View Full Version : Advice applying liquid eyeliner!

03-14-2004, 10:42 AM
Ok. I normally don't wear any make-up at all. Sometimes I wear some eye shadow but that's it. I'm familiar with applying regular pencil eyeliner. I like to wear some light make-up when I cosplay, and I thought maybe I should try liquid eyeliner.

So I bought some at the drugstore and went to put it on. First, I tried applying it where I regularly apply pencil liner, right at the eyelashes...and the lashes were ALL in the way, the eyeliner got everywhere and it just looked terrible. I knew that this must not be where you're supposed to apply liquid eyeliner. The only other place I can see is the actual edge of your eyelid...so I successfully get a straight line put on one eye. On the other eye though, my hand isn't so steady and I get too much in one spot...and it gets on my eye! I don't know if that's a good thing or not, but I wash my eyes to get it out. Ugh. So maybe, I'm thinking to myself, I just don't know how to apply it? Maybe you need a REALLY steady hand and practice? Or maybe that wasn't the place to apply?

Where DO you apply liquid liner??????

03-14-2004, 01:49 PM
it's fairly dangerous getting liquid eye liner in your eye...
be careful.

i'm not much of help, but i prefer regular pencil ones for that reason :D

03-14-2004, 01:50 PM
I use liquid eyeliner only on my top lid right at the root of my lashes. I never use it under my eye since it's too hard and even if I use a smudge it still doesn't look right. It takes a bit of practice to get used to liquid since its not at all like pencil or crayon eyeliners.

03-14-2004, 07:24 PM
Yeah, I didn't see any sort of label on the bottle that it was dangerous to get in the eyes ...figured I better be safe. :P

I hear a lot of times people using it only on the top lid and using a regular liner on the bottom lid...seems like this is what I'll have to try. The liquid was such a disaster. :eeek: Now I think back with amusement on my friend in high school that wore liquid liner EVERY single day...

03-14-2004, 07:25 PM
I really love liquid eyeliner :3 I'm also ambidextrous, so that might have something to do with it >>;...

Anyways, the best way I know how to do it is...

1. Dust your eyelid with translucent powder. It'll go on a little smoother ^^; Make sure you have good light and a good mirror.
2. Rest your elbow on the edge of the table to steady your hand. Start at the inner corner of your eyelid and slowly draw a line as close to your eyelashes as possible with the brush angled slightly downward. Don't worry too much about thickness yet, just get the line on there.
3. Go back and re-draw the line in shaky areas. It's easier once you have a preliminary line down (which you can actually do with pencil if you want to and go over it with liquid).
4. After you've got your line down, use a slightly wet Q-tip to erase any mistakes and smooth out the line. Put on mascara, as it will fill in any spots between your line and your eyelashes. Repeat for the other eye ^^

And PRACTICE!! You'll probably figure out your own technique. Also...there are felt-tip style applicators which are infinitely easier to use, but don't give you the same variance of line width :/ I don't like them personally, but they're a really good option if you can't handle a brush to your liking.

Wow, I'm done ranting ^^; Hope this helps!

03-14-2004, 07:30 PM
Whoo! That step-by-step was awesome. I'm gonna try applying liquid again, and this is a great help, just to know how someone else does it. :bigtu:

03-14-2004, 09:59 PM
Liquid eyeliner is NOT dangerous. If it was the FDA wouldn't allow it to be sold.

Here's how I apply mine:

1) First when I apply foundation to my face I also apply it to my eyes.
2) Curl lashes with lash curler.
3) Brush eyelashes to separate.
4) Set eyes with a light powder BUT not the rest of my face (makes it easier to "erase" mistakes if rest of foundation is not set). Add eyeshadow if desired, for daytime makeup I don't.
5) Rest palm (I'll take a pic next time I put my eyeliner on to show what I mean) on cheekbone, drawing a line at the root of my eyelashes following the natural curve. Since I'm nearsighted I mostly tend to rest my hand on the mirror but when I have my contact lens in I rest my palm on my cheek.
6) Apply mascara let dry then apply again.
7) Clean up any mistakes under the eye with a sponge, touch up makeup under eye if need be.
8) Apply rest of makeup or powder to set foundation.

03-15-2004, 12:17 AM
I'm also not good at applying most liquid liners but I've learned to fake it with certain products. L'Oreal's Line Intensifique liquid liner has a soft pen tip that I find a million times easier to use than a brush. The line comes out really nice and crisp and you never have to worry about whether you have too much liner on the brush or if it's gloppy because it always gives you the right amount. L'Oreal doesn't make this product in very many colors, but Lancome (owned by the same company) makes a similar pen-type eyeliner which does have a good range of shades.

