Houston, (PressExposure) October 14, 2008 -- Eyeliner is probably the most subtle, yet effective way to enhance your eyes appearance and make them look larger. Done well, no one will even know you are using eyeliner. Eyeliner is one eye make up technique that can be easily overlooked. Many women use mascara and/or eye shadow, but avoid eyeliner. But eyeliner gives depth to the lashes and makes them appear thicker. Eyeliners can be used different ways to create different looks.
If you are a beginner, you may want to start with a pencil for easier control and coordination. Pencils can be smudged for a subtle look and are quite popular since they are easy to apply with less mistakes. Pencil eyeliner creates a soft definition to the eyes, while liquid eyeliner is darker and gives a more dramatic effect. When trying to choose which type of eyeliner to use, keep in mind the overall look you hope to accomplish.
Liquid eyeliners can give instant drama but can be hard to apply. Liquid eyeliner however requires more practice and getting used to. For better control, use an angular brush for more control and precision.
Here are some suggestions whether you are using a pencil or liquid liner. Practice is key to creating a subtle or dramatic look.
Â· To keep liner from smearing, use a powder shadow to line the bottom lid instead of the traditional eyeliner pencil. Â· Everyone loves smoky eyes for a sexy look but black liner can sometimes look too harsh. Try using other shades like brown, charcoal, navy or purple to give the look a softer effect. Â· If you want to make small eyes appear larger, skip lining the bottom lid and line the top. Â· If your eyeliner melts on the top lid, try lining half way with the eyeliner pencil and then use an angled eyeliner brush to blend it the rest of the way across the eye. Then top the liner with a matching powder eye shadow. It will give you the same effect that you love, but keep your liner from sliding down your face by the end of the day. Â· If you like the effect of liner, but don't want the "LOOK" of liner, try lining BETWEEN your lashes. This will make lashes look extra thick, but won't give eyes the appearance of liner.
Last but not least, check your eyeliner throughout the day to make sure that it looks fresh I would suggest using an eye shadow primer before applying eyeliner. Eye shadow primer will help your eyeliner glide on smoother and last longer without smudging.