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How to Add Eyeliner to a Picture in Photoshop

Updated on February 24, 2013
Eye makeup in Photoshop
Eye makeup in Photoshop | Source

Image manipulation in Photoshop is fun. You can apply makeup to a photo, merge photos, turn a photo into a cartoon, or even paint fingernails in photos. In this Photoshop tutorial, I’m going to show you how do eye makeup. I will focus on eyeliner, eye shadows, eyebrows and eyelashes.




Eyeliner effect in Photoshop
Eyeliner effect in Photoshop | Source

Photo Effects in Photoshop: Add Eyeliner to a Picture

There are numbers of ways to add eyeliner to a picture in Photoshop. I’m going to share some easy to follow methods.

Open a photo and duplicate the layer. When you duplicate the layer, you can delete, without losing the original photo, if you messed it too much. Duplicating layer also allows you to compare the original photo with the manipulated photo.

Zoom in the eyes.

Select Burn tool; set Range to Shadow, Exposure around 15 percent.

Now, trace the eyes gently.

If you are not satisfied with the result, you can increase or decrease Exposure for darker and lighter eyeliner effects and start over again.

Here is another way to add eyeliner.

Open a photo and create a new layer. Choose black as foreground color.

Zoom in eyes.

Select a soft brush, and trace the eye.

Set Color, Soft light, or Overlay as blending mode.

Go to Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius around 3 pixels.

Reduce Opacity around 60 percent and merge the layers (Ctrl E).

Image manipulation turns a simple girl into a glamorous model.
Image manipulation turns a simple girl into a glamorous model. | Source
Eyeshadow effect in Photoshop
Eyeshadow effect in Photoshop | Source

Photo Effects in Photoshop: Add Eye Shadows to a Picture

Open a photo and create a new layer.

Select soft brush.

Choose a color and paint around the eyes.

Select Overlay as blending mode. (You don’t have to be rigid, you can experiment with different blending options.)

Click Ctrl U for Hue/Saturation

Play with the hue, saturation, and lightness slider until you get what you want.

Use Eraser tool to delete unnecessary coloring if any.

Here is another method to add eye shadows.

Open a photo and create a new layer

Select a soft brush.

Choose a color and paint on the eyelids. Just paint on the half part.

Choose Overlay as blending mode.

Go to Filter→Blur→Gaussian Blur. Set the Radius around 6 pixels.

Create a new layer.

Choose another color and paint over the remaining part of the eyelid.

Select Soft light as blending mode.

Press Ctrl F to use the same filter options, in this case Gaussian Blur.

How to install eyebrow or any kind of brush in Photoshop

You can find many sites that allow you to download free Photoshop brush. Some of the sites I trust for different kinds of Photoshop brush are BrushKing, DeviantArt, My Photoshop Brush, and Brusheezy. Before you download brush, check the brush license from the creator. In most cases, the brushes are free, but some license holders want you to mention the creator if you use commercially.

Find the brush you want and click download button.

Once the brush is downloaded, copy it and go the location of your Photoshop program. For instance C Drive→Program Files→Adobe→Adobe Photoshop X. (X is the version of your program) →Presets→Brushes and paste the brush.

Now, open the program, select brush tool and click dropdown menu on Brush tab. When the dialogue box opens, click right arrow key and select Load Brush from the dialogue box.

Choose the brush you want to load and press Load.

Photo Effects in Photoshop: Eyebrow make up

You can use burn tool and gently brush over the eyebrows to give darker effects. Remember to set the Exposure between 8-11 percent.

You can use Patch tool to delete unnecessary flowing hair on your eyebrows.

If you are not satisfied with the eyebrows, the way it looks, you can even add new eyebrows.

To create new eyebrows, you need to install eyebrow brush in your program. Eyebrow brushes can be of different types, left eyebrow brush, right eyebrow brush or a combination of left and right.

Once you have eyebrow brush in your program, you can delete the original and replace with new eyebrows. This is how you do it.

Create a new layer.

Select Clone tool. Set Opacity and Flow, both to 100 percent.

Press Alt Click to select the area you want to use as clone source.

Now stamp over the eyebrows.

After you have cleared the eyebrows, select Healing Brush tool, and stamp over the edges of cloned area.

You can also use blur tool, with strength around 50 percent to blur the edges of the cloned area.

Now create a new layer. Go to blush tool and select the eyebrow brush.

Set Flow and Opacity around 80 percent. Remember to choose black or brown as foreground color.

Choose the brush size you want and stamp above the eyes.

If you are not satisfied with the placement of the eyebrows Click Crtl T to transform and rotate left or right. With Transform tool, you can also increase or decrease the size of the eyebrow.




