Now we all know how tricky putting on eyeliner can be. Either it takes you a million hours to perfect it or you end up looking like a racoon. That said, we talked to four beauty experts and asked tips on how they put on their eyeliner. From slightly smoky to tight lining, these ladies show you how it’s done like a pro. Read on to steal some tips.
AGOO BENGZON, Preview Beauty Editor-at-Large
AGOO'S PICKS: Chanel Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense and K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner in Black
AGOO SAYS: I like to apply eyeliner in layers. I start by drawing a thin line as close to the upper lash line as possible using Chanel's Waterproof Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Noir Intense. Afterwards, I use K-Palette's Real Lasting Eyeliner in Black on top to further thicken the line and create an upward tail at the end.
CINDY GO, MAC PR & AR Senior Executive
CINDY'S PICKS: MAC Powerpoint Eye Pencil in Stubborn Brown, MAC Fluidline Eyeliner in Blacktrack, and MAC Eyeliner Brush 266
CINDY SAYS: I normally start from the outer corner of my eye, drawing a small flick at the end before lining inwards. I try to line the outer ends with my eyes open to get a more even-looking flick. Then I brush MAC Prep+Prime Transparent Finish Powder on top of the line to set and keep it from smudging throughout the day.
ERIKA REYES, Estée Lauder Brand Coordinator
ERIKA'S PICKS: Estée Lauder Double Wear Stay in Place Eye Pencil in Onyx and Estée Lauder Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Envious Orchid
ERIKA SAYS: I usually apply Estée Lauder’s Double Wear Eyeliner pencil in Onyx on the inner portion of the eyelid, just right below the upper lash line, same goes for the lower lash line. Then I use a sponge tip to smudge the eyeliner a bit, finishing off by dabbing eyeshadow on top of the eyeliner in the darkest shade from Estée Lauder’s Pure Color Envy Eyeshadow Palette in Envious Orchid. This helps prevent my eyeliner from smudging and gives it that semi-smoky look and makes my eyes more defined.
XENG ZULUETA, Makeup Artist
XENG'S PICKS: Eye of the Horus Liquid Eyeliner and K-Palette Real Lasting Eyeliner in Black
XENG SAYS: My favorite liners are from K-Palette and a brand called Eye of Horus. They don't smudge easily, which is perfect for tight lining–lining inside the upper lash line. I do this to make my “chinky” eyes appear bigger and give the illusion of fuller lashes. Occasionally I’ll do a cat eye, which is another eyeline I love.
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