All About Eye Liner

Different Effects of Eyeliner

Eyeliner can be used to create all different effects from a simple yet flattering natural appearance to a bold and demanding look. The natural eye, smokey eye, and winged eye are three popular methods of applying eyeliner.


For a natural look, a pencil eyeliner is the best option. Apply the liner close to the upper lash line and create a soft line with short strokes. Then, apply the pencil liner on the outer areas of the eye, focusing the strokes upwards and outwards. If possible, softly smudge all liner strokes. On the bottom of the lash line, start from the outer edge of the eye and apply liner again with light and short strokes towards the tear duct. The goal is to avoid creating hard, solid lines.


While smokey eyes typically emphasize eyeshadow, it is also possible to make the look with just eyeliner. With a gel liner, create a thick line in the crease of the eye. Using the brush, blend the thick line upwards and outwards, influencing the liner to become lighter and lighter the closer it comes to the brow line. For a bolder contrast, apply a silver or metallic eyeshadow to the lid of the eye. Next, gently apply a lighter line of eyeliner to the water line of the lower lid and gently blend out to the lash line. Do not make this line too thick as the emphasis is on the upper lid of the eye. The smokey eye is more frequently worn for the evening, but it can be worn with lighter colors for use during the day.


To create the winged look, a liquid liner or even a gel liner is ideal. When using liquid liner, apply the liner on the upper eyelid from the tear duct outwards to outside crease of the eye, following the lash line closely. Starting at the corner crease of the eye, create a triangle and use the liner to shade the inside of the triangle. If possible, smudge the entire wing for a smoother blend.

For a bolder wing look, use gel liner. Apply liner in the center of the upper eyelid first as it often comes out thick. From there, use short strokes and apply the liner towards the outer edges of the eye. Once the liner has reached the corner crease of the eye, place the liner up and out again using quick strokes. To make the wing thicker, apply additional gel liner over the triangle created from the liner on the outer edges of the eye.

How to Use Eyeliner Efficiently

It can be difficult to use gel or liquid liner for standard daily use. To avoid a thick line, apply liquid liner on the center of the lash line first as it is easier to smudge or blend the line from the middle across the rest of the lash line. To avoid an uneven line, apply liquid liner using small strokes. When using a gel liner, it is also recommended to start in the center of the eyelid. Apply short strokes across the lash line towards the outer edges of the lid. Then, return to the center of the lid and smudge the liner from the center of the lid to the tear duct. Afterwards, blend across the entire lash line for a more even line. Gel liner is typically applied on the upper lid as it creates a defined look.

It is possible to make the eye appear to be a different shape than what is really is using eyeliner. For example, using dark colors in the corner of the eye elongates the eye. White liner in the tear duct of the eyes makes the eyes appear wider. Another tool to make the eyes appear wider is by only applying liner from the center of the lash line outwards to the edges of the eye, leaving the area along the lash line from the pupil to the tear duct untouched.

Different color eyeliners will enhance different eye colors. For blue eyes, royal blue liner will bring out the blue hue. For brown eyes, try a plum purple liner. A mochacolored liner is perfect for those with green eyes. A black liner or jade will highlight hazel eyes.

Determining whether pencil eyeliner or liquid eyeliner is the better option depends on the appearance the wearer is trying to achieve. Pencil liner is the better option for a softer look. However, liquid liner is better for bolder appearances. Pencil liner is also a more suitable option for a beginner as mistakes are not obvious, and they are also easier to fix.

Characteristics of Eyeliner

There are positive and negative characteristics of each eyeliner. For example, pencil liner is very simple to use, and it is perfect for creating a subtle look. However, the designs and thickness that the pencil liner can create is very minimal. Liquid liner is ideal for precision as it can create a sharp finish, and it is excellent for defining the eye. However, liquid liner is not as long-lasting as other liners. Gel liners allow the user to control the thickness of the lines being made. The lines always look clean, and the liner lasts longer than others. However, gel liners dry fast, which means that there is little room to make mistakes when applying it.

Sanitizing eyeliner

In order to prevent eye infection, it is important to regularly clean and sanitize the eyeliner. One option is to purchase a spray sanitizer made specifically for cosmetic purposes, and spray that on the tip of the eyeliner. This option will work with any type of eyeliner. Another option is to wipe the tip of the eyeliner with rubbing alcohol. This also works on any liner although it is important to make sure that it has dried before using again. If it is a pencil eyeliner, simply sharpening it will shave off areas that have already been used. Soak brushes that are used with liquid liner in a water and baby shampoo solution. It is important to air dry the brushes as a blow drier will damage the bristles on the brush.