Big and Beautiful Eyes With Eyeliner - Easily

How much do I love eyeliner? If I was about to be shipwrecked on a desert island with time to grab only one makeup product, it would be my eyeliner.

With this one product I can colour in my brows, line my eyes, outline and colour my lips and even use for a bit of cheekbone shading.

Useful just in case the island is not deserted or for when I am rescued.

best pencil eye liner

Long wearing, creamy liner glides on effortlessly for flawless precision and definition.

Includes detachable sharpener.
Safe for contact lens users.

Available in Olive, Ebony, Toffee, Plum, Charcoal and Cocoa

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Best Liquid Eye Liner

Artfully applying a line around your eyes can make even the smallest eyes appear bigger and gives a dramatic look without much time or effort.

And it takes just a few minutes to define and accentuate the shape of your eyes with a soft line or a dramatic stroke; after a bit of practise of course.

Read this review from Mod City Mag about the best eyeliners

Four Main Formulas

Depending on its texture, eyeliner can be softly smudged or clearly defined and each of these four main formulas produces a different effect.

Pencil: gives your eyes soft definition and can be wax-based or powder-based.

Powder-based eye pencil comes in a wood pencil and is generally available in dark matte shades.

Tip: Some pencils can be quite hard when sharpened. Use a hair dryer to give the tip of the pencil a hot zap as this will soften the very tip of the pencil, ensuring smoother application.

Wax-based eye pencils are softer pencils and contain waxes that ease application. They are available in paler shades, such as white or beige, and a wide variety of intense colours.

Tip: To make sharpening a soft pencil easier, store it in the refrigerator or freezer. This will harden the pencil making sharpening easier as the tip will not smudge or break as often.

Kohl is a soft powder available in dark matte shades although black is the colour most often used. Kohl comes in pencil, pressed powder, or loose powder form. Unfortunately, kohl is more likely to smudge.

There are some concerns about kohl as far as lead content.
To find out more about lead in kohl click the link below:

Lead in Kohl

Liquid: an opaque liquid that usually comes in a small bottle or tube and is applied with a tiny brush or felt applicator. It creates a sharp, precise line.

Gel: is a softer liner that can be easily and precisely applied with a brush. Gel liner usually holds up very well and is much softer than kohl.

Tip: You can also moisten dark eyeshadow and apply it with a small, flat brush.

How to Apply Eyeliner - Easily

Adopt the Position: Hold the pencil as if you are about to write something, pull the skin of your upper lid taut, and place the heel of your hand on your chin.

(When applying to my lower eyelids I sometimes hold my elbow into my body as this helps to steady my hand.)

Tilt your head back slightly and bring your eyes to a half-open state.

This creates a good angle for application, while allowing you to see what you're doing. Sometimes I close the eye I am working on; do what seems natural to you.

I find small strokes close in to the lashes works better for me rather than one long sweeping line from the inner eye to the outer eye, especially if I want to flick this line up and beyond the lash line.

Smaller strokes gives you more control and creates a cleaner line

You might prefer to apply in two steps. Firstly, line the eye from the middle of the lash line outward, and then finish the line from the inner corner of the eye to the middle.

For a more dramatic look, make the outside line a bit thicker than the inside and extend it just beyond the lash line.

Set your line with an eyeshadow.

Unless you are going for that mysterious and exotic evening look, my advice is to use a pencil or eyeshadow to line your bottom eyelashes for day wear.

When applying on your lower lash line, apply only to the outer three quarters of the rim and smudge up into your lashes. Harsh lines don’t look good on anyone.

Tip: You may have a problem smudging If your skin is very dry. Simply apply a very light moisturising cream on your face and then wipe it off before applying your eyeliner. This leaves just enough moisture to enable the pigment to glide smoothly over the surface of your skin.

If you are using a brush make sure it is an excellent quality flat brush (preferably cut at an angle) that will form a chiseled edge when wet.

