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How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner: Hacks Every Woman Should Know

how to apply liquid eyelinerMost women either love or hate liquid eyeliner. There is usually no grey area when discussing whether or not women use or even properly apply liquid eyeliner. When compared to pencil or gel liners it creates the most defined liner look.  With stronger pigmentations than other formulations liquid liner tends to last longer. It also is an excellent way to widen the appearance of your eye, especially when paired with a great mascara and lash serum. Infinite Lash is a serum formulated to keep lashes in their best possible condition, which can drastically improve the quality of liquid eyeliner application. To the unskilled hand, learning how to apply liquid eyeliner can be intimidating. However, with a few practice runs you’ll become comfortable with the process and wonder why you didn’t start using liquid liner sooner. If you follow the quick and easy liquid eyeliner hacks below they will help you become a pro at properly applying it.

Prep your lid. When you apply liquid eyeliner using an eyelid primer or eyeshadow base can help your makeup stay in place. Apply eyeliner as a middle step to be done after you put on your eye shadow but before you put on your mascara. Putting on a eyelid primer extends the wear time of your eye shadow and/or eyeliner for the whole day. If you plan on wearing eye shadow, apply the shadow first and the apply liquid eyeliner on top of it. If you’ve never used a liquid eyeliner, a liner pen or marker is the best and easiest place to start. The “ink” is contained within the body of the pen. There’s no mess to be made, and the familiar shape makes it easy to handle and apply liquid eyeliner. Because the tip is generally broader than other liners, it’s not as easy to draw super-defined cat eye wings or very thin lines, but you can always cheat by using a cotton swab to fine-tune the look after.

Choose the proper tip. Sponge or felt-tip wands are slightly more advanced, because they involve dipping the wand back into the tube to reapply, but once you get the hang of it, the glide of a flexible felt tip makes it simple to master any look. It is more difficult to apply liquid eyeliner that has a long tapered brush and is certainly only for the steady-handed, but it’s the go-to for a sharp, detailed look and also gets closest to the lash line.

Mastering the application of liquid eyeliner is really dependent on your product choice and brush type. The tools you choose play a big part in you becoming comfortable with the process. There are also tons of tips and tricks you can get acquainted with to make applying liquid eyeliner practically child’s play. We’ve collected some awesome hacks that are tried and tested to help you apply liquid eyeliner. Think of them as indispensable tips for getting the best liquid eyeliner look possible, whether the look you’re going for is simple or severe.

Rest your elbow on a table as you apply the liner to keep your arm and hand steady. It can also be a huge help to rest your hand against your cheek as you draw. The biggest problem when you  apply liquid eyeliner is an unsteady hand, causing a wavy line and uneven application. To rectify this problem, rest your elbow on a table and your hand on your cheek as you apply. If you are able, hold a small hand-held mirror in your opposite hand instead of using a large mirror so that you can get a good view of your eyelid and liner application.

If you have a steadier hand with a pencil liner, try lining your eye with that first, then go over with liquid for a seamless finish.

Start at the middle of the eye rather than the inner or outer corner, and then trace backward, starting at the inner corner and working your way toward the middle. This helps you to get a better idea of your eye shape and how to outline and define the eye without the panda effect.

Connect the dots. When you apply liquid eyeliner, avoid putting it on in a single line. Doing so will increase your chances of a wavy line and uneven tail end. Instead, start by drawing small dots or dashes directly along your upper lash line, evenly spacing them apart. When doing a cat eye or other winged look, start your wing close to the lower lash line at a diagonal angle following the upward curve of the upper lash line, extending outward, and connect from the top, rather than forming it from the top lash line.

If you find that the top of your line shows the breaks between the dashes, steady your hand and draw a thin line along the edge to smooth it out. Do so on the bottom edge of the liner as well to fill in any space between your eyeliner and your lash line. If you’re doing full eye makeup including both liner and shadow, always apply your eye shadow first. It creates a dry base for the liquid eye liner to adhere to.

Winging it! Always do the rest of the eye before the wing so that you have a good idea of where it should be placed, rather than forming the rest of the eye around it. Try using a piece of scotch tape as a stencil of sorts to keep both of your hands free. It’s super easy—just tear off an inch-long piece of clear tape, then place it diagonally against your lower lash line extending toward your temple for a clean angled line.

Struggling with creating the shape of your wing? Begin by creating a tiny triangle that connects the top and bottom lash lines, and then go back and add a tiny flick with the very tip of the brush.  If you’re really shaky on the application, try first lining the eye in small dots and dashes, then connecting them by tracing over the entire eye.

Use one finger from your opposite hand to lift the upper lid of the eye slightly to hold the skin taut. This gives the closest, tightest line possible and eliminates fears of the brush “skipping” over skin.  If you find that your liquid eyeliner is getting messy upon application, the brush may be too wet. Try running it along the back of your hand first to remove extra product, then take to the eyes.

Make good use of cotton swabs. They’re extremely helpful for thinning out wings and lines so you can fine-tune without having to start over.  A perfect swoop may appear as if it was applied in one long flick of the wrist, but moving slowly and retracing your lines is the best way to avoid making mistakes.

Apply a light coat of mascara before you begin lining your eyes. A slightly stiffened row of lashes will give the liner brush somewhere to rest, making tracing the lash a breeze.  If the eyeliner goes astray during application, use your regular concealer to clean it up and blend it into the rest of your makeup.

The best accompaniment for liquid eyeliner is long, thick lashes.  Specifically longer on the outer corners. The easiest way to achieve this is with false lashes but not everyone has the time to invest on everyday application. Invest in an eyelash serum made of natural conditioning agents. Infinite Lash is a great one to try, formulated with proteins,  vitamins and minerals Infinite Lash will give you the appearance of longer, thicker and stronger lashes. These easy liquid liner hacks will enhance your alluring gaze and quickly help you master the art of liquid eyeliner.

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