How To Apply Eyeliner For Lazy Girls – You’re Doing It All Wrong

August 9, 2017

Tako Phanoraj

How To Apply Eyeliner – Quick and Easy Tips

As the old saying goes, the eyes are the windows to the soul. They reflect your emotions and inner being and there is no better way than to make your beautiful eyes pop other than with eyeliner. Eyeliner can come in many forms shapes and sizes, you have the likes of your pencils, roll up crayons, your gel or cream pots, squeeze tubes, water reacting cakes, wands and pen applicators.

We’ve all had our dilemmas when it comes to eyeliner, from the jabs in the eyeballs, to the lashes convulsing in seizures when anything pointy comes near them or when you attempt to try Brigitte Bardot’s trademark sex kitten look, but then end up looking like a panda bear after excessive rubbing and teary temper tantrums. Fear not, here is a guide of the many techniques on how to apply eyeliner.

How To Apply Eyeliner – Eye shadow and an angled brush

Who said eyeliner is strictly wand or pot form only? For all the boys and girls out there who want to dabble in makeup but find the kohl pencil eyeliner too harsh for your liking,  you can try and use your favourite eye shadow as a liner.

  1. The first step is to prime your eyes with a base, either an eye primer, concealer or a neutral coloured powder. A little goes along way, use your finger or a flat tip brush and pat the primer on your eyelid and underneath your lash line.
  2. Get an angled eyeliner brush and dip it into your matte brown or matte black eyeshadow, tap away the excess powder and starting in the inner corner of your eyelid, push the angled brush in between the roots of your upper lashes and just gently wiggle the brush ever so slightly back and forth.
  3. Keep doing this motion until you reach the end of your lash line. Try to avoid swiping the eyeshadow in as that method isn’t as effective as pushing the product into the lashes. The goal here is for a subtle “I’m not wearing any eye makeup” kind of look.


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Palladio Eyeshadow Herbal Primer


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Palladio Herbal Eye shadow Quads Tantalizing Taupe


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Palladio Angle Liner Brush



Tip: If you want a more defined look. Wet your brush, dab the eyeshadow, once again tap away any excess and stay as close to your lash line as possible, gently apply light strokes. Start in the inner corner of your eye in a patting motion. Line the rest of your eyelid towards the outer corner of your eye, add more powder if the colour pay off isn’t strong enough to your liking.


How to apply eyeliner – Pencil eyeliner

Nothing like your good old basic kohl eyeliner pencil, but how many times have we tried using a pencil eyeliner and it has seen better days? Blunter than a butter knife, you try and attempt with the utmost precision to draw a crisp line but end up looking absolutely horrendous. I know I have been guilty of this numerous of times.

The trick to getting your pencil liner technique down pat and looking effortless is to sharpen it. Simple as it sounds. Sharpening your pencil not only gives you the sharpest point to draw your tight line but it also rids of any bacteria lurking in your eye pencil too. You wouldn’t believe how much of a difference a sharpened pencil makes.

  1. For all the au natural folks out there I take a brown pencil and rim the top of my lash line all the way through, just by tracing through the top lashes, getting right into the root. I usually start from the outer top lash of my eye working my way in with a windscreen wiping motion, going back and forth as this gives you the control to intensify the eye look that you want.
  2. Then for the bottom of the lash line, I only rim two thirds of my eye using the windscreen wiping technique again as not going all the way in gives the illusion of my eyes to appear bigger.
  3. Not that many people have tried this, but using a nude or flesh toned coloured pencil on the tight line of your bottom lash lifts your eye look even more. Brightening those peepers up by allowing the whites of your eyes to look whiter. Traditionally white pencil has always been used to achieve this instant eyelift, however the stark white can be a little harsh for makeup beginners who aren’t that adventurous yet.



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Stargazer Eyebrow Pencil 1 Light Brown



Palladio Eyeliner Pencil White



Tip: Using black pencils gives you more of a dramatic look. However, lining your whole entire eye with black liner makes your eye appear smaller. A tip from Kate Hudson that I read in a magazine a few years ago is with her black eyeliner she will lift her eyelid up with one finger and tight line her top lash line, (so you are kind of going underneath that area) making it look like she has fuller and thicker lashes.


How To Apply Eyeliner – Creams and Gel liners

Cream and Gel liners are more forgiving than liquid liners. These liners are creamy and wipe away easily when a stroke or two go astray.  Most of these liners that are being sold come with a brush in the packaging that you can apply the product with. Or if you simply don’t like using those you can always use your own style. Whether it be a thin pointed tip brush or an angled brush.

  1. For gel liner I will prep my eyelid area with a base, patting it down on my eyelid and under the bottom lash line.
  2. I dip the bristles of the brush in the gel pot and wipe away any excess product on the rim of the pot. Starting with less product on the brush is better than starting with more as you can always add more eyeliner if you wish and build it up as taking away is more of a difficult task to do. Less is more.
  3. On the top middle section of my eyelid where my iris is, I draw outwards staying closely to my lash line. For a basic line I make it as thin as possible. The thicker the line, the bolder the look.


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Palladio Herbal Glam Intense Gel Liner Deep Black


Tip: If you make a mistake this can be cleaned up via a flat tip or pointed tip cotton bud.



How To Apply Eyeliner – Liquid eyeliners

The most intimidating medium out of all the liners – everyone either loves them or hates them. Practice makes perfect with these slippery little suckers as well as a steady hand. A simple method for this sleek and dramatic look is to…

  1. Prime your eyes with a base.
  2. Along your lash line place a dot where your iris is and dot along your eyelid staying as close to your lash line as possible.
  3. The dots should be half a centimetre apart from each other. There should be three to four dots along there.
  4. Place your drawing elbow on a table while the other hand is holding a handheld mirror. Now is the time to connect the dots by placing the liner along your eyelid sideways. Join the dots by starting from the inside to work your way out.
  5. After the dots have been connected, blend the line you have created with the inner corner of your eye. Slowly starting very small from your inner corner join a line to the middle section.
  6. Ever so slightly go over what you have created with smooth lineal strokes.


Palladio Liquid Eyeliner Black Shimmer


Tip: The reason why your applicator should be placed sideways is because you are making the wand do all the work rather than drawing with the tip pointed at your eyelid. As for beginners, it can make your line work look wobbly.



Hopefully, these tips and tricks on how to apply eyeliner have helped you all on your way to rock a sexy and sleek flick, but remember practice makes perfect. Always.

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