It's been said that eyeliner dates back to Ancient Egypt in 10,000 B.C. Apparently a combination of ash, copper, lead, burnt almonds and more secret ingredients were used to line the eyes and help protect them from the glare of the sun. Well, we may not use burnt nuts anymore, but getting the hang of eyeliner can sometimes still feel like an archaic task. We talk you through the various kinds of eyeliner on the market and offer a few fail-safe tips.
If you're just starting out with eyeliner, pencil might be the best way to go as it gives you the greatest control over your lines. Make sure it's sharp, but also look out for a pencil that's soft and the right colour for you. For example, a green pencil can bring out brown eyes, while purple can often suit blue eyes. Pencil eyeliner is especially good to line the waterline of your eyes.
If you're confident using a brush, a liquid eyeliner gives a distinct, inky line that should last you through a busy day or fun night. Keep in mind that liquid eyeliner tends to dry very quickly, so keep a cotton bud handy to wipe away any mistakes. If you have a steady hand, you can create a dark, sharp line to frame your eyes beautifully.
Gel eyeliners typically come in a pot with a thin brush for application. You'll need a bit of practise to master this, but once you have the hang of it, lining your eyes will be a cinch. Gel liners have been said to be the ideal option when attempting to create a winged eye (where the flick extends beyond the outside corner of the eye).
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