Choosing The Right Kajal and Application Tips

Choosing The Right Kajal & Application Tips

Choosing the right kajal can feel overwhelming, with so many options available out there. Pencils, liquids, gels, and powders are the most common versions, and each one of these has its specific purpose. Pencils are great for beginners and help create tight lines along the waterline. 

Liquids or gels take a little more practice but are perfect for blending as well as creating that perfect cat-eye. These are usually applied with a wand or a thin brush. 

Kajal powders are good for bold edges, as seen in traditional looks. These can also be beginner-friendly and can be applied with a wand or brush.

Besides the type of application, you will also need to look for a waterproof formula if you tend to sweat a lot or if your eyes water easily. Always choose a smudge-proof and long-lasting formula to prevent the kajal from smearing all over the face.

Doe Eyes

This look is all about looking fresh and clean, with wide, open eyes. The trick here is to only line the bottom of the eyes halfway to create an illusion of larger eyes. 

To get the doe-eyed look, start applying kajal along the upper waterline, from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner, or just a little beyond it. Now bring back the kajal along the lower lash line, moving from the outer corner inwards, stopping halfway. 

This is a look that works well with a pencil and is ideal for beginners who don’t want anything too complicated. This is also a good look to experiment with kajal in other colors like dark brown for a softer look that’s not as harsh as black.

Smudged Eyes

Smudged eyes are somewhere in between a straight kajal application and a full-on smokey eye. It’s easier for beginners than a smokey eye while achieving a similar appearance. In addition to the kajal, you will need a flat angled brush to smudge the kajal.

To create the smudged eye look, start by applying kajal along the upper waterline. Increase the thickness of the kajal line as you move outwards. Pick up the brush and go along this line, smudging it as you move, taking care to keep it controlled and contained. 

You can leave it at that or draw the lower waterline and smudge it too. However, it is important to be extra careful with the lower lash line so it doesn’t look like you have dark circles. Try this once you have mastered smudging the upper lash line.

Smokey Eye 

The smokey eye look is everyone’s go-to makeup look when they want to look glam or when they are dolling up for an important event like a wedding. A kajal makes achieving the smokey eye look possible even for makeup beginners, as all you need is a kajal stick, a fluffy eye shadow brush, and a blending brush. 

To get the smokey look, start with applying the kajal along the upper lash line. Let this line be nice and thick. Immediately after drawing this line, use the fluffy brush to smudge the kajal upwards, taking it all the way to the brow bone. Now, take the blending brush and blend the kajal so it seamlessly disappears into the brow bone. There should be no distinct lines visible anywhere. 

Complete the look by applying kajal along the lower waterline or slightly below it. Once you reach the outer corner of the eye, smudge a little to the outside. Use the blending brush to blend any smudging into the skin.

Reverse Smokey Eye

A reverse smokey eye follows the same principle as a regular smokey eye, but this time all the action happens on the lower lash line. This gives a slightly different look from the smokey eye and is a good option for those wanting to try something new.

For the reverse smokey eye, apply a thick line of kajal on the lower lash line, moving from the inner corner to the outside. Immediately pick up the eye shadow brush and smudge the kajal on the lower lid and out to the side. Make sure everything blends in seamlessly so that it doesn’t resemble dark circles.

This style skips applying kajal on the upper waterline, but you can go with a couple of coats of mascara. The reverse smokey eye can be tricky to get right for beginners and can also make small eyes look smaller. This look goes well with the different colors of kajal.

Note: Like all new products that you may try, we highly recommend carrying out a patch test before you start using a product to eliminate any allergies or rashes caused by any ingredients in the products. Mamaearth’s products are completely free from any nasties, chemicals, and toxins. It is proud to have India’s first Made Safe certification. 

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