Perfect your next smudged eyeliner look

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  • Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Perfect your next smudged eyeliner look
Perfect your next smudged eyeliner look

Smudged eyeliner? Sounds like a 20-minute disaster most of us attempt to ‘fix up’ when simply trying to apply a winged eyeliner look in preparation for a night out! Mastering a decent eyeliner look is no easy feat – there’s a fine line between racoon and rockstar, but we’re here to help you out…

While there are a number of eyeliner styles from Cleopatra to cat eye to try your hand at, one of the most on-trend looks is the smudged eyeliner look – the perfect blend of sexy and understated.

Here’s a simple guide on how to master the smudged eyeliner, one of 2018’s most popular eye looks:

Step 1: Perfect your winged liner look

First things first- apply this eyeliner look to a fresh, foundation-free face first, then get to work on the rest of your makeup once it’s complete!

Okay, so in reality, you don’t need to create a perfect winged eyeliner look – because you’re going to smudge it anyway! But if you can get it as close to perfect as possible, this will help keep your eyeliner look a little more understated and save you a whole lot of clean-up time.

For this look, we recommend a super-precise eyeliner tool, such as the Maybelline Master Precise Curvy eyeliner. Begin by drawing a thin line across your eyelid, then a diagonal ‘wing’ just at the edge of your eye, no longer than 1cm in length.

Step 2: Smudge it out

Once you’ve completed your winged eyeliner look, reach for a dark brown eyeshadow or a soft black eye pencil, such as the NYX Professional Makeup Slim Eye Pencil in Black. From here, lightly apply a little dark eyeshadow to the tip of your smallest blending brush, and softly smudge it over your winged liner. You can also run your blending brush over the tip of a soft eyeliner pencil to pick up the pigment, then smudge it out over your winged liner. The L’Oréal Infallible Eyeliner Night Day Black is the best black eyeliner tool for this look since it has a built-in smudger on the one end of the pencil.

Step 3: Don’t skip out on blending

One of the most common mistakes when trying out this eyeliner look is when you don’t spend enough time creating a seamless blend between the products. Essentially, you don’t want to see a definition between eyeshadow and eyeliner.  Use a small blending or buffing brush and blend, blend, blend!  Remember to include the crease of the eye and around the bottom lash line, but keep it tight and tidy to steer clear of the racoon look…

Step 4: Clean, preen and high beam

If you’re using a black eyeshadow for the smudging part of this look, be aware that black fallout is a possibility. This is where excess eyeshadow falls onto other sections of your face, such as your cheeks or under the eyes. Use a makeup wipe and clean away this excess fallout where necessary.

When you’re done, apply your primer, foundation and concealer and a subtle highlight to your cheekbones, tip of your nose and cupid’s bow for a perfectly simple, chic and sexy evening look.

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