Checking for Mistakes
After using powder eyeshadow as eyeliner, check for drips under the eye and on the cheek. Drips are those little powder flakes that fly off the brush and land on the cheek. Knocking off the excess from the brush every time helps prevent drips, but there will always be flakes that end up where they don’t belong.
The best way to go after drips is to use your sponge and simply wipe them away. If you do this, your next step is to touch up your foundation if that has gotten smeared.Always double-check the intensity of your eyeliner application and blend away any thickness or color that is more dramatic than you intended. If you do choose to wear pencil eyeliner, check for smears under the eye as the day goes by. This is annoying, but letting it go without blending away the smears can make any well-applied, eye-makeup design look like a mess.
Eyeliner Mistakes to Avoid
1. Do not use greasy or slick pencils to line the lower lashes; they smear and smudge.
2. Do not use brightly colored pencils or eyeshadows to line the eye; they are distracting and automatically look like too much makeup. All you’ll see is the color and not your eye.
3. Do not extend the eyeliner beyond the corner of the eye (no wings).
4. Do not make the eyeliner the most obvious part of the eye-makeup design.
5. Do not line the inside rim of the lids, between the lash and the eye itself; it is messy and can be unhealthy for the cornea.
6. If you do use pencil to line the eye, apply a small amount of eyeshadow over your pencil eyeliner to help set it and keep it from smearing.
7. Do not apply thick eyeliner to small or close-set eyes.
8. Do not use eyeshadow as eyeliner unless you use the proper brush (one with a small, precise, fine-tipped point).
9. Do not line the eye with a circle of dark or bright color. Both are too obvious and create an eyeglass-style circle around the eye.
10. Do not overblend, spilling your eyeliner onto the skin under the lower lashes; that makes dark circles look worse.