How to Apply Eyeliner That’s Even, Straight, and Really, Really Pretty

These pro tips (no tugging at your eyelids!) are literally life-changing.

It’s only been a couple of weeks, but we’re still talking about Janelle Monae’s winged eyeliner at the Golden Globes. Trying to get that perfect, movie star-looking line can seem impossible. But here, we have the least-intimidating, most helpful expert tips and tutorials to learn just how to apply eyeliner the easy way. Whether you’re going for subtle definition or a dramatic cat eye, here’s everything you need to know.

How do you put on eyeliner?

This short video from Birchbox is all you need to get started. Using the Eyeko Fat Liquid Eyeliner pen ($22,, place the liner tip as close to your lash line as possible. To create a smooth line, hold your finger to make the skin around your eye taut, but don’t tug. “It can cause skin to crinkle, and your line will not be as smooth,” says makeup artist Laura Geller. Instead, she recommends pointing your chin up and looking down, so your lids are half-closed but you can still see them in the mirror.

Once you’re in position, draw short dashes along your top lash line, starting at the inner corner of your eye.


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