Perfect liquid eyeliner: It looks amazing, but is oh-so hard to get right. A cute cats’ eye flick has become a staple on the red carpet, but when celebrities have make-up artists to do their beauty dirty work, it’s no wonder there’s not a smudge in sight. In real life, shaky hands, bad lighting and poor applicators can all lead to disaster. Luckily we’ve put together a guide that means you can say bye-bye to failed attempts and wasted make-up wipes and embrace the luxe liquid liner look.
The first thing to suss out is a place that gives you good light to work by and ensures you have a clear view of what you’re doing. Natural light works best as every mistake shows up, so if you can sit by a window that’s ideal. If not, an artificially lit room with the opportunity to sit super close to the mirror is also good enough.
Next, it’s important to pick the type of applicator that works for you. Beginners will find a felt tip-like one the easiest, such as Barry M’s Liquid Eyeliner. As it’s not a brush, it is much easier to control. Rimmel’s Micro Eyeliner is great for those looking to achieve a very fine line without the fussiness of a brush. The tiny tip means you can get really close to the lash line for a professional looking finish.
You probably use primer when you want to achieve a flawless foundation look, so create the perfect canvas before applying liquid liner too. e.l.f. Studio Eye Primer & Liner Sealer is a great place to start. The dual-ended stick has one side that helps eyeshadow set and a clear liquid that transforms any eyeliner into a smudge-free sensation. Also dust a little powder around the lid, as this helps your eyeliner stick and covers any imperfections or discolourations.
Next, we recommend reaching for your trusty pencil liner to draw a neat line first. They’re far easier to use, so it’s more likely you’ll get a nice line to copy. Make sure the pencil is really sharp so you get a thin, clean finish.
Now you’re ready to be let loose on the liquid liner! Starting from the inner corner of your eye, trace carefully over the pencil line you’ve already drawn. If it’s easier, you can start really small and slowly build up to minimise mistakes. If you do encounter a small disaster, grab a Q-Tip and dip one end in an oil-based make-up remover. The small tip will make it easy to correct the error without wiping away all your hard work. Then use the dry end to remove the oil and dust a little powder over so you can start afresh. Practice makes perfect, so persevere and you’ll be a liquid liner queen in no time. Watch this space, Taylor Swift!
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