Breaking News: I have found a brush that works for me nearly every single time. Although the angled brush is used effectively by most makeup consultants, when I use it I often get a line that is too thick; not a good look.

I now use a thin, very small brush; that's it!
Easy and perfect, nearly every time.

Applying Pencil

As mature women our eyelid wrinkles can make it difficult to line with a pencil and this is where using a really soft wax-based pencil can work very well.

Apply in the usual way: in between and as close to your lashes as possible, then smudge upwards to create a ‘dark lash to light lid’ look.

Every now and again I want to create a different look to wear at night so I line the inside rims of my eyelids with a dark pencil. This is quite exotic and certainly is not for everyone but well worth experimenting with.
Who knows when we might need that ‘smouldering’ look?

Applying Liquid

Pencil is easier to apply than liquid but often does not stay put like a good liquid liner will. A simple way to practise and get the knack of applying a liquid line is to use it to trace over a pencil line.

Liquid is good because it gives a sharp precise line and liquid is bad because it gives a sharp, precise line.

You have to know where and when to use it and a place to not use it is on your lower lash line.

As I've already said, harsh lines don’t look good on anyone. However, if you must use black liquid eyeliner on your lower lash line, consider softening the look by applying a smudge-able pencil in a lighter colour (brown, taupe or charcoal) over the top.

Make sure you let the liner dry thoroughly before applying eye makeup. And don’t blink … it will run into the eyelid crease.

Getting liquid eyeliner in your eye stings so take care when applying.

Tip: Okay, so you want a more defined line but not a harsh line; try this - Apply liquid eyeliner over your bare skin (always strive to get close to your lash line) and smudge slightly before it dries; do not blend upwards.

When dry, apply a small amount of neutral shadow over the liner and eyelid. Follow the same instructions for your lower lash line. Not only will this help diminish the ‘wrinkled look’ it will give you an attractive and soft smokey appearance.

Tip: If you have a steady hand try this:

Starting with a naked eye, dot the liquid liner into the spaces between the lashes and wriggling into the lashes. You will end up with your lashes looking very thick at the roots … nice. 

Applying Gel

Gel is easy to apply and dries to a softer, almost powdery look. Apply as you would a liquid. I use a rich brown colour for everyday wear. However, I do have to retouch during the day.

Which Eyeliner Should I Choose?

This depends on what you like.

The only universal requirement? It must not fade or rub off before you want it to. Research will reveal the huge range available so I asked other women for their recommendations, hoping that will guide you as you sort through the maze.

These are the top favourites as posted by other women. (Please note, these are the opinions of other users.)

Arbonne Liquid Eyeliner – I use it everyday: brown during the day and black for night time wear and so easy to apply.

Urban decay 24/7 - Zero. It is the blackest pencil I've ever used, it glides on so easily and it stays put the entire day!

Maybelline Eye and Eyebrow Liner (the little red one in wood pencil) - Its stays put. If you need more color (for night makeup) just turn a lighter onto the tip of the pencil for 2 seconds (if you leave it longer the tip will melt) then let it cool for 20 seconds and apply.

Make Up For Ever ‘Aqua Eyes’ - Matte black. It's an extra dark black pencil that honestly stays on through everything! It's non-drying to your eyes and won't just randomly flake off like some liners do.

Stila “Smudge Pots’ - Black. I love this one because it's a gel/cream. You can even use it all over your lid if you want- as a base or as a color. It's also very deep black and when it's on and has dried, it's not going anywhere. I once wiped my eyes with it on (by accident) and when I looked in a mirror, you couldn't even tell.

Revlon - This is the ONLY one I have ever found that doesn't fade color-wise and the application is smooth.

MAC Powderpoint Eye Pencil - Engraved. Best pencil I've ever tried. It’s soft so it is easy to smudge if I want to, or I can just apply it without smudging. When it sets, it stays put until I use a make up remover, and it is the only eye pencil that I get to stay on my waterline throughout the day.

What One Makeup Item Would You Choose?

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