How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Besides foundation, one of the hardest make-up items to apply is liquid eyeliner. Done wrong, it can be downright scary! One of the best things to do is simply realize you may need several takes to feel comfortable with it. Over time you will learn your preferences, for instance, I prefer a felt-tip applicator over a brush.

Here are some application steps from Eye Make-Up Tips:

There is a precise method when it comes to learning how to apply liquid eyeliner. Learning how to put on regular eyeliner is a good first step before graduating to liquid eyeliner. Here are the steps:

Apply eyeshadow base to the lids. This will prevent the makeup from smudging.

When you are first learning how to apply liquid eyeliner, it is a good idea to apply regular eyeliner with a light touch. Then you can go over it with the liquid liner. The benefit of this is that the line will already be drawn.

When it is time to apply the liquid eyeliner, prep the liner by making sure there is enough liquid in the brush.

Start with the top lid. With a light touch, apply the liner starting at the inside corner and working outwards.

Instead of trying to apply it all in one long line, it works best if you actually draw several smaller lines. However, as you practice more, you will find the best method for you.

Make sure you let the eyeliner dry thoroughly before applying more eye makeup or even blinking.

The liquid eyeliner in my make-up bag is L’Oreal Lineur Intense Felt Tip Eyeliner in Black (pictured above). I have an easier time controlling and angling a felt-tip applicator than I do a brush, and I think it’s easier to control the width of the line with felt-tip.

Liquid eyeliner takes practice and patience, but you can’t beat how it stays put, and adds drama and depth to your eyes.


3 thoughts on “How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

  1. Great post! I SUCK at applying liquid eyeliner! I find it almost impossible to get the same angle on both lids which means both eyes look different. Ugh!

  2. I remember my first application of a liquid eyeliner. I kept re-applying because the first few strokes were a disaster. After a couple more application of the stuff, my eyes ended up having a “smoky” eye effect that wasn’t really aesthetically pleasing. LOL.

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