Other than contouring, the subject of eyeliner happens to be the second most talked about by fellow bloggers and Twitter friends. So hopefully this will help enlighten the shroud of mystery of how to apply and get the perfect liner. Now bearing in mind we're going for the strong liner look like Kate Moss in the Dior Addict Lipstick ad.
What comes second nature to me in application happens to be a bit of a stumbling block for many. The problems I hear are what if I have a slightly droopy lid or not enough lid etc. To which I answer, start doing the liner from the outside in. Meet our test subject Model A (I can't remember her name).
Notice how there's very little space towards the outside of her eye, between the lash line and crease. Problem? Maybe, but nothing a bit of cleverness can't help. Now let's see Model A in the final look with liner and then we'll get to specifics. Here's what we're aiming for in terms of the liner.
Nice huh? So in as few and as descriptive words I can muster, I will try and explain what I did.
1. Looking straight into mirror, using a black liner pencil, draw the flick first on the outside. As you want the liner to look when your eyes are opened. Stop when you hit the crease. The top of the flick is usually horizontal to ground level and you end up with a elongated triangle on it's side.
2. Using cotton buds dipped in any Micellar cleansing water, tidy up the shape and how long or flicked you want the liner to be.
3. Now starting from the inner eye, start lining, using the pencil still till you get to the point where you can't go any further and you have to start joining the flick.
4. Always look into mirror and check constantly the thickness and flow of the liner whilst lining.
5. With one eye closed, join the flick and the rest of the liner. This will almost always result in a slight dip and the overall shape of the liner will look like half of the batman signal. (well in my head it is!)
6. Using more cotton buds with cleansing water, clean up the shape and when you're happy, go over with your liner of choice. I usually press a black shadow onto the pencil first and then gel liner to get the deepest blackest liner possible.
Here's a close up:
Products used: MAC Kohl Pencil in Smolder, MAC eye shadow in Carbon, MAC Fluid Line in Blacktrack, MUJI mini cotton buds, La Roche-Posay Physiological Micellar Solution.
I hope this helps with any liner issues. You just have to practice a bit and this will become second nature. As always questions and comments are highly encouraged. Good luck and I would love to hear how your attempts go!