As far as my experience has gone, I would say that mastery of eyeliner is the most important skill you will ever develop, especially if you have Asian eyes. It’s worth it to really try to perfect your skills because eyeliner can give your makeup a unique edge that nothing else really can. I have always gotten a lot of questions about how I to use eyeliner effectively, so in this post I hope to explain everything I know. Be warned, I’m going to be making generalizations. I know that not everybody’s eye shape and skin is the same. Try as I might, I can’t make any almighty rules that are going to work for everybody (WAHH.) We good?
First of all, eyeliner has TWO MAIN FUNCTIONS:
1. It ties down your eyeshadow. Let’s say you have just magnificently crayon-colored a page in your favorite coloring book. Now imagine what it would look like if all of a sudden all of your guidelines disappeared. The picture becomes unclear and your colors no longer stand out as sharply. Without eyeliner, most looks will appear fuzzy, unprofessional, clownish, and unfinished (and yes, coloring books are very professional XD) You will find that you can pull off tons of colors and color combinations you wouldn’t have previously considered as long as you lock it in with a solid amount of black in the form of mascara, lashes, and eyeliner. It grounds both dramatic and neutral looks.
2. Eyeliner not only defines, but manipulates your eye shape. You shouldn’t see it as one or the other – however from what I’ve seen, it’s easiest for people to forget the second. Forgetting is the only barrier that prevents you from really branching out and becoming creative with eyeliner. The reason why you would want to manipulate or distort your eye shape is to either balance or exaggerate your facial characteristics. For example, wide set eyes can be made to appear closer together, or the distance can be exaggerated for drama. Liner shape and extension can elongate, slant, or round your eye shape, giving you more control over how you look (sexy, evil, innocent, creepy, etc…) It’s definitely worth playing around with.
So… how do I beginz “playing around with it”?? HM!?
There are three variables that you should be taking into account when you draw your eyeliner. They all deal with the outer half of your eye, as that is the space where you have the highest range of control (while adhering to the general beauty standards of today o_0).
1. TAKE OFF POINT – Decide this first. This is where your line first begins to deviate from your eye shape and “take off” (woo!)
2. ANGLE – Decide what angle you want the end of your eyeliner to come down at.
3. LENGTH – Decide how far up this angle line your want to extend your line.
IMPORTANT: After you have determined where your upper
line will be placed, you have yet MORE CHOICES!! They include:
- How convex or concave your wing will be. What would be seen as a typical “wing” is always straight edged or convex.
- How thick or thin your line is. Thin at the inner getting thicker? The same thickness the whole way through?
- How much and what color you would like to fill in beneath it.. this is like coloring in a coloring book!
- Whether or not to connect it to your lower lashline eyeliner. And how (rounded, sharp and square, thick, thin, etc.)
- Embellishments (such as dots, hearts, stars, lines, more wings to top and/or bottom, lining around your inner corner)
If you have any questions feel free to write them in the comments and I will try my best to answer them :) Thank you for reading and good luck getting more creative and clean with your eyeliner skillzz!