The Basics: Pencil Eye Makeup Lesson

See close-up how to apply eyeliner to your eyelash line, set it with powder -- and line your lower and upper rims.

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Start by pulling the skin of your eyelid taut to make drawing a smooth line easier. You can also try bracing your elbow on a flat surface to prevent shaky hands. As you draw, try to get the eye makeup as close to your lashes as possible. You don't want to have any skin showing between the liner and your eyelashes. It's truly the difference between good makeup and great makeup. If your line turns out less than perfect, use a smudge brush to even out the line -- but be sure to wipe the brush after every stroke so you don't keep adding more color, making the eye makeup heavy and dark.

Have you ever wondered why liner runs? Most pencil liners are wax based, so by nature they melt with your body heat. To counteract this, set your liner with powder shadow in the same shade. Trace just over the liner. If you're looking for big drama, line your upper inner rim with eye makeup. Use a small, lint-free Q-Tip to dry your inner rim first -- otherwise the color won't stick. Finally, two coats of black mascara will finish off the look.

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by jessicaviolett Friday, May 31, 2013 at 06:56PM Report as inappropriate

Nice

by EricaF123 Saturday, December 29, 2012 at 08:57AM Report as inappropriate

Loved this simple tip. Felt the difference of using eye pencil on inner rim

by Pinky5 Monday, October 1, 2012 at 06:57AM Report as inappropriate

Never would of thought of setting the liner with shadow, so simple and yet effective. Plus the q-tip trick is a great tip!

by BrookeSS Thursday, August 23, 2012 at 08:33AM Report as inappropriate

Wow I never used the q-tip to dry out my inner rim and now I know to do so. Very happy you brought that to my attention.

by booboo08 Friday, July 13, 2012 at 12:01AM Report as inappropriate

never thought of drying the inner rim, im going to keep that in mind

by isa_bella04 Monday, July 2, 2012 at 06:11PM Report as inappropriate

A lot of people don't use the q-tip trick to dry your inner rim. Glad you mentioned it :)

by Taylerbootz Thursday, May 24, 2012 at 12:16PM Report as inappropriate

I have never lined the inside of my upper eye before.

by beautybody Sunday, April 1, 2012 at 09:04AM Report as inappropriate

the powder idea is very helpful

by bianca_renee_luoni Saturday, March 24, 2012 at 05:32PM Report as inappropriate

This is exactly have I apply my eyeliner, great tips! :)

by powerwoman033 Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at 08:17AM Report as inappropriate

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