Today's post is a pretty basic question that I always get from young female cousins, nephews and teenagers alike.
"What is that one product I need to get started with makeup?"
Different people have different needs to address. For instance, someone might want to give their lips a pop of colour to look marginally alive and some people have to do something to their eyes in order to look fresh and awake.
Taking all features taken into consideration, after much deliberation, I think the one product everyone should own, especially for makeup beginner is an eyeliner.
Your look can change so much with just a flick of an eyeliner, from sleepy-face to i'm-ready-to-rock-your-world face. Who wouldn't want that. There are plenty of tricks you can do with the right kind of eyeliners as well, from a simple streak on your upper lash line, full-on lined and smoked eye to a classic 'cat-eye' look.
Buying eyeliners can be confusing, what's with plenty of makeup term thrown your way like kohl, gel etc. Here are 3 basic eyeliner types you should know:
Pencil: This type of eyeliner is definitely a beginner's best friend. A pencil liner is easier to practice with if you want to master an eyeliner look. Just line in short strokes starting from the outer corner to the inner corner of your eye, then connect it to create a line. Simple! However, depending on its formula, sometimes a pencil liner does not spread as smooth or as thickly as either gel or liquid type of eyeliner.
Gel: Gel eyeliner is my personal favourite. They are smooth, glides like butter, dark as midnight, hardly smudges and is a joy to work with. Most gel formula dries to a matte finish. Don't be intimidated by any labels though because gel eyeliners can come in a pen or a pot form. As much as I love gel eyeliners, my only complain with it is that, the formula dries in packaging pretty quickly. Make sure you use yours within a year to avoid the product from drying out and being an overall nightmare on your face.
Liquid: Many women out there including my older sister, swear by liquid eyeliner. Due to its fine tip and thinner formula, liquid eyeliner can create a more precise and neat line. They also stay on the eyes far longer than pencil eyeliner. However, liquid eyeliner takes time to dry and set properly. You also need a steady hand to handle a liquid eyeliner. Similar to gel eyeliner, liquid eyeliners can come in either a pen or a tube with brush form.
1) Ever had that problem where your eyes look smaller with eyeliner on? Fret not - try out this runway tip. Do not connect your lower lash eyeliner line to your upper lash line as it closes up your eyes. Instead, leave a gap. This creates an illusion of wider eyes. Pro tip: you can even dot that outer gap (blend afterwards) with a white / champagne / nude eyeliner or eyeshadow for extra brightening action.
2) Getting a perfect line is easy peasy with this trick! Draw a rough line (you can even do so with your eyes close - just make sure not to poke your eye though) and then sharpen it with a cotton bud swab with petroleum jelly or makeup remover. Perfect line done in less than a minute!
3) Most people use mascara after eyeliner (me included) but actually, the smarter way around it is to apply mascara first. This is so that you will be able to see your eye's full shape and know what to enhance with the liner. However way you do it, it's totally on you and your personal style. The reason I use eyeliner first is because I don't want to mess up my mascara.
4) For those with unsteady hands, don't give up on liquid eyeliner just yet. You might just nail that perfect line with this simple trick. Use a pencil liner first as a guide and trace it again a second time with liquid eyeliner. Not only will you be able to create a neat line, it will also be darker and lasts longer. YAY!
I hope this post helps! Now I feel like getting myself some new eyeliners to play with. :D
See you again in future posts!