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How To Apply Pencil Eyeliner In A Smooth Line

How To Apply Pencil Eyeliner In A Smooth Line

This step by step guide to applying pencil liner is effective and doesn't make a mess. See how the professional makeup artists apply their pencil eyeliner and follow these steps to perfect it.

Step 1: You will need

  • 1 eyeliner pencil
  • 1 pencil sharpener

Step 2: Choose pencil

Apply your eyeliner after eye shadow.
Choose your eyeliner to compliment the shade of eye shadow you are using.

Step 3: Prepare

Make sure that your eyeliner pencil is sharpened. Sharpening the pencil just before you use it removes any bacteria that might have built up on it since you last used it.

Eye pencils are not always easy to sharpen. To make it easier, leave the pencil in the fridge or freezer for a while. When it's harder it's easier to sharpen.

Step 4: Assume the position

Rest your elbow on a sturdy surface to steady your hand. You can also rest your wrist against your face.

You should use the hand that you write with to apply the pencil. Don't pull on your eyelid, this will stretch the skin, and also when you release it, the line will not follow the natural curve of the eyelid.

Step 5: Start at the top

Start the line in the centre of your top lid, Draw the line in little connected dashes; it's easier and avoids stretching the skin. Make the line thicker towards the outer corner of the eye.
Try to think of drawing the line on to the bottom of the lashes rather than the eyelid.
Only start the line from the inner corner of the lids if your eyes are quite large.
If your eyes droop slightly, or just for a nice effect, curl the line upwards slightly at the corner of the upper lid.

Step 6: The lower lid

Put the eyeliner on the lower eyelid in exactly the same way as the upper lid, but don't do it straight away. Once you have done the upper lid, take a good look.

Some eyes appear brighter if you don't line the lower lid, but it can give a dramatic evening look

Step 7: Inside the lash lines

Eyeliner Pencil can be used inside the lashes. Black eye pencil on the inside of the lash line can make large eyes look smaller.

Step 8: Blend

Pencil eyeliner can be smudged slightly to blend in to your eye shadow.

Step 9: Experiment

Try out different combinations and find out what works best for you.