Applying Liquid Eyeliner

Liquid black eyeliner has become all the rage lately, with new versions coming out every day, it seems. I was an eyeliner pencil devotee for many years and finally decided to buy some liquid eyeliner this year. After messing around with it, always ending up with lines thicker than acceptable for day use, I started to go back to using my eyeliner pencils. You could smudge them and they’d still look great, they tended to stay on longer than the liquid (especially near the outside corner of the eyes), and they were so much easier to use. But still, from time to time, I want that black liquid look and a cat-eye. So, I set out to find the best explanation of how to apply liquid eyeliner. Here’s what I found:
The most important thing to do is to start at the middle of your upper lash line. You have a lot of liner on the applicator after pulling it out of its tube, so starting at your inner eye will cause too thick of a line. You want the line wider at the middle of the eye anyway, so start there. Next, drag the applicator toward the outside of your eye, staying along the lash line as best as possible. You can increase the width later after you’ve already made a line along the lash line. After you have reached the corner of your eye (and added in a cat-eye if you like), don’t dip the applicator back into the tube. Just pick it up and start at the inside corner of your eye and drag toward the middle, to make the two lines match up. Now that you have a complete line, start increasing the width of the line as much as you’d like.
This works with either a pen or normal liquid eyeliner, so don’t feel like you have to run to the store to pick up new liner.
Seems like such a simple idea (‘start at the middle of your lash line’) but I had never thought of that before! After learning how to properly apply liquid eyeliner, I have increased my use of it. Practice makes perfect, though, so don’t give up too quickly! And know that your favorite pencil liner will always be there waiting for you.

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