Applying Eyeliner

Applying eyeliner takes a bit of practice and experimenting, but once you've mastered the technique, it will transform your look dramatically, defining and accentuating your eyes.

If you don't have a steady hand, sit down and place your elbow on a table for more control.

Application tips for the upper lash line:

  • Apply eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible.
  • Keep the line as thin as possible. If you desire a thicker line, you can always build up to it, but it's much easier to add liner than it is to remove what's already there. As a general rule, the thickness and intensity of the eyeliner should correlate with the size of your eyelid - the larger the eyelid area, the thicker yet softer the eyeliner should be; the smaller the eyelid area, the thinner and more intense the liner should be. If your eyelid doesn't show at all, you might want to reconsider lining altogether to avoid smearing and smudging.

Application tips for the lower lash line:

  • Apply a thin, soft line. Heavy liner on the lower lash line ends up looking like your mascara has smeared. Even if you use black for the lower lash line, apply it softer than you would for the upper lash line.
  • Avoid lining the inside rim of the lids. Even though it may look good, after some time it will smear and accumulate in the inner corner of the eye, creating a messy look.
  • Make sure that the eyeliner on the lower lash line connects with the back corner of the upper lash line. This creates a more natural, cohesive look.


Always apply mascara after you have applied eye shadow and eyeliner.