How to do eyeliner for beginners

Eyeliners is one of the best ways to put an accent on your eyes, but yet a small mistake can screw everything up. So if you sick and tired of wondering how to use eyeliner to avoid this kind of situation, the material will be helpful for you.

Megan Campbell

The Right Brushes for Beautiful Eyeliners

The preliminary step in our battle against ill-drawn lines is choosing the right brushes. Firstly, we will need a pointed brush. With this make-up tool, it will be much easier to draw a neat line, no matter thick or thin. Keeping the brush clean will help you to protect the bottle of liquid from contamination.

The second tool is an angled bent brush. This type of brush will be useful while drawing thin lines to create a natural “no-eyeliner” look. You can use it to draw precise winged eyeliners as well. Just turn the brush upward at the outer corner of your eye, and then create a small triangle by connecting it with the starting point on the eyelid.

Use a cello tape to make the shape of your line perfect. It is an extremely useful tip for beginners. Cut off a small piece of the cello tape with scissors and stick it to the outermost corner of the eye. Following the line of the cello tape applied, you will be able to draw a clean “wing” at the right angle. No mess will be done, as all the mistakes you will peel off with the piece of the cello tape.

Of course, you can always use a cotton swab to correct your eyeliners. But this tip will end up in much more mess unless you are not careful. Create soft back and forth motions to remove unnecessary details. Do not forget to act quickly. The make-up liquid becomes dry very fast.

Choosing Types of Eyeliners

Before buying an eyeliner, you had better choose the preferable product. There is a large variety of different types starting from pencils and ending at gel or cream eyeliners. Each type has its own characteristics and tips, e.g. you will never be able to draw a super-intense line with a pencil.

Gel Eyeliner

Professional make-up artist usually buy this kind of product due to its price and long-lasting wear. You can find it in a pot or jar, so it will require a brush to apply. Gel is said to be extremely rich in colour and perfect for oily eyelids. It is necessary to keep in mind that the intensity of a gel line badly depends on a brush.

Liquid Eyeliner

The most popular and the most problematic type of product. The eyeliner reminds of ink because of its deep colour together with clear lines. You can create the line of any thickness using one single brush. This make-up product comes in a tiny bottle with a pointed brush or in a marker-type pen, which is more convenient for beginners.

Pencil Eyeliner

Applying eyeliner of a pencil type is a relatively easy task. The most serious danger is “raccoon eyes” if one tries too hard to emphasize the eyes with a slick pencil. So avoid pencils that are too creamy unless you want to ruin your makeup. Your lines will last longer after setting the pencil with mat shadows of the same colour.

Choosing the Right Eyeliner Color

Black is the basic colour for everyday makeup look. But what if you want to brighten your life a bit? Or if you want to try something fresh and brand new? Then you can diversify the color scheme of your make-up and try other eyeliner colors.

White Eyeliner

White eyeliner is one of the make-up trends in 2020. Some years ago, it seemed strange and unusual, but now the popularity of it has increased dramatically. Especially impressive it will look on brown or tanned skin, no matter which make-up style you choose.

Colourful Eyeliner

Classic black style seems already boring to you? Then go a bit further and try violet, blue or green colours. While wearing coloured eyeliner, keep it simple. Do not line too much and forget about going to lower eyelid. The colour itself looks bright, so choose a thin line instead of a thick one.

Eyeliner of shiny glitter

For the most creative, we recommend shiny arrows, and the brighter they will sparkle, the better. You can use a shiny eyeliner, or you can put a small glitter on the arrow.

Basic Eyeliner Styles

Make-up has its basic schemes. They help you to create your individual style depending on your face and eye shape. A girl can vary her make-up according to her mood and for not to be bored. Here are basic eyeliner styles that most of the make-up artists use.

The Natural Eyeliner Style

This style is the easiest one, but still attractive and neat. If you have limits in time or just do not want to glam up, use the natural eyeliner style. This make-up does not take much time to be elegant. The advice is to try this style over and over, because it is a great practice. This simple natural style give an opportunity to create more detailed design in the future. To make the natural style, you just should line the upper eyelid accurately.

This style is also called the cat eyeliner. It makes your make-up more expressive and adds a little bit drama in your image. Eyes seem to be mystical, stunning and delicately done at once. To make this shape, a girl has to practice a lot. It should be perfect; any mistakes and even a little curved line may spoil the style. But it is a worthy makeup suitable for dates, various important events and holidays.

Winged Eyeliner Style
All around Eyeliner Style

Or so-called Arabian eyeliner style that is used to make eyes bigger. If you think that your eyes are lacking expression, line your eyes all around. It matches smoky eyes perfectly. This style is going to be a classic one, as smoky eyes are still popular among women. The advantage of this style is that small mistakes are not so troublemaking as you shade it after lining.

The style is named after the great leader of Egypt, a woman who paid lots of attention to the sphere of beauty and design even in those times. Cleopatra is known for her special attitude to woman’s nature, as she tried to reveal the inner part of the woman. According to her, the woman should be eye-catching and wise at the same time.

Of course, the style has changed a lot since then as well as ingredients of eyeliner, but it still seems to be interesting for women. To create this style, you should draw a winged eyeliner and then continue the edge of the wing. Go on the upper line instead of finishing it and extend the line from outer corner to the lower one.

Cleopatra Eyeliner Style
V-shaped Eyeliner Style

V-shaped eyeliners are used to accentuate the eyes and make them more catchy. Every girl should know this style, as it is really easy to create it. Firstly, grab an angled bent brush and draw an accurate line from lower lash upwards. Secondly, go on and join it to the upper line. It is almost like the cat eye style, but the upper line is not so long and extended as we do in Cleopatra style.

