While anyone can pull off eyeliner, it's one of the most challenging tools to master. Luckily, we’re here to help you! Read on to learn eight common eyeliner mistakes and how you can avoid them.
1. You don’t use enough strokes.
You can’t line your eye perfectly with a single stroke – there’s too much room for mistakes from one side of your eye to the other. Instead, try making many little strokes. This will allow you to make the shade and size of your application just right on both eyes.
2. Your liner is not close enough to your lash line.
The best-looking eyeliner is applied as close to the lash line as possible – if you can get it between the lashes, it’s even better. Just use a small angled brush and work toward the roots.
3. You neglect your waterline.
As time goes on, your waterline can become discolored, causing you to look older and more tired. Apply a beige liner to cancel out any redness, or a nude color to make you look more awake. If you want to give your eyes more definition, choose a dark color and apply it both the top and bottom waterlines.
4. You don’t use a waterproof product.
An eyeliner that isn’t waterproof will run easily. If you have sensitive eyes and know that you may tear up, it’s a good idea to use a setting powder after application – especially if you plan to wear a formula all day. Also, be sure to set your under-eye concealer with a translucent powder as products that are creamy can make your eye products run even more easily.
5. You don’t smudge.
The key to softening your application and making it look more natural is by smudging it. However, you don’t want to do this with your fingers (which may be too rough). Instead, use a small angled brush, keeping a clean tissue ready for wiping the bristles.
6. You are too even with your application.
You don’t want to be messy when applying eyeliner, but it doesn’t have to follow the natural shape of your eye to a T. In fact, lids vary in shape and size which is one reason why eyeliner can be so useful – it helps to perfect the shape of your eye. Don’t be afraid to go slightly heavier on one lid than the other if they don’t look even. If you aren’t careful, however, you may highlight aging lids. To prevent this, add a slight angle going up at a 45 degree angle on the outer corners of your eyes. Simple!
7. You put too much product on your lower lash line.
Going too heavy with application on your lower lash-line can drag down your eyes and give you a tired appearance. To prevent this, just use a lighter hand or pick a light color. Effortless Eyes Eyeliner comes in five different shades, including blue, black, green, bronze, and eggplant.
8. You don’t mix things up.
As you age, your skin changes color, becoming lighter. You need to keep up with this change by choosing lighter colors over time.
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