How you use your eyeliner could be the differentiating factor between amazing make-up and a complete disaster. Use it right and you get a clean defined look; use it wrong and you end up with uneven lines and smudges, which are most definitely not sexy.
Don't beat yourself up if your liner skills are not up to scratch, cause we've got your back. Here are some of the most common liner problems and how to fix them.
The gap between the liner and the upper lash line
A gap between the top lash line and the eyeliner is never the goal. Try and slow down a bit when you do your make-up. Use an eyeliner with a thin tip so you're able to fill in that gap. Also try placing dots with your liquid or gel liner and then connecting them in a straight line. This will ensure that the line is even and there's no gap.
Lower lash line hustles
There are many ways to do your lower lash line. It's easy to over-do it and end up with a very harsh bottom lash line. Try to be gentle when applying liner on your bottom lash. Avoid using too much product and experiment with colours besides black.
To add drama without looking like a racoon, keep your liner darker in the outer corners and minimal as you go inwards.
And if you're going for a bold look with a thick black liner, a pencil may be easier to work with compared to liquid liner.
Use an angled brush with a little powder to create that smudged smokey-eye look.
Your first line doesn't necessarily have be your final one. Use a cotton swab with a little bit of eye make-up remover to erase what you've drawn so you can start over. You can also use a swab to straighten and sharpen lines; and an eyeliner that matches your skin tone can also do the job of correcting mistakes very well.
Perfect the wing eye
If you're struggling with this one, try these hacks:
Tape: Place a piece of clear tape (try one that peels off easily without hurting your skin) on the outer corner, in line with your bottom lash line and angled towards the end of your eyebrow. Let it guide you as you draw your wing. Spoon: Use a spoon as a stencil. Extend your bottom lash line using the handle as a guide. Then, use the curve of the spoon to create the thickness of the wing. Then, just fill in the gap.