Achieving a cat eye, wing, smudged, or smoky look can be tricky to accomplish without the right tools.
From high end cosmetics companies, to frugal drug store finds, we’ve compiled a list of different eyeliners for different looks.
This sexy 60’s throwback look can be hard to get down, but with practice, the right tools, and some great gel and liquid liner, you’ll have this feisty look in no time.
MAC Fluidline $16 – This gel pot is thick enough that it doesn’t run, but is creamy enough to spread onto your skin easily. Long wearing, smudge proof, and available in 9 colors, this gel liner goes on silky and soft. The application brush is sold separately, so this beauty buy can start to get pricey, especially if you do this look everyday.
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner $9.99 – Including an application brush, and available in 4 colors, this drug store find is the budget friendly versions of MAC’s Fluidline. Oil free, smudge proof, and water proof for 24 hours, you can easily achieve a winged eye look while saving a few bucks.
How to Apply: Dip a thin, eyeliner brush into the gel, make sure to get a sufficient amount of gel onto the brush, but not so much that it looks clumpy. Start to apply a thin line of gel onto your lash line, first with short, small strokes, and once you get the feel of it, start being a little more generous with your line, if you want a bolder look. When you’re ready to create a wing, you can use a piece of scotch tape as your guide so you can have a symmetrical look, just make sure you match up your angles on each eye. Also, don’t be afraid to mess up, just wet a Q-tip in makeup remover and fix up your lines.
When you want to add in a little more drama to your look, maybe if you’re going from day to evening, adding a little liner to your lower water line can really transform your makeup look.
Clinique Quickliner for Eyes Intense $16 – Available in 13 shades ranging from Intense Ebony to Intense Amethyst, this double ended, no sharpener needed precision eyeliner is great for getting into those tight little areas. The turning head allows you to get more liner without the use of a sharpener, and the smudge end gives you the opportunity to create a smoky look in just a few strokes.
Rimmel London Scandaleyes Liner – Also with a turning head, no pencil sharpeners or shavings to deal with, this line of liners comes in 10 gorgeous shades, my favorite so far is Nude! When creating a neutral eye look, with lots of beautiful browns and golds, line your waterline with nude liner, it will make your eyes look bigger. As far as other eye looks go, I haven’t seen it look as good as with a neutral eye, it seems to stand out in an odd way with purple or other colored shadows.
How to Apply: Make sure that you’re not teary eyed when applying liner to your water line, otherwise it will make it harder for the liner to stick and it will end up running, along with your mascara. Apply the liner to your desired color saturation.
Pro Tip: To ensure that your liner won’t smudge, lightly apply concealer right underneath your lashes, to create a barrier that your liner can’t get passed.
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