It is rightly said that eyes can speak volumes. Good eye makeup always enhances the beauty of your eyes. Kajal, also known as kohl, is one product that can transform the way you look. Be it a simple on-the-go look or something more elaborate like party makeup, who doesn’t love giving the eyes their due in the limelight? After all, they are the first things that grab attention.

How To Select A Kajal

Since a lot of women rely on kajal, it is really important to select the one that suits your needs. You can choose amongst smudge-proof, waterproof, and water-resistant kajal. Avoid using eye pencils that have shine or glitter in them as they can be harmful for your eyes. You can wear kajal as an eyeliner, an eyeshadow, or use it to create a glam smokey eye look.

You Will Need

  • Kajal/kohl pencil
  • Smudging brush
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner

Before you begin, clean the area under the eye as well as the eyelashes with a makeup remover or a cleanser thoroughly. For people with dry skin, moisturize the eye area well, and dab on some loose/pressed powder. This prevents creases on the eyes.

Step 1

Apply the kajal on the lower eyelid to make the waterline prominent.

Step 2

Take a sharp kajal pencil. Start lining from the outer corner of the eye and then fill it towards the inner corner. This helps in eliminating the chances of excess product being deposited in the inner corner.

Apply generous coats of the kajal depending on how you like it. If you have small eyes, apply the kajal more on the outer corner. This opens up the eyes.

Step 3

If you wish to create a subtle smoky eye look, apply a thick layer of kajal on the lower rim of your eye and smudge it gently with a smudging brush.

For an elaborate smoky eye, you can apply layers of kajal and repeat the process of smudging.

Step 4

Apply the kajal on the rim of the upper lid. This creates an illusion of wearing an eyeliner and opens up the eyes more.

Step 5

Use your kajal as an eyeliner to create a more defined look. Start by applying the kajal on the upper eyelid by closing the eyes. Draw a soft line from the outer corner to the inner corner of the eye. Use shorter strokes for better application, and then, gradually thicken it.

A quick and easy way to intensify the kajal to make it stay creaseproof for longer hours is by using an eyeshadow of the same color as your kajal. Apply it over the kajal with an applicator brush and seal it.
Wear loads and loads of mascara for the perfect finish.

Final Look

For occasions like weddings, cocktail parties, etc. you can amp up your look by using different colored eye pencils. You can also use false lashes to add more glamor.

Hope these tips and tricks will help you master the art of applying kajal. If you have any other tips, feel free to share them in the comments section below.

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  • Piu B

    Really good tips for applying kajal.

    • ahana


      • sumaiya

        amazing tips to apply kajal

  • Saara

    adorable article like it.. best use for beginner……. :)

    • ahana

      thanks dear :)

  • radha82

    wowww that’s really useful post thank you for sharing this tips :)

    • ahana

      thanks for going through this article :)

  • Priyamwadha Naidu

    nice post

    • ahana

      thanks for commenting

  • Sneha

    Thank you so much ahana! I always get my kajal smudged even as i am applying it and now i know why!

    • ahana

      happy that u liked it

  • sneha .l.

    thank you for giving me the tips i apply it and it is very nice

    • ahana

      glad u found it helpful

  • sneha sudhil

    thank you ahana.where did you get these tips from?

    • ahana

      researched on web :)

  • Sapna

    Now i understand y my kajal smudges so quick!! thnnks for sharing this important information…il from today it self put to use.. :)
    glad to have come across this article.. thnks style craze

    • ahana


  • Shanti

    Your article is a good one.. beginners are bound to benefits out of it.. Thnks Style Craze and Ahans.. for sharing this kajal aplication steps..

    • ahana

      thank u :)

  • Tarani

    Wow getting your kajal done right also needs a great deal of work! Nver knew about this before. Thanks Ahana!

  • Gurleen

    Perfect and very helpful:)


    My husband works in computar for long hours ( 8-10 hours a day), Shuld he use Surma in the eyes to make his eyes cool ?

  • Shruti

    i really love itt!!…It is really helpful!!
    PS -thankyou so very much !!

  • Ezzah Malik

    thanxx its really helpful………….

  • Mekha

    Your article is amazing … It really help the beginners a lot …. Thanks .. But for the eyeshadow the colours doesn’t match your complextion …. Use urban decay primer potion .. It will help a lot and make your eyes look gorgeous :) .. Just to let you know

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