How to Win the Eyeliner Game as a Beginner

I stepped into the world of makeup at a pretty early age because I grew up in a house dominated by girls. My favorite toys growing up were always my sparkly chapsticks and little chalky cell phone shaped palettes. 

By the time I got to highschool, I had a pretty set makeup routine. 

Almost daily, I sported a little bit of face makeup with my favorite Laura Mercier gold eyeshadow and the Marc Jacobs Major Volume Mascara in velvet noir. 

After school, I would binge-watch Youtubers Jeffree Star, Desi Perkins, Carli Bybell, and play around with different looks. I felt very confident in my makeup abilities and absolutely LOVED doing my friends’ makeup for high school events or a simple night-out.

Despite my widespread makeup knowledge, eyeliner was never my area of expertise. Since my days of rubbing off many botched wing eyeliner attempts and redoing my makeup before going out, I have always stayed far away from eyeliner.

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However, I have since overcome my verge to eyeliner with a little bit of ingenuity. 

This year as funky and colorful liners have become a trend, I have experimented a lot with eyeliner. Over the past semester, I have received a lot of compliments on my eyeliner choices and wanted to share some tips on how I learned to love my liners.

Step 1: Finding the right tools 

A lot of people use eyeliner markers or slanted brushes for their liner, but my favorite tool is a precision liner brush. 

I personally do not like slanted brushes because I think they are too thick for my eye shape and never come out well on me. 

Additionally, because the precision brushes are so thin, it is easier to apply a little bit of liner at a time, which, with eyeliner, can be a make or break for your look. 

I like the precision a brush provides because they are very thin and unlike pencils and markers, you can choose whatever color you want to apply to your eyes from a palette. 

Recently, I have been into applying a very small, thin brown wing with my precision liner to my top lid (I think black wings look a little too intense on my eyes). 

Making small wings is very easy with the precision liner brush because it is much easier to correct a mistake with powder liner than liquid liner from a marker. When I make a mistake on mine (which happens pretty frequently), I can just quickly blend it into my skin and redo it. The brown makes the liner look a lot more natural, but makes a big difference in an eye makeup look.

My favorite precision eyeliner brush is the Bobbi Brown Ultra Precise Eyeliner Brush . Another brush that is very similar, but more affordable, is the Elf Precision Eyeliner Brush

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Pencil liners are also definitely a necessity in my makeup repertoire. I never used them until this year, because I am incapable of doing a wing with them, and I have always thought that black on my waterline looked a little too intense. 

However, recently, I invested in a couple colored pencil liners that really changed my eye makeup game. I purchased navy blue, white, metallic maroon, and a plum purple. Lining my waterline has become an essential part of my going-out makeup look, and when I have been using the more unique colors such as plum or maroon, I have been receiving a lot of compliments on my eye makeup. 

Lining your waterline is super easy with a pencil liner, and there are a lot of different shades available. Personally, my favorite liner is the Charlotte Tilbury Eye Colour Magic Liner Duo, because it comes with two colors (one on each end) and is extremely long-lasting, but I also love the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil Longwear Eyeliner Makeup for just the classic waterproof blue, white, and black colored pencil.

Mesmerising Maroon Eyeliner Open Pack Shot
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If you are going to invest in pencil liners, you also have to invest in a good eyeliner pencil sharpener. I love the Nars Pencil Sharpener, but you can practically find a reliable and inexpensive one at any makeup store. 

Step 2: Finding the right color for you

Finding a color you love really comes down to what makes you feel confident. However, I have found that my favorite colors compliment my hair and eye color the best. For reference, I have dirty blonde hair, blue eyes, and very fair skin. Here are my color recommendations for…

…blue eyes: 

Blue eyes are definitely my area of expertise, because I have experimented with many unique colors on my own eyes. I have found that warm and natural colors work best for liner on the lid, and vibrant colors work best on the lash line. My favorite colors for winged liner or lid liner on people with blue eyes are brown and navy blue, and my favorite colors for waterline liner on blue eyes are burgundy, emerald green, any shades of blue and maroon. 

…brown eyes: 

Brown eyes look especially amazing with liner, because it is easy to find complementary colors that match. My favorite liner color for people with brown eyes is not a vibrant or crazy one: I absolutely love warty brown and warm colors on people with brown eyes. However, since brown eyes go so well with so many colors, there is a lot of room for experimentation. Try a vivid dark blue or bright green on your waterline, and pair it with a navy blue lid liner. Navy blue lid liner definitely makes brown eyes pop, and looks a lot more natural then a dark black liner. 

…green eyes: 

I think that green eyes can pull off black liner on the lid better than any other eye color. That being said, it is important to pair it with some color on the waterline such as a plum purple or white/light grey liner so that you can simultaneously maintain a more natural look and make your eyes pop. 

Step 3: Love your liners

The phrase “practice makes perfect” definitely rings true with eyeliner application, but I hope that with these tips and recommendations, you can master some easy eyeliner looks to add to your makeup arsenal. 

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