Makeup 101: Eye Liner Tips & Tricks

6 Nov
Eye Liner 101

Eye Liner 101

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Eye liners can be created with many different make-up products & tools. It can instantly alter your eye shapes, asides from accentuating your eyes (as seen in the EYE LINER 101 chart above)! It’s a must-know makeup technique you need to learn!

For more of a dramatic effect, most people like to use a liquid or gel/cake/cream formula eye liner to create that winged out Feline Flick look–it gives more of a sexy, glamorous  appeal. These products usually give a darker, stronger, and more opaque finish on the lines.

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Backstage Graphic Eye Liner Looks

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For more of a natural look, an eye pencil or an eye shadow application with a liner brush can do the trick. Why? With a liner brush application of a pencil or eye shadow, the color does not go on as opaque or intense; and also, with the way that a liner brush is designed and its fine tip, it can really reach into the tiny gap in between the lashes, so your liner application can look very flawless. You can make the line really fine, really thick, or layer it up to make it bold & strong!

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URBAN DECAY - 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil "Perversion"

URBAN DECAY – 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil “Perversion”

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If you are like me who likes to use a serious deep black pencil that is very creamy, easy to apply & blend, and also waterproof, then I highly recommend Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Pencil “Perversion”. The brand carries a wide range of rainbow colors in its Glide-On Eye pencils. They are cushion-y, creamy eye pencils that deliver powerful, vibrant color that slides on smoothly and stays soft and creamy for blending (about 30 seconds), then dries to a long-lasting finish that won’t budge. These pencils go all day and all night, and it’s waterproof which means it’s great for swimming, or for bridal make-ups.

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“Apply eyeliner as close as possible to (and even into) the lashes, to avoid the white line you get when liner and lashes don’t connect.”  – Kevyn Aucoin

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VIDEO: The Feline Flick – Cat Eye Make-up Tutorial | Charlotte Tilbury

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The two eye liner brush that I like to use often to line the eyes are M·A·C #209 Eyeliner Brush and also the M·A·C #266 Small Angle Brush.

M·A·C #209 Eye Liner Brush

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M·A·C #209 Eyeliner Brush is made of synthetic fiber so it can delivers a precise, soft-firm, even stroke with liquid or gel/cake/cream type of eye liners.

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M·A·C #266 Small Angle Brush

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M·A·C #266 Small Angle Brush is a perfect make-up brush that a professional make-up can’t live without! Not only it’s great to create eye liners with its firm fibers, it can also be great for creating various shapes of eye brows, and that crispy clean lip liner as well.

There is a similar version of this brush which is the M·A·C #263 Small Angle Brush. The main difference is that the #263 is made of all synthetic fiber (softer touch and thinner application), and the #266 is made of both synthetic & natural fibers, which gives a firmer application on the lines.

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Smashbox Arced Eyeliner Brush #21

Smashbox #21 Arced Eyeliner Brush

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Another great eyeliner brush that’s worth mentioning is the Smashbox #21 Arced Eyeliner Brush. This brush can give you a precised application in comfort. It’s ergonomic bend conforms to the shape of the eyes, provides better control and flawless application in one quick, easy stroke. With its very thin tip, you can use it to apply any liner or eyeshadow along the lash line and inner rim (waterline).

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M·A·C #219 Pencil Brush

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Occasionally, when I do a smokey eye liner look with an eye kohl pencil, I also love using M·A·C #219 Pencil Brush. Just as its name, this soft, smooth fiber brush has a pencil-shaped tip. It is ideal for blending eyeliner into eye shadow to create a smoky effect. It’s one of those multi-purpose brush because it’s also great for eye shadow crease defining, concealer or lip color application.

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M·A·C Fluidline “Blacktrack”

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M·A·C Fluidline “Blacktrack” is a gel eye liner that I have in my make-up kit I use often. It’s a black color that delivers a smooth application with a long-wearing and smudge-proof finish. It stays on the eyes very well. It’s good for lining the eyes, use as a face painting product, a bold black eye brow looks, great eye shadow base for a super intense black smokey eyes, or if you want to use it creatively, I have also used it for Halloween make-up to create that really black colored lips (just make sure not to eat it)!

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Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner "Black Ink"

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner “Black Ink”

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Another favorite eyeliner that’s found in many professional make-up artist’s kit is the Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner “Black Ink”. This gel formula eye liner gives you the look of liquid liner. It’s long-wearing, water-resistant, the color glides on and lets you get it just right before it dries, then stays without a smear or crease until you take it off.

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Dramatic Eye Liner Looks

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Let’s check out some of other great YouTube on eyeliners.

This video is “How To Apply Eyeliner – Pencil, Liquid, Gel Liner” by Makeup By Doda. In this make-up tutorial, she talks about on how to create a basic eye liner with different products: pencil, liquid, and gel; it shows you step-by-step in a close-up look, and you can see the finish on how they appear on the eyes.

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VIDEO: How To Apply Eyeliner – Pencil Liquid Gel Liner

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The third video is called “Using Business Cards for Makeup” by the famous YouTube make-up artist Michelle Phan. In this video, she shares her awesome tricks on creating brows, eye lines, mascara and face contouring by using business cards. It’s a very creative one!

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VIDEO: Using Business Cards for Makeup

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Dramatic Cat Eye Makeup by Tommy Beauty Pro

Dramatic Cat Eye Makeup by Tommy Beauty Pro

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