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How To Use Liquid Eyeliner

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BY CHELSEA SIMMONS

Liquid Eyeliner is fun, versatile eye makeup that most people are afraid to use. Messy? Harsh? Not at all. Whether your look is soft and natural, retro-glam, polished professional or anything in between, this is a must-have for your eye makeup arsenal. With a little practice, you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

Believe it or not, liquid liner is easiest to apply to an open eye. Let the brush do the work by laying along the lash line. Use short strokes to draw lines at the inside, middle, and outer corner of the upper lash line, then connect the dots.
  • Shake gently before using for best results.
  • Once you've opened the top, put down the bottle and use your free hand to lift the brow, creating a smoother canvas on which to draw.
  • If you feel a little shaky, try lining the eye with a matching shade of Eye Pencilor Cream To Powder Eye Liner first. This provides a template for your Liquid Eyeliner.
  • If your eyes droop down a bit, try winging the liner up ever so slightly, just before the outer corner of the eye. This gives your eyes a wide-open, lifted look.
  • If you want a softer line, but with the staying power of Liquid Eyeliner, use the Detail Brush to gently soften and smudge the line while your liner is still wet.
  • For extra long wear, apply a bit of Lid Primer first.
  • Black and Black/Brown are classic, but here are some tips on using the other colors:
    • Pinot Noir is beautiful with so many looks. Use it as a fresh accent to a neutral eye. It definitely makes green eyes pop, but looks lovely on all eye colors.
    • Gold is great for global skin tones. Use it alone on the outer two-thirds of the upper lashes as a subtle way to draw attention to the eye. For a more dramatic look, line the eye with Black Eye Pencil or Black Plus Cream to Powder Eye Liner, and then draw a fine line with the Gold just along the lashes. For even more drama, place the Gold just above the Black. Instant party look!
    • Copper works wonderfully alone for red heads, especially those with fair skin and green or blue eyes. It's a gorgeous alternative to brown, and a lot more exciting. For the rest of us, use it to punch up the usual browns by first lining with Black/Brown Eye Pencil or Black/Brown Plus Cream to Powder Eye Liner, then applying Copper at the lash line for a more current look.
    • Silver along the upper lash line is romantic and enchanting. It creates a subtle flash of light with each blink of the eye. Apply a thin line over your usual makeup.
Makeup should be fun, not intimidating. Sometimes all it takes is a little know-how and a little practice. Enjoy!
Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea Simmons

Chelsea began her beauty journey in 2010 as a fashion and beauty freelancer at Ladies’ Home Journal magazine. There she had the chance to test and review hundreds of products while quickly falling for the benefits the clean makeup she tried. After leaving the magazine industry, she worked as a publicist for international fragrance and beauty brands until 2016 when she landed at jane iredale. Here, she has discovered liquid eyeliner doesn’t have to burn her eyes, foundation doesn’t have to feel heavy, and that the jane iredale Global Educators truly have the best beauty hacks. Since then, she’s shared her 10+ years of experience with you on The Good Glow Blog.