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How to Put on Eyeliner

Kritika Parwani
Many women find it difficult to apply eyeliner. If you are one of them and are looking to learn how to put on eyeliner then we will help you to do so.
The beauty of a woman is judged by her eyes and her heart. Eyes are the most important facial features that define the way we look.
Perhaps that is why women spend extra time on doing their eyes while doing makeup. A very important part of any eye makeup is to know how to put on eyeliner. Using this accessory is a great way to open up your eyes and achieve a sexy look.
Applying it correctly is the key, because even the slightest mistake is easily noticeable. Also, remember that it is available in different types, and each of it is applied differently. The types are given here.



Generally, it is preferred by beginners, as it easy to apply. It is great for a day look. For Asian eyes, this one should be preferably used, and should be applied thickly.


It is the best choice for an evening or formal look, as it creates a dramatic impact.
Though many feel that it is not easy to apply, with a little bit of practice it works out fine. It may be slightly difficult to apply on Asian eyes, since they are very small.


Types of an eyeliner are available in different colors as well. Most of us tend to opt for black. However, makeup experts believe that it does not suit all skin tones.
The color should depend on the eye color and the skin tone. For evening looks, the best colors are vibrant shades of purple, red, orange, or green.

How to Apply

It should be applied only after applying the base and the eyeshadow. Make sure you have a good mirror and lighting so that you can properly see what you are doing.


The pencil liner should be able to draw a thin, unbroken line along your skin - test it on your hand or arm first. Either sharpen it until the line is thin enough, or if it is too thin, draw a line on a tissue, which will make the tip blunt.
You should hold it as you would hold a pencil or pen to write with, usually with your dominant hand. Use your other hand to stretch the eye you are going to line from the outer corner. You can rest the hand holding the pencil against the hand pulling your lid taut.
Don't try to focus on whole eyelid at one time - just look at the part you are drawing on. The line should be just above your eyelashes on the top lid and just below on the bottom, and should extend just to the outer corner of your eye. Be wary if the tip is quite dry, as this may pull at delicate eye tissues. Draw the line with care if this is the case.


This one comes in a bottle rather like ink, and you must use a separate brush to apply. The best result will come from a point liner brush.
It is natural to close your eye as you draw the line, but if you keep it open, it will actually make it easier to follow the curve of your lid, and thus have a straighter line.
You do not need trying and painting a continuous line. It is actually easier to paint a few small dashes onto the lash line, for example, inner corner, middle, and outer corner, then go back and connect them.
If you want a thicker line than this initial thin one, build it up gradually. Start at the middle of the lash line, and draw towards the outer corner. You can extend the line slightly past the outer corner of your eyelid if you wish.

How To Apply on Bottom Lid

Once you are done with the upper eyelid, the next step will be to apply the liner on the lower eyelid.
Though there are people who use the liquid one for the bottom eyelid, the best option is to use the pencil. It can be applied on the eyelids or on the rim. Begin from the outer end of the eyes, and then, move closer to the nose. You can either cover the entire lower eyelid or just the outer two-thirds of the eye, depending on the look you want to achieve.
If you do not want to go in for liquid liner or the pencil, then another option is using cake eyeliner. To use this, you will have to mix them with water for application. But remember to always hold a tissue paper near the bottom lid, while applying it on the top lid.
Remember that applying eyeliner will not be something you can learn overnight, but with a little bit of practice and patience, you will be able achieve it perfectly.