7 of the most common eyeliner mistakes (and how to fix ’em)

Ambassador James Molloy, stopped by Cosmopolitan UK to give me a lesson in good great eyeliner. And guess what? When it comes to perfecting a cat-eye, it turns out most of us are guilty of the same makeup mistakes. Intrigued? Here’s what not to do if you want a perfect flick…

If there’s a gap between your lashes and liner it can look a little messy and uneven. “Try to take your liner as close to the lashes as possible” says James. “Opt for a pen-style liner like Bourjois’ Liner Feutre, £6.99, and press it into the roots of your lashes, as opposed to drawing above them.” “If it still looks a bit gappy use a black kohl eye pencil to tightline the upper waterline and hide any sparse spots.”

A droopy wing can pull the corners of your eyes down. “As a rule, try to make sure your flick doesn’t dip below the lower lash line, it should go up and out.” Says James. “A good tip is to draw a dot where you’d like the wing to end, and use it as a guide to join up with your line.”

If you struggle with eyeliner transferring onto the lid, it’s worth setting down the flick with a little translucent powder. “Let your liquid eyeliner dry, and then set it by patting a translucent powder on top” says James. If you tend to get oily eyelids, the powder will keep the formula from breaking down and prevent it from smudging or transferring.

Whilst a super-fat liner flick can look kinda cool, it can also be a little heavy on the eyes and make them appear smaller than they actually are.

“First, use a pointed cotton bud (rather than a round one) dipped in some micellar water to remove the excess eyeliner,” says James. “When it comes to re-drawing, try to ensure that the inner corner is the finest point of the line and that it graduates in thickness as you make your way outwards.

If your liner wing is too short, it can make your eyes look smaller than they actually are. “Line the eyes looking straight forward into a mirror, that way you can see exactly where the wing is going to end,” says James. “If your flick is too short it’ll get lost in the socket line, so be sure to extend it past the crease of your eye – this way it’ll elongate the eyes and make them look bigger.”

A blunt wing can look a little messy, “If the liner is not sharp enough, remove the bulk of the wing with a cotton bud and some micellar water. Then, place a mini strip of masking tape at the outer corner of your eye, angling it towards the end of your brows, use the edge of the tape as a guide and fill in with a liquid or a gel liner.” Explains James. “I recommend the Rimmel Wonder Wing Eyeliner, £5.99, as it has a super-fine tapered tip that makes it easy to create a sharp point.”

You wanted a smoky liner look, but have ended up a little more Billie Joe Armstrong than Bridgette Bardot…

“Use a little micellar water and a cotton bud to remove some of the liners, start at the inner corners and make your way outwards. Try to lightly graduate it so that the outer corner of your eyeliner is thicker, that way it’s still smoky – without looking OTT.” Says James.

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