Lazy Girl Guide to Eyeliner

Hello, Hello!

Today I’m sharing my repertoire of eyeliner tricks, tips and bits that I’ve picked up on my expedition to become good at creating pretty eyes for myself. This is precious knowledge that I wish I had known throughout my clumsy years of highschool. Use it wisely, because with great knowledge comes a great cat-eye.

The Primer

If you really want to step up your eye game, get a primer so that your eyeliner is sitting on even toned skin. There are hundreds of varieties for all skin colours and skin types. I use Revlon Colorstay in 200 Nude.


I apply it basically all around my eye; in the crease, where the bags are and on my eyelids so that the skin is more of an even tone.

After: Goodbye redness, oils and bags!

Obvious.VS Natural

Now the next segment really depends on what type of look your trying to accomplish.

Are you trying to make a statement? Or are you going for something more subtle?

I love dramatic eyeliner. It makes my eyes pop and look bigger and prettier. But others, my sister for instance, prefer a more naturalized liner that creates a more “I woke up like this” kinda vibe.

For the Obvious: Wing it!

This is the staple in the Eyeliner world. Once you can wing, you can start playing with the dramatics of whatever look your trying to accomplish.

For wings, and things like cat eye, you need to use liquid liner.


When I was 14, I got my first bottle of liquid liner. I tried it once and ended up putting it away for the entirety of my high school career, focusing solely on gel and pencil liners.

oh no


But as I realized how much fun it could be, it really got easier!

Don’t worry, if I can do it, so can you!

Straight Line

Start with a Simple Line

Using your brush, create a straight line, going as close to your eyelashes as possible. In this pic I made a thicker line, but you can do one as thin or thick as you please. You should notice that the line naturally curves a little bit with the shape of your eye, that’s normal!

From here your gonna start making a wing my creating a diagonal line. Wherever you put the line, tends to change the overall look of the liner, so pick based on the effect you want to go for. If your lost, the smaller the better: you can always extend it later.

Diagonal Line
Finished Wing
Finished Wing!

Then your gonna take the point of your diagonal line and create another line going into about the middle of your horizontal line. This will create a triangle.

Then all you do is fill it in! Boom! Easy Peasy.

Going Natural:

Do the same primer techniques for a natural look. Now, with the natural look, you should use a pencil liner, because they tend to not stand out as strongly as liquid. I would suggest using the color of your hair or eyelashes, as the end result will be accentuating your lashes.

For natural, take your pencil and draw a basic line as we did before above with the liquid.

Also, on your bottom lid draw a half-line from the outside of your eye to the inside, just to outline the natural eyelashes on your lower lids. Be careful not to stab yourself in the eye though!

When you stab yourself in the eye…

Source: Nikki Shell

Gel Liner

Gel liner is like the beginners guide to liquid. If your really not feeling comfortable with liquid yet, then try gel. I tend to find Gel smudges more than Liquid, so use Gel liner for a smokey look. Gel is also great to use when experimenting with different colors and fun things like sparkles!

Think you have some insider knowledge about liner? Let me know in the comments below!

Top Image Source: Promise Phan

One thought on “Lazy Girl Guide to Eyeliner”

  1. You can make make a quick easy gel eyeliner by warming the tip of a kohl liner with a lighter.
    Hold the tip of the liner right above the flame for a few seconds, and then test the pencil on the back of your hand before lining your eyes. Vola! Gel liner

    Another quick tip for those who hands aren’t steady enough for liquid eye liners. Line your eye with a pencil liner and go over with the liquid!


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