Love Eyeliner But Can’t Get It Right? 8 Tricks You MUST Try!
Priyanka GhuraBeauty Editor, POPxo
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We all know that an eyeliner is that all-essential makeup product for defining your eyes, but what if your hands start shaking the second you pick up that eyeliner pen? You try your best to draw a straight line across your lids but you just can’t do it and those trendy cat eyes are straight up impossible? Well, we’re about to change that! Here are some totally awesome (and easy!) tips for people who just can’t get rid of that shaky fingers syndrome...
1. Find Your Eyeliner Soulmate
First of all, before you can even think about perfecting your liner you need to make sure the type of eyeliner that you’re using works for you. So let’s get down to the basics. There are 3 different types of eyeliners you can use – pencil, gel and liquid liner. Pencil liners are the easiest to apply but may not spread as easily, gel liners glide on very easily and sometimes come with a brush to dip in a pot and liquid liners are great for precision but can require lots of practice before you can apply them perfectly.
Let’s stay clear of liquid liner for now till you can master those straight lines and flicks. Pencils and gel liners are great for you as they are much easier to apply and mistakes can be corrected more easily than with liquid eyeliners.
2. Steady Those Hands
So your hands shake like a leaf the second your eyeliner touches your skin and you end up looking like it’s been applied by a drunken baby? The solution is super simple - you just need to provide support for your arm to steady your hands. Just rest your elbow on a table or even on the mirror. You can also place your pinky on your cheek at the same time for some extra support. Go on, try it, it REALLY works!
3. Connect The Dots
One super simple trick to try for getting those lines straight is by creating dots along your lash line and then connecting them. You can try the same trick by making dashes as well. It’s perfect to help you master drawing precise lines.
4. Be The Queen Of Smudged Smokey Eyes
When you’re using a pencil, take advantage of those little errors and not-so-perfect lines for a smudged look. Instead of starting all over again, if you make a small mistake, just smudge your lines for a subtle smokey eye look. You get plenty of eyeliner pencils now with a smudge brush on the other side, which are fabulously handy to have around. We love Colorbar’s Just Smoky Eye Pencil. No one will ever know that the sexy, smudged look was never your intention to begin with.
5. Concealer To The Rescue
If you’re one of those who can never draw their liner without messing it up with wonky lines, then it’s helpful to have your concealer at hand. Instead of taking off everything and undoing your hard work, just use a Q-tip dipped in concealer to cover up those errors and draw over it. Pretty simple right? Petroleum jelly also works. Draw a messy line if you like and neaten it up by running a Q-tip dipped in petroleum jelly over your lid to sharpen your line.
6. Think About The Thickness
Be careful about how thick you draw on your eyeliner. Ideally, perfect eyeliner should be thinner near the inner corners of your eye and thicker towards the outer corner. Remember to take your time, eyeliner is tricky to get right and rushing it will end in disaster more often than not.
7. When You Desperately Want Those Cat Eyes
If you’ve got a little time on your hands then yes, you can get those cat eyes even if you’re not exactly a pro at drawing straight lines. Once you’ve lined both your eyes, simply draw a small flick extending from the outer corner of your eyes towards the tip of your eyebrow. Connect the tip of your flick to your line and colour it in and repeat the same on the other side. Start small with little flicks and make them bigger and more dramatic once you get the hang of it.
If all else fails, you can always try the good old scotch tape trick. Just use two small pieces of scotch tape – one across the lower edge of your eye and one across the upper edge. Fill in the gap in-between both pieces with your liner, slowly remove the tape (be careful not to pull out any lashes) and voila, perfect flicks.
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8. Mascara Comes Last
As a rule of thumb, remember to always apply your mascara after you have lined your eyes. Putting your mascara on will only lead to even more smudges and mess when you’re trying to draw your lines and fix mistakes.