When I started out as a makeup artist there were three things I felt I should master as soon as possible, the red lip, the smokey eye and the perfect black eye liner.
Liner for me is the ultimate classic eye makeup, it can be playfully kicked up at the corners, worn in and sexy or straight and tough looking but always makes a statement about the wearer. Getting your liner right however is a whole other subject as many of my girlfriends will agree. Here’s are my top tips and products to help you get the liner you want.
1. Make sure that your liner brush is in good condition, you won’t get a sharp line if your brush bristles are bent.
2. Tip your head backwards when looking in the mirror, this will expose your eye lid and make it easier to draw your line.
3. Choose your texture. Some people feel more comfortable with a gel or a liquid but don’t be scared to map out your liner in pencil first.
4. Keep some cotton buds handy. I love using the Muji mini cotton buds for correcting any mistakes. They are really precise and can sharpen the edge of liner that’s started to get out of control.
5. For a totally jet black lash line use an eye kohl on the upper rim of your eye lid. MAC’s Graphblack is perfect for this as it stays put for hours.
6. I love Elizabeth Arden’s smokey eye pencil in black as it’s really soft but dry so won’t smudge too much, it’s great for sketching out a rough line.
7. I’m really in to using my Guerlain liquid liner at the moment as it has the perfect brush for creating a super fine liner thats not too over powering.
8. To make your liner really stand out set it against a beautifully creamy base.
My Liner inspirations …
Blumarine – A softer take on a sharp shape. To get this black coffee eye start with a black eye Kohl inside the waterline then shape your flicks using a black gel liner and an angled brush. Soften the whole look by blending a rich brown shadow over the liner.
Jeremy Scott . This look starts with a classic 50’s flick in a liquid line with the rest of the lines following this as a guide. Use a pencil first to get your outline then when your happy with the shape go over it with a liquid or gel liner. Iv’e got round to seeing the movie and alough I felt I was watching a feature length Gucci advert I adored every minute of it! Julie Anne Moore’s makeuo stole the show… I’m a sucker for an exaggerated 60’s eye liner!