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Friday, March 2, 2012

Eyeliner - The 4 Basics

Tons of eye shadow getting you down? Or just not enough time for elaborate shadow application? There's a reason why eyeliner is an essential part of a basic make-up kit. There are many different formulas and forms of eyeliners - pencil, liquid, pen, cream, gel, etc.


Which eyeliner you use depends on the effect you're looking to achieve. Pencil gives more of a smudged line; liquid gives sharp intense lines; gel liners can offer both finishes, while being more long lasting than both. Powder gives a more suggested, rather than intense line.


First off, I really want to apologize for the crappy pictures and the haphazard photo assignments, but I did this in less than half an hour, applying and removing on the same eye over and over again, while still being sleepy after waking up at 3pm.


So here's a tutorial for four quick looks using three different types of eyeliner - pencil, liquid, gel and powder.


PENCIL
The smudgy-er of the three eyeliners, pencil liners are great for rough and/or smoked lines. Here's an extremely simple way of getting slightly "smoked" eyes without having to go through the load of eye shadows.

Products used:
shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow in Beige
Artistry Eyeshadow in Sand
Elianto Stay-On Eyeliner in Black
MaxFactor False Lash Effect in Black
The Face Shop Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Black

1.
Prime the eye quickly, then apply the eyeliner to the lash line as usual. The line doesn't need to be particularly thick or thin. Any wing is completely up to you. Tightline the roots of the lashes for a more complete look.


2.
Take a brush, Q-tip, sponge applicator or use your fingers, smudge the eyeliner slightly.

3.
Finish off with mascara and falsies (optional), and remember to do your brows.



LIQUID
The most popular function of the liquid liner? Cat eye make-up. Liquid liners are the most precise (depending on your experience) and is the universally used product for signature cat-eyes like Marilyn Monroe's and Dita Von Teese's. Here's a quick and simple way.

Keep in mind that if you're doing cat-eye type eyeliner, the thicker and/or steeper your line is, the more dramatic it's gonna be. Take Amy Winehouse's eyeliner for example. It's best to be precise with this, and also remember that flicking the line upward helps lift the eyes.

Products used:
shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow in Beige
Artistry Eyeshadow in Sand
Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pen in Blackest Black
MaxFactor False Lash Effect in Black
The Face Shop Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Black

1.
Prime the eye quickly, then apply the eyeliner starting from the center of the lid, going outwards and connecting the line inwards.

2.
Closing the eye, extend the line straight outward. An alternative would be to scale the wing according to the curve of your lower lashline. Fill in/thicken/darken the wing as desired. Dot the lashline with the liquid liner for a more complete look.


3.
Mascara and falsies (optional), brows.



GEL
Products used:
The most versatile of the three eyeliners - it can create the effect of a pencil liner, and can give the precision of a liquid liner. The good thing about gel liners (depending on which one you get) is that it stays there even if you accidentally rub your eyes, after the product has dried, that is.

For the liquid liner, the line was flicked upward to give some lift to the eyes. For the gel liner, the line is extended straight outward to give the illusion of longer, more almond-shaped eyes.

shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow in Beige
Artistry Eyeshadow in Sand
Silkygirl Double Intense Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black
MaxFactor False Lash Effect in Black
The Face Shop Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Black

1.
Prime the eye quickly, then line the eye as usual. Dot some product onto your lashline for a more complete look.

2.
Extend the line (with your eye closed) just by 2-3mm. Join this to the outer corner of your eye and fill it in. This helps elongate the eye, if that's what you're going for. If you want it more dramatic, you could smudge some of the product on your lower lashline (outer 1/3 only).

3.
Mascara and brows.



POWDER
If you guys are followers of Michelle Phan, she sometimes uses powder (eye shadow) as an eyeliner whenever she wants the eye shadow in focus, rather than having the eyeliner overpowering the entire look. Here's how I do it.

Now, I only noticed that this looked a lot like the pencil version when I was taking the photos (I typed out the post before doing anything), but I find that using powder would be better for the make-up beginners because it's not as intense as other liners, and getting to the roots of the lashes is easier. However, the downside is that using powder guarantees fallout.

Products used:
shu uemura Creme Eyeshadow in Beige
Artistry Eyeshadow in Sand
Shade #9 or #10 from 120 Palette (matte black and shimmer black)
MaxFactor False Lash Effect in Black
The Face Shop Automatic Eyebrow Pencil in Black

1.
Quickly prime the eye, the apply the shadow/powder using an angled brush. Again, the line doesn't need to be too thick or too thin.

2.
Straight out extend the line slightly, pulling the brush out horizontally. Apply some to the roots of the lashes for a more complete look.

3.
Mascara and brows.


Here I've only demonstrated the steps for the eyes. You could follow your regular routine of make-up, but usually if I'm in a rush I'll just do one of these.


Switching up the color of the eyeliners (i.e. black to brown) would give you a different look (browns look more natural than black). I personally prefer intense, matte black liners because I'm more of that kind of person, but to each her own.


If you're opting for black eyeliners, and you're really picky, you might want to look out for those eyeliners that are not a true black. I have some eyeliners that are actually a really dark, deep shade of blue than actually black.


Also, some of the looks here I added "falsies (optional)" at the third step, and didn't for some. It's because those eyeliner looks without the falsies option would look best without false lashes, because the liner itself isn't dramatic enough (in my opinion) for the involvement of false lashes.


In case you're wondering what the "Artistry Eyeshadow in Sand" is for, it's actually just some shadow to "matte up" my eyes. If I just work with primer the liners tend to "print" onto my lid. Don't know why, it just does, which is also the reason why I work with a ton of make-up whenever I do a look.


Well, I hope this has helped you guys with some of the "what make-up should I wear today" or "I've no time for my usual make-up routine" days, whichever applies~


*And yes, I do realize most of them look the same.

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