Easiest Way to Apply Liner to Lower Lids

by Jaimie Zinski

After years of experimentation, trial and error, many women are masters at applying makeup. However, there is one hurdle that even some of the most experienced bathroom makeup artists cannot overcome: lining the lower lid. If applied incorrectly to the lower lids, liquid or kohl liner can look sloppy or make a woman's eyes appear smaller than they are. Prepare your lower lid and apply the liner correctly to help ensure it looks professional, stays put and draws positive attention to your eyes.

Dampen a cotton ball with water and wipe down your lower lid. Gently pull down on the skin below your lid to remove any makeup or dirt from inside the lid. Allow the area to dry before continuing.

Stand in front of the mirror and look upward toward the ceiling. Hold the eyeliner firmly with your dominant hand and start lining from the outer corner of your eye. If necessary, gently pull down on the skin below your lid, which provides greater access to the lower lid.

Continue lining the lid using short strokes. For a more subtle look, stop lining at the midpoint of your lower lid and blend the color with a cotton swab or foam eyeshadow applicator. For a bolder look, line the entire lower lid line.

Dampen a cotton swab with liquid eye makeup remover. Wipe it across any smudges or mistakes below your lid. Allow the liner to set for one to two minutes before lining the upper lid and applying mascara.

Items you will need

  • Cotton balls
  • Mirror
  • Eyeliner
  • Cotton swab
  • Foam eyeshadow applicator
  • Liquid eye makeup remover


  • Use caution when applying liquid or kohl liner to the under eye. If you get makeup in your eye, rinse it away immediately with cool water.

About the Author

Residing in Chippewa Falls, Wis., Jaimie Zinski has been writing since 2009. Specializing in pop culture, film and television, her work appears on Star Reviews and various other websites. Zinski is pursuing a Bachelor of Arts in history at the University of Wisconsin.

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