Eyeliner that’s properly applied can change the shape of your eyes and instantly draw attention to them. Whether you use a liquid, powder or pencil eyeliner is a personal decision. Liquid liner requires a steady hand and gives a more dramatic effect, while pencil liner is easier to manage but more prone to smudging. Powder eyeliner can be used for a softer, more natural-looking eye. Regardless of which type of eyeliner you use, applying it may require some practice.

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Choose the right color eyeliner. If your hair is dark brown to black, use a black eyeliner. Use a gray or brown eyeliner color if your hair is light-colored and your skin is fair. Avoid using black eyeliner if you have light-colored hair and skin because it looks unnatural.

Pull the side of your eyelids outward so the skin lightly stretches. Make small dots with eyeliner along the upper eyelash line. Work from the inner corner of your eye outward. Stay as close as possible to the lash line. Fill in all the spaces in between your eyelashes.

Connect the dots that you made on your lash line. Draw a thin line from the inner corner of your eye outward. Follow the natural curvature of your eye.

Make the line thicker in the outer corner if you want a more dramatic effect. Avoid immediately making a thick line, because removing excess eyeliner is harder than gradually adding to the existing line.

Draw a line on along the edge of your lower eyelashes. Avoid the inner corner of your eye and the tear duct area. Line the outer two-thirds of your eye. Connect the lower eyeliner to the upper eyeliner in the outer corner of the eye.

Dust loose, translucent powder over your eyeliner. Powder helps set your eyeliner and keeps it in place.


  • If you use a pencil eyeliner, sharpen it before applying the liner.

  • Always apply eyeliner before your mascara and after your eyeshadow.

  • Swipe a cotton swab over your eyeliner to blend it, and to create a smoky eye effect.

  • Remove mistakes with a cotton swab dipped in eye makeup remover.