a little bolder and the focus is on a cute little flick in the corners.
Use the end bristles of the brush curving upwards to create a cute flick and make sure the line above the lashes joins it neatly
I think you’ll agree this is pretty cool and easily worn with a bolder eyeshadow if you wish! 🙂
This look is very similar to look 3 but a little bolder. I’ve widened the eyeliner from the start and made the end flick a little thicker.
Also known as a winged eye!
This is my version of this on me! Got a lot of compliments on this day!
This is one of my favourites. This time I lost the flick and drew a line from the end of the previous flick to 2 thirds of the way along the line and filled in the gap! A confident eye look for sure but love it!
Aka the Winehouse eye!
The full eye flick. This look helps to make small eyes look bigger. Working outwards instead of upwards and when you open your eyes it turns into a cat eye! Love it!
Its easy to create because its a straight line, just remember not to add too much of an angle
An elegant outward flick. Adding glamour without lots of eyeshadow.
Not sure how to name this look as it took it’s own way as I was building it up – names welcomed but I like it. It has an awesome curl effect. Only really suitable for tight eyelids as any excess lids can make the shape look strange once eyes are open.
Keep the liner thin up until the centre of the eye then work upwards and gently on a 45 degree angle outwards
Ok so that’s my lot for now. Is there something I’ve missed would you rather a step by step approach to applying eyeliner rather than a range of looks. Tell me! I’d love to hear from you.