Whether you love creating bold and dramatic eye makeup looks or like to keep it simple and subtle, we are sure that the kajal is an essential makeup product in your beauty kit. The humble kajal pencil has been around for centuries, the Egyptians were one of the first people to use it in 3100 B.C., and rightfully so! The kajal beautifully adorns the eye and transforms any look. And that’s not all, kajal pencils are also infused with enriching ingredients that nourish and soothe your eyes delivering beauty and care in one.
But if you have spent countless hours trying to understand how to apply kajal in your eyes to create a stunning eye makeup look, we are here to help you out. Read on to learn how to use kajal, on small eyes or big eyes, and as a crisp line or a smudged, smokey look - this versatile makeup product works its charm on everybody.
• Choose the best kajal that suits your needs
When looking for a kajal pencil, pick one that is long-lasting and smudge-proof. Kajal pencils tend to smudge very easily, especially when applied on the waterline or oily eyelids, so use a kajal that has a long-lasting formula. If the kajal is waterproof, even better! Apart from the longevity and wear of the kajal, you can also choose kajal pencils depending on their colour and shine. Some kajal pencils deliver a soft, matte black look while others have a super saturated and pigmented formula that delivers intense black and bold lines.
The Maybelline Colossal Kajal is a smudge-proof and waterproof kajal that lasts for up to 24 hours. Enriched with the goodness of Aloe Vera, Vitamin C, and Vitamin E, the Colossal Kajal soothes and nourishes your eyes, making it one of the best kajal pencils in India. If bolder and blacker lines are more your style, try the Maybelline Colossal Super Black Kajal. Created with unique light absorbing pigments, the Colossal Super Black Kajal delivers 2 times more blackness and 2X bolder lines for double the intensity. The rich colour and glossy sheen of the Colossal Super Black Kajal stays waterproof and smudge-proof for up to 16 hours. If you cannot pick between these 2 kajal pencils, use the Maybelline Virtual Try On tool to test both these products out in real-time and find one that suits your needs and complements your makeup look.
Some kajal pencils are mechanical, where you twist the pencil to bring out the product from the top while others are like old-school pencils that you have to constantly sharpen to keep the tip pointed. Each kajal pencil style has its own pros and cons – the mechanical pencil is easy to use but can get blunt quickly if not used correctly and the sharpen-able pencil must be sharpened before every use if you want to get crisp and precise lines. Pick a kajal pencil depending on the type of eye makeup looks you like to create
• How to apply kajal
Start on a clean face, preferably with your face makeup done, before you apply the kajal. Applying your foundation and concealer, and setting it with powder, especially in your undereye area helps you to apply kajal without smudging. Here are 3 quick and easy ways in which you put kajal in your eyes and create diverse looks.
Look 1 – Applying kajal on your upper and lower waterline
Outlining your eyes with kajal is one of the quickest ways to amp up your look without putting in too much effort. To create a basic eye makeup look with kajal, simply apply the kajal on your lower and upper waterline (also known as tight lining). To apply kajal for small eyes, apply a very thin and precise line on your lower waterline as bold and dramatic lines will make your eyes appear closed off and can make your eyes look smaller. Tight lining your eyes with kajal is an easy hack to make your eyelashes look thicker and more voluminous without even applying any product on your lashes! If you want to keep the lines soft, subtle, and sharp, use a smudge-proof kajal like the Maybelline Colossal Kajal.
Look 2 – Applying kajal to create a soft, smudged look
Instead of creating crisp and sharp lines, use a soft angled brush to diffuse the colour and create a smudged look. To achieve this look, start by applying kajal as eyeliner on your upper eyelid. It is ok if you don’t get a very precise application since you will be smudging the lines anyway. Start by drawing a thin line from the inner corner of your eye and gradually increase its thickness as you move towards the outer edge. Then using a clean, flat angled brush, go over the line you just drew and smudge it without dispersing the colour too far up on your eyelid. You can repeat the same step on your lower lash line as well but proceed with caution or you could end up with dark undereye circles that resemble racoon eyes!
Look 3 – Applying kajal for creating the perfect smokey eye look
When you want to go full glam with your eye makeup, using a kajal to create a smokey eye look is the easiest way to add an extra oomph to your look. To create a smokey eye with your kajal, apply a generous amount of kajal on the outer half of your eye, focusing more on the outer V shape of your eyelid. To intensify the look, opt for a bold and intense black kajal like the Maybelline Colossal Super Black. Do not just apply the kajal to your lash line, bring it all the way up to your crease, this is your time to go crazy!
Next, using a dense blending brush, gently blend the kajal till you create a seamless base with no harsh lines and edges. You can go over this with a black eyeshadow or leave the kajal as it is. Apply a shimmery eyeshadow to the inner half of your eyelid to take the smokey eye makeup look to another level. To complete the makeup look, apply kajal on your lower lash line as well.
Although there many ways to do your eye makeup, using a kajal is one of the quickest and simplest ways to enhance the beauty of your eyes. Learn how to apply kajal perfectly and experiment with the three styles mentioned above to switch up your looks depending on your mood!