Friday, July 5, 2013

Ten Tips for Perfect Eyeliner

Eyeliner is an important part of any makeup routine. Eyeliner helps to define the eye and can create illusions to make eyes appear bigger, smaller, wider, etc. At Barbizon of Akron, we wanted to spill our top ten tips for perfect liner so that we could see what all of you would do with the information. Let us know if these tips worked for you, or add some tips of your own, on our Facebook Page. 

1. When applying eyeliner, rest the elbow of your dominant arm on a hard surface, and rest your wrist on your face.

2. Tilt your head back slightly and bring your eyes to a half-open state. This creates a good angle for application, while allowing you to see what you're doing.

3. Use your left index finger (if you are right handed) or your right index finger (if you are left handed) and pull your eyelid gently to the side and slightly up, toward the far end of your eyebrow. This step is optional, because some people find it easier to draw accurately on a relaxed eye; also, stretching the eye may encourage wrinkling. Try both ways to see what is best for you. To prevent the eyelid from shaking if you do not pull it, focus gently but intently on your eyes in the mirror. If you are applying eyeliner to someone else's eyes, ask them to choose one spot on the wall to look at. Keep your arm steady.

4. Draw a line across the upper lid on the lash line (as close to your lashes as possible while still on the lid). This creates the desired illusion of having thicker lashes.

5. If you're using liquid liner, allow it to dry before opening your eyes all the way, or the color may transfer into the crease of your eye.

6. Soften the look by gently smudging the line with your brush, a cotton swab or your finger. If you desire a crisp, straight line, as is the case with liquid eyeliner, do not alter unless it's messy. Any cleaning touch ups should be done with a cotton swab dipped in eye makeup remover.

7. Remember that there are many variations on eyeliner looks . If this is your first time, you might want to start with a smudged eyeliner look

8. Line the lower lids . Trace the outside of your eye (close to the lower lashes). Moving from the outside edge inward, draw a line lightly, but don't go for perfection, you can go back over the faint line and darken after the stroke. Your line should be slightly thicker at the outside corner, becoming thinner as it moves in toward your nose. Follow the shape of your eye. It looks more natural.

9. For a natural look, apply brown or black/brown eyeliner to 1/3 of your top lash line, and 2/3 of your bottom lash line. Blend the line with a cotton swab.

10. If you want a dramatic look, try double winging your liner. Or try a thicker line. Try different styles and find your favorite. But a classic line always works great.

So there are our ten tips for perfect eyeliner! Give it a try, and even if it doesn't look perfect the first time, keep at it! With eyeliner especially, practice makes perfect. Shine on, Barbizon of Akron!