E yeliner can easily level up your overall makeup look, but application isn’t always so easy. Just a few times trying it out and you can completely quit on it. This is because there are just a few people who have perfectly steady hands — but thankfully, professional makeup artists are willing to share their expert eyeliner tips for shaky hands that will help you create crisper, more precise lines. Social Diary lists some of the best we found:
Where to Start?
When choosing a starting point for your eyeliner, stay away from your inner corner. This is the major mistake people make. You should never start in the inner corner. Either start from the middle or work outwards in, and then fill in the inner corner last for more control.
Opt For Gel Eyeliners
The kind of eyeliner you use makes a big difference, and if you’re a beginner or not confident with liner, go for a gel formula rather than liquid. Gels are particularly great because they are much easier to correct. This means even if you are not getting it done right the first time, don’t fret and start over!
Relax Hands & Arms
Once you’ve found a newbie-friendly formula, focus on adjusting your grip on the eyeliner brush. It shouldn’t be too firm or loose — make sure you’re comfortable and your arm is relaxed. Before you start, take notice of your grip and how tightly you are holding onto the applicator or pencil. It should feel secure, but not like a vice grip.
Get Yourself a Hands-Free Mirror
Be sure to use a hands-free mirror; it’ll help you stay focused on your eyeliner. Invest in a good hands-free mirror and if you have a comfortable place to sit when applying your makeup, that would be completely ideal.
Use Cotton Swabs
A great solution for easy clean-ups? Keep precision (pointed) Q-tips and a silicone-based primer on hand for a quick fix. Try placing a tiny amount of silicone-based primer on the back of your hand and rolling a pointed Q-tip back and forth to lightly saturate. Next, gently run the tip along the area you want to clean up. The primer makes it easier to target just the area you want to clean up without bleeding into and disrupting the surrounding area.
Using Eyeshadow for Camouflage
There is no point in panicking if you’ve got a mismatched liner and don’t have time to start from scratch. Liquid and cream shadows work great when it comes to eyeliner mistakes. So instead of wiping it all off, simply go over and diffuse the liner out and it will blend it together. A neutral dark brown or bronze shadow can easily be blended out with your fingers in less than 60 seconds.