Back-to-Basics Beauty Tips and Tricks
How to Create a Straight Line With Liquid or Pencil Eyeliner
- Dot liner between your lashes, working from the inner corner of the eye to the outer one.
- Using light, feathery strokes, connect the dots. If you need to steady your hand, rest your elbow on your mirror or a table.
- End the line where your lashes do, says Mikey Castillo, the director of color for the makeup line Le Métier de Beauté. If you want a more theatrical cat-eye effect, extend it straight past the end of your lash line just a tad.
Extra credit: Set the liner (and mask any wobbles) by tracing over it with a shadow in the same color, using a thin, angled makeup brush.
How to Use an Eyelash Curler
- Begin with clean, makeup-free lashes. (If you curl after applying mascara, the tool can stick to the makeup and damage or yank out hairs.)
- For allover curl, choose a full-width curler. To curl just the outer corners of your lashes (a more eye-opening effect), pick a mini curler. Position the tool as close as possible to the base of your upper lashes and squeeze for a few seconds.
- Move the curler slightly outward, to midlash, and gently squeeze again for a second or two.
Extra credit: For more dramatic and lasting curl, blast the curler with a hair dryer for a few seconds before you crimp. (It’s like using hot rollers on your hair. But make sure to test the heat against your hand before applying!)