If there is one holy grail eye makeup product that every girl has used at least once in their lifetime, it is the kajal. The kajal pencil is such a loved product that some even wear it on their no-makeup days - they use just the kajal to outline their eyes, and they are done! But despite the kajal’s popularity, many people still end up making rookie mistakes and applying their kajal wrong. Here are few of the most common mistakes and some kajal tips and hacks to avoid them – so start taking notes!
Mistake 1 – You are not taking your eye shape into consideration when applying kajal
If you want to enhance the beauty of your eyes, the way you apply your kajal should depend on your eye shape. For example, applying a thick line of kajal on your waterline makes your eyes appear smaller than they are, so people with small or narrow eyes should avoid this kajal technique. If you have deep set eyes, applying a thick stroke of kajal on the upper lash line can make your eyes appear more sunken in. To get the most out of your kajal, you must understand your eye shape and pick a style of kajal that will complement them and highlight your features.
Mistake 2 – You are applying kajal only to your waterline
If you think applying kajal is only limited to your waterline, think again. To give your eyes a more open, doe-eyed look, do not forget to apply a light layer of kajal on your upper lash line as well. This process is known as tight lining, and tight lining is a quick and easy way to give off the illusion of thicker lashes! Since your lash line is always wet, make sure to use a smudge-proof kajal like the Maybelline Colossal Kajal. This long-lasting kajal is also waterproof, making it one of the best smudge-proof kajal pencils for the Indian climate.
If you have sensitive eyes and are worried about tight lining, the Colossal Kajal is perfect for you. The intense Black Fix formula of this smudge-free kajal is enriched with Aloe Vera, Vitamin E, and Vitamin C to not only enhance and beautify but also nourish and soothe your eyes.
Mistake 3 – You are not prepping your eye contours before applying kajal
Sometimes, even if you follow all steps carefully, you might still notice your kajal smudging by the end of the day. This is because your skin secretes oil throughout the day that mixes with the kajal and smudges it gradually. To prevent your kajal from running and giving you crazy panda eyes, set your eyelids and your under-eye area with a setting powder, even on your no-makeup days. To make sure that your eye contours do not look unnaturally bright when compared to the rest of your face, use the Maybelline Foundation Finder tool to find the exact powder shade for your skin tone. When the shade of the setting powder matches your complexion perfectly, you can dust a small amount of the powder around your eye region without any face makeup underneath. The powder keeps your face matte and creates a smooth base for the kajal to grip to.
Mistake 4 – You are only using black kajal
While you have probably grown up watching your grandmothers and mother applying black kohl to their eyes, there are a variety of different kajal shades available today that you can try when you want to switch up your look. If you have small eyes, try using a white or peach kajal on your lower lash line to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. For creating a more softer eye makeup look, especially for the daytime when you are wearing minimal makeup, swap out your intense black kajal for a dark brown shade instead.
Mistake 5 – You are applying your kajal in one stroke
Trying to apply kajal in one smooth stroke from one end of your eyes to the other can make it look too dramatic and messy. Instead of dragging the kajal pencil across your eyes to get an intense colour payoff, use a creamy yet pigmented kajal and make short strokes along your waterline. To create bold and black lines even with short strokes, try the Maybelline Colossal Super Black Kajal. The formula of this kajal is enriched with oil to ensure a smooth and effortless application. Start by applying the kajal from your outer corner and make your way inwards in small strokes to avoid making mistakes. Follow the same direction and application method on both, the upper and lower lash line. Need a more detailed kajal tutorial to get the perfect application every time? Read our guide that teaches you How To Get Bold And Beautiful Eyes With Kajal.
If you have never tried an intensely pigmented black kajal that has a rich sheen like the Colossal Super Black Kajal, try it for yourself and compare it to the Colossal Kajal on the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool.