The tissue of the eye area is extremely delicate.
Therefore, when choosing an eyeliner pencil make sure
to select one that is soft enough to glide easily.
Pencil eyeliners tend to be quite popular because they are easier to control.
Felt tip liners are quite similar to liquid eyeliners in consistency
and offer a user a bit more control.
Cake eyeliners, traditionally used by professionals, are now becoming very popular.
A new trend is to use eyeshadows as eyeliners.
The advantage of this is that one has a wider selection of colors to use.
Before sharpening your eyeliner or lip pencil,
put them in the freezer for 10 minutes.
They will harden slightly and not break when sharpened.
Some eyeliners (pencil) can be very hard to apply.
You may have to press down very hard making it skip
and causing you to miss spots. It also hurts your eyes.
A solution to this is holding the tip of the pencil near a kitchen burner,
lighter, match, or holding it under a hair dryer or under a hair straightener.
Leave the pencil there for 5-10 seconds and you will see
the improvement right away.
Be sure to test the pencil on your hand first, to make sure it is not too hot.
Choose an eyeliner appropriate for your eye color.
Brown, navy and charcoal accent light eyes well,
while brown and plum shades flatter brown eyes.
Make sure your liner complements the color of your shadow.
Consider the type of look you're after. Pencil eyeliner gives your eyes
soft definition, while liquid versions offer precision and drama.
You can also moisten dark eye shadow and apply it with a small, flat brush.
Prepare a cake liner or a dark eye shadow by applying a small amount of
water to your brush. Or, if you're using a pencil eyeliner,
ensure that you've sharpened the pencil adequately.
Move the wet brush gently through your cake liner or dark shadow.
Hold the brush or pencil as you would hold a pen.
Draw a line across the upper lid just above the lashes,
from the inside corner to the outside corner of the eye.
If you're using liquid liner, allow it to dry before opening your eyes
all the way, or the color may transfer into the crease of your eye.
(If you used a brush or a pencil, soften the look by gently smudging
the line with your brush, a cotton swab or your finger.)
For more info, download Applying Eyeliners, a free ebook.