How to Line Your Lower Lash Line With Pencil

by Angela Bakke
A black pencil-lined lower lash line is a sure-fire way to add drama to your look.

A black pencil-lined lower lash line is a sure-fire way to add drama to your look.

There's a time for subtle, earthy, nude makeup and then there are occasions when you want to rock a dramatic eye look. Wearing eyeliner on your lower lash line adds instant edginess and can be smudged out for a sultry, smokey effect. This little feat is not to be rushed and is not as simple as merely drawing a line, but worth the time and effort when you're after a sexy, rock 'n' roll effect.

Perfectly Line Your Lower Lashes

Start with a clean eye and look for a soft, creamy pencil eyeliner that allows for smooth, tug-free application. Begin at the outer corner of one eye and work your way inward toward the nose. Use gentle, short strokes -- almost minuscule -- softly applying liner right at the base of the lower lashes. Repeat this process two or three times, aiming to lightly layer the color bit by bit. This layering effect helps the liner stay in place longer and creates the desired color saturation without a severe, thick line.

Once you have reached the amount of color you want on your lower lashes, take your smudge brush and use the same gentle, small strokes to smudge the liner from the outer corner toward the tear duct and soften the line.

To amplify the impact of this eye makeup, lightly line inside the rim of your lower lashes. This tiny, flesh-toned shelf between the lash base and the inner eyelid is called the waterline. Use your ring finger to gently pull down the inside of your lower eyelid and softly run the pencil liner from the outer corner toward the inside edge of your eye.

Clean up any liner that's smeared below the lash line with a cotton swab soaked in eye makeup remover. Be careful not to get too close to the lash line or you'll erase bits of your work and will have to start over.

Be sure to balance the look by lining the top lash line as well. Only lining your bottom lashes tends to add age and severity to your face. Also be sure to apply a decent amount of mascara to maximize the glamorous factor of this makeup style.

Items you will need

  • Soft pencil eyeliner
  • Smudge brush
  • Cotton swab
  • Makeup remover
  • Mascara


  • If you have small or deeply inset eyes avoid using the liner on the waterline because this closes the eye even more. Keep the darker shade of liner just below the edge of the lower lashes and line the rim with a white or flesh colored liner for an extra eye-opening effect.
  • For a softer look, try a brown or taupe colored eyeliner instead of black.

About the Author

Angela Bakke is a Los Angeles-based writer and reporter with more than a decade of experience covering fashion, beauty, the arts and entertainment. She has interviewed some of the most famous people in the world and covered stories for Beyond Cinema,, ReelzChannel, and

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