Monday, October 7, 2013

The Starting Off Project | Eyeliner


Hello, beauties! Today is the seventh entry in The Starting Off Project, and this week we're talking all about eyeliner. We'll be talking about what it is, what types are out there, how to apply it, and which ones need to be in your makeup bag. If you're ready to get your eyeliner game on point, then read on!

So, for total newbies, what exactly is eyeliner? Eyeliner is this fab little product that helps define the eyes by creating depth, structure and prominence. Just one swipe of eyeliner can create an illusion that changes the shape and size of the eyes. And if you want to get experimental, it can add an artistic flair that really pulls a look together.

Eyeliner comes in several forms, most commonly pencil, liquid, and gel. It also comes in a variety of colors, from basics like black and brown, to brights such as blue, green and purple. Whatever your favorite color, there is sure to be an eyeliner out there to match. Some eyeliners even have hints of glitter in them if you like really glam looks.


If you're just starting out, you'll want to begin with pencils as they are the easiest, in my opinion, to use. In fact, I'd wager that most of us started out with pencils! You'll want to pick up a black pencil and a brown pencil. Those are the essentials and you can find them for super cheap. From there you can branch out as you get more comfortable with application.

Pencil eyeliners are super easy to apply! To start, make sure that you've got a nice, freshly sharpened pencil. This will give you the best possible line. Next, start at the inner corner of the top lid, and lightly draw a line across to the outer corner. You can build a thicker line to your liking if you prefer after you've gotten your basic line down. Just be careful not to overdo it if you aren't going for a heavy look.

If you want to add a little extra oomph to your look, add a touch of liner to your lower lash line! I prefer to create a line from the outer corner to about midway across and then give it a smudge, but you can go all the way across if you'd like.

For a more moderate level technique there is tight lining. Tight lining is the application of eyeliner to the eye's water line to create the illusion that the lashes are longer and thicker! Gently pull the lid away from the eye and apply a line of eyeliner on the water line all the way across, taking care not to poke yourself in the peepers. If you have smaller eyes, you might want to give this technique a skip as it can cause your eyes to look even tinier.

Now for a few tips and tricks! First of all, share your clothes, share your DVDs, don't share your eyeliner! The eyes are very sensitive and you don't want to pass germs back and forth that can cause things like styes or the dreaded "pink eye". If you do share, run the tip through the flame from a lighter (pencils ONLY) to clear away any bacteria.

Speaking of running the tip through a flame, doing this can soften a pencil liner and give it a darker wear. If you feel like your liner's color is getting a bit dull, this little trick can help pep it back up! And if you're looking to pep up your eyes, apply a nude liner to your water line. It gives your eyes a larger, brighter look and instantly makes you look more awake.


When it comes to specific products, I have a few that I absolutely adore. For starters, I've been using Rimmel's eyeliners for years. Their pencil liners are always well pigmented and apply smoothly without tugging. Right now I'm loving Rimmel's Scandal Eyes Waterproof Eyeliner in 001 Black, $4.49. For glam looks, I've been obsessed with Sephora's Retractable Waterproof Eyeliner in 09 Glitter Black, $12.00. It has tiny flecks of glitter throughout that really make the eyes pop, and it has minimal smudging.

In the liquid liner category, I'm always reaching for either Urban Decay's 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Perversion, $19.00, or Kat Von D's Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $18.00. The Urban Decay eyeliner is fantastic for making the thinnest of lines, while the felt tip of the Kat Von D eyeliner is super ideal for creating a retro cat-eye flick.

I'm just starting to venture into gel liners, but I've bought Smashbox's Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liner in Midnight Black, $22.00 and it's just dying to be used. It's a bit on the expensive side, but you really can't go wrong with Smashbox! Has anyone else tried their gel liners?

So, there you have it, babes! That is eyeliner in a nutshell. It takes a bit of practice, but once you get the hang of it, a whole world of looks is opened to you. Just keep at it and you'll sort it in no time!

What are your liner dos and don'ts? Which eyeliners do you always keep on hand?



  1. I love this. Eyeliner is like my favorite element of makeup. Check out my blog?

  2. No worries, mine was late too! I agree , pencils are easier to start out with!

  3. LOL I used to overdo the eyeliner because I was in LOVE with pete wentz :)


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