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How to Apply Loose Powder Eyeliners

I have worked as a beauty therapist, a freelance makeup artist, and a retail store manager for a fashion, beauty, and crafts store.

powder eyeliner adds definition along the eyelashes which makes the eyes a more prominent facial feature.

powder eyeliner adds definition along the eyelashes which makes the eyes a more prominent facial feature.

Eyeliners

If you are wondering how to apply eyeliner correctly, rest assured that it is not difficult when you use the right tools and methods.

There are many different types of eyeliners available commercially, including liquid eyeliner, gel eyeliner and pencil or kohl liners. Increasingly popular are the permanent liners or eyeliner tattoo.

Yes, the world of eyeliners has moved on since it was first worn thousands of years ago in the Ancient Middle Eastern countries in the form of black kohl heavily applied lining the eyes.

It was thanks to the discovery of Tutankhamen’s tomb in the 1920s that eyeliner was discovered and why it has been a much-loved makeup essential for men and women ever since.

Feared and loved it is a cosmetic product that quite often divides public opinion.

Experiment With Eyeliner Color

applying a loose powder eyeliner gives you more color choices.

applying a loose powder eyeliner gives you more color choices.

Eyeliner Styles

Whilst the traditional lining of the eyes remains, the different techniques through the ages have brought us some memorable eyeliner styles which have also become symbolic of an era, culture or fashion trend.

Where would Punk or Goth Fashion be without the heavy black eyeliner?

The 1950s saw the use of black eyeliner on the upper lid only and worn with a dramatic red lipstick. A stunning look that keeps coming back and is an iconic look.

The 1960s Mary Quant days of liquid black eyeliner would not have existed and subsequently not brought us so many iconic looks and fashion statements of that era that are legendary had it not been for this eye classic.

As a Make Up Artist, eyeliner (along with mascara) is my must-have, much loved cosmetic essential both on a professional and personal level.

I could live without the other color cosmetic products but for me, eyeliner and mascara work wonders for the eyes no matter what shape, size or eye color.

It’s all about experimenting and practicing.

Pick a look you are comfortable wearing.

All too often I have seen unhappy clients being made up like "a dogs dinner" in a makeup that does nothing for them and does not make them feel good. I have phone calls at the eleventh hour from a frantic friend or work colleague pleading with me to fix their disaster. No excuse is acceptable in my opinion of any beauty professional or make up artist who allows a client to leave unhappy.

You can create subtle eye makeup or a more dramatic look, the choice is yours and powder eyeliner will give you the versatility to change your looks easily and quickly.

First, let’s take a look at why we should use loose powder eyeliner.

Powder Eyeliner For a Natural Look

soft lines are created by minimum eyeliner and blending the product.

soft lines are created by minimum eyeliner and blending the product.

Advantages of Loose Powder Eyeliner

  • No special eyeliner needed, use powder eyeshadow.
  • It quickly turns into heavier and sharper liquid eyeliner when mixed with water.
  • No limitation on color choice.
  • You do not need to be an expert.
  • Cost Effective saves you money!
  • Even if you are a confirmed pencil or liquid eyeliner fan and have run out, this is a quick and effective way of having eyeliner without having to go for a mad late night dash to the store.
  • Great for soft natural looks and ideal for the novice eyeliner recruits.
  • Easier to fix any mistakes than gel, pen or liquid waterproof eyeliner.
  • Easier to apply if you have a shaky hand.
  • A great way of using up any dark powder shadows you may have unused in a set of colors. We all end up with at least one or two we feel we cannot wear, and they are usually the navy, black or dark grey.

Precision Eyeliner

create the winged effect eye liner by adding water to your  loose powder which gives a dramatic intense color. Great for party looks.

create the winged effect eye liner by adding water to your loose powder which gives a dramatic intense color. Great for party looks.

How to Apply Eyeliner

To apply loose powder eyeliner you will need to start with a few tools at the ready. Remember, you do not need to be an expert or break into a cold sweat thinking of eyeliner. When applied correctly, it suits EVERYBODY!

