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Eyeliner is one of the most important cosmetics, giving a dramatic look without much time or effort. Eyeliner makes your eyes pop out by defining them and accentuating their shape.
Whether you choose a soft line or a dramatic stroke, you can embellish the windows to your soul by spending just a few minutes in front of a mirror with an eyeliner pencil.Instruction on how to apply a basic eye, a smoky eye, a bold eye and a cat eye.

The Smoky Eye

Ahhh the smoky eye. Perhaps there is no longer running eye makeup trend than the smoky eye, which is in no danger of going out of style. The key here is to blend well. Also, make sure to keep all other makeup light or you risk looking like a clown. You don't want the rest of your makeup to compete with your eyes.

Step 1:
Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply eyeliner from the inside corner of the eye outward. Draw strokes into the lash line. The middle of the line should be a bit thicker than the edges.

Step 2:
Use a cotton swap (or your finger, if you're lazy like me) to "smudge" the liner.

Step 3:
Dab an eyeshadow brush into a deep-hued eyeshadow and apply over the eyeliner to set the line. (Blow on the brush first to remove any excess shadow). Layering liner with a shadow is the secret to a perfect smoky eye.

Step 4:
Blend shadow well, then follow with eyeshadow. According to the smoky eye, "color should diffuse from rich and dark near the lashes to almost sheer as it extends to the crease."

The Bold, Dramatic Eye
Bold eyes are a dramatic choice for evening. Try eyeliner shades other than deep black for a super cool look. You can use either a liquid liner or try the makeup artist's trick and use an angled eyeshadow brush dipped in a deep-hued eyeshadow. Skip the pencil for this look.

Step 1:
Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply the liquid liner from the middle of the eye to the outside corner of the eye.

Step 2:
Draw a second line from the inside corner of your eye, letting the two lines meet. The outer edge of the line should be thicker than the inside. If you have close-set eyes, avoid taking the line all the way to the inside corner.

The Cat Eye
Forget the advice you may have read in the past never to line the inside rims of eyes because it makes eyes look tiny. Sexy cat eyes are a cool look for night. The key to this look is to apply a thin line to the inside rims of the lids.

Step 1:
Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, dot liquid liner along the upper lash line as close to the eye as possible.
Apply line from corner to corner of eye, extending the line upward at the outer corner of eye. Let liner dry for a few minutes before touching.
To soften this look (black liquid liner can be harsh), InStyle they suggests trying a smudgeable pencil in a lighter color like dark brown or charcoal.

Step 2:
Hold down the lower lid and apply liner only to the outer three quarters of the rim. Extend the liner upwards at the outer corners.
For a softer version of this look, use an eye shadow brush and sweep a taupe or brown color on the lower lash line.

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