by April Reinhardt
(last updated August 12, 2020)
Although there are several forms of eyeliner, including pencil, cake or powder, cream, gel, and liquid, none provides a more dramatic flair than liquid eyeliner. Applied with either an enclosed brush or microfiber applicator, liquid eyeliner is sold in a tiny bottle, in several colors including black, brown, blue, bronze, and other more vibrant colors, depending upon the manufacturer.
Since liquid eyeliner is truly a liquid, it dries fast. Unlike pencil eyeliner, once applied, it cannot be smudged to blend with eye shadow. Applying liquid eyeliner can be difficult but, with practice, you can learn to apply it to achieve the look you want. Follow these tips for applying liquid eyeliner:
Once you've finished applying the eyeliner, you have to add mascara to complete the look. The main reason for using eyeliner is to make your lashes look fuller, and they won't look fuller until you add mascara. If you usually curl your lashes, curl them and then add a volumizing mascara. Choose a mascara shade that either matches your eyeliner, or one that will coordinate the color. For instance