  • Loose powder eyeshadow: Dark brown, teal, dark green, navy, grey and black are all great colors to use.
  • Eyeliner brush: My tip is to use the slanted tip eyeliner brush which has a smudger at the other end which I find the best and use the most. You can use the pointed precision tip brush if you prefer or are used to using it. Using an eyeliner brush is a must and is essential for a well-applied eyeliner. Looking after your eyeliner brush is easy with a homemade makeup brush cleanser which cleans all your makeup brushes easily, effectively and is chemical-free.
  • Q-tips: Good for smudging out eyeliner, picking up any loose powder that may fall onto the cheek and for fixing any minor mistakes.
  • Good Mirror: A bathroom mirror is great or else a good dressing table mirror that you will be able to get up close to. Make sure you have enough light.

Powder Eyeliner Application

Makeup Ideas From a Large Palette of Colors

the more eyeshadows you have the more color choices for eyeliner styles and eye makeup you have.

the more eyeshadows you have the more color choices for eyeliner styles and eye makeup you have.

Applying Eyeliner

Remember the golden rule it is easier to add than it is to take off and build up color and intensity gradually. This will avoid overloading the brush and wasting product. Don't worry should you make any mistakes, we all do.

If wearing eyeshadow, apply it before your eyeliner.

Take your brush and lightly pick up your loose powder eyeliner. Tap off the excess into the eyeshadow container.

The top line:

  • With your eye closed, start at the inner part of the upper lid as close to the eyelash roots as possible.
  • Draw a line across in one go or in small dots across and then join up. Go over again and build up color intensity gradually.
  • Extend the eyeliner to just past the eye and finish in a flicked up line for a cat's eye look.

Under the Eye:

  • Place your brush about a third of the way across as close to the roots of the eyelashes as possible.
  • Apply eyeliner in one stroke to the outer corner of the eye or apply in 3 dots, joining up the dots.
  • Use your brush to spread and blend the shadow under the eye keeping it to a fine line.
  • Extend the line to where it meets the upper eyeliner.
  • Apply more eyeliner on the outer third of the eye if you wish to make a more dramatic thicker line for big eyes. Small eyes will look better with a thin line.
  • Avoid applying on the inside of the eye as it is unhygienic and will smear quicker.

Eye to Eye Poll ~

Full Spectrum of Color

be creative with eyeliner shades when you have a rainbow of choice in powder eyeshadows.

be creative with eyeliner shades when you have a rainbow of choice in powder eyeshadows.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Suzanne Ridgeway

How to Apply Loose Powder Eyeliners Comments

yourhealthmatters on March 14, 2014:

I, too, am a fan of the powder eye liner - it so much easier to control than pencil liners and liquids. Loved all your excellent tips about makeup, will definitely be referring back to this article! Thank you, Suzie HQ

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi sarahshuihan,

Many thanks for stopping by! Delighted you found this useful and are happy to try sometime. Black is great but can be toned down and look just as good if not better. Appreciate your comments :-)

Sarah from USA on February 04, 2013:

Great detailed instructions. Next time I want to line my eyes with something other than black, I'll have to try out this method with my eyeshadows!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi Anamika,

Great to have you comment and hope you enjoy experimenting soon!! Many thanks!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi FullOfLoveSites,

Thanks very much for stopping by and for taking time to comment. I love experimenting with color as there are so many shades out there you can buy or mix yourself to soften or darken existing tones. Glad you enjoyed it all and appreciate you voting and sharing!!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi dghbrh,

Delighted to see you here, glad you enjoyed so much! Eyeliner may be used in different ways so it's handy knowing options you have! Appreciate you sharing on greatly!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi PoeticVine,

What a lovely name! Many thanks for visiting and commenting, Appreciate your interest and always great to hear honest feedback! These tips are always handy for the time you do wear a little makeup so hope you enjoy trying them out PoeticVine!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on February 04, 2013:

Hi vespa,

I find it terrific and a great alternative if you want a softer but lined look. More often than not I wear liner and mascara but no eyeshadow particularly during the day. Grey is a great shade to use, softer than black but looks just as good. Black can be a harsh color and easily overdone hence the panda eye effect!! Have fun experimenting!

Thanks for the heads up on my link, I checked it out and it seems to be there okay but I will double check again!

Cheers for the votes and shares, much appreciated!!!

Anamika S Jain from Mumbai - Maharashtra, India on February 04, 2013:

This is awesome! I absolutely love that look. Would try that soon!

