Feb 20 2009

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?


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!

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  • Debbie

    I may actually try this liquid liner again…

  • Jenn

    That’s a little bit of fabulous. 🙂

  • http://xanga.com/pkbrita brittany

    i used to love GEM!

  • beautyjudy

    Elise, let me know if you want an in person demo LOL

    Jess – In the future I’m planning to talk about what to do with bold and bright colors! It’s not usually something you can get away with in an office environment, but there’s no reason why you can’t wear blue or purple eyeshadow in a subtle way and look hot 🙂

    Oh my gosh – Love your flashback, LOL!!!!

    Amazing Cosmetics…check on their website to see where they may sell it, but I got mine at Ulta!

  • Elise

    I am going to try the eyeliner thing again. But I know I won’t be able to apply it as well as you are in this picture!

  • http://havebabywillrun.blogspot.com/ Jess B.

    Hey Judy! So far I love the blog. You have a steady hand, girl! That liquid eyeliner application was impressive.

    I got tons of Urban Decay eye make-up for x-mas thanks to my wonderful friends and dear hubby (who just happens to work in Times Square right next to a Sephora). I look at some of these colors and picture myself applying them and consequently looking like one of the band members of Gem and the Holograms.

    But seeing what you’re doing with them makes it seem a little more realistic and not so scary (I also have flashbacks of all of the girls in middle school caking on the purple eye shadow as soon as we were allowed to wear make-up and had no clue what to do with all that power).

    I am always on the lookout for a good under eye concealer and haven’t found one yet that i love. Where do you get Amazing Cosmetics, the one you mentioned?