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An eyeliner is one of the most important cosmetics and can give you a dramatic look without much time or effort.

Whether you choose a soft line or a dramatic stroke, you can embellish the windows to your soul by spending just a few minutes in front of a mirror with an eyeliner pencil.

Check out the basic ways below.

  1. Tightlining- this is when you line the inner rims of your upper eyelids. This is a good choice if you want your eyelashes to look fuller without having false lashes or heaps of mascara. Here’s what to do: using a pencil eyeliner, start at the middle of your eyelid, make small strokes at the very base of your lashes. Remember, the goal is to line the inner rim of your eye, not the lid itself, so place the pencil underneath your lashes rather than above them. Continue doing this until you have lined the entire upper lid. Take care not to poke yourself in the eye, though (no shame, we have all done it).

  2. Waterlining- this method is an important one to have in your arsenal if you ever choose to venture into dark smokey eye territory, or if you want to make your eyes look wider using a white or peach eye pencil. It’s pretty much the same technique as tightlining, but on the inner rims of your bottom lid. For this, you should be lining above your lashes, not below them. I’d also highly recommend using a pencil here; you can use a gel or liquid, you’ll end up with some pretty gross-looking clumps, and I know from experience that it gets uncomfortable very quickly. You’re getting really close to your actual eyeball here, and you want to avoid irritating it as much as possible. Pro tip: to avoid eyeliner running from your waterline to your undereyes, apply concealer and powder after the eyeliner.

  3. Using a Gel Eyeliner -  gives you the easy application of a pencil with the staying power of liquid eyeliner. It also gives you an overall softer look, and it’s much easier to blend than pencil or liquid eyeliner. Here’s what you do: using any eyeliner brush, dip it into the gel pot, brush off the excess like you would with a nail polish brush, and make small thin strokes across your top eyelid ONLY. You can make it straight or winged,like the image.

  4. Cat Eye-  is an absolute must-know, and it’s going to take a lot of practice and a lot of product trial-and-error. My advice is to start with small, thin lines in the middle of your eye, keeping as close to your lash line as possible, and then work your way to the inner and outer corners. As for the wing itself, try to keep to the natural curve of your eye. Once you have a basic shape lined out, you can fill in the rest of the cat eye as thick or thin as you want.

  5. Double Wing-  this is for when you have mastered the cat eye, and one wing just is not sufficient anymore. Just complete your winged eyeliner as you normally do, then, when it’s done, bring your liquid eyeliner back to the middle of your eye. From there, drag another wing up so that it’s slightly higher, but parallel, to your lower wing. Fill it in from there!

Ladies, there you have it, do not worry if you do not get it at first, remember,practice makes perfect.

See the images above for better understanding.

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