How to Apply Eyeliner for a Sleek or Smokey Look

Want to know exactly how to apply eyeliner? It can be a tricky skill to master, but once you’ve nailed it, you’ll never have to deal with panda eyes and wobbly lines again. So, the question is: sleek and sharp or smudgy and smokey? Discover how to apply eyeliner two different ways with our makeup artist-approved step-by-steps...

How to Apply Pencil Eyeliner

If in doubt, smoke it out. Smokey eyes are a go-to for night-out glam, and nothing helps you perfect the look easier than a pencil eyeliner. If you’re rushing to get ready, or just want a 10-second sultry eye look, here’s how to apply smokey eyeliner like a pro…

Step 1: Start by etching Kohl Pencil along the upper lash line, from the inner to the outer corner of your eye.

Step 2: Continue to glide the soft, smudgy pencil tip along the lower lash line, ensuring you connect to the outer corner in a sideways ‘V’ shape. This opens up the eyes and makes them appear bigger.

Step 3: With your fingertip, lightly blend eyeliner from the upper lash line upwards, creating a soft, smokey effect on the lid.

Step 4: Repeat for the lower lash line, gently smudging to soften the line. Frame eyes with two coats of False Lash Effect Mascara for a classic, stand-out smokey look.

MUA tip: Make sure your pencil eyeliner is freshly-sharpened to a super-pointed tip for precise application.

Model applying Max Factor Kohl Pencil.
Model applying Max Factor Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Liner.

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Who doesn’t love an elegant winged liner look? If you struggle to keep liquid liner straight and sleek, read on for our tried-and-tested tips to get the sharp eyeliner wing of dreams.

Step 1: Using the pointed tip of Masterpiece High Precision Liquid Liner, add a dot in the centre of the upper lash line and another at the outer corner of the eye, in line with end of your eyebrow. This will become the end of your wing.

Step 2: Next, glide liner along the upper lash line, connecting the two dots from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. For a bolder finish, wait for eyeliner to dry before adding another layer on top.

Step 3: Not quite mastered a steady hand yet? If your liner is looking a little wobbly, dip a pointed cotton bud tip into a tiny amount of eye makeup remover. Then, sweep just above the line to correct any mistakes. Hello, flawless flick.

Step 4: Frame your sleek liner look with a voluminous mascara. Glide 2000 Calorie Mascara from side to side through lashes for a smoothed, plumped effect.

MUA tip: Store your liquid eyeliner with the precision felt tip pointing downwards. This allows the formula inside to flow through to the nib for a glossy, intense finish every time.

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