This one goes out to everybody who thinks they suck at eyeliner: You aren’t alone. The excellent news is that with follow, there’s just one method to go — up! We requested make-up execs for his or her tried-and-true eyeliner suggestions, from fixing errors to stopping them altogether. Some are for eyeliner inexperienced persons and a few for the intermediate-to-advanced wing-wearers (however hey, who would not love to speak store regardless?). Contemplate this the Cliff Notes guide to by no means fucking up your eyeliner once more.

1. Select Your Eyeliner Correctly

Ever suppose that possibly it isn’t you? Possibly — simply possibly — it is your eyeliner method? Liquids may be liable to wobbliness, pencils to smeariness. For making a “stunning, outlined eye”, makeup artist Carl Ray (whose clientele consists of former First Girl Michelle Obama) opts for gel liner: “it is easy to use and may be very long-lasting,” he explains. Our alternative? Certainly one of our 2017 Greatest Of Magnificence winners: Revlon’s Colorstay Gel Liner.

2. Erase Errors Strategically

“Smudged eyeliner occurs!” says Daniel Chinchilla, who works with cat-eye queen, Ariana Grande. Whenever you slip up, “it’s greatest to not mess up the remainder of your make-up.” As a substitute of ranging from scratch, Daniel recommends dipping a Q tip in an oil-free make-up remover (he loves Neutrogena’s) and utilizing the small head as a tiny eraser. Carl Ray notes that dipping a Q-tip in a small quantity of moisturizer additionally does the trick. On the go? Almay’s Makeup Eraser Sticks comprise pre-loaded make-up remover, in order that they’re nice to throw in a journey bag.

three. Play Join The Dots

As a substitute of making an attempt to attain the proper liner look in a single single swoop, take it from the professionals and take it sloooow. Ray suggests utilizing an eye fixed pencil to use small dots near the lash line “then join the dots with an eyeliner brush.” A worthy instrument could be the Smith Cosmetics 202 Microliner Brush.
Chinchilla provides that “smaller strokes can help you have extra management and get a extra exact line”— no matter what kind of of eyeliner you are utilizing.

four. Set Your Liner With Shadow

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Assuming you are not going for an deliberately smudged look, do this hack for stopping blurry pencil traces: After lining with pencil, hint over them with a coordinating eyeshadow colour, Carl suggests. “Eyeliners have oil in them so following with a dusting of powder helps preserve it from budging or smudging.” Consider it like making use of setting powder over your basis — identical concept, however the colour prospects are infinite. For probably the most budge-proof base in each colour possible, attempt the Make Up For Ever Aqua XL pencils.

5. Sharpen Your Traces With Concealer

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Concealer is for extra than simply under-eyes and blemishes. Ray factors out that it will also be used to “clear up and reshape eyeliner errors.” The trick: “dip a small artificial brush in a bit little bit of concealer,” and apply to areas you want to wash up. Desire a razor-sharp cat-eye? Paint the concealer proper up towards the liner. The proper spackle for the job? NARS Soft Matte Complete Concealer (JK, it isn’t really spackle, it is simply actually good at protection.)

6. Go Regular

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If an unsteady hand is responsible for a wonky liner job, Ray suggests inserting your elbow on a flat floor to “mechanically preserve your arm and hand regular when making use of eyeliner.” We have additionally discovered tackling eyeliner is way simpler earlier than a 3rd cup of espresso within the morning or third glass of vino at night time. Simply saying.

7. Know Your Eye Form — and Play It Up

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Ray notes the significance of remembering that eyelids are formed in another way and that “liner seems to be greatest utilized in another way for every eye form, from monolid, upturned, downturned, hooded, rounded, and almond.” Mess around to search out what enhances your pure contours — and do not all the time anticipate seems to be to translate precisely from, say, a YouTube tutorial. Curb your expectations, mainly — however largely simply know that eyeliner tutorials should not one-size-fits-all.

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