For some, applying eyeliner is just as much a part of your everyday routine as eating breakfast. For others, creating the perfect feline flick can be a bit more of a challenge – especially when using a liquid liner. Like anything, perfecting your liner technique takes a bit of practice. It also takes the correct products, depending on which type of look you're going for.
Whether you're looking to create the perfect Kristina Bazan-inspired cat-eye, a smoky smudged look from the runways or a subtle everyday liner look, Get The Look is breaking down the three main types of liner along with their best uses so that you can achieve the eye makeup look of your dreams!
EYELINER: THE BEST USES FOR EACH TYPE
If you aren't a liner enthusiast, you probably gear more towards conventional liquid and pencil formulas. But believe it or not, gel liner is great for creating a subtle look that can be worn on a day-to-day basis, whether it's running errands or heading to the office. Why? It comes with a pen containing a tiny brush at the end that allows you to place the liner in hard to reach places.
To get that awake, yet less-is-more effect out of your liner, use the stencil to place the gel formula in the small spaces between your lashes on your upper lids – or in other words – tightlining. This will enhance your lashes making them appear fuller, while keeping the amount of liner to a minimum. Finish off with a stroke of mascara on your upper lids and you're off!
Of the three main types of liner we're breaking down for you, liquid liner is the most difficult to perfect. But fortunately, it can create some of the best results – so working on your liquid liner technique is a must! Liquid liners are best used for creating a flawless, pigmented cat-eye or a bold evening look that stays on all night.
When creating your cat-eye, start at the outer corners of your eyes and draw a small flick with the liquid liner that moves upwards towards the end of your brow. Then, move towards the inner corner of your eye, and follow along your lash line with the liner, connecting it to the flick you've just created. For a more intense look, go over the liner a second time to ensure it's as bold as can be!
Pencil liners are one of the more common types of eyeliners used. They can create everything from a smoky eye to a tightlined effect or a sleek cat-eye if used correctly. Their best use? Create a smudged, smoky effect that makes for one edgy look.
To do this, start by lining along your upper lids, then creating a base on the lid with a light grey shadow. Line your lower lash line as well, then apply a darker grey or black on the outer corners of the eyes and underneath your lower lash line. Using a fluffy brush, blend the shadows together on your upper lids. Create the full-on smoky effect by using an angled brush to smudge the liner into your lash line on both the upper and lower lids.