Master the Art of Applying Eyeliner Pencil: A Step-by-Step Guide

Alright, let's dive into the wonderful world of eyeliner pencils! Buckle up, beauty enthusiasts, because we're about to embark on a journey that'll transform you from a shaky-handed novice to a pencil-wielding pro. Get ready to draw the line between amateur and expert!

The Pencil: Your New Best Friend

Let's start with the star of the show - the eyeliner pencil. Think of it as the training wheels of the makeup world. Unlike its liquid and gel cousins, which can be as unpredictable as a cat on a hot tin roof, the pencil eyeliner is your steady companion. It's forgiving, flexible, and perfect for those of us who haven't quite mastered the art of drawing a straight line while balancing on one foot (because let's face it, that's basically what applying eyeliner feels like sometimes).

Makeup artist Renee Loiz puts it perfectly: "Similar to writing with a pencil, an eyeliner pencil is the easiest and most fail-proof eyeliner to use for beginners. Just hold as you would a regular pencil and draw along your lash line." See? It's not rocket science - it's just like those good old school days, minus the math homework.

Priming Time: Lay the Groundwork

Before you even think about putting that pencil anywhere near your eye, let's talk prep. You wouldn't paint a masterpiece on a crumpled napkin, would you? Of course not! So why would you apply eyeliner to unprepared eyelids?

Dab on a smidge of eye primer and blend it out gently. Think of it as creating a smooth runway for your eyeliner to glide across. Not only does this help your liner go on smoother than a fresh jar of Skippy, but it also creates a barrier that keeps your masterpiece intact all day long. With a good primer, your eyeliner will pop and have something to hold onto, like a koala hugging a eucalyptus tree.

Steady as She Goes: The Art of Application

Now, let's get down to the nitty-gritty - actually applying the eyeliner. First things first, assume the position. No, not that position! We're talking about tilting your head back and looking down into a mirror.

This angle gives you the best view of your lash line, kind of like how tilting your head back at the dentist gives them the best view of your molars (but way less scary).

To keep your hand steady, try resting your drawing arm or elbow on a flat surface. Alternatively, you can rest the pinky side of your hand on your cheek. It's like creating your own personal makeup artist's easel. If your hand is still shakier than a leaf in a hurricane, don't worry!

We've got more tricks up our sleeve.

The Dash and Connect: Your New Favorite Dance Move

If drawing a continuous line across your lid seems as impossible as licking your elbow (go ahead, try it, we'll wait), here's a nifty trick: the dash and connect. Start by drawing short dashes along your lash line. Think of it as creating a connect-the-dots puzzle on your eyelid.

Then, simply join these dashes to create one smooth line. Voila! You've just outsmarted your own shaky hands.

Remember, a good eyeliner pencil should glide across your lid smoother than a penguin on ice. If it's tugging at your eyelid like a stubborn toddler, it might be time to invest in a new one.

Flick It Like Beckham: Mastering the Wing

Ah, the winged eyeliner - the holy grail of eye makeup. It's the difference between "I woke up like this" and "I'm ready to conquer the world." But fear not, young padawan, for we have the secret to mastering the flick.

Start by placing your pencil at the outer corner of your eye. Then, channeling your inner David Beckham, flick upwards following the natural angle of your lower lid.

Now, trace your eyeliner along your upper lid outward and connect it to the wing. If you're still struggling, here's a cheat code: use a name card, old credit card, or tape as a stencil. It's like using the bumpers in bowling - no shame in the game!

Tightlining: The Ninja Technique

Want to add some subtle definition without looking like you're auditioning for a punk rock band? Enter tightlining - the ninja of eyeliner techniques. Gently lift your eyelid (no need to pull it like you're trying to win a tug-of-war) and trace a thin line on the area of skin below your lash line.

Finish off with a curl of your lashes and a coat of mascara. It's like the "no makeup" makeup look, but with a secret weapon.

Oops, I Did It Again: Dealing with Mistakes

Even Picasso probably messed up a brushstroke or two. If you end up looking more raccoon than ravishing, don't panic! Grab a Q-tip and some eye makeup remover and clean up those mistakes.

Just make sure to let it dry before reapplying your eyeliner. We don't want any makeup remover residue interfering with your masterpiece.

Set It and Forget It: The Final Touch

Last but not least, let's make sure your hard work doesn't disappear faster than a plate of cookies at a kids' party. Dust a thin veil of translucent powder over your eyeliner using a fluffy eyeshadow brush. This sets your eye makeup and prevents it from budging during the day. It's like hairspray for your eyelids!

And there you have it, folks! You're now armed with all the knowledge you need to transform from an eyeliner novice to a pencil-wielding pro. Remember, practice makes perfect, so don't be discouraged if your first few attempts look more abstract art than precise lines.

Keep at it, and soon you'll be drawing lines sharper than your wit. Now go forth and conquer the world, one perfectly lined eye at a time!


What's the best way to steady my hand when applying eyeliner?

Rest your elbow on a flat surface or the pinky side of your hand on your cheek. This provides stability and helps create smoother lines.

How can I make my pencil eyeliner last longer?

Use an eye primer before application and set the liner with matching eyeshadow. This helps the eyeliner stay in place and prevents smudging throughout the day.

What's the easiest way to create a winged eyeliner look with a pencil?

Start by drawing short dashes along your lash line, then connect them. Extend the line slightly past your outer corner for a subtle wing.

How do I apply eyeliner to my waterline?

Gently pull down your lower lid to expose the waterline. Starting from the outer corner, apply the pencil in short strokes, moving inward.