How to Use Pencil Eyeliner

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Using a pencil eyeliner involves wiggling the liner as close to the lash line as possible while feathering out the edges and creating a thin, soft outline. Warm up the tip of an eyeliner pencil before applying with beauty tips from a certified aesthetician in this free video on makeup and cosmetics.

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Video Transcript

Hi, I'm Kelli. I'm an aesthetician and makeup artist at Ulta Salon and Cosmetics, and I'm going to show you how to use an eyeliner pencil. First thing you want to do is make sure it's sharp. Some pencils, especially if they're a coal based pencil, you might wanna, like, just kind of warm them to your skin a little bit. It's going to make them go on a whole lot easier. Just close for me. What you actually want to do is you want to work right at the base of the lashes, and just kind of work in like a wiggle, side to side motion. What screws a lot of people up is a lot of times is they try to draw one continuous line across the whole lid. And if you just kind of work side to side, and kind of feathering it and connecting it, you're going to get a much softer look. You're also going to get a finer line, and your liner's going to do for you what you want it to do, which is basically make your lash line look thicker. Open for me. So you can see, she just has like a really nice, thin line there that basically enhances her lash line. Look up for me. Same thing underneath. You just want to get right up under the lashes, and just kind of do a wiggle, side to side. Just to define the underneath. And you can even, just take a little bit and connect on the outer corner. That really defines the eye, but you want to keep the line really nice and thin, especially underneath you don't want too thick of a line that's going to really drag down the eye. So, the easiest thing is just work in a side to side motion, and kind of feather it together to get a nice, soft, continuous line instead of drawing one harsh line across the eye. So that's how you'd want to apply a pencil eyeliner.


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