How to Apply Eyeliner

Follow These Four Easy Steps
It’s important to know the proper way to apply eyeliner so it enhances your eyes and doesn’t look thick and messy. This video shows how.

What You Need

  • dark eye pencil, sharpener, matching eye shadow, shadow brush
  1. Sharpen eye pencil

    To guarantee a clean application, sharpen your eye pencil every time you use it. <br /><br /><strong>Tip:</strong> Sharpening your eye pencil before each use will help eliminate any accumulated bacteria.

  2. Make a dotted line from the outer corner inward

    Place the index finger of your non-dominant hand on the outer corner of your upper eyelid. With the eye closed, gently pull the lid taut. Starting at the outer corner of your upper eyelid and working toward the inner corner, use your pencil to draw small, light dots, as close to the lashes as you can, creating a thin dotted line all the way across the top of the lash line.

  3. Connect the dots with eye shadow

    Dip a small eye shadow brush into a shadow that matches your pencil; tap off any excess. Sweep the color across the dotted line, blending it with the brush to blur and soften the dots. <br /><br /><strong>
    Tip:</strong> An eye shadow brush has small stiff bristles and a slanted tip.

  4. Finish with the bottom lash

    Sweep any color that’s left on your brush onto the lower lid, just below the lashes. Start at the outer corner of the eye and work the shadow inward toward the middle of the eye, stopping a little less than halfway across the lower lash line.