Liquid eyeliner when applied properly, it looks sophisticated, stylish, and sharp but when it’s not, it can end up looking like masquerade. The bottom line is that practice makes perfect; no one starts out with make-up-artist-grade liquid liner skills. It’s a tough type of makeup to master, but the results are absolutely worth the effort.
Here are few tips and tricks that can make your journey to liquid eyeliner nirvana a little easier – keep reading!
1. Not all tips are created equal:
The key to a sharp, bold line is a fine point felt tip. Over time, your eyeliner felt tip might flatten, dull, and begin to distribute the ink liner unevenly. This is one of those few circumstances where a true artist can blame their equipment! Make sure to invest in high-quality eyeliners and replace them often. When the ink begins to thin and the felt tip loses its sharp point, it’s nearly impossible to create a good wing (no matter how skilled you are).
2. The tape method:
One of amazingly useful tips on how to apply liquid eyeliner like a pro is to use the tape method. Over time, you will learn how to draw a beautiful cat eye wing with only your steady, skilled hands. Until then, why not take a little short cut? Take a piece of tape, and loosen some of the stickiness on the back of your hand. Now, apply the tape to your lower water line, and outwards towards your temple. The top edge of your tape will be the bottom line of your wing. The next step is the hardest one: draw! Using the tape as a guideline, create your wing. Once you’re satisfied, remove the tape. You’ll be left with a flawlessly sharp wing, and some envious friends – unless you decide to let them in on the secret!
3. The spoon method:
Another one of great tips on how to apply liquid eyeliner is to use the spoon method, which follows the same methodology as the tape method. However, there are two distinct differences. Because the spoon needs to be held in place (and the tape is self-sufficient), this is a liner trick for the more technically advanced. The advantage (and other difference) is that by following the spoon’s natural curve, your liner wing will have a more natural arch. So, how does it work? Basically, hold the spoon against your cheekbone, under the eye, and pointing outwards toward your temple. Adjust as necessary, and use the top curve of the spoon to be the bottom of your wing. Keep practicing until it’s perfect!
4. Start small (less is more):
When drawing your liquid eyeliner free hand, it is tempting to begin with a bold, thick line and fill it in. This method does work for some of us – your mileage may vary! We often find that once you have created the perfect wing on one eye, it is inevitable that the other line will end up too thick – and the ensuing struggle to create equal lines will result in tears, anger, and destruction/abuse of eyeliners across the world. Try to begin with a thinner line than you’d like to end up with, and build up slowly. This will ensure that as you adjust for uneven squiggles and bumps, your eyeliner will maintain a reasonable thickness on both sides!
5. Practice makes perfect:
Next great tip on how to apply liquid eyeliner is to practice, practice, practice. Truly. It doesn’t matter if you consider yourself the worst makeup learner, no one is good at liquid liner in the beginning. While some may need more practice than others, anyone can become an expert at even the sharpest of liquid lines with practice. Allot yourself some extra time every day, and try your hand at a felt-tip wing – even if you have to begrudgingly remove it immediately after. Eventually, all of your hard work will pay off.