There’s just something about kohl-rimmed eyes that bring a subtle but magical touch to your look. So much so that your eyes may feel incomplete without a dash of kohl. If you’re a girl who can’t step out of the house without a few black swipes of this makeup du jour or you rely on it to add drama to your look, you definitely need to read these kajal tips and tricks. From applying it right to creating new looks, follow these kajal tips to highlight your eyes like never before.
Kajal is the go-to makeup accessory for every girl, however, it is important to know how to apply kajal to add that extra oomph to your daily look.
Since kajal is probably one of the most important makeup tools you own, it’s important to use a good one. Make sure to opt for a kajal that has the following properties:
Avoid glittery kajals or ones that have a shine as they could irritate your sensitive eyes. If you have watery eyes and feel like a regular kajal eyeliner doesn’t stay on for long, you need to find the best one for you with some trial and error. If nothing else, a gel liner with a brush is a great idea.
We could all use some different ways to wear kajal. Thick, uneven lines are something that we’ve all ended up with before and can take away from the beauty of our eyes.
Step 1: Kajal is stubborn to take off, so make sure to clean and prep your peepers first. They should be devoid of the previous day’s kajal before you begin.
Step 2: Apply a bit of concealer on your under eye area and blend to even out dark circles, especially since dark kajal can draw attention to them.
Step 3: Use your finger to gently pull at the under eye area to expose your waterline. Apply your kajal starting at the outer corner in short strokes to impart more colour and to also prevent your line getting uneven. You can even apply kajal with your fingers. Just dip your finger into the kajal pencil and gently work your way onto the lower lash line.
Step 4: Finish by applying a bit of powder to your lash line with a flat brush to prevent smudges. Don’t forget to add a few swipes of mascara to open up those beautiful eyes.
Also read: how to make kajal at home
A lot of girls begin apply their kajal eyeliner from the inner corners to the outer corners. You know, this only makes your kajal pencil wet thanks to the runny area and it won’t come out as intense as it should. You should always begin applying it from the outer corners. In fact, you shouldn’t be applying it in your inner corners at all, especially if you’re going to be lining your upper lids and if you have small eyes. When you line your upper and lower lids, leave your inner corners devoid of colour to prevent your eyes from looking smaller. Try it to notice the difference.
Dark kajal eyeliner highlights and adds depth to our peepers. To intensify its effects and to ensure it stays on for super long, try this trick. Just dip the tip of your kajal pencil into a gel liner pot and then apply it to your waterline. This will give it a super dark effect that will stay like that all day.
If you really want to make your kajal to be smudge proof, then try this simple hack. Take a brush dipped in black/ brown eyeshadow (or in whatever colour your kajal is) and apply it on top of your kajal line. It will keep it in place no matter what the day throws at you and will help it look exactly as it did when you applied it, even hours later.
Don’t have time to ace an 8-step YouTube tutorial on smokey eyes using 5 different eyeshadow shades? No problem! Just give your kajal makeup look smokey in 2 minutes for super dramatic and sultry eyes. Apply a creamy kajal on your upper and lower lash line and waterline - don’t worry about getting even and neat lines. Then, take a pointy or flat brush and smudge it out on the top and bottom. Before you finish, draw a small “V” (well, a sideways one!) at the outer corners of your eye and smudge it with your brush. Be super generous with your mascara for a super striking look.
If oily lids are a major concern and ruin the effect of gorgeous, kajal-rimmed eyes then all you need is a little powder. Apply it on your lids, in the corners and along the lower lashline to make your eyes and your kajal oil-proof. This will also prevent that shiny effect from appearing through the middle of the day.
If you can’t think of leaving the house without adding some kajal magic to your eyes, then it’s smart to always carry some cotton swabs or even Q-tips with you in your bag. It never hurts to always be prepared. This way, even if your kajal is smudged because of accidental eye rubbing, got caught in a downpour or had a good cry, you can fix it without panicking. Wipes are also a good idea to mop up sweat and oil.
Going with the kajal on a regular basis can be a little boring when you wear it with just a stroke on your waterline. And that dilemma of kajal vs eyeliner is killing because obviously, you can’t afford to lose your time out here. So why not add some funk to the kajal vs kohl process and find some funky ways to play with them? To help you out we have some amazing ideas to wear kajal different than the usual.
We can’t deny the fact that smokey eyes are too gorgeous too look at and imagine if you rock that look yourself with a little twist. Create that reverse smokey eye look with the best kajal by applying it onto the lower lash line. Apply generously and smoke it out with a brown eyeshadow. Be careful while you do it, you might not want it to look like some under eye dark circle package.
Applying kajal on the lower waterline has become too mainstream and boring. Opt for some fun and apply your kohl on the upper waterline with a dash of white eyeliner on the lower lash line. This way, you can make your eyes look bigger and oh so attractive.
Why go for black always, try some colours and play with them. Lakme has a wide range of coloured kajals. You can complement that coloured kajal with black kajal as well. Just apply your favourite colour onto the upper lash line and then apply thin line of black liner or kajal to complete the look.
This story is updated on October 2019.