How I do my liquid eyeliner

So if you asked me what was the question I get asked the most, its probably "Where is the cheapest place to book a Disneyworld holiday?" - no lie! But my second most asked question is how do I do my liquid eyeliner and it has been since day 1, be it in the comments or e-mails. I decided it was finally time to try and piece together some sort of tutorial after a particularly lovely email asking me how I did my liquid liner. 

So here you go! A step by step guide to how I find it easiest to do liquid liner :)

Technique


1) Starting with a blank eye with my eyeshadow and eyebrows all done. 
2) I start by drawing a line from the corner of my eye in the direction of where my eyebrow ends. How long you want it to go out is up to you. It looks a bit silly at this point, but I promise it comes together!
3) Starting from the very middle of my eye, I draw an almost straight line downwards to connect with my wing. 


4) I then fill in the wing I created using the two straight lines. 
5) I then take my line to the inner part of my eye following the natural curve of my eye. 
6) Voila, mascara and your eye is done!

Tips!

  • Place your elbow on a flat surface. You have no idea how much this helps!
  • Don't tug or pull the skin taut. You'll find when the skin naturally goes back into place, your eyeliner will look a completely different shape. And its not good for wrinkles! 
  • I like to tilt my head back a little bit and have my mirror slightly lower so I am looking DOWN into it. Slightly odd, but you get a really accurate line close to the lash line. 
  • My preffered choice of eyeliner is a felt tip, but I go more into this down below :)
Types


Eyeliner applied using Nars Stylo
I find the easiest "type" of eyeliner to use is one that slightly resembles a felt tip pen! My favourite is the Nars Stylo which sadly has ran out for me at the moment (and I won't repurchase until I have used up my current stash!). However I have heard Soap & Glory and Pixi do incredibly similar felt tip pen type eyeliners. I find these the easiest to use in my experience of using eyeliners as you can get a really precise line and also the nib is usually pretty easy to create a nice flick.

 I DESPISE the triangular type eyeliners with very thick stiff nibs (MAC boot black and Rimmel also do a similar one) I always found these really didn't glide on as nicely, creating too thick a line and making it difficult to get the wings to match. I also find that because the handles are quite short, your hand will often be in the way, making you distort your hand into different positions. I would avoid these particularly if you are new to liquid eyeliner. Even I struggle with these, so they are best avoided altogether.


Eyeliner done with gel liner 

Gel eyeliners are also nice. They are not my favourite type of eyeliner simply because I much prefer the felt tip type ones, but I used gel for a good few years. I couldn't recommend the Maybelline Gel eyeliner enough, its a very nice cheap dupe of the MAC fluidline and Bobbi Brown creamy gel eyeliner. Although first things first, get rid of that brush it comes with it. That ain't gonna do you any favours! Invest in a good eyeliner brush and you'll find gel eyeliner application a lot easier. My all time favourite brush for applying gel liner is the MAC 211 (pictured above). It is so so worth the money and honestly I would recommend this over everything, even the Real Techniques fine line brushes. 


Eyeliner applied with pencil
Pencil eyeliner can also be used and I do recommend this as a great place to start if you are learning. I have often used pencil especially if I do a look which I feel needs something a bit softer. My biggest tip for using pencil is keep it sharp! I sharpen probably 3 times as keeping the tip sharp is the key to getting an easy line. My favourite pencil liner is the Urban Decay 24/7 - so easy for creating a line as its SO creamy and basically melts onto your lash line. 


Eyeliner done with eyeshadow

Eyeshadow can also be used to line the eyes and is something I am particularly favouring in the summer months for a softer, smudgier look. My tool of use is the MAC 266 small angled brush. This brush can also be used for gel, but I find it works better with eyeshadows as they are more forgiving. Eyeshadow would also be a great place to start if you are beginning, just because they tend to be more forgiving. If you make a mistake, you can smudge it out but with gel or liquid you can't do that. 



Eyeliner applied with Urban Decay 24/7 Liquid Liner.

Other eyeliners which are just fantastic are the Illamasqua Precision Ink or the Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof liquid liner. I'm not really sure what these come under, as they aren't quite felt tips or your typical triangular eyeliner but instead have a very skinny nib. I really like both of these and can't fault them. Not as easy to use as my beloved Nars Stylo but I definitely have no problems with these. The incredibly sharp, skinny nibs make it easy to get a sharp line close to the lash line and even beginners will find these easy to use. The eyeliner pictured in the tutorial was using the Illamasqua Precision Ink. 

