"Knowing how to properly apply eyeliner will always allow you to create a
modern look," says celebrity makeup artist
Rae Morris, author of Beautiful Eyes: The Ultimate Eye Makeup Guide. For DIY assistance, we asked her to
share some strokes of genius. Click through for products and pro tips!
"Eyeliner smudges so easily because the eyelids are the greasiest part of the face," explains Morris. Before applying makeup, reduce oily residue with an alcohol-free makeup remover. Then apply a light layer of foundation to even your base, and finish with a dusting of translucent powder over the lid. It will set the color and absorb oils throughout the day.
MC TIP: Skip — or cut back on — putting eye creams on your lids pre-makeup to avoid slippery textures later.
"Any type of hard line on the face needs to be done perfectly or not at all," says Morris. "Messy liquid liner makes people look older and harsher." If you have rounder eyes, opt for powder and gel liners that will smudge enough to create an almond-shaped contour. Fine pencils and pens are ideal for more elongated or oval-shaped eyes.
MC TIP: Avoid dull or waxy points, and put pencils in the freezer for 30 seconds before sharpening.