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner Step by Step

  1. Apply a moisturizer on your clean face and an eye cream around the eyes. This will make your skin nice and smooth for a better make-up application.
  2. Use eye primer and setting powder. Before drawing an eyeliner, it is desirable to apply the base on your eyes to make them flawless. Start with an eye primer applying it on upper and lower lids. Additionally, you can use a concealer for a better effect. And do not forget about setting powder unless you want your eyes to be too moist.
  3. Start drawing above the lashes. While applying the liquid, make sure you use small and gentle strokes. If you decide to draw one entire line at once, it is more likely to turn out crooked. Keep comparing the lines on both eyelids to make them as symmetrical as possible.
  4. Wing the line out. Find the right angle – it should follow the lower lash line. Map out the contour by doing slight stokes, then fill it in. Do it slowly if you are lacking practice.
  5. The final step. You can line the outer part of the lower lid as well (if needed). Use your mascara to beautify the eyes.

Little secrets for perfect eye contour drawing

And now a super tip for life: to make your pencil color brighter and richer, hold the slate for a few seconds above the lighter flame. On the plus side, the pencil will be extraordinarily soft and supple.

It’s all about the tail, isn’t it? In order to make it smooth, use… with a spoon. Yeah, yeah, you heard me. Put it on the outside of your eye so that the rounded part is near the corner. Then, like a ruler, draw the tip of the arrow.

If you want the tip of the arrow to be more straight, use a piece of scotch. Just stick it on so that it continues to the lower lid. That way, your shooter’s definitely not gonna be crooked.

Another assistant could be a stencil of paper. You can buy special stencils, or you can make them yourself. Cut the edge of the paper to the shape of the shooter you want. Put a stencil to your eye and run the arrow. By the way, a successful stencil can even be used several times.

Winged Eyeliner Application Features for:

  • Hooded Eyes. With this shape of eyes you need to be careful while drawing a line. Start with a thin line from the upper eyelid and continue drawing an extended winged “tail”.
  • Small Eyes. Girls with such eye type can use thick lines. Some bright colours compliment small eyes.
  • Downturned Eyes. Extending lines from upper part of eye may be helpful. Use winged styles and do not create any lines in the lower area.
  • Monolid Eyes. The topic is familiar to Asian and Korean make-up artists. They emphasize their eyelids (especially upper ones) with a brown eyeliner drawing straight lines to compliment the size of eyes. Asian girls also like using pastel shadows to outline the shape.
  • Round Eyes. Tips that can be useful: start to draw a line from the middle of your upper eyelid, go on upwards making a long line. Then underline the inner part of your lower eyelid to create an optical illusion that you have a bit narrower eyes.
  • Almond Eyes. You are the lucky one, if you have almond eyes. Make-up artists are sure that almost all the eye styles are suitable for this shape.

Eyeliner Style Trends

Sometimes girls vary basic styles to trendy and fashionable ones. Each year the new styles are coming and old ones are fading away, not being popular. Here are some styles that may be really cool. Pick them up and use to be a chicy modern girl.

Triple Liner Looks

This trendy eyeliner style helps to create a glamorous make-up. Draw a line from lower outer part of the eye corner. The line goes upwards. Then the second line – it goes from the upper outer part and also continues upwards. Two lines should not be joined together. Just two lines drown in the same direction with a little gap between them.

Based on cat eye style again, this trendy style is really big in 2020. Girls add some eyeshadows making the outlook more glamorous and cool. The question is how to apply eye liner properly. You should draw a perfect line from the upper part of the outer corner. Then turn it and go upwards a little repeating the shape of an upper part of an eye. Add eye shadows and enjoy your new makeup style.

Floating Underliner
360 Eyeliner

If drawing a winged line is a real catastrophe, try “360 Eyeliner” trend. It has been popularized long time ago and now everyone still considers it a stylish way of eyelining. 

You just need to grab your eyeliner and draw a round shape with no winged forms around your eyes. It may resemble a circle that focus people’s attention on your eyes. And, yes, use not only black colour, be creative.

Girls continue to adore adding colours in their make-ups, so that is the reason of bright trends. Artistic and adventurous girls may find this trend an extraordinary one. Add some highlighter hue above the eyelid and make winged eyes. That is not so difficult, but still looks awesome.

Neon Cat Eye
Multi-Level Liner

Along with Neon Cat Eye trend goes this one – Multi-Level Liner. For this style, you had better pick a liquid eyeliner to underline the contrast between the eyelids. Add bright neon colours below the lower eyelid and use the brush to shadow it. How to apply liquid eyeliner? Draw an ordinary winged line; do not press the brush too hard to your eyelid in order not to spoil it.

Eyeliner is the detail of a girl’s outlook that needs accurate movements and special skills. So do not get upset if you end up in a failure for the first time. Try simple styles instead of complicated ones. Then improve them to make your everyday look absolutely stunning.

And now a super tip for life: to make your pencil color brighter and richer, hold the slate for a few seconds above the lighter flame. On the plus side, the pencil will be extraordinarily soft and supple.

It’s all about the tail, isn’t it? In order to make it smooth, use… with a spoon. Yeah, yeah, you heard me. Put it on the outside of your eye so that the rounded part is near the corner. Then, like a ruler, draw the tip of the arrow.

If you want the tip of the arrow to be more straight, use a piece of scotch. Just stick it on so that it continues to the lower lid. That way, your shooter’s definitely not gonna be crooked.

Another assistant could be a stencil of paper. You can buy special stencils, or you can make them yourself. Cut the edge of the paper to the shape of the shooter you want. Put a stencil to your eye and run the arrow. By the way, a successful stencil can even be used several times.