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How to Apply Eyeliner on Wrinkled Eyelids (Expert Tips)

by Sandy Taylor

People with wrinkled eyelids know how hard it is to apply eyeliner. However, with the right makeup techniques, you can easily ace your eyelids, making them sharp and beautiful.

In this post, I connected with beauty experts and professional makeup artists and asked them to provide me some insights on the best ways to apply eyeliner on wrinkled eyelids.

Mary Irwin, a celeb makeup artist who was featured on Forbes and Glamour, understands that wrinkled eyelids happen to everyone and it affects how you will do makeup.

According to Mary, here’s how to apply eyeliner on wrinkled eyelids:

Quick Note: Mary suggests using a gel liner for this kind of lid. It gives you more control than a pencil, and if you’ve got wrinkled lids, you probably also have issues with smudging. Try a waterproof gel with a small angled brush because starting with a tight line works the best.

  1. Start with a clean, prepped (primed) eyelid. You will definitely notice a difference in how makeup goes and stays on a primed lid.
  2. Apply your eyeshadow. If you experience fallout, check out my guide on how to apply eyeshadow without getting it everywhere.
  3. Once you’ve got your shadow where you like it, use your brush to apply the eyeliner into the underside of the lash. Make sure it’s covering the roots of your eyelashes.
  4. Using small amounts of eyeliner on the brush, slowly glide the eyeliner above the lashes. You may have to lift the lid up to help with the application. If you don’t have a brush, check out my step-by-step guide on how to apply gel eyeliner without a brush.
  5. Using a magnifying mirror, look at the parts that are uneven, and very carefully, apply the liner ONLY to the uneven parts to match them up. You might want a clean brush for this. Step back and check your work for symmetry. You’ll slowly start to see the visual effect of even liner, even though the surface of the lid isn’t even.

Mary also suggests that using a smudgy liner with a tight line in the lashes can help to create a soft effect on wrinkled lids and doesn’t require the precision of the above technique! To do this, you simply take a pencil or gel and gently smudge around the lashes.

How to Apply Eyeliner for Over 60

Andrea Gandica, CMO at Official Models, a modeling agency in New York, provided me a simple method for applying eyeliner to mature eyes (especially those over 60).

According to Andrea, here’s how you should apply eyeliner to mature eyelids:

  1. Prep Your Skin: Make sure your skin is clean and free from any other makeup residue such as moisturizer or eye creams. Put on your eye shadow before your eyeliner. This will help the liner stay in place.
  2. Choose the Right Liner: Choose an eyeliner with a thin, soft point or gel-based liners that will glide on smoothly and resist smudging.
  3. How to Apply Eyeliner to the Top Lid: Begin at the outer corner of your eye and move inward with a smooth, gliding motion. Do not go all the way to the inner corner, where the tear duct is located. Stop the line when your natural lashes stop, or just before.
  4. How to Apply Eyeliner to the Bottom Lid: Starting again from the outer corner, line your bottom eyelids only halfway to place just a little color along the lash line. Once you’ve lined your eye along the top and bottom, brush or smudge a little bit of eyeshadow over the lines.

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