Using eyeliner is a dramatic way to set your eyes apart from your face. It is especially useful for a “gothic” or “alternative” look that uses otherwise heavy makeup applications – with black eyeliner, your eyes pop out instead of getting lost behind the makeup.
First you have to choose the right eyeliner for you. Do you want liquid, cream, or pencil? For a smoother application, you’ll want a cream or liquid. If you’d rather have a chunkier, smudged effect, use a pencil and then smudge it with a q-tip or your fingers. If you don’t have any eyeliner, you can mix eyeshadow with a little bit of water and apply it with an eyeliner brush. This will wear off more quickly than eyeliner, however.
Allow the look you want to dictate your application. If you want a sleeker, daytime look, you won’t use the same application process as for a smokey nighttime look. The look you want will affect whether you want a thin or chunky line, as well as whether you apply on just the top eyelid or both.
Make sure you put on eyeliner at the correct point in your makeup routine. Eyeliner should go on after your eyeshadow, but before you put on mascara. This means it goes on near the end; your foundation and blush go on before you start with the eyeliner.
Apply your black eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible. The idea of eyeliner is to give you fuller-looking lashes; this only works if the eyeliner is right along your lash line. Apply eyeliner with short, connected strokes to get a more even line.
Eyeliner can be a great addition to any makeup look. It makes your eyes stand out and gives the impression of full lashes, as long as you apply it right.