Fake eyelash effect in Photoshop
Fake eyelash effect in Photoshop | Source

Photo Effects in Photoshop: Eyelashes

Select burn tool, set Exposure between 10 and 15, and select Shadows as Range. Now gently brush over eyelashes. If you want to give darker effects, you can increase exposure; or change Range to Midtone or Highlight to give lighter shade to the eyelashes.

If you want to use color on the eyelashes, here’s how to do it.

Open a photo and create a new layer.

Select a hard brush. Zoom in eye.

Choose a color and with a small brush, gently brush over the eyelashes.

Choose Overlay as blending options. Decrease opacity if you think the color is too bright.

You can also add fake eyelashes to your photo. To add fake eyelashes you need eyelashes brush. Eyelashes brushes are different kinds, one type contains upper and lower eyelashes in one and another type contains upper or lower eyelashes only.

Download eyelashes brush and Install in your program.

Create a new layer. Set black as foreground color.

Choose the eyelash brush and stamp over eyelashes. Click Ctrl T for placement and size.

Add some colors to eyelashes to create amazing photo effects.


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    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      7 years ago from Nepal

      Thanks for always appreciating my works.


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      Dianna Mendez 

      7 years ago

      Your directions are all wonderfully written. If I ever get to use photoshop, I would love to play with the addition of eyeliner on photos. Thanks for the education.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      @prasetio, it is true that photoshop has unlimited possibilities. Thanks for commenting.

      @Neelum, thanks for appreciating my work.


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      Neelum Waqar 

      8 years ago from Pakistan

      i like your hubs picture of Eyesg

    • prasetio30 profile image


      8 years ago from malang-indonesia

      I had never heard about "adding the eyeliner by use photoshop", before reading this hub. "Wow" we can do anything with photoshop. I love this program. Thanks for share with us. Good job, my friend. Voted up!


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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      8 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I would love to do this. I have some photos that really needs this. Thank's Vinaya..Great share..

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      8 years ago from Wales

      So interesting and useful Vinaya ;a great share ;I really enjoyed it.


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      Martin Kloess 

      8 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for this. You are really getting into this. You do a admirable job explaining.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal

      @Carol, thanks for being here.

      @mary, there are many ways to delete wrinkles and blur is one of them. Thanks for commenting.

      @Rayne, many people complain about photo editing programs that they promote unnaturalness. I also believe natural ways to look beautiful is good. And I will love learn natural skills. Thanks for coming back.

      @Billy, more we use Photoshop, more we discover new things.

      @Faith, it is easy to do smokey eyes than plain makeup in Photoshop, because it is evident. Thanks for your comment.

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      Faith Reaper 

      8 years ago from southern USA

      Wow, that is amazing! I love smokey eyes.

      Thanks for this interesting write.

      Voted up +++ and sharing

      God bless, Faith Reaper

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      Bill Holland 

      8 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It really is amazing what can be done with Photoshop. Maybe some day I will try it. Great tips my friend. Well done!

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      8 years ago

      Thank you

      I will check out that other hub.

      I love the first one especially, wow, I want to do my own eyes like that.

      so natural looking but beautiful. Isn't it something today that using programs become better to look at than the real thing at times.

      Talk about technology. I think its great, however even though I want to experience with the program I am still leaning to old skool.(natural)

      Thank you for the tips

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      Mary Craig 

      8 years ago from New York

      You are certainly doing a great job on providing us with all the intricacies of Photoshop. You are certainly becoming a Master of Photoshop...I'm waiting for the hub that tells how to delete wrinkles ... I would imagine with the blur tool.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting!

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      carol stanley 

      8 years ago from Arizona

      though I don't know how to use photoshop I found this fascinating. Great job here. Voting UP.

    • Vinaya Ghimire profile imageAUTHOR

      Vinaya Ghimire 

      8 years ago from Nepal


      You can download a trial version of Photoshop but not the full version. You have to buy the product. Interestingly,Photoshop is one of the most pirated programs. There are many similar programs offered free. I have written about free photo edition programs in a hub titled Image manipulation.

      I have seen my sisters and friends use makeup but I have never tried doing makeup to anyone. But I love to apply makeup in photos.

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      8 years ago

      wow that is so cool, it looks so real.

      I have never ever used photoshop, do not even know how to edit a picture. I do know how to add text and do some fonts but that is about it.

      Can you download photoshop from the web or do you buy the program.

      The eyeliner effect is quite amazing. I would love to do that on my real eyes never mind photoshop.

      thank you for the tutorial.



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