It takes steady hands and the near precision of a neurosurgeon to
put on eyeliner. We asked makeup artist Pamela McNeally for the tips
that will save you 4 years of medical school:
# Dust a sheer, loose powder on the upper and lower lids so the
eyeliner sticks better. If you are going to curl your lashes, do it
now. (Otherwise you could smudge the line.)
# Choose the right
formula. For a cleanstraight line, use a liquid version (try one with
felt tip, like those from Lancome or L'Oreal). To create a softer, more
subtle line, pencils are best.
# Rest your elbow on a hard surface
to minimize shaking. Start in the middle of the eyelid, and drag the
liner to the inner corner of the eye, drawing as close to the lashes as
possible. Go back to the center of the of the eyelid and repeat the
# To make your eyes look smoky, dab eye shadow (in
a similar shade) over the line and lightly fan it out. This will also
help the liner stay in place.
# If the liner smudges, don't reapply more. Instead, clean up the line with a dampened Q-tip.