Eyeliner style

Eyeliner Styles and How to Apply Them

Depending on the look you wish to achieve, you can use different eyeliner techniques to get the desired result. Buzzle lists a few of the best eyeliner styles and instructions on how to apply them.
Quick Tip
If you have oily skin, the eyeliner may slide off in a couple of hours. To prevent this, use kohl pencil and the 'eye shadow' method to apply the eyeliner as it will soak up the excess oils.
An integral part of your daily makeup routine, the eyeliner can easily give you a dramatic look without putting a lot of effort. Whether you're just beginning to apply makeup, or are looking for some new styles, applying eyeliner can transform the way you look and feel instantly.

So without further ado, let's take a look at the tools required for the task that will come in handy while applying the following styles.

Types of Eyeliner

Primarily, there are three types of eyeliners―pencil, liquid, and cream or powder. Depending on what you're trying to accomplish, any of these eyeliners can be used.

3 Types of Eyeliner
  1. Pencil - Since pencil eyeliners are so easy to control, they are one of the most popular choices. To apply, all you have to do is glide it over the lash line and waterline. It comes in a wide range of colors, and can be sharpened quite easily.
  2. Liquid - Using the liquid eyeliner takes a bit of skill and practice. It surely is tough to get it correct right away if you don't have steady hands. But once you get enough practice, the liquid liner can be used for bold, dramatic, and slick lines every time.
  3. Cream or Powder - Apart from pencil and liquid eyeliners, you can use either cream-based eyeliners or charcoal gray and black eyeshadow. With an angled brush and eyeliner brush, you can easily get a creamy and smudge eyeliner. It may not be quite as noticeable as a pencil eyeliner, but it works wonders for smokey eyes.
How to Apply Eyeliner

There are a ton of stylish, sexy ways to apply eyeliner. Whether you wish to try the classic styles, or try something fun and funky, we have all the information for you. Go through these 6 different eyeliner styles, and read the steps on applying them like a pro.

Tip: Always apply eyeshadow on the lids before you put the eyeliner on. Choose an eyeshadow shade in such a way that the eyeliner is prominent.

Cat Eyes or Winged Eyeliner

Steps for Applying Cat Eyeliner

Woman with Cat Eyeliner
➡ Take a sharpened pencil or liquid eyeliner and start lining from the center of the lid. Moving towards the outer corner, go ahead at least ½" or so (don't exceed beyond the end of your eyebrow).

➡ Make a line from the outer end of your eye so that you can join it with the top eye.

➡ Next, you will line the rest of your eye from the center of the lid (where we had first begun), and move towards the inner corner. Keep this line as thin as possible.

➡ You can either use a cream-based gel liner or the same eyeliner to fill inside the lines properly. Make sure there are no gaps.

➡ And you're done. Follow the steps on the other side as well. You can also rim the inner waterline, and finish the makeup by applying mascara on the top and bottom lashes.

Types of Cat and Winged Eyeliner

A few variations of cat eyes or winged eyeliner.

Double-sided Cat Eyeliner

Steps for Applying Double-sided Cat Eyeliner

Woman With Double-sided Cat Eyeliner
➡ With a liquid liner, make two parallel lines―the first line will be from the inner corner of your eye going downward, and the second line will be from the outer corner of your eye going up and outward.

➡ At the outside corner, make an inverted 'V' shape with the liner. Make sure that this second line is narrow, or else the eyeliner will appear too thick.

➡ Fill the gap between the two lines. Next, draw a thin line along the top lash line in such a way that it connects both parallel lines.

➡ Rim the inner waterline in the same manner. Once the parallel lines have been joined, make sure there are no gaps left.

➡ Apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and you're good to go.

Double Winged Eyeliner

Steps for Applying Double Winged Eyeliner

Woman With Double Winged Eyeliner
➡ Firstly, follow steps 1―4 for cat eyes or winged eyeliner (above).

➡ With an angled brush and cream- or gel-based liner, mark the lower wing below the inner waterline. But make sure that the wing is in the opposite direction to the top wing (it needs to go downward).

➡ Use a pencil eyeliner to rim the inner waterline; keep it as thin as possible.

➡ Once both wings are marked, you can apply eyeshadow under the lower lashes to embellish your makeup.

➡ Apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and follow the same steps on the other eye as well.

Thick and Squared Eyeliner

Steps for Applying Thick and Squared Eyeliner

Woman With Modern Mod Eyeliner
➡ To apply this bold and rebellious version of the iconic cat eyes, apply a liquid liner over your top lash line; all the way from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye.

➡ Just make sure that the edge of the liner doesn't go beyond the end of the eyebrow. Depending on how thick you want the liner to be, draw an arched line over the crease of your eyelid.

➡ Join both lines in such a way that it looks almost like a square. Next, you will mark the inner edge of the top line and join it with the inner corner of your eye.

➡ Use a gel-based liner or a cream-based black eyeshadow to fill the gap properly. Don't put mascara or rim the inner waterline; this will keep the makeup fresh, yet intense.

No-liner Eyeliner

Steps for Applying No-liner Eyeliner

Woman With No-liner Eyeliner
➡ This incognito, tightlining style comes in handy when you don't want to wear a lot of makeup. Load a flat eyeliner brush in either gel- or cream-based liner on both sides.

➡ Lift your upper eyelid upwards, and apply the liner at the outer corner of your top lash line. Make sure you press the brush close to the roots.

➡ Load the brush again and stamp the inner corner of the top lash line. Here too, you have to press the brush close to the roots.

➡ Complete the look with a coat of mascara on the top lashes only.

Bold and Thick Eyeliner

Steps for Applying Bold and Thick Eyeliner

Woman with Bold and Thick Eyeliner
➡ With a pencil liner, draw a thick line from the inner corner to the outer corner of your eye. Extend the line at an angle, and stop just as you reach the end of the eyebrow.

➡ Now starting from the outer corner of your eye, make an arched line over the crease of your top eyelid, and come towards the inner corner of your eye.

➡ Use the same pencil or a cream-based black eyeshadow to fill the gap properly.

➡ Rim the inner waterline along with making a thick line below it as well.

➡ With an eyeshadow brush, apply a shimmery black eyeshadow on the eyeliner. Apply mascara on the top and bottom lashes, and your makeup is complete.

Types of Bold and Thick Eyeliner

A few variations of bold and thick eyeliner.

These fun eyeliner styles will truly transform the way you look on the outside, and feel on the inside. Follow the tips mentioned in the article, and keep practicing. Don't be afraid to experiment with your look. Give the bold, new eyeliner a try on those gorgeous eyes of yours.
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