Monday, January 21, 2013

Eyeliner Pencil: 5 Tips To Getting the Perfect Line

Tips for working with Eyeliner PencilsDoes eyeliner give you anxiety?

Although gel and liquid eyeliners are increasingly popular it seems that the good old eyeliner pencil is here to stay! One of the most common questions I’m asked is how to properly apply eyeliner without looking like a panda.

I have a few tips and recommendations to help get that perfect line and highlight how gorgeous your eyes are!



1. AHH!!! My pencil is tugging and I’m getting a choppy line!

Soften your liner by gently rolling it between your fingers. The heat from your body will soften the product and the rolling motion will remove the thin layer of slightly harder liner that’s often on the outside.

2. NOO! I messed up! What to do?!?

Ok, relax, breathe! Don’t start going to town with your finger or your likely to cause a smudgy mess. Instead take a cotton swab dipped in a little makeup remover, squeeze it with a cloth or tissue till it’s nearly dry and carefully fix your mistake. Great eraser!

3. UT OH! My eyeliner is 3 feet above my eye line!

This is one of my biggest personal pet peeves. I hate to see a woman with eyeliner wau above her lash line. When applying eyeliner you want to get in there as close as possible! For a really tight line use a nicely sharpened pencil and draw in between your eyelashes and build from there for any special effects. A magnifying mirror helps a ton for getting a tight line. You can also pull your eye taut with the opposite hand, it will help to give you a straighter closer line.

4. WHAT?! How do people get those gorgeous smoky eyes?

A smoky eyeliner is really just a thickly applied normal liner that has been smudged out (by my methods). First you line your eyes slightly thicker than you normally would then using a cotton swap, eyeliner brush, or even your finger to gently smudge the eyeliner outward in the direction you want to see it go. You don’t have to drag it all the way across your lid, just a gentle smudge will do the trick and the rest of the effect is done with eyeshadow.

5. UGH… My eyeliner is completely gone by the end of the day!

To help your eyeliner stay put you can lightly set it by going over your line using an eyeliner brush and a setting powder. You could also use a translucent powder if you don’t have setting powder or even an eyeshadow in a similar shade. (careful with the shadow that can go wrong quickly without a light hand.)


Eyeliner Styles

The most important tip I can give you about eyeliner or really any makeup is just… have fun!

Don’t be afraid to make mistakes and try new things.

SparkleCore’s Top 5 Pencil Liners of 2012
1. Eye of Horus Goddess Pencils $30
2. NARS Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner $23
3. MAC Pro Longwear Eye Liner $19.50
4. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil $19.00
5. Lancome Le Crayon Khol $26.00
For Great Drugstore Options Try:
Rimmel Exaggerate Waterproof Eye Definer $5.67
Revlon ColorStay Eyeliner Pencil $6.79


  1. Anxiety doesn't even begin to describe what I feel like when I'm about to try applying eyeliner. I am makeup impaired, so this will not only benefit me but my daughters in a few years. Thanks for creating another great post.

  2. I have been looking around for a good article on applying eyeliners coz I suck at it big time! Thanks for this!

  3. Thank you for some great ideas for improving eyeliner usage. Sometimes I just say "oh well" and what I look like is how it is! LOL But not anymore!

  4. Great tips!! Thanks

  5. Thanks for the eyeliner tips. I am 48 years old but just starting to play with makeup so I need all the help I can get, lol

  6. Thanks for the tips. I tried some of them and work amazingly.

  7. Awesome! I'm really glad they helped you out!