Heavy eye makeup is a quick, temporary way to transform your look. Whether you choose classic black or a funky blue or purple, applying eyeliner around your entire eye can add serious drama to your look and help you make a statement. Because eyeliner can make your eyes ‘pop’ all on its own, it is also a convenient and beautiful fix on days when you do not have a lot of time to apply full eye makeup that includes shadow and mascara.

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Run a tissue along the tip of the pencil or applicator brush to remove any residue, which can prevent a neat application. If you are using a pencil, sharpen a dull tip with a cosmetic sharpener.

Place your index finger of your non-dominant hand at the outer corner of your eye. Gently pull outwards so that the skin on the eyelid and under the lower lash line is taut.

Begin at the tear duct and work your way outwards. Use quick, short strokes to draw an interrupted line along the upper lash line.

Keep your index finger at the outer corner and repeat step 3 on the lower lash line.

Connect the two lines at the outer corner so that they form a 60- degree angle.


  • Lining the entire eye defines it, as opposed to opening it up and making it appear bigger. If you have smaller eyes, begin with a thin line and thicken it as you get closer to the outer corner. This technique brings out small eyes without making them look even smaller and ‘closing’ them.