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How to Use an Eyeliner Properly

Six Ways to Eyeliner Nirvana

Applying eyeliner can be tricky for even the most adept of us, and that's why I turned to celebrity makeup artist Brett Freedman for guidance. Brett's had lots of advice to share with us in recent weeks, from the perfect shades to wear right now to how to pick a daytime blush. Today, it's all about the eyes — liner, that is. Discover six tips to eyeliner Nirvana when you read more.

  1. The technique: Brett starts off by softly dotting and smudging eyeliner on the top lash lines from the tear ducts all the way to the outer corners of the eyes. He then goes back over his work to thicken the line.
  2. You're a lush: The trick is to get as close to the lash line as possible. Not only will this make the lashes look more lush, but it will also emphasis what nature gave you. Think thinner near the tear ducts where hair is sparse, thicker in the middle, and thickest of all at the ends. "You want that sweep," he explains.
  3. Your best friend, the smudger: "A lot of women aren’t really blending. There is nothing worse than looking like a greasy crayon," Brett says. Avoid that look by using a smudger, found on liners from brands like CoverGirl ($5) and Benefit ($20).
  4. Break away from the black: "I am a huge fan of a steely-gray or pewter for day or evening," says Brett, who also recommends something softer than black, like a dark brown or plum. He does love black, however, for nighttime and for smoky looks.
  5. Go naked — not: "I think most women show focus on lashes and think less about liner. It has to be worse to do liner and no mascara. It is really about the lashes," he adds.
  6. And as for those bottom lash lines: "It should never be as dark or as thick as the top," Brett advises. For the bottom, lightly dab on a small amount for just a touch of definition.
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Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
Ive never liked pencils, they smear too easily. Which actually isn't the look I'm going for. Liquid takes more time, but gives more definition. If its too dark, I apply eyeshadow on top of it. Seems to work for me.
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Thanks so much Jaime! I aim to please :)
Jaime-Richards Jaime-Richards 6 years
Cool tips, AmberHoney. Thanks!
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
@ Ellenora - You're very welcome. The best advice this "older" lady can give you is to have fun with your makeup (there are no hard and fast rules) and your life. Perfection is not all it's cracked up to be and it will never be achieved! As a former model I learned the hard way, and we'll leave it at that...
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
@AmberHoney--Thank you for explaining it to me. That's always looked messy to me. Maybe I'm just one of those people that like neat eyeliner? I've always smoked and smudged out my eyeshadows, not my eye*liners*
AmberHoney AmberHoney 6 years
Ellenora, if you a crayon use the sponge tip that most come with and lightly mess it up. It does take practice. If you're using a liquid you may have to wet a Q-tip and again lightly blend it. Q-tips are a great for practicing with - play around when you're not getting ready for work or going out; like a lazy Sunday. I'm a huge BE fan and her liners (or shadows for that matter) are hard to screw up. You can use them dry at first then wet (known as foiling) for a more dramatic effect. Another tip, use any color but black till you get the hang of it. Personally I rarely use black, I prefer vibrant colors. :makeup:
Madgey09 Madgey09 6 years
Hi! Just wanted to let you know that we liked this article so much, we featured it on our site as well! Check it out: We're on Facebook and Twitter too ;-) Maggie 24/Savvy Team
Ellenora Ellenora 6 years
How does one "smudge" eyeliner? That has ALWAYS been my one problem. I can never figure it out!
TheSavvyLife TheSavvyLife 6 years
I have several close friends who are gifted when it comes to applying makeup. I have learned from them that technique is just as important as product. Great Tips. Thank you!Melissa
TheSavvyLife TheSavvyLife 6 years
I have several close friends who are gifted when it comes to applying makeup. I have learned from them that technique is just as important as product. Great Tips. Thank you! Melissa Tosetti
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