Types & How to Apply Eyeliner

Eyeliner is a product that packs a lot of punch because it can not only increase drama around your eyes, but you can use it as an eye shadow and to fill in your brows. With the right color of eyeliner, you’ll even be able to line your lips before applying lipstick. This product also gives you the ability to make small eyes look bigger with just a minute or two in front of the mirror, and a swift stroke of a pencil or brush.

Just note that it takes lots of practice, and experimenting with the different formulas and application methods to find out what eyeliner works best for your features.

The Main Formulas

eyelinerThere are four main eyeliner formulas, and depending on the formula you’re using, you can blend or smudge the color out to create a soft smokey makeup look, or create a bold line that defines your eye.

Here are some tips and descriptions of the four most popular types of eyeliner and short course explaining how to it.


There are a couple of different pencil eyeliner forms that can create distinguished, soft lines that define the shape of your eye and enhance the shape too. Going further, pencil eyeliners have either a wax or powder base that allows you to smudge the liner out, or create defined lines.

Pencil eyeliners are pretty stiff, and if not softened, can hurt while drawing on your lines and/or can cause jagged lines.

  • Pencil Eyeliner Application Tip: Before applying pencil eyeliner, use a blow dryer to soften the product while focusing the heat on the tip of the pencil so that the color goes on smooth and easy.

Wax pencils:

  • are softer and easier to apply, and can be found in a variety of colors.
  • can sometimes be a pain to sharpen, but it’s easier if you store them in the fridge or freezer to harden the pencil; this helps prevent the product from smearing, breaking or smudging.

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