Today I was asked how to correctly (and perfectly) apply eyeliner. Now, I’m no expert but I have been practicing the ‘flick’ for years and it’s one of my personal favourite looks. I believe the catflick can be worn easily for both day and night looks; this can be achieved correctly by changing the length of the flick and intensity. To begin, here’s a picture of one of my favourite eyeliner looks…
This look is a little dramatic, but perfect for a night out. I am a firm believer in using the right eyeliner to create the flick and my weapon of choice is Maybelline’s Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner. The pot of gel comes with a little brush that makes application flawless. Now, the secret to getting a perfectly lined eye involves a lot of practice. It can take a while to get the technique right so be patient. I always pull my eyelid taut (from the outer corner) in order to get a perfectly flat surface to trace. Start in the middle of the eyelid, placing your elbow on a hard surface to avoid wobbly hands (this becomes easier with practice and eventually you won’t need a hard surface to rest on). Give the line a depth of around 1-2mm in the centre working outwards with a gradual increase in depth. Always follow the natural shape of your eye; i.e. the line should mirror your lid shape all the way around. When you come to the outer corner of the eye bring the line down to the edge and taking a small amount of liner place the brush just under the outer edge of the lashes and draw a thin line at a right angle upwards, ending where you want the flick to finish. Then, connect the liner on the eyelid to the angled line in a triangular shape. To finish, draw a veyr thin line in the inner corner of the eye, starting from the point your liner begins in the centre backwards towards the tear duct. For a less dramatic look it is important not to bring the liner right to the duct; finish slightly inwards.
For the bottom lashline, I begin with the outer corner connecting to the triangular flick. This can be tricky, so always take this step slowly, opening your eye to check on progress and shape. The bottom lashline should always remain thin, just to finish off the look, and I usually finish slightly inwards on the eye rather than bringing the line over to the tear duct (see the picture above). Of course, you don’t need to line the bottom lashes, it’s just a personal preference.
To make the flick more daytime, all you need do is decrease the size of the triangle i.e. cut the line off sooner. This picture shows a more daytime friendly version of the flick, with a pop of colour to make it brighter.
I recommend using the product mentioned, it is by far the best product I’ve found and makes application so easy, but if you prefer crayon liners they can work just as well but take more practice. If your liner isn’t creamy and therefore easy to apply without hurting your lid, I recommend warming the tip between your fingers for a short while (or even heating it with a hairdryer for a few seconds!) which softens the tip and makes application creamier. I’ll finish by including a picture of natural cat eyes; which I used one Halloween (years ago) for the quintessential female costume; a Cat. This pictures clearly shows the line, and how it should follow the shape of the eye.