For many makeup lovers, eyeliner is the most important part of a makeup look. Whether you want a graphic style, cute cat eye, smokey eye, or even the barely there “no makeup makeup” look, eyeliner is key to achieving the look. When done correctly, liner can brighten and draw attention to your eyes. Knowing where to put liner and how to apply it is a key skill every makeup lover should learn to master. More advanced styles like winged liner can take a lot of practice, especially if you’re on the go, but who has the time? So if you usually skip liner entirely unless you have just the right amount of time, then fear not, here are some simple tricks on how to get your liner right each and every time.

Know the types of liners you can use, and where to use them.

There are three different types of eyeliners - gel, pencil, and liquid. We think the two best types are liquid and pencil, which is why we offer the Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner and Tattooed Solid pencil. Pencils can be used on the top and bottom lid, whereas liquid liner is typically used on the top lid only. Pencils are the preferred liner method if you want to smudge out your top lid or create a crisp, thin line in your lower lashline.

What’s the right type of liner for you?

When it comes to everyday looks, pencils are most frequently used. If that’s the type of liner you use, remember to always keep your pencil sharpened, both for a clean edge and to keep it sanitary. Use our rose gold luxe Pencil Sharpener, that’s made with durable stainless steel and is double barreled, so you can sharpen both your Tattooed Solid and larger pencils with ease.

Liquid liners are for advanced liner enthusiasts. These liners have a liquid formula that’s dispensed through a felt tip. Storing liquid liners in the correct way, with the cap secured and tip side down will ensure a longer shelf life and better application.

This liner can be messy, so expect that mistakes will be made. It is often a chore to fix your line after it has dried, so you must work quickly. With practice and patience, liquid liners are the best choice when creating winged liner or other graphic liner looks. In the Insanely Intense Tattooed Eyeliner collection you have your choice of classic jet black, brown, and other brighter shades. If you want to know what would be the best color to make your eyes pop, delve into some color theory.

No makeup remover needed: you can ace your liner on your first try!

When it comes to your top lid, it’s imperative to start off with an easy, smooth surface for your liner to glide across. Gently pull your lid taught using your finger before applying liner. If your hand gets shaky, steady your elbow on a flat surface.

Have you mastered the pencil liner but are still working on liquid liner? Try lightly lining your lid with a pencil first then go over it with your liquid liner. This trick doesn’t require a completely steady hand.

Another fool-proof way to nail your top lid liner is using the dot technique. Simply map out your top lashline with dots of your liner and connect the dots to create a crisp, clean line. This technique is great for when your hand is a bit shaky and you are worried about creating uneven lines.

Now go and create your best liner looks yet! Remember to tag your selfies with #SkoneGirl for a chance to be featured on our social media.