How To Apply Cake Eyeliner

Eyeshadow and eyeliner are two makeup must-haves that are not easy to apply because it requires more than a steady hand, an eye for color, and a skill for playing up your eyes. If you’re going for cat eyes especially, you might want to call in the big guns a.k.a. pros instead of doing it yourself because this is so tricky that’s it’s almost like an art-form. However, there’s no rule existing in the makeup world that says you can’t do it yourself. It can be mastered and by golly, it can be done!

First of all, do you use cake or liquid eyeliner? For someone like you who is probably on the early stages of discovering the joys of eyeliner, practicing with cake eyeliner is best. Liquid eyeliner can be quite complicated to apply and takes a shorter time to dry than most variants of eyeliner. Think “blink and it’s dry.” It’s so fast that once you make a smear, you’re basically done for. Ditto, liquid eyeliners do not make good blending partners so forget about creating dramatic multi-shadow peepers.

Before you begin, here’s what you will need to have within reach:

  • A tiny-tipped cruelty eyeliner brush
  • A tin of cake eyeliner
  • Water
  • Tissue
  • A well-lit dresser / vanity table or natural lighting (which means your table is near a large bay window which lets bright sunshine in)

Your Upper Lid:

  1. Take your brush and dip into water. Shake off excess water by tapping the brush lightly by the rim of the water container.
  2. Next, dip your wet brush into your cake eyeliner and rub just enough of it for application. To see if the color is exactly how you like it, run the brush on your hand (not on your palm) for testing.
  3. Using a mirror, look down so that your eyelids are exposed. Now, with a steady hand, draw a line starting from the corner eyelid all the way to the outer eyelid.
  4. Repeat this procedure until you attain the smoky, dramatic look that you like.

Your Lower Eyelid:

  1. Take an angled brush and dip into water. Shake off excess water by tapping the brush lightly by the rim of the water container.
  2. Next, dip your wet brush into your cake eyeliner and rub just enough of it for application. To see if the color is exactly how you like it, run the brush on your hand (not on your palm) for testing.
  3. Using a mirror, look up so that your eyelids are exposed. Now, with a steady hand, draw a line starting from the outer eyelid moving inward to the corner eyelid.
  4. Repeat this procedure until you attain the smoky, dramatic look that you like.

Tips:

  • Cake eyeliner is not limited to black. During the day, feel free to use pastel colors or earthy tones for a more carefree and youthful look. Black eyeliner is a sophisticated color when used for a night out on the town but during the day, it might make you look boardroom serious.
  • Get more cake eyeliner into your brush if you want it darker and more water into your brush if you want a subtler color.
  • If your attempt fails and you end up with a smudgy line, a Q-tip and petroleum jelly are your go-to cleanup buddies.

 

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