This was intended to be a Tutorial Thursday post but I’ve decided to make it Tutorial Tuesday so that you can get a bit of practice in before Christmas!
I’m going to be showing you two different methods to use, and honestly I sometimes do use different ones on each eye. The second method is better for beginners, but feel free to try out both!
First I start of with my face which I’ve already got concealer, foundation, powder, eyebrows and eye contour on.
For the contour I used Smashbox’s Nutmeg and Bourbon from the On The Rocks eyeshadow palette I have previously reviewed. Sometimes I just use Bourbon, it depends on the look and how much detail I want. I also used the NARS Steven Klein eyeshadow in Mortal as my inner eye highlight, which is my most used eyeshadow at the moment, it’s the best highlighter for me.
The eyeliner I use is a L’oreal Paris Super Liner 24Hr Gel Eyeliner. I like this eyeliner as I find it comes out really smoothly, and it’s a great deep black. I’ve previously tried a Maybelline one but I found it a difficult consistency to work with. I also tried one from Nature Girlz Cosmetics on Etsy, but I have major allergies to plants so it ended up reacting with my eyes.
The brush I’m using at the moment actually came with my Chanel Illusion D’ombre eyeshadow. I really like this brush as it’s thin, long and angled. At some point I would like to find a regular full size one with this brush shape but this works great for now.
Now let’s get started!
I always start off with my right eye, I tend to do everything on my face from right to left actually.
I start off by making a line where I want the outer line of my eyeliner to be. I start from the outside and draw in, but feel free to go from the inside to the out if you’re new, I know a lot of people who do. I just find this way easier.
Next I draw a second line to form the top of the wing. I like to work with my eyes open so I can see what I’m doing, but it can be a little tricky.
I then extend the line so I can get an idea of how the shape of the eyeliner will be, and also the thickness of the eyeliner over my lash line.
Then I like to start in the inner corner of my eye and draw that part of my eyeliner. I like to go right to the corner of my eye, but again that’s personal preference. Feel free to bring it back or even go longer!
The next step is just to fill in the wing of the eyeliner.
Then it’s a good idea to draw a thin line right next to the lash line. This is just a precaution to make sure there’s no gap between your lashes and eyeliner later.
Then it’s just thickening up the line and you’ll be done!
I prefer my line a little thicker so it can take me a couple of tries to get it to the thickness I want.
And that eye is finished! This is the most standard method I use, but on the other eye I’ll be doing it slightly differently.
I start off the same, using a guide line for the wing of my liner.
Next I hold the side of my face near my eye. It’s important not to pull it and just to hold it otherwise your line can get wrinkly and crinkly when you let go.
This method is definitely easier to do with eyes closed. Draw the eyeliner down in a straight line to the lashline, but make it further out than your starting line.
This is what it will look like.
Then fill it in the wing. It’s also possible to leave it at this and just mascara your eyes. The great thing about eyeliner is there are so many angles and lengths to play with you can find and try out your own unique shapes.
This method is also perfect for getting that dead-straight line when your eyes are closed. This is really good for photoshoots too, that way if you do any eyes closed pictures your eyeliner will be straight and smooth.
Next go and do the inner corner of your eye again. I like to do this part from the inside out too as it’s a lot easier and you have more control over how far the line extends down.
Now it’s time to go back to holding your face, then draw your line from your wing down to the inner corner of your eye.
As you can see it’s a bit messy now, but your main line is done.
All that’s left to do now is to touch it up and smooth the line over, remember to take a look at both eyes and try to make them as similar as possible.
And that’s it! Now I’m just going to show you my finishing touches!
With the pointed end of my eyeliner brush I draw on my beauty mark, it’s always in the same place where I have a rather large freckle which is never quite covered by my makeup.
I then take a Q-tip which I use to get rid of any wayward eyeshadow sitting below my wing.
Then I take my Mortal eyeshadow by NARS again. I am so in love with this shade, it is perfect for my super pale skin, and it’s very pigmented and shimmery.
I use a sponge tip brush to swipe it under my wing, again stating on the inside and going out. I use this brush as it lets me really pack it on and means I can have a clean line that won’t get on my eyeliner. I blend it a little underneath to make sure it’s more of a fade out underneath.
In the picture above I’ve removed he shadow and highlighted under on the left eye only. You can see how it really lifts and brightens the eye. Under-eye highlighting is popular in Japanese and Korean makeup styles and I can definitely see why.
Here’s it all finished! I also highlighted under my eyebrow and on the top of the eyebrow tails.
And full face with lipstick (of course). Sorry the lighting is a little odd. My camera is in front of me which is blocking some of the window light, my face is all one colour IRL haha.
Thanks for reading! I hope this has been of some help to your, or just given you some insight on how I do my eyeliner. I’m thinking about maybe doing my eyeliner tutorial in video format too, but we’ll see. Feel free to let me know in the comments if there are any other tutorials you would like me to cover!