With the festive season in full swing and the parties drawing near, it’s time to learn how to line those peepers to complete your stunning getup!
As the windows to your soul, your eyes are likely the first thing anyone notices to you. In order to put your best face forward, it is really important to highlight those pretty peepers!
Different types of eyeliner styles you may use!
The shape of your eyes and the eyeliner style that you would like to draw could greatly affect your look. Make the right choices for your eyes.
For eyes that droop downwards at the ends, draw your eyeliner with an upward angled wingtip to balance out the proportions.
A flick at the correct angle could immediately give your face a lift, making you look so much sharper.
Quick Tip: your eyeliner should never extend beyond your brows.
Here’s an introduction to the types of liners – pencil, liquid, and gel.
Best for beginners, or if your hands aren’t too steady. It smudges easily, hence, it’s perfect for a sultry, smoky eye look. Note though, that this might work to your disadvantage as pencil eyeliners usually require touch ups throughout the day. Our face usually produces moisture or oil as the day goes by so there’s a tendency for the eyeliner to transfer to other parts of your eye (even the undereye!). Hence, be sure to finish your eye make up by dusting some powder on your undereye so you don’t turn into a panda by the end of the day!
How pencil eyeliner looks – contrast with the other two!
Once you’ve mastered the art of lining your eyes (more tips on that later!), move on to something that creates more defined lines, the liquid eyeliner. It smudges less easily than pencil, so it’ll work awesome if you’re having a hectic day at work or play. The liquid eyeliner allows for more control, and allows you to create sharp tips for the trendy wing tip or cat eye look. It also blends the most seamlessly of the three.
Here’s liquid eyeliner! More defined and less smudged, as you can tell.
Gel types are a cross between liquid and pencil, and are mostly waterproof, sold in a jar. Given the large range of colours, you may even use it as an eyeshadow! (More about eyeshadows in a later entry) Unlike liquid eyeliner, you may use gel eyeliner on your waterline (the thin line above your lower lashes).
Gel: a combi of both liquid and pencil eyeliner
How to Line your Peepers
Double Eye Lid
Double lidded eyes can handle several different styles. For a convenient day time look, gently line the complete upper lash line, and include the lower lash/water line for an evening look. Needless to say, the cat-eyed look is one of the best looks for almond eyes.
Voila, a sultry, confident look!
Use black eyeliner to line the upper lash lines, and use white eyeshadow or liner to enhance the size of your eyes – this actually works for all eye types, and particularly for monolids.
Good tips to note!
Michelle Phan, Youtube beauty extraordinaire, suggests positioning a q-tip (sticks with cotton at both ends that can be bought at your nearest Watsons/Guardian) horizontally on your upper eyelid instead of tugging at it to create a taut line, to prevent undesirable premature wrinkling or sagging.
Start from the middle of the lash/water line with small easy strokes, instead of attempting to create a solid fluid line on your first try. This allows you to correct any early mistakes, and helps to train your (unsteady) hand!
The Kirsten Stewart eyeliner.
We often wonder how some people have very defined eyes but look like they do not wear any eyeliner at all! One of the reasons is because of the thickness of their lashes, as some people are so fortunately endowed with thick long lashes, and for the rest of us, well, there’s a technique (refer to image below)…
We also found this interesting tip from thebeautydepartment.com
It is perfect for occasions where you still have to look polished yet not over-the-top.
If you are already familiar with the classic black eyeliner, how about jazzing up your look by using coloured eyeliners? Coloured eyeliners are a little trickier as the wrong colours may not work for you. Try to match them with either your clothes, jewelries or eye colour. Remember, match them with only 1 of the mentioned.
If you feel a little more fun and funky, try using coloured eyeliners to brighten up those peepers!
Sources from here, here, here, Pinterest.