So I think thats it! I hope something in this blog post helped you. I used to be the WORST person at applying liquid liner, always envying Lauren Conrads signature flick when I watched The Hills every Sunday night. Then one day I took the plunge, went out and bought liquid liner and here I am, still rocking some variation of it on a daily basis. Practise, practise practise, experiment and find out which eyeliner or which brush suits you best and it does become easier! Don't be afraid to sit in your bedroom in front of the mirror and use different angles, find out which works best and whats the worst that can happen? Nobody will see you :)

Whats your preferred choice of eyeliner?

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Comments

  1. Ooooh yay!!!! I love tutorials for eye liner. I'm working on my technique, and you've done an awesome tutorial here! Thank you!

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    1. Thank you :) I've never really done "tutorials" before but this seems a good place to start! :)

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  2. I wear liquid eyeliner every day, and this is such a good post! Like you, it's like second nature to me now and I can line an eye in seconds, but it does take time :) My favourites types are the bottom ones, or as I like to call them liquid brush liners.. Rimmel Glam Eyes version is my absolute favourite and it's only a fiver! xxxx

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    1. Ooo Gemma, I'm gonna have to check that one out!

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  3. I recently, somehow, forgot how to do my winged eyeliner so this was super helpful! I used to love the felt tip pen styled ones but after Tokidoki went bust I couldn't find a good one. Have to check out the NARS one and also get that Urban Decay liquid liner!! I had a Sephora brand liquid eyeliner that I loved which was so pigmented and matte, but it started to smudge and run at any sign of moisture and it was terrible!! I chucked it :( Hopefully I get on with the NARS one :) Great tutorial!!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Ahhh the Nars one is my favourite! Its a tad expensive, but I think its worth the extra for the ease of use :) The Urban Decay one comes in close second :)

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  4. Such an awesome post - you make everything look and sound so simple. Thanks so much for taking the time to do this!

    Nic x

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    1. No problem Nic, glad you liked it :)

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  5. Great tips.
    It doesn't seem to matter how often I practise, I tend to wear eye liner daily, I can never get my flicks to match and always end up removing all my eye make-up completely to start again. Nightmare. I prefer liquid liner and shadow if I want a softer look, I find that gel and pencil smudge on me, I think I've got hot eyes, is that even possible?
    Anyway, great post and I'll certainly be checking back on this one for some ideas when I'm next purchasing an eye liner.
    Sarah x

    essveebee-likes.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh I've been there! I find the technique I use eliminates that "wonky" flick as you only make an identical straight line on each side :) I've heard gel does smudge on some people so hot eyes is entirely possible haha!

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  6. Awesome post Marvelle! I wear winged liner everyday, and I'd have to agree, liquid and gel are always the ones I reach for. I always used liquid, but I've just recently switched back to gel and I really like the way it's working! :)

    xoxo aly

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  7. this is exactly how i do my eyeliner too, you explained it really well i love using liquid because you get a more precise flick but the felt tip liners are really easy i just hate that they dry out so quickly well the ones i have tried xxx

    ~ VISUALCANDYINC

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    1. I found the Nars one was OK, I think it lasted like 4months? But I used it almost everyday :

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  8. So helpful!! I really like the Tarte Clay liner for wings! xx RenaKiss and Make Up

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    1. Ooo I'd love to try that Rena :) Wish we got Tarte over here!

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  9. What a great post! I'm always trying to get winged liner right, your makeup is fab!

    www.beautyangel.ie

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  10. The step-by-step is always so helpful, to novices and pros alike! I'm a huge lover of winged liner and like to see how other bloggers do theirs. Your liner always looks flawless! I agree that felt-tipped pens are the easiest. I love Revlon's ColourStay Liquid Eye Pen the best :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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    1. Oo I'll have to try out that one, especially as its a felt tip!

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  11. I think I need to try a felt tip eyeliner, it would definitely reduce the amount of brushes I have to wash! I wish my eyebrows were as nice as yours :')

    www.alices-palace.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Aww thanks Ellie, I actually hate my brows, too big and bushy haha! But thank you!

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  12. This blog post really helped :) b
    Thanks a mil
    Chels Evans
    thevintagecherry.blogspot.com

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  13. Wow! Sounds like good. I really get impressed by watch the pictures you have shared even by reading your tips and tricks.

    How to apply Eyeliner

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  14. great info post :)
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