How to Put on Pencil Eyeliner

Wish you had a makeup artist at your beck and call? These makeup tutorials are the next best thing. In this video, makeup artist-to-the-stars Patricia Longo teaches you how to put on pencil eyeliner.


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Get a flawless face in a flash with these makeup tutorials. Makeup artist Patricia Longo shows you the correct way to apply mascara; put on eyeliner; create a smokey eye; use a foundation brush; shape your eyebrows; apply blush; cover up acne; put on lipstick; and much more. It's the next best thing to having a professional makeup artist do your makeup for you.



Hi I'm Patricia Longo and I'm a celebrity makeup artist. I've worked with models from Sports Illustrated like Brooklyn Decker and Julie Henderson to Alec Baldwin at 30 Rock. All those things that experts do that the average person doesn't know how to do we'll learn how to do it on these videos. So I'm going to be talking about eyeliner today. And when I want a nice precise line I have to sharpen my pencil and make sure I get a nice point. Like that. Now if I'm working on a model I ask her to close her eyes and usually what I do is I lift a little bit of the eyebrow and I start right in the middle. Gives me an idea on how thick I want to get towards the end. And then I move in closer, but it's giving me a nice thin line. And I try to stay on the liner so so close to the eyelashes. And that's a direct, simple, precise thin liner. So I just showed you how to use an eyeliner if someone was putting it on you. Now the question is do you know how to put it on yourself. What I recommend is looking in the mirror , slightly putting your head back so you're always looking into the mirror. I don't like the pulling. Everybody does constant pulling around the eye. You don't have to do that. That actually creates wrinkles. So I keep the eye closed and with my own hands, if I were her, I would start like I said in the middle and I'm delicately touching. And I just feel with my own senses, close to the eyelashes. Now bring it out and then I move into the corner of her eyes. And you can always use your finger to smudge it a little bit. Sometimes I take a sponge. Now if the liner doesn't come out perfect cuz when you do it on yourself it's not going to come out perfect, what I recommend is using a Q-tip that has a point and you lift your head back again. Now you can keep your eyes open. Just lift your back, lift your head. Now look in the mirror and what I do is I just clean it up with the Q-tip. And it'll soften the line at the same time it's smudging the line. And then the other side I just take off anything I don't want. There you have a line on yourself.


  • Patricia Longo

    The work of Patricia Longo, founder of Longo Make-Up Artists, can be seen in national commercials, music videos, independent films, magazine spreads, and political campaigns. Her company, specializing in hair and makeup for exclusive events and projects, has worked with the likes of Johnny Depp, Hugh Jackman, Sarah Palin, Minka Kelly, and Lisa Bloom, among many others. Her work has been featured in New York magazine, Vanity Fair, GQ, Elle, Verizon, the Got Chocolate Milk commercials, and the online Vogue shows 2009-2010. Patricia is a native New Yorker with a passion for painting, design and, of course, makeup.