Another product that's not too hard for the clumsy to use is gel eyeliner. I use a discount version but I think it was invented by Bobbi Brown. If you use a flat angled brush with this stuff, it's pretty easy to get a nice line *and* you can do a little bit of blending so the line is less harsh and can be used on the lower lid.

03-15-2004, 01:08 AM
i don't use liquid liner too ofter - mostly because it takes too long and i'm usually in a hurry in the mornings.

i use Revlon's Colorstay Liquid Liner, which has a neat little sponge tip so you can get a very precise line.

i prefer to curl my lashes after applying the liner since my lashes are quite long and if i curl them beforehand they get in the way!

the only real "tip" i have is this: start in the middle of your eye and work out to the edges. this way you don't up with a really thick line in the inside corner of your eye.

03-15-2004, 08:00 PM
OT: I myself prefer brush over those felt tipped liners. For an odd reason(although I have a clue) the makeup in those liners comes off too easily. I'm assuming it has to do with the flow of the makeup. Brush liners despite not being waterproof have a lot of hold. And don't come off with a little sweat. Almay's felt tipped liner is guilty for coming off too easily. Hense why I absolutely love Loreal's Lineur Intense. This is a brush liner though.

03-15-2004, 09:08 PM
The non-waterproof-ness is one of the reasons I *do* like the pen-tip liners. Makes it easy to clean up after mistakes, and even after years of using L'oreal's pen liner I still need to use the clean-up feature frequently. ^^; It's a risky liner to use if you're liable to have watery eyes or cry so I wouldn't recommend it for going to a tearjerker movie, but I've never had a problem with it coming off due to sweat.

03-16-2004, 04:13 AM
Haha, I had the sweating off problem since at the time I lived in texas. Which I'm soon moving back to. -_-;

03-16-2004, 07:26 AM
I have liquid liner, and this thread has been helpful for me as well. I think it all comes down to practice.

I mean, riding the train in the morning, I see students applying it. ON THE TRAIN. While it's moving. This is the local train, so it stops every 2 minutes and the track isn't the best. And they're so damned good, you can hardly tell they have the eyeliner on - it looks so natural. Japanese schoolgirls are the best at applying this stuff. *shakes head in disbelief* If I hadn't seen it myself, I would never have believed it.

Point of all this? Comes down to practice. :) Good luck! You can do it.

Chibi Bunni
03-16-2004, 08:51 PM
You might know this well-known small but useful tip, opening your mouth while applying relaxes eye muscles. And also applying it as close as possible is key to avoiding major blotchiness and gaps.

03-18-2004, 09:55 AM
Haha I do it while in the car! I also like to wear black liner with silver liner on top. Now that I admit takes a while to do. Good thing my silver liner is so opaque. ^_^

Vanity Fading
03-25-2004, 12:55 PM
took me a lot of practicing to get a straight line. I would say to only apply it to the top, and use a pencil for the bottom. it would help if you leaned your elbow on something sturdy like a table or something and try balancing your pinky on the tip of your nose when applying liquid eyeliner it helps^^ try to get it as close to the lashline as possible so it doesn't look sloppy

03-29-2004, 01:37 AM
a good cheat i use is get a black or super dark brown eyeshadow, and very fine synthetic hair paintbrush.

then you simply dampen the paintbrush, roll it in eyeshadow and draw close to the eyelashes. because it's not liquid, you can easily use a q-tip to clean it up once you're done, and with the paintbrush, if it's a good quality one, the bristles are soft and they are more easily manipulated.

the only down side is you have to re-load the brush often because it does dry quickly.

03-29-2004, 03:33 AM
I've used liquid eyeliner since I was 14, and most of my friends didn't even know I used makeup, so I must do a good job. I don't apply any eyeliner around the inner part of my eyes only at the base of my lashes. I've found that I'll just rub or tear it off in that area anyway and it's less noticeable as makeup that way. Practice, practice, practice! And just gently remove any extra that gets in your lashes with your thumb and first finger. You can easily wash this off your fingers and this way it doesn't end up leaving speckles around your eyes when you blink until it dries.

I can put on foundation and liquid eyeliner in about 5 minutes or less in the morning...

03-31-2004, 06:38 PM
Practise is always the key to doing anything well. I do find that if you LIGHTLY pull your lids taut from the outer corner of your eyes and look down at a mirror while applying it, it really helps to keep the line smooth. Resting your elbows on a solid surface, or pressing your palm against your cheek during application helps a lot too.
I usually apply eyeliner using a sharp-ish pencil first, then go over it with liquid and set it with black eyeshadow; it lasts and lasts and LASTS. I was in Mana makeup from 9 in the morning to 11 at night for a con earlier on, and my eyeliner did not budge a bit until I took it off before bathing, and I have very oily skin to begin with.