An advanced makeup artist uses eyeliner to create a cat eye, make the eyes appear wider or add a pop of color to a neutral eye. But basic application serves one major purpose — to make your eyelashes appear longer and thicker. To create this look, apply the eyeliner as close to the eyelashes as possible while making sure there’s no skin showing through.

Application: Step 1

Once you’ve applied eye shadow, create small dots or dashes as close to the upper lash line as you can with the tip of the eyeliner.

Application: Step 2

Connect these dots or dashes with small strokes until you have one continuous line.

Application: Step 3

Put color between each one of your eyelashes. It’s best to start with a thin line and then add more color gradually until you achieve the thickness you want.

Pro Tip

If you’re a beginner, start with pencil eyeliner. Pencil eyeliners are easiest to apply and tend to be more forgiving because they don’t show mistakes as obviously as liquid or gel eyeliners. Pencil eyeliners also give a more natural look, and you can smudge them out for a smoky effect. Practice with a pencil eyeliner and when you’ve got the technique down, graduate to liquid or gel if you prefer the look they give.