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How to Use a Liquid Eyeliner 2010-07-02 09:00:29

Solve Your Liquid Liner Problems With These Easy Tips

The best part about using a liquid liner is that it gives practically smudgeproof results. They're also richly pigmented and easy to wash off. The worst part? The application process, which can be daunting, to say the least. So I asked Avon's Jillian Dempsey (yes, the lucky wife of Patrick) how to make the liquid liner process go smoothly. To find out what she had to say, just keep reading.

The formulation: When it comes to a liquid liner, look for a waterproof formulation, like Vincent Longo's Vibrant Eye Waterproof Liner ($18.50) or Avon's Professional Eye Duo ($9), which includes a shimmery shadow on one end and a liquid-based eyeliner on the other. "The liquid liner is waterproof, so I think that if you can get an application on, you’re good to go," she said.

The application: First and foremost, Jillian recommends that you get as close to your mirror as possible. Then, apply the liner by going between the lashline of your upper lid, lightly filling in that area. Don't try to draw a straight line. Instead, follow the contour of your eyes. "You get an even application when you follow your own natural line," she explained.


The thickness: In this case, the slighter the hand, the better. "That’s where I think people go wrong," Jillian said. "They try and get really bold and say they’re going to draw this big cat eye on. You don’t have to. You just have to get in there with the liquid liner and draw a thin little line. Even a thin line will make a difference in how your eye appears."

What to pair it with: Use a sheer liquid shadow — either the one that comes with Jillian's duo from Avon, or one of your own. "I love a bit of a monochromatic shimmery eye. I think there’s nothing better. Everyone can wear that," she said. Simply draw on a half-moon shape line on your lid and blend it out. You can go all the way up to the browbone with the color if you'd like, but just make sure to make that portion light and blended.

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Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
Marian--you need to look down into your mirror. You're probably applying it head on and therefore getting it all over your lashes. Alternatively, you could put on your mascara before you put on your eyeliner. I apply my mascara before eyeliner; when applying eyeliner, I look down into my mirror. It's just easier and less messy.
Marian55 Marian55 7 years
I love liquid liner and can apply it nicely but it always gets all over my lashes and it's a pain to pick out. If I don't get it out, my lashes clump when I apply mascara. How can I avoid this?
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
There's also a Basics video on liquid eyeliner (go to their playlists, choose, basics, click on Basics: Liquid Eyeliner." Hope that helps!
Ellenora Ellenora 7 years
lizlee89--I had that problem too when I started out. The one trick I learned was to look DOWN into my mirror to apply the liner. I use a smaller mirror that sits on my dresser, not the big one above my dresser. When you look down into your mirror, it becomes really hard to poke yourself in the eye. It also shows your entire lashline and you don't blink as much. When you look straight into the mirror, you're more prone to blinking, poking your eye or making sloppy lines because your wand/brush gets stuck in your lashline. Pixiwoo recently did a video showing and explaining how to apply eyeliner by looking down into the mirror. The video is called, "Make-up Revisted-Kimberly Wyatt. Bright Fuschia Lips and winged eyeliner." Sam is such a good teacher.
lizlee89 lizlee89 7 years
The thing that I hate about liquid eye liner is that whenever I apply it I end up blinking and it gets into my eye. I still use it and I love the long staying power, but I almost always have to deal with paint in my eye...
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