I'll show you how to apply eyeliner and answer these questions. You'll also find natural looking tips and what types of eyeliner to use for hooded, droopy eyelids, eye wrinkles, fine lines, or shaky hands.
Also, how to apply eye pencil on upper lash line, lower lash line and what type are best for older skin.
You'll also find an eyeliner application tutorial for contact lens wearers who have trouble with liner leaving residue on lenses.
Here I'm wearing this brown/champagne color, and I've added a bit to the lower lashes. It frames my eyes, but it's not so dark to emphasize any puffiness or dark circles.
How to wear eyeliner without looking like you're wearing eye makeup?
You don't want people to notice your makeup, you want to notice your beautiful face. You want that natural, barely-there subtle look.
So a simple trick is to apply the liner to the upper waterline and (using the brush) smudge it in-between the lashes, down at the roots, to fill in any white gaps. This will make your eyelashes look thicker too.
And, use a beautiful neutral color, like the one below. It's bright enough to highlight your eyes without that heavy makeup look. 😘
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Do You Like Eyeliner Pencils Better?
Don't want to use a gel liner? That's fine because a pencil liner is just as good for mature skin and very simple to use.
Just make sure to stay away from the super soft crayon type as they can smear easily.
I prefer a waxy pencil, it stays on longer. Here is how to put on an eye pencil liner with ease…
Is putting eyeliner on your waterline bad?
Putting eyeliner on your waterline (also called tightlining) isn't necessarily "bad," but there are a few things to keep in mind:
Some may find that eyeliner on the waterline can cause irritation or discomfort, or even infection. Especially if they have sensitive eyes.
Applying eyeliner to the waterline can make your eyes appear slightly smaller.
If you want to line your waterline, test a small area first. Even eye pencils that are designed for this and are ophthalmologist test can cause issues. At least that's the case for me.
Also, it's important to keep your pencils and eyeliner brushes clean.
Here is how to use eyeliner pencil on upper lid:
Sometime time after 40, our eyelids start drooping downward, making the corners look turned down (sad look). How can you apply liner without accentuating droopy eyelids?
No need to worry about winkled eyelids, poor vision, or shaky hands. This defines your upper eyelid and make lashes look thicker too.
Apply the eye pencil to the inside of the lashes and then bring the tip up at the corners.
Ok, here is how I apply an eye pencil on the upper lid.
Take clean eye pencil and gently smudge it onto the upper inner lash line. If needed, use your index finger to lift the outer corner of the upper eyelid.
Make sure the pencil is not too sharp, you want a smooth rounded tip, so it glides on the upper eyelid easily and doesn't hurt or poke your eyelid.
Then smudge the pencil back and forth into the eyelash roots along the outer 1/3 of the eye only. Don't go too far in or your eyes will look smaller.
The beauty of this eye pencil application if you have poor vision or shaky hands, there is NO need to draw a straight or even line.
Also, it's a good idea to clean your eye pencil by wiping it with a paper towel moistened with rubbing alcohol. Give it a few minutes to dry before using.
How do you lift your eyes? Winged eyeliner for older eyes
Here is a simple trick to apply eyeliner for a quick lift. winged eyeliner for older eyes
After you've finished applying your eyeliner, just give the corner a little flick upwards. Simply draw one line straight up from the end of your eyelash line.
See picture below...
This simple winged eyeliner helps lift the corners of the eyes. Perfect for women over 50!
There are all types of eyeliner tips, but this last step can really give your eyes a nice lift and works best if you wear mascara.
When you open your eyes, that line will blend in with your lashes, giving the eyes an uplifting appearance.
Simple, easy way to apply winged eyeliner over 50. This little, tiny tip will make your eyes look more lifted.
Remember, don't draw the line out (like cat eyes style) as this will most likely draw attention to any sagging of the eyelids.
You need to compensate by drawing a tiny line straight up.
I found that by drawing one thin line upward gives the eyes a nice lift.
How angled should that line be? That depends on the shape and amount of laxity in your eyelids.
But for most women, a small dash angled toward the tail-end of your eyebrow works great. Play around and to see what works best.
Now, just add mascara and your eyes have definition, lift, and a bit of pop—without looking over-done or heavy.
How to apply eyeliner pencil on lower eyelid:
Depending on your eye shape and the condition of your skin, you may be able to wear a bit of liner on the lower lid.
If so, try this EASY tip and see how it looks on you.
Using your index finger, lightly pull your lower eyelid down. Now run the pencil on the 1/3 outer corner only of the inside the lower eyelid rim (water line). If you draw a line from end to end across the lower lid, it can look too harsh.
Now add a little color to the outer lower waterline for more definition.
Note: Make sure to keep the color deposit very light. You just want a hint of color outlining the lower lid to make your eye stand-out.
Depending on the shape and size of your eyes, some women choose to skip this step completely.
Also, many find some eyeliner color from the upper lid will transfer to the lower lid when they blink, and this is often enough to provide a light outline for the lower lid.
Best all day eyeliner pencil?
When it comes to pencil liners, I prefer a hard waxy pencil (over a soft crayon) because it gives me control for color deposit and stays on all day.
