13 Secrets That Make Eyeliner Application Shockingly Easy

Perhaps no other piece of makeup can change our look so dramatically as eyeliner— or have as drastically comical results when it goes badly! Every woman who went through middle or high school accidentally looking like a raccoon knows what I mean. (No shame! We all did it at one point.) Unless we actually fall in love with the crazy-thick, fully-circled-eyes look – and hey, you rock it if you love it! – a lot of us end up kind of abandoning eyeliner altogether. I know I, for one, view liquid liner with great suspicion, and I always watch makeup tutorials wondering, “But . . . how? How are you so good at that?” Well, today Tina Yong is going to help all of us! She’s sharing her best tricks for getting a gorgeous liner look, fixing mistakes, looking natural and generally having fun with it. Read on, learn, and try a new look!

14 Eyeliner Application Tricks

  1. Use eye shadow primer to prevent your liner from smudging or moving throughout the day. Follow up application of the primer with some setting powder, and your liner won’t move at all.
    Eye shadow primer prevents eye liner from smudgingTina Yong
  2. Make your eye liner last longer by setting it with an eye shadow in the same color. You can also use this idea s an opportunity to try out different effects: cat eye, smokey eye, etc.
    Set eye liner with eye shadow in the same colorTina Yong
  3. Apply liquid liner by first making small dashes to guide you, then connecting them. Easy!
    Make dashes with liquid liner and connect for a perfect lineTina Yong
  4. Use tape to guide you for a perfect winged liner look.
    Use a piece of tape to guide the line of winged linerTina Yong
  5. Eye liner run out? Simply refill it with mascara by dipping your eyeliner brush into the mascara and using it as liquid liner.
    Use mascara to refill and renew old eye linerTina Yong
  6. Stock up on tiny cotton swabs to erase mistakes. Dip the end into a gentle remover and dab away at the mistake. The ends are small enough to be precise.
    Use tiny q-tips dipped in makeup remover to fix mistakesTina Yong
  7. You can also cover up mistakes with concealer, or use the concealer to make the lines look more precise.
    Use concealer to cover mistakes and sharpen eye liner linesTina Yong
  8. Want to make winged liner more fun and fancy? Apply a thin line of glitter liner on top of the regular one!
    Apply glitter liner on top of end of regular linerTina Yong
  9. Want to skip the liner because you’re planning to wear fake eyelashes? You can! Just pick out fake lashes with a thick base band to create the liner look without applying liner.
    Use fake lashes with a bigger band to fake liner lookTina Yong
  10. For a less dramatic daytime look or for women with lighter eyes, use brown liner instead of black to avoid harsh contrasts.
    Use brown liner instead of black for daytime or light eyesTina Yong
  11. For a more natural lower lash line, substitute brown eyes shadow for harsh black liner.
    Substitute brown eye shadow for black liner on your lower lash lineTina Yong
  12. If you like to use white eye liner to wake up your eyes and make them look brighter, try swapping it out for a nude liner for a more natural look.
    Use nude liner instead of white to brighten eyesTina Yong
  13. Want to have fun with your liner but don’t want to look too crazy? Apply a colored liner just to your lower water line.
    Apply colored liner to water line for subtle funTina Yong

Great ideas here! I’m definitely going to go out and buy some nude liner today— and maybe a fun color, too! What about you? Which of these ideas did you already know and which ones have you heard before? Do you have any funny memories of the way you did your eyeliner when you were a teenager? Share, and be sure to watch Tina’s video for more details on these tricks and to see exactly how she applies the makeup in each one.