How to Use Eyeliner & Eyeshadow Stencils To Get Perfect Eye Makeup

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
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15 Minutes

Eyeliner and eyeshadow stencils are becoming pretty popular because they can help you get accurate eyeliner and eyeshadow placement effortlessly.

In this tutorial, I’m going to show you how to use eyeliner and eyeshadow stencils, so you can get perfect eye makeup.

These work so great, especially for those who don’t have a strong hand when it comes to applying eyeliner. Let’s get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyeshadow and eyeliner stencils
  • Assorted eyeshadows
  • Assorted brushes
  • Mascara
  • Black gel eyeliner

I'm using the Cat Eyeliner Stencil and Smokey Eye Stencil by Beth Bender Beauty, though there are other eyeliner stencil options available.

How to use an eyeshadow stencil

1. How to use an eyeshadow stencil

Let’s start applying eyeshadow. Here I’m using this lovely plum color, and I’ll be using an eyeshadow stencil, as shown above.

This is a suitable stencil for those who have hooded eyes and need help finding their crease.

All you need to do is hold the stencil right above your mobile eyelid and apply the eyeshadow all across the eyelid and around the edges of the stencil. 

Tip: Layer the eyeshadow to give it intensity. 

Using an eyeshadow stencil on the mobile lid

Once you’re happy, remove the stencil, and you’re left with perfect dome-shaped eyeshadow. 

Softening the edges with a brush

Clean your brush on tissue, then go in with the same brush and soften the edge. 

Using an eyeshadow stencil to create a wing

2. How to use an eyeshadow stencil to get a wing

If you want a wing shape, simply put the wing-shaped stencil on the outer corner of your eye and apply more eyeshadow to form the desired shape.

Pull the color from the edge of the stencil onto the mobile eyelid. I’m using a black glittery charcoal eyeshadow for this step. 

How to get a perfect wing with a stencil

Once you remove the stencil, you’re left with a nice crisp line. Magic, right?

How to use a cat eyeliner stencil

3. How to use a cat eyeliner stencil

Now, place the eyeliner stencil on top of the lid and line it up with the crisp wing you created in the previous step.

Fill in the liner part using the same dark eyeshadow you used for the wing. Do this in quick, pressing motions as you work your way through the stencil. 

Using an eyeliner stencil

Don’t be concerned if the stencil doesn't go right to the corner of your eye. You can move it closer and fill in the gap with an open eye. 

Using an eyeliner stencil on the bottom

4. How to use a eyeliner stencil on the bottom lashes

Line up the bottom liner stencil right underneath your lower lashes. Using the same charcoal black eyeshadow, fill in the area with quick swiping motions.

Also, make sure it connects to the outer corner of the wing too. You'll only need to do this ⅔ of the way across your lower lashline. 

Lining the waterline with gel liner

Using a gel-based eyeliner, line your waterline. 

Applying mascara

5. Apply mascara

Apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes. 

Tip: You can also opt for faux eyelashes!

Perfect eyeshadow using a stencil

So, here’s the beautiful cat eyeliner look solely with eyeshadow and a stencil. It’s soft, subtle, and very accurate!

If you want to darken the look and go for a more dramatic vibe, I’ll show you how you can achieve that look in the next step. 

Adding black gel liner to the wing

6. Add gel eyeliner

If you want to do the cat eye using the gel liner, then you already have the guide in place. All you have to do is carefully go over the dark eyeshadow with your black gel liner. 

Tracing over the stencil lines

You're basically tracing over the line; it's a great way to perfect your skills, too. 

Tip: If you don't have a steady hand, feel free to put the eyeliner stencil back over the eyelid for better accuracy. 

Results of the eyeliner and eyeshadow stencil

Eyeliner and eyeshadow stencil tutorial

Here’s the result. Not only is it sultry and elegant, but it’s so darn accurate!

Using an eyeliner and eyeshadow stencil really goes a long way. It's a helpful tool for beginners, people with hooded eyes, and those who don't have symmetrical eyes.

Thanks for joining me, and I’ll catch you again next time! 

Suggested materials:
  • Eyeliner stencil
  • Assorted eyeshadows
  • Assorted brushes
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