Eyeliner draws attention to your beautiful eyes and gives you the appearance of being more awake and alert. While it’s fun to go all out with your makeup, there are times when you just want a more natural, subtle look. Fortunately, it is extremely simple to achieve a soft look with your eyeliner. Practice makes perfect when it comes to enhancing your eyes with soft liner in a short amount of time.
Method 1 Smudging Pencil Liner
1. When applying soft eyeliner, a pencil liner is recommended. Pencil eyeliner is the best choice because it is more subtle and easier to smudge than liquid eyeliner. Don’t be afraid to use black eyeliner if that is what you are used to doing. You could, on the other hand, use a brown eyeliner for an even softer look.
Waterproof liners are more difficult to smudge, so opt for non-waterproof formulations.
Smudgers are included on the other end of some eyeliner pencils to help you blend your lines.
Applying eyeshadow over liquid eyeliner can soften the look of the liner, but it will most likely result in flaking and smudging. If you want a soft look, pencil eyeliner is the best place to start.
Applying a primer to your eyelids before applying your eye makeup will give your makeup more staying power.
2. With your liner, make short strokes along the top of your lash line to define it. Maintain close contact with your lash line as you draw the dashes with your eyeliner pencil. Begin in the centre of your eyelid and work your way out to the outer edge of your lash line, finishing with the outer corner of your eye. Continue the line to the inside of your eye until you reach the middle of your eyelid.
The natural curve of your eye should be followed for a natural, subtle effect.
Make no assumptions about how you will apply this first line to your situation. Due to the fact that you will smudge the line later, it is acceptable to use any straight line drawing technique that is comfortable for you.
3. In order to thicken the line on the outside, move the pencil back and forth over the line several times. In the outer corner of your eye, lightly sweep the pencil toward the centre of your upper eyelid. Then, move your gaze back out to the periphery of your vision. Continue to do this 2 or 3 more times to thicken your eyeliner from the centre of your eye to the outer corner of your eye. This will thicken and smudge your eyeliner a little, softening the overall appearance of the look.
Light pressure should be used to avoid darkening the colour too much.
4. If you want, you can line the outer third of your lower lash line with a black liner. It is not necessary to line your lower lash line. – Instead of lining it, you may prefer to leave it unlined to achieve a more natural appearance. If you want to apply eyeliner to the outer part of your lower lash line, you should swipe the pencil along the outer part of your lower lash line only. Begin at the outer corner of your eye and work your way down the lower lash line, covering approximately one-third of your lower lash line.
The outside third of your lash line will create a softer look than the entire lash line, so do not do it all at once.
5. To finish your soft look, use a sponge or your fingertip to rub the line together. Smudging the line is the key to achieving a soft eyeliner appearance. If you have a makeup sponge, use the thin edge of the sponge to blot the eyeliner to make it more subtle. As an alternative, lightly rub the eyeliner with a clean fingertip to smudge it.
If you have a sponge makeup brush or a smudge makeup brush, you can also use them to apply the foundation.
After you’ve smudged them, double-check that they look the same on both sides. If they don’t, you can use a sponge or your fingertip to spread them out evenly.
6. Set the liner in place by applying a matching eyeshadow over it (optional). Dip the bristles of your makeup brush into your eyeshadow to coat them with the colour. To keep the liner in place, swipe the eyeshadow over it with your finger. This may also have the effect of softening the appearance of your eyeliner.
Use matte black eyeshadow if you used black eyeliner, and brown eyeshadow if you used brown liner, for example.
Method 2 Using Eyeshadow as Liner
1. First, apply your eye makeup, so that you can easily remove any excess eye shadow later on. Wait until after you’ve completed your eye makeup before applying your under-eye concealer, foundation, and blush. It’s fairly common for eyeshadow to fall down your cheeks when you’re using it as liner for an eyeshadow look. Unfortunately, this results in unwelcome shadows on the screen. Fortunately, you can easily remove the excess shadow with a small amount of makeup remover or cleanser.
Because the eyeshadow you’ll be using for liner is so dark, the fallout will most likely be more noticeable than it would be with other colours of eyeshadow used as liner.
2. First, sweep your regular eyeshadow across your entire lid. You can create a subtle look by using only one colour. Alternatively, start with a lighter shade and then build up to a deeper shade in the crease of your eyelid and the outer corner of your eye. Make use of your eyeshadow brush to sweep the colour across your upper and lower eyelids and into your crease.
Because you’re going for a softer look, you might want to use a neutral brown or a sheer metallic shade as your foundation.
Use a primer on your eyelid before applying your shadow to ensure that it has more staying power throughout the day.
3. Use an angled eyeshadow brush to apply 1 or 2 squirts of a setting spray to the lids. Because the bristles come to a thin straight line, an angle brush is a great choice for lining your upper and lower lids with eyeshadow. Before you dip your brush into the eyeshadow, spray it with your favourite makeup setting spray to keep it from drying out. In addition to making application of the eyeshadow as a liner easier, the setting spray provides some staying power.
While the setting spray is still wet, get to work. If the brush becomes dry, spritz it with water once more.
4. Dip the tip of your brush into matte black eyeshadow to create a wing effect. Gentle strokes of the end of your makeup brush across the surface of the eyeshadow will coat the bristles with colour and help them last longer. Because the end of the bristles will be used to apply the liner, only the tip of the brush should come into contact with the eyeshadow.
When applying matte eyeshadow, keep in mind that it will appear to be eyeliner once it is dry.
If you want to experiment with colour, you could use a deep brown, navy blue, emerald, or plum eyeshadow to achieve the desired effect.
5. Using your angled brush, draw a line along the bottom of your lash line. Begin at the centre of your upper eyelid and work your way out to the outer corner of your eyelid. After that, bring your brush back to the centre of your eye and apply liner to the outer corner of your eye. To replenish the colour on your brush when it runs out, simply dip it back into the eyeshadow to pick up more.
Make sure to keep your brush as close to your lash line as possible to avoid your line becoming overly thick and dramatic.
6. Revisit sparse areas to thicken the line by going over them again. Don’t be concerned if your liner doesn’t look perfect after your first pass because you may need to make some adjustments. Make use of a mirror to examine your line in greater detail. Look for areas that are thin or patchy in appearance. If you notice any, re-dip your brush into the eyeshadow and dab it over the areas that require more pigmentation.
Check your work as you go to ensure that any uneven spots are filled in.
Don’t give up if it takes you a while to master this technique; perseverance is key! Practicing will help you become more proficient at applying eyeshadow liner.
7. If the line is too dark, use a smudge brush or a cotton swab to soften it with your fingers. Eyeshadow liner is already softer than regular eyeliner in appearance. You may, however, find that you need to smudge it out a little more. A smudge brush or cotton swab at the end will also aid in creating a more even line. Additional tips: To achieve this, gently rub the tip of the brush or the cotton swab over the eyeshadow liner to slightly blur it, as shown below.
This step can be skipped if you prefer the way your liner looks without the smudging.
8. Apply makeup remover or cleanser under your eyes to help get rid of any lingering residue. Once you’re satisfied with the way your eye makeup is turning out, it’s time to clean up the eyeshadow fallout. To clean your skin, use your makeup remover or a damp cloth with a small amount of cleanser applied to it. Simply use the cloth to wipe the area under your eyelids clean.
Even if you’re applying more makeup than usual, you can proceed with your routine as usual.
Method 3 Doing a Winged Smokey Eye
1. Apply primer to the inside of your eyelids to ensure that your makeup lasts longer. Apply a small amount of primer to the tip of your finger and dab it over your eyelid. Using your fingertip, blend the primer into your skin until it is completely blended.
Primer increases the longevity of your makeup by giving it more staying power.
2. To apply eyeshadow, wet an angled makeup brush with grey or brown eyeshadow. Because you’ll be using black eyeshadow as your liner, you can use any dark shade other than black. Then, using your angled brush, coat both ends with the colour you want to use.
Colors such as dark grey, charcoal, espresso, and raisin are all excellent choices. You can choose between matte and shimmery eyeshadows, depending on your personal taste.
3. Apply the colour in a thick line along your lash line with a makeup brush. Make use of an angle brush because the bristles are able to create a crisp line when used properly. Make a small indentation in your lash line and slowly drag the shadow along your upper eyelid, following the lash line. Draw an eyeliner line that is slightly thicker than you would normally use to line your eyes.
If necessary, re-dip your brush into the eyeshadow to pick up more colour if necessary.
This line will serve as the foundation for your smokey eyeliner. Later on, you’ll blend in a darker eyeshadow to complete the look.
4. To create the wing, lift your brush from the corner of your eye and drag it upward. To add more colour to your eyeshadow, dip your brush back into the pan. Then, using your angled brush, draw a line around the outside of your eye. Drag the brush out and up slowly to create a wing shape on the wing. Fill in the colour with the brush by dabbing it over the wing.
Use a piece of tape diagonally across the edge of your eye to aid you in drawing your wings if you’re having trouble. Then, trace along the top of the tape to create the shape of your wing with a pencil.
5. Using a smaller angle brush, apply matte black eyeshadow to the lids. Make use of a smaller brush so that this line will be noticeably thinner than the previous one. Apply a thin layer of black eyeshadow to the ends of the brush.
Make use of matte eyeshadow to give the appearance of traditional eyeliner.
6. As an eyeliner, draw a thin line along your lash line and the wing of your eye. Begin at the centre of your eye and work your way outward to the inner corner of your eye, if possible. Then, return to the centre of your eye and gently drag the brush out to the outer corner. Finish by drawing a trace around your wing.
Slowly trace the line to ensure that it is as straight as possible.
7. In order to blend out your winged eye liner, use a soft, fluffy brush. Take a regular eyeshadow brush and swipe it over both lines to blend the colours together more effectively. Swipe the brush along both your lash line and the wing of your lashes. Make a series of back and forth movements until the black line becomes smudged into the lighter line.
Your eye should begin to appear smokey at this point.
If the colour isn’t dark enough at this point, add more eyeshadow to the area to darken it further.
8. Continue to follow these steps until your winged smokey eye is the desired shade. Using your angled brush, apply more of your lighter shade along your lash line and wing of your eyeshadow. Then, using your smaller angled brush, line your upper lash line with black shadow once more. Using your fluffy brush, smudge the colours together until they are well blended. After that, look over your work to see if you’re satisfied with your smokey eye.
It is possible that you will need to apply several coats to achieve the desired colour. Don’t give up on your dreams! A smokey eye requires several layers of eyeshadow to achieve the desired effect.
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