Here are 5 eyeliner faux pas to avoid!
1.Overdoing it on the bottom waterline.
Heavily lining your lower waterline—especially with a very dark colour—actually makes your eyes look smaller. Plus, you’re more likely to end up with under-eye smudges. If you want to define your lower lashline, use a light pencil or, for an even more subtle look, a light brown or taupe eye shadow. Try Phoenix Powderliner in “Chocolate”, “Tornado” or Phoenix Eyeshadow in “Java”.
2. Putting it on unevenly, resulting in a jagged look.
It’s so frustrating to have to wipe off that line on your upper lid with makeup remover a million times before you get it right. To keep liner straight, avoid tugging at the outer corners of your eyes. This can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth. Try pointing your chin up and looking down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them. And if you’re using gel liner, apply it with a Phoenix Angle brush for a smoother look. You can also use a light pencil to draw in the line to give yourself a guideline first.
3. Only using black and brown.
A little white or nude eyeliner on your bottom lid can work wonders to make you look more awake and refreshed. Gently pull on your under-eye and trace the line between the lower lashes and the inside rim to open up your eyes.
4. Not knowing the differences between pencil, gel, and liquid.
Pencil eyeliners are best if you’re in a hurry: They’re the quickest to put on and resist smearing. Gel or creme liners give you a more glam look and allow more control over line thickness. Our top pick: Phoenix Creme Liner. Liquid liners are the “advanced” kind. They apply more precisely, but you really need a steady hand to put ’em on. It’s a powerful product that delivers a strong, fluid line. Its intense pigmentation creates definition at the lash line and by controlling the thickness of the line, you can create a range of looks. Phoenix has the most easy liquid liner there is: Phoenix Felt-Tip Liner.
5. Not smudge-proofing.
Here’s how to do it: Apply your liner with a pencil or a tiny brush, and then trace over the line with a matching powder shadow. To make it last even longer, wet your shadow brush with eye-drops first.