Firstly, you need to choose the right product.
There are so many on the market today, so I am going to break it down for you so you can make factual decisions when choosing an eye liner.
E Y E L I N E R M A R K E R
✖️The tip of the liner is soft and pointed allowing a consistent even application of product when you want your liner thick
✖️Best for personal use
✖️Dries quickly once opened
✖️Not a hygienic product for use as a pro MUA as it can not be sanitised
L I Q U I D L I N E R
✖️Offer a vinyl effect
✖️Allows for a thinner application of product very close to the lash line
✖️The tip is more often thin
✖️Hard to apply as I find the formulas are usually more thinner in consistency
✖️Again, not hygienic for a pro MUA as you contaminate the product when you dip the brush back into the product.
✖️I am yet to find a liquid liner which doesn’t crack over long wear
** Gel liner | My favourite
G E L L I N E R – My Favourite!
✖️Offers great precision as the line will depend on the brush size and thickness – not the product.
My favourite are Mac cosmetics and Inglot.
✖️Can be depotted
✖️It’s formulation is easily transferable to a pallet – no cross contamination – scoop out product with a sanitised metal spatulas or disposables
NEVER DOUBLE DIP
✖️Doesn’t crack over long wear
✖️Dries quickly making it hard to correct mistakes
C A K E L I N E R
✖️Is a water activated powder that looks like eye shadow. You need practice to use cake liner as it can be challenging due to the adding of a mixing medium or water to get the consistency you want
✖️Same as the gel, offers great precision (when you have worked out your ratio) as the brush will trace the lash line
✖️Does not crack
E Y E L I N E R B R U S H E S
Typically there are two types of brushes that are designed for eye liner application.
Angled brushes are commonly used :
✖️There a different sizes on the market, my favourite are paint brushes and the C409 angle definition brush from Crown Brushes.
✖️Perfect to create a classic liner application
Precision Brush (name a few)
✖️ Thin pointed brush
✖️ I can extend and create a more statement wing with the precision brush
Both have a place in my application for different effects
** STEP BY STEP
✖️ Ensure the bristles are covered in product and the bristles are packed together
✖️ Always check to ensure there are no splitting bristles – press them back together by adding product and pressing it in
✖️Pull the arch of the brow upwards. That way, the mobile eyelid is stretched but the skin doesn’t crease and there is no movement.
✖️Sketch a line at the outer corner of the eyes in a single movement.
✖️Draw a thin line in the middle of your mobile eyelid, the thicker this line is, the thicker your liner will be
✖️Connect the two lines previously drawn leaving no gaps between the liner and lash line.
✖️Coming from the inner corner of the eye, trace a line joining the line previously draw in the middle of your eyelid
✖️Finish your liner by asking your model to look up and draw a thin line at the inner corner of the eyes
** Tips and tricks
*If you make a mistake, DO NOT USE COTTON TIPS! They are too thick to correct small errors.
Put some micellar water on your palette and dip a clean angle brush, correcting the mistake with your brush.
*Always make sure the product on your brush is not dry, but creamy and has movement.
*If creating a liner on yourself, place a mirror under your chin and look down.