Tackling liquid eyeliner

Eyeliner, along with mascara, is the finishing touch on your eye makeup.

But yet, application of eyeliner and finding the right mascara are two of the toughest parts of doing eye makeup!

(Mascara formulations seem endless…but this is a post about eyeliner. Mascara another time :))

There are so many different forms of eyeliner – pencil (kohl and automatic), cream, gel and liquid. There is even loose, highly-pigmented mineral liner like the products from ID Bare Escentuals , which you can use with a dry eyeliner brush, or dip the brush in water for a stronger application on the eye. (You can also transform your eye shadow into a liner by dipping a liner brush in water and then applying shadow to the brush. Or, you can buy eye shadow transformer products like those that Too Faced and Urban Decay sell.

So I bet you’ve tried them all! Or maybe you haven’t for fear of messing it up. Like liquid eyeliner. Women tell me all the time – “I can’t stand using liquid liner because I feel like I have no control over it.”

Fear liquid no more! Today I’m going to tackle liquid liner like Willie Weathers tackles The Rock in “Gridiron Gang.” Ok. Well. Maybe not but I’m going to tackle it first because I love liquid liner and with practice, I think you might too.

Liquid liner can really make your eyes pop! It’s even easier than certain brands of pencil. Have you ever used the pencil that feels as if it’s a scalpel going across your eyelid, it’s so stiff?

Ouch!

I prefer the liquid liners that come with a thinner brush, because you can start with a thin line and build from there. It’s easier to control.

My favorite liquid eyeliner is Wet n’ Wild’s Mega Liner in Turquoise, which I believe you can find for less than $4. I’ve picked it up at Kmart and local drug stores. I usually pair it with nude shadow for a daytime look or with blues and greens and nudes for a nighttime look.

Try starting from the outside corner of the eye first. I usually lean my hand on my cheek to help steady me. Also, if you mess up – maybe go a little too high with your line, quickly touch it to remove it with you finger, in a downward motion. Then keep going.

Apply Wet N' Wild's Turquoise Mega Liner

Applying Wet N' Wild's Turquoise Mega Liner

The finished look…I’ll talk about under eye eyeliner next!

Also used: Clinique Nude Sparkle Touch Tint cream shadow (a good cream shadow, by the way!); Ulta Deep Sea eye shadow, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Flipside, Max Factor Vivid Impact Mascara in 903.

Also used: Clinique Nude Sparkle Touch Tint cream shadow (a good cream shadow, by the way!); Ulta Deep Sea eye shadow, Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Liner in Flipside (on lower lash line), Max Factor Vivid Impact Mascara in 903.

I’ve also got to tackle under eye concealer in an upcoming post! You can tell from my pictures that the shade I’ve chosen is too dark; the product I chose, however (Amazing Cosmetics’ concealer) – is fantastic!