Eyeliner is my favourite make-up item when it comes to adding a little drama, and although heavy eye make-up still scares me sometimes, I always find a slick of eyeliner adds sophistication and really emphasises the eyes nicely. It was hard for me to master at first and it's taken lots of practice to get the technique right. However, I can now do it in five minutes and achieve a result I'm satisfied with. So I thought I'd compile a list of the top five eyeliner tips I've learned along the way. (This post is not sponsored, and contains my own product suggestions.)
1.) If, like me, you find it hard to keep your hand steady, it's worth investing in a liquid eyeliner pen with a fine nib, which resembles a felt-tip pen. I've tried just about every eyeliner pen on the market, but the one I tend to stick to these days is Bourjois Feutre Eyeliner in Ultra Black. It's easy to hold and gives a nice, even line.
2.) Prepare eyelids by using the right base. A primer like B. Fixed Eyeshadow Primer helps eye make-up stay put. I opt to use a daily eye cream which contains SPF and has a finish like concealer (Boots Vitamin E Gentle Eye Cream SPF15). I let it absorb for 5-10 minutes while doing other things, before applying my eyeliner.
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3.) When it comes to eyeliner application, I find that less is more. I use a little less eyeliner than I think I need. I get the basic shape down, starting from the inner corner of the eye and moving towards the outer corner with light strokes, then go over the line carefully to thicken and extend it. Sometimes I extend the eyeliner downward into the inner corners of the eyes (see above images), for an exaggerated look. In the image below, I extended the eyeliner outwards at the outer corners of the eyes to create a classic cat eye flick.
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4.) If you make a mistake you want to correct, dip a cotton bud in eye make-up remover at both ends and use it to carefully remove excess eyeliner. I like to use Superdrug My Little Star Cotton Buds from their baby range. They're gentle and effective, and they come in a really handy round container which can be used to store lipsticks in when it's empty.
5.) When it comes to taking your make-up off, it's crucial that you remove eyeliner with as much care as you take to put it on. Be gentle and always avoid rubbing or pulling on your eye area, which can create lines and age your eyes prematurely. A good product to use to take off eyeliner is Simple Kind to Eyes Eye Make-Up Remover. I take two cotton wool discs (try Superdrug Cotton Wool Double Faced Pads) and soak them with eye make-up remover. I then apply the cotton wool pads over my eyes for at least thirty seconds, which helps break down eye make-up. Then I gently rub off the eye make-up, and use cotton buds dipped in eye make-up remover to get rid of eyeliner traces along the lash line. Try to avoid pulling out eyelashes while removing your eyeliner as scarily, they don't always grow back. Finish by washing your face with your usual cleanser, and applying a nourishing eye gel, but sparingly, and using your ring finger to gently pat it in. I like to use Boots Essentials Cucumber Eye Gel which refreshes tired eyes, and is surprisingly affordable too. Remember, your eye area doesn't need to be overloaded with products.
Well that concludes my eyeliner post! I hope you found the tips useful. Also, please let me know which other topics you would like to have covered in beauty posts on my blog, as I'm open to suggestions.
Happy Saturday to all my readers!
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