BeautyMakeup TutorialsTips & Tricks Eyeliner – Soft Line vs Sharp Line September 23, 2013 Hello beauties!! I hope you all have a great start to yet another week. Seeing as my last product review was all about eyeliners, I thought I’d do a series of posts covering all things eyeliner! Eyeliner has been, and still is, an integral part of makeup application as it can completely transform the eyes. With so many products in the market, we can achieve so many different looks but traditionally there are 2 basic liner styles: Soft smudgy line and the classic sharp line. Lets go through the 2 basic eyeliner styles and the products we can use to achieve these looks: I did my eyes with a soft eyeshadow liner on the left and the classic liquid liner on the right. I put them side by side to show you the difference and the effects each style provides. Personally, lining my top lashline with an eyeshadow has been my signature look for as long as I can remember but I still love both looks – here are my reasons why: There are so many products and new formulas when it comes to eyeliners; however regardless of the texture and the finish, there are 4 basic products you can use to line the eyes: 1. Eyeshadow 2. Eye Liner Pencil 3. Liquid Liner 4. Gel Liner *** Gel liner is the only one I didn’t cover in the pictures below, as I will be doing a separate how-to tutorial, covering all things gel liner soon; so make sure to check back ;) 1. Eyeshadow Line: This is by far my favourite product to line my eyes with. And I know you would have heard, especially makeup artists advise you against using the sponge tip applicators included in eyeshadow kits but I love them! – especially the ones with pointy tip on one end and flat on the other (as pictured). Sponge tip applicators distribute the most concentrated color onto the skin, as there are no bristles like brushes to dust away the powder. I usually use the pointy end to swipe the eyeshadow all the way along my top lashline, and use the flat side to go over it again to smudge it out. You can take the eyeshadow as far up into the eyelid as your prefer; the further up you go, the softer and smokier the look becomes. 2. Eye Pencil Line: Probably the most popular and versatile product. As per the picture above, what’s great about eyeliners, (especially if you have long lasting formulas like the Urban Decay 24/7 liners I covered in my last post), is that you have the flexibility of drawing a sharp line like the liquid liner effect, or smudge it out with a pencil brush to achieve the soft smokey look. 3. Liquid Line: Liquid liners have come a long way over the past few years, especially the ones with sponge tip applicators. They’re almost like calligraphy pens, which help draw lines from the thinnest to the boldest with minimal effort. The Maybelline Master Precise liquid liner is my favourite as it has the calligraphy type sponge tip, the color is also very rich and opaque. Although I used black in all my pictures to keep things prominent and uniform, you can use any color you prefer to take your eyeliner look from everyday subtle to editorial glam if you wish ;) What’s your favourite eyeliner style and product? Eyeliner – Soft Line vs Sharp Line was last modified: June 20th, 2017 by Sarah 16 comments 0 Facebook Twitter Google + Pinterest Sarah previous post Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencils next post 100 Year Wisdom You may also like Urban Decay Holiday 2014 New Releases September 15, 2014 Revlon Moon Candy Nail Polish August 11, 2013 Sephora Favorites 2014 November 24, 2014 Colourpop Puppy Love December 24, 2015 How To Detox: Skin & Body January 1, 2014 Foundation Tools & Application November 11, 2013 Sephora Formula X Press Pods April 18, 2014 Urban Decay Vice Lipsticks June 5, 2016 REVLON May 21, 2013 Urban Decay – Spring 2014 Naked Launch January 21, 2014 16 comments Brenda Hatfield April 21, 2017 at 5:47 am Hi Sarah, your blog is really helpful, having been a lover of make up from mine teens, now mid 50′ s, would appreciat tips on applying make up in keeping with my age. Whilst remaing current. X Brenda Reply Sarah April 22, 2017 at 11:17 am Thank you so much Brenda. I actually had quite a few similar requests lately so I’ll definitely do a post soon. Stay tuned ;) Reply May June 23, 2016 at 8:04 am Hi! Do you find that it is a problem with the eyeshadow smudging/dissaparing during the day when used as an eyeliner? Best, May Reply Sarah June 23, 2016 at 9:00 am Hi May, I find it depends on the eyeshadow and whether I apply a base or not. When I prime my eyelids, I try to bring it down as close to the lash line as possible and that really helps with the shadow line staying put. Long wearing shadows such as Makeup Forever or Urban Decay also stay on much longer. You can use the same technique with long wearing eyeliners also. Just a thin line close to the lashes and smudge with a sponge tip applicator or brush. That gives the same look but also ensures staying power :) I have a tutorial using only eyeliners to create a smoky eye if you want to check it out here: http://beautypointofview.com/makeup-tutorial-using-eyeliners/ Reply 10 Easy Beauty Hacks That Will Relax Your Daily Beauty Routine | ALL FOR FASHION DESIGN November 4, 2015 at 5:01 am […] source […] Reply Add These Few Makeup Tricks In Your Daily Routine. - Met Daan October 31, 2015 at 6:18 pm […] Source:beautypointofview […] Reply Jeanette January 5, 2015 at 2:23 pm I too love a smudged, eyeshadow line and will definitely try using a sponge applicator instead of a brush. I also love a sharp line but it often looks too harsh on me, especially for day. Reply Sarah January 6, 2015 at 6:52 am Hi Jeanette, happy new year! I usually get a shocked gasp from people that a pro makeup artist could recommend the simple sponge tip applicator but you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how quick and effective they are in doing smokey lines. I agree with you about the sharp lines; they can be quite harsh for day wear. Though…you can try different pencils such as grays, taupes and soft shimmer browns. They look much more subtle than black. Let me know how you go with the sponge tip applicator ;) xx Reply Kate April 23, 2014 at 1:41 pm I’ve just found your blog and it’s simply awesome!!.. Especially as I have same eye colour as you – you’ve given me so many ideas and I’m totally getting all three Naked palettes (something that I didn’t see myself using as they seemed way too shimmery/pearly/frosty etc in the store), thank you! Also, I love the neutral colours you used for the base and to line the eye for the soft effect – what are these? (Not sure if you get to read this as the original entry was posted quite a while ago.. But here is hoping! I seriously need to stock up on matte neutrals) K. xx Reply Sarah April 23, 2014 at 2:20 pm Thank you so much Kate! I’m so happy you found the blog and that you’re enjoying it :) I’ll be posting a review and swatches of a MAC neutral eyeshadow palette very soon so that might also be a good option if you like neutral colors. I don’t actually have a base color on my eyelids in these pictures. I just applied the leftover foundation from my brush and set it with my regular powder. As for the soft line, I used MAC eyeshadow in Carbon (a matte black) smudged it with a sponge tip applicator. Seeing as we have the same eye color, you can also use brown eyeshadows to do the same line…looks great for daytime ;) Keep me posted!! xx Reply Michelle February 3, 2014 at 1:46 pm Hi Sarah, Do you know of any good waterproof eyeliners that are able to achieve a soft effect? Most waterproof ones are too hard for me, e.g. Maybelline’s is super waterproof but waaay too hard :'( thanks very much!!! Reply Sarah February 3, 2014 at 2:19 pm Hi Michelle, there are many brands such as Stila, Makeup Forever and Anastasia which have really good waterproof eyeliners, however for the price point and the quality, I would highly recommend Rimmel ScandalEYES Waterproof Kohl Kajal Liners. They apply beautifully, easy to blend or smudge for a softer look and stay put for hours – being waterproof. They come in a great variety of shades too :) xx Reply Michelle February 4, 2014 at 5:59 am Thanks very much Sarah! :) Reply Sarah February 5, 2014 at 5:10 am Any time sweetie, let me know if you try them and what you think of it ;) xx Reply Emily September 23, 2013 at 3:14 pm I LOVE your blog! Great info and pictures and its just a fun site to visit Reply Sarah September 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm awww thank you Emily, you’re very sweet xx Reply Leave a Comment Cancel Reply Notify me when new comments are added.