My two favorites are:
Maybelline Pencil Wood Eyeliner and
Maybelline Master Precise Skinny Automatic Pencil
I have very sensitive eyes and have tried plenty of eyeliners, but Maybelline pencil eyeliner brands never bother my eyes.
They provide great options for those who can't master the use of a pencil liner or want a softer look.
Worst-case scenario, if you still have a hard time putting on eyeliner makeup, try using a dark eyeshadow. This might be easier to apply and allow you to practice.
Then you can move onto long-lasting eye pencils and gel liners.
What type of eyeliner to avoid for waterline
Avoid using soft eye makeup like Kohl pencil or this thick, crayon-like eye pencil by L'Oreal.
First, it's hard to control and often deposits too much color.
Second, it's so soft and will leave a residue on your contact lenses.
Third, it will melt, smudge and disappear too quickly.
However, that being said, this eye crayon works beautifully for on upper lids an eyeshadow. I love it and use it mostly as an eyeshadow.
It's hard to find this at the local drugstore, but you get it on Amazon.
Should a woman over 60 wear eyeliner?
I say yes! Because everything seems to fade with age!
As we age, everything seems to fade…skin tone & color, hair color, eye color, even eyelashes and eyebrows fade.
Applying eyeliner makeup on hooded eyes present a unique challenge because excess skin drooping over the upper eyelid can make the eyes look small. And, a thick layer of eyeliner can make them look even smaller.
So the goal is to enhance and define the eyes without making them appear smaller or hidden.
Here are a few tips to try if you have hooded eyelids or your eyes are a little puffy. Everyone is different, so each of them to see what works best for you and your eye shape:
Note: I don't have hooded eyelids, but some days my eyes are swollen or puffy. I found that tips 1, 2, 3 and 4 work great for me! 😊
1. The Thin Line Trick: For those with hooded eyes, opt for a thin eyeliner line along the upper lash line. Using a finely sharpened eyeliner pencil or a gel liner with a super thin brush, is your secret weapon for precision application. This look will help open up your eyes naturally.
4. Illuminate the Inner Corners: Add a dash of highlighter or shimmery eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes. This quick trick brightens your look and makes your eyes looking refreshed.
5. Smudge Magic: To create depth, gently smudge your eyeliner or use eyeshadow along the upper lash line. This smoky effect works wonders with hooded eyes, blurring the line between the lid and the hooded area.
6. The Neutral Palette: For hooded eyelids, it's best to that enhance your skin tone without drawing attention to the hooded area.
How to apply eyeliner – Final tips
Remember, there is no wrong or right way to apply eyeliner.
How you apply it or what type of liner you use all depends on many factors, like your eye shape and what issues you may have.
it’s a matter of what works best for you.
A Note About Hard Wax Eyeliner Pencils: Some complain that hard-waxy type liners are difficult to apply because they don't deposit enough color, especially when they're brand new.
So here is what you can do:
Try warming it up a bit, by placing the tip into the palm of your hand for a few minutes. The color will glide on more easily.
If you have any eye issues or medical conditions, always consult with an ophthalmologist before applying eyeliner or eye makeup.
Also, some ophthalmologists suggest that applying eyeliner to the waterline may cause dry eye syndrome overtime. Read more about that here.
FAQ - How to apply eyeliner
Have questions about eyeliner application? See below…
A: That's a personal preference. You should try it both ways and see which looks better on you. If your eyes are very small, or you have dark under eye circles, it's better just keeping the eyeliner on the upper eyelids.
Q: How do you do straight lines when doing eyeliner?
Q: Can you wear eyeliner if you wear contacts, and what eyeliner is best for contact lens wearers?
A: The most important feature of eyeliner makeup for contact lens wearers is to make sure it's not sticky or too soft, because the eyeliner residue can stick to your lenses. A waterproof gel liner or a hard waxy type pencil seems to be easy for most women.
Liquid liners work too, but many women find them hard to apply because they deposit too much color too fast.
Q: How should a 60-year-old woman wear eyeliner?
A: First, it's best to use an eyeliner with a tiny, thin applicator - like a thin brush. Pencils are difficult because you have to sharpen all the time and sometimes those sharp points can hurt and tug on soft, loose skin.
A: I don't like to use liquid eyeliner on the upper or lower waterline. But, everyone is different. You can try it and see how it works for you.
Q: What waterline eyeliner makes brown eyes pop?
A: For brown eyes, I would try earthy tones like rich browns, deep plums, and dark greens can make them pop. These colors create a contrast that enhances the natural warmth of brown eyes. Experiment with different shades to find what works best for you.
Q: Is waterline eyeliner safe?
A: Some doctors feel that applying eyeliner to the top or bottom waterline may not be safe. They say that the waterline, (that's the inner part of your eyelid) has tiny glands that make tears to keep your eyes comfy.
When you put eyeliner there, it can block these glands, kind of like putting a cork in a bottle. This can mess up the production of tears, making your eyes dry and uncomfortable. So, it's like a traffic jam for tears, and that's not good for your peepers.
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