Monday, May 19, 2014

Line It Up: What To Use When Applying Eyeliner

It's time for another Makeup Mondays post! Eyeliner is like the wonderkid of makeup in that just one thin line on your eyelid can make you feel 100x more confident in yourself. Eyeliner was one of the first makeup products I started using regularly as a kid. Unfortunately my technique hasn't evolved much since those first times so I've gone out of my way to find new and improved ways to apply eyeliner. For my first ever Makeup Mondays post a few weeks back I made a guide for all the basic makeup brushes a woman would have in her makeup bag. Building off of that, today's post is about getting the eyeliner look you want with the makeup brushes you already have. So click back and use the guide to help you with all your eyeliner and makeup needs. Now you won't have to cringe every time you look back at your old Facebook posts and witness your Taylor Momsen raccoon eyes.

For winged eyeliner it's best to use an angled brush when using gel, liquid, and pencil eyeliner. Getting the perfect "flick" to create a wing at the end of your lash line is much easier when one end of your eyeliner brush is a bit longer than the other.

For precision pointed eyeliner brushes are highly recommended for gel and liquid application. This allows you to make a thing straight line without the necessity of a sturdy hand. And if your using pencil eyeliner, an angled brush similar to the ones used for the winged look will create the best precise lines for your eyeliner.

For a softer look use a thick and/or wide based brush for both pencil and powder. Rarely can you achieve a soft effect when using gel or liquid so stick with pencil or powder for this one. A steady hand helps when using powder to avoid loose fleck falling across your cheeks or being applied higher up onto the eyelid.

For smudged eyeliner you can use virtually any medium: gel, liquid, pencil, or powder. The key to the smudged look id the thickness of the brush. Applying eyeliner for a smudged effect is similar to applying eyeshadow but on a smaller scale. Mistakes can easily be covered up and it usually takes less than a minute to apply per eye.

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