The key to the best-looking makeup is making it look natural. This is especially true of eyeliner. If eyeliner is too heavy, it can make the eyes look small. If it is thick and smudged, the eyes might look bruised. Choosing the wrong type of eyeliner can makes the eyes look prematurely aged. It is important to assess what qualities your eyeliner should have based on what eye makeup style you are trying to achieve.
The wrong color of eye liner can make you look clownish or childish. Picking the right color is essential to making heavy eye liner look good. If you have light blonde hair, a black eye liner will not look natural. Choose a tan or light brown shade instead, as it will match your hair color better and therefore not stand out on your face.
People with red hair should choose light to medium brown or coppery shades. Those with dark hair should use dark brown or black eyeliner. Eyeliners also come in many colorful shades, such as purple, blue, and green: if you are attempting to create a style with thick eyeliner, avoid these colors.
There is a difference between thick eyeliner and dark eyeliner. Both of these styles can be considered heavy. Proper eye shadow application and mascara application are also key to making heavy eyeliner look good. If you would like to achieve a dark eyeliner look, follow these steps:
- Sweep a neutral shade of eye shadow over the entire eyelid and brow bone area. Make sure to blend well with a round brush so that there is not a visible line between the eye shadow and the skin on your face.
- Apply a darker, neutral color, like a medium brown, to the eyelid. Start from the inside of the eyelid and move toward your ear. Blend this shade with a round brush into the neutral shade you applied in Step 1.
- Using an eyeliner with a medium hardness (it shouldn’t feel like a pencil and it shouldn’t feel like creamâ€¦find something in between), start lining the top eyelid as close to the lash line as possible. Start at the inside of the line and work out, toward your ear. You want to make this line as crisp as possible. Dark eyeliner tends to be crisp while thick eyeliner tends to be smudged. You may want to consider a liquid eyeliner once you have perfected lining with a pencil liner.
- Go over the line you made once again with the eyeliner to make it darker.
- Apply two coats of mascara in a shade close to the shade of eyeliner you just used. Let the mascara dry. Your look is complete!
To achieve a thick eye liner look, follow these steps:
- Sweep a neutral shade of eye shadow over the entire eyelid and brow bone area. Make sure to blend well with a round brush to avoid an eye shadow line.
- Apply a shade of eye shadow that is darker than the shade you just used across the eyelid. Blend well.
- Use a third, darker shade to accent the crease of the eye and the lash line. To do this, apply a small amount of dark color the outside quarter of the eyelid. Then, using a smaller brush, apply a thin line of darker shadow across the lash line.
- Using a soft, creamy eyeliner, line the lash line from the inside of the eye to the outside. Do not worry about applying a lot of eyeliner: it is better to start light and get heavier when attempting a dramatic liner look.
- Using a sponge brush or cotton swab, smudge the liner you just applied. Blend it as best you can into the shadow you have already applied.
- Apply another layer of creamy eyeliner. This time, do not smudge it.
- Apply the creamy eyeliner to the bottom lash line and then smudge it gently. Be careful not to make the smudged line very thick, as you do not want the liner under your eyes to extend very far.
- Apply two coats of matching mascara and let dry. If necessary, blend the eye shadow and liner more. You can alter this look by using only one layer of eyeliner, or not applying liner to the lower lash line.