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Beauty Hacks,    Eyes

5 Eyeliner Hacks to Apply It Like a Pro!

Posted by Joyce Lee on Dec 27, 2018

5 Eyeliner Hacks to Apply It Like a Pro!

Here’s a popular question: How do you achieve perfectly lined eyes?

Regardless of your makeup skills, applying eyeliner is inarguably one of the toughest parts in any makeup routine. Because eyeliner is the least forgiving of all. You can’t just blend it out if something doesn’t look right. And you’ve got to get it right TWICE.

The secret formula for achieving perfectly lined eyes? It takes equal parts of hand-eye coordination, precision, technique… and a bit of luck on your side. Trust me, it’s easier than it sounds when you’ve got a couple tricks up your sleeve.

Here are 5 eyeliner hacks to help you master the art of applying eyeliner!

1. Use pencil eyeliner to line your lash line

When you don’t apply eyeliner close enough to your lash line, it leaves a noticeable gap between the line that you’ve drawn and your lash line! The trick is to start off by using a pencil eyeliner to fill in your lash line.

The best technique is to make short, overlapping strokes (or dashes) as close as possible to your lash line to prep for your eyeliner application.

2. Use an angled eyebrow brush to apply gel eyeliner

If you don’t have an eyeliner brush handy, an angled eyebrow brush will do the trick when you’re working with gel eyeliner!

Eyeliner Hacks to apply eyeliner like a pro

3. Add saline solution to liquid eyeliner

If you’re out of liquid eyeliner, adding a drop or two of saline solution will help you get a few more uses out of it.

Pro tip: You don’t have to wait until you’re almost out of product to do this. This is a great way to thin out the consistency of liquid eyeliner. With certain liquid eyeliner formulas, it’s easier to achieve sharper lines when you dilute it a bit!

4. Create an outline with non-waterproof eyeliner

If you prefer waterproof eyeliner, you should create an outline first with a non-waterproof eyeliner. This makes it easy for you to adjust and clean up your outline until you’ve achieved your desired look. When you’ve got the perfect outline, just go over it with waterproof eyeliner!

5. Get your eyeliner wing sharp AF with makeup remover

Have you ever noticed how much excess liquid there is when you open up a new pack of makeup wipes? Get the most out of your makeup wipes by pouring out all that extra liquid into a clean contact lens case (a new one, of course)!

The next time you’re trying to create the perfect eyeliner wing, dip a Q-Tip into your ‘makeup remover.’ With an upwards motion, swipe the edge of your wing! To avoid contamination, make sure you use a new Q-Tip whenever you’re grabbing more makeup remover. 

With these beauty hacks, you’ll be applying eyeliner like a pro!

 Do you have any eyeliner hacks to share? Drop a comment down below to let us know what else we should try!


Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee

Joyce Lee is a freelance writer and a winged eyeliner expert. She knows a little about a lot when it comes to beauty. When she’s not writing, you can catch her at a nearby coffee shop getting her caffeine fix.

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