FullOfLoveSites from United States on February 04, 2013:

I love your tips! Makes me wanna experiment colors. Thanks for sharing your hub with beautiful and photos and a helpful vid, it seems doing it is so easy. Up, useful and shared. :)

deergha from ...... a place beyond now and beyond here !!! on February 04, 2013:

I liked this hub. I use eye liners but not this form. Many thanks for this hub. Its useful and interesting. Sharing across the board :-)

Leanna Stead from North Carolina, United States on February 03, 2013:

I love this! Thank you so much! I don't wear makeup very much, but I love learning about how to use it well... and I will definitely use these tips! Absolutely lovely!

Vespa Woolf from Peru, South America on February 03, 2013:

I had used the wet application method for using eyeshadow as liner in the past, but have forgotten about it for years. After reading your Hub, I think I'll try it again. I do have some leftover black and dark gray shadows that would work perfectly. Thanks for more useful information! In your Hub on beauty tips, I didn't see your link for DIY makeup brush cleaners so you may want to double check. Voted up and shared!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 23, 2013:

Hi Sam,

Easy to do this is great for a subtle look or you can turn up the intensity by applying a darker shade or add a little water to make it a liquid eyeliner. Thanks very much for the votes and compliments!!

Samantha Harris from New York on January 22, 2013:

Oh wow, I'm going to try out these tips for sure. Voted up! Very beautiful.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 13, 2013:

Hi Paula,

Great to see you! I know the feeling of not dreaming to leave the house properly kitted out head to toe!! I too have changed considerably through the years. Getting into the habit of wearing a few essentials and leaving the rest is no bad thing! You certainly have not gone to the dogs Paula!!!! Many thanks for having a read and hopefully you will get to try the easy to apply, labour saving eyeliner here. Appreciate your thumbs up votes my friend!!!!

Suzie from Carson City on January 12, 2013:

Wow! These are some very pretty eyes!....Suzie. I must say, there was a time, I wouldn't think of stepping one foot out the door, without a full face done, hair perfect and outfit meticulous.

I sure have changed!!!!!!!! Now, it must be a very special occasion for me to do more than shower, blow my hair dry, throw on whatever is clean...and GO. Tsk Tsk....I've gone to the dogs, Suzie!...UP+++

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 10, 2013:

Hi Gypsy,

I too have loved makeup,particularly the color products and eyeliner is a must! Converting shadow is great and easy giving a nice soft look anyone can wear. Glad you enjoyed, thanks so much for votes!! Much appreciated :-)

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 10, 2013:

Hi Eiddwen,

Thanks for dropping by and yep that was I peeping through! LOL Have fun applying! Cheers for commenting :-)

Gypsy48 on January 10, 2013:

Useful hub, I love makeup. I have been wearing eyeliner and eyeshadow since I was fourteen years old. I still have trouble with it though, and these helpful tips should help. Voted up and useful.

Eiddwen from Wales on January 10, 2013:

Mm thanks for sharing this one ;you must have been peeping through the window when I was trying to put some on. I shall let you know how I got on !!

Have a wonderful day .

Eddy.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 10, 2013:

Hi hisandhers,

Thanks so much for stopping by for a read. Glad you enjoyed this and powder will give a softer look and it is easier to apply and be mistake free! A good look for daytime or anyone not comfortable in applying eyeliners. Enjoy having an experiment!! Thanks again!

hisandhers from Toronto, Ontario, Canada on January 09, 2013:

These are some great tips! Sometimes I find pencil and liquid eyeliner creates somewhat of a harsh look- I can imagine the powder eyeliner will give my make-up a softer, more blended feel. Thanks for the tips!

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 09, 2013:

Hi younghopes,

You should try this powder eyeshadow method as it is really easy to apply. Thanks so much for giving this a read and fingers crossed you experiment and get to wear it soon. :-)

Shadaan Alam from India on January 09, 2013:

hi, thanks for this wonderful eyeliner article, but i am tooo bad at applying eyeliners, that is the worst thing in makeup i am able to do on my own.

Suzanne Ridgeway (author) from Dublin, Ireland on January 09, 2013:

Hi kikalina,

Lovely to see an eyeliner fan, I love liquid liner too but this is a great way of applying softer looks which you can combine with your liquid (day and night perhaps?) With a dampened brush it will turn into a more defined liquid look so you get 2 looks out of 1. Enjoy trying out!!!

kikalina from Europe on January 09, 2013:

Excellent hub. I am a liquid eye liner addict and it looks a bit too harsh. I need to experiment a bit.

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