You might be getting an A for effort, but when it comes to your eyeliner, are you really getting it right? From the order of your makeup routine to the color you’re using, applying eyeliner correctly is the key to making your eyes sparkle–and with our help, they can. Follow our tips so you don’t fall victim to these five common makeup mishaps.
Lining The Waterline With A Black Liner
Avoid lining the lower waterline with a thick, black liner for daytime. This makes eyes look smaller and easily smudges, leaving behind unsightly raccoon eyes. If you love the look of a dark, sultry eye, try it for a night on the town or swap it for a navy shade—it's not as stark as black and it makes the whites of your eyes look brighter.
Curling Lashes After Applying Liner
Always curl your lashes before applying eyeliner to avoid smudging it or wiping it off. If you have a hard time keeping your lashes curled, use your blowdryer to carefully warm up your curler—it's like a mini curling iron for your lashes. Just be very careful not to make it too hot, as this could cause a bad burn.
Pulling On Your Eye
Pulling on your lid when applying eyeliner changes the shape of your eye and makes it impossible to create a symmetrical cat eye. More importantly, it can cause premature wrinkling around the eyes. The best trick is to look down into your mirror so your lid lays flat naturally.
Applying White On The Waterline
A great trick for making eyes look wider and more awake is to line the waterline with a light-colored liner. However, stay away from bright whites. The whites of your eyes are never truly as bright as a snow-colored liner, so it can end up making your eyes look even more tired. Instead, try a fun color to make your eyes pop.