Liquid eyeliner is a sleek (and sexy!) alternative to pencils and powders, and can give you exactly the look you want. Plus, with much less mess than with powders. The thought of getting a perfect line with a liquid eyeliner vs. a more forgiving eyeliner pencil can be scary, but we’re here to tell you that, yes, you can do it. It can be easy to apply, and nothing gives you the va va voom look of liquid eyeliner. Pencils and powders, step aside.
There are two basic types of liquid eyeliner: dip brush and felt tip. A dip brush is dipped into a bottle of eyeliner, sort of like a nail polish brush is dipped into polish. A felt tip eyeliner feeds fluid through to the tip in the same way as a marker pen. Both types have advantages and disadvantages, but an ultra-fine tip of either type allows you to draw the fine lines you need for the best effect.
Preparing to Apply Eyeliner
Before you apply eyeliner, make sure your eyelids are prepped. That means that they are clean and moisturized. Then apply a concealer to cover any unevenness or discoloration on your eyelids. The concealer or eye primer will also help the liner’s staying power.
After you have applied moisturizer or an eyelid primer, apply a powder or cream eye shadow using a small brush. The important thing to remember is that the eyeliner is applied over the eye shadow, and not the other way around.
Applying the Eyeliner
As the eye area is super sensitive, make sure that you are not allergic to the eyeliner by first drawing test lines on the back of your hand or wrist. Wait to see if there is a reaction before you use the eyeliner on your eyes.
For best results, lift the outer corner of your eyelid with your fingers as you apply the eyeliner. Start from the middle of your eyes rather than at either end, and follow the lash line, making the line a little thicker beneath the arch of the eyebrow.
Use short strokes to draw a thin line above, and close to, your eyelash. You can go back and thicken lines later if you need to.
Add a small upward-pointing tail at the outer edge of the eyelid (or a large one if you want to make a dramatic statement). The tail should follow the angle of the upwards curve of the lower eyelash line.
Take your time and always keep one eye open to watch what you are doing.
Finishing the Eye
After you have applied the eyeliner, complete your eye makeup with mascara to plump out the eyelashes. Use a Q-tip to remove any excess powder or to correct any errors in eyeliner or mascara application.
Liquid eyeliner makes it simple to produce the perfect, alluring and attractive eye line with the minimum of fuss. Mastering its application just takes a little practice.