5 Eyeliner Mistakes You're Probably Making

When it comes to makeup, eyeliner can be one of the trickiest things to get right. It’s easy to go too far and end up looking like a cartoon character, or go too subtle and end up not even being able to tell you’re wearing it at all. While every woman’s eyeliner style is different, there are still some common mistakes that women make when they put on their eyeliner every day, and it can be helpful to learn how to avoid those mistakes.

Applying It At Night

Applying eyeliner at night can be tricky. It's hard to see what you're doing, and you can't tell if the liner is on straight or not. The solution is to apply a little white eye pencil on your lids before applying your favorite shade of eye makeup. This will give you a good base and act as a guideline for lining with your favorite color. If you prefer to wear black liner, use a white pencil instead of the eyeliner itself.

Not Opening Your Eyes All The Way

Opening your eyes is an important step when using liquid eyeliner. When you don't open your eyes all the way, it can cause the liner to drag across your lid, making it difficult to achieve a smooth line. Not opening your eyes will also cause a misalignment of liquid liner on your lash line. This can lead to a smudgy appearance and will take more time and effort to fix because it's easier to make mistakes when you're not opening your eyes. 

Not Cleaning Your Brush

The best way to clean your brush is by using warm water and soap. Soap will help break down any makeup residue, while the water helps rinse it away. Always use a gentle soap, as stronger soaps may irritate your skin. It's also important to remember that not all brushes are created equal, so what works for one person might not work for another. Experiment with different types until you find one that feels comfortable and works well with your eye shape. But remember that natural bristles typically do the best job applying product evenly and are easier to clean than other materials such as synthetic brushes or those made from animal hair like sable or mink.

Applying Too Much

Applying too much eyeliner is a common mistake, and while it might seem like the answer to all of your prayers, it's just causing you more problems. Applying too much liner can cause it to dry out and flake off easily. It can also create an unflattering look by making your eyes appear smaller than they are. When applying liner, use just enough product for one continuous stroke on each eye. This will help avoid any mistakes or issues with the application.

Applying It Incorrectly

There are many ways to apply eyeliner, but there is one major rule that you can't break—you need to always start from the inside corner of your eye and draw out. This ensures that the liner hugs your lash line for a natural finish with minimal smudging. However, starting from the outside corner will pull on your lashes and potentially cause them to fall out. If you have already applied your eye makeup and noticed this mistake, don't fret! Just grab a cotton swab and gently rub off the excess liner until it's gone.


We have a lot of fun with eyeliner. It really is quite an artistic process, and while it may be easy to focus on the end results simply, it's just as important to make sure that you don't make these common mistakes if you want your eyeliner efforts to be successful. By making (most) of the common mistakes, you might actually be doing yourself a disservice, so let these tips guide your next eyeliner endeavor.

Beth Norris

Beth Norris has years of experience working with top cosmetic and skincare brands for years  which reflects in her blogs which are packed with beauty and skincare tips. She has amassed a big following over the years, who wait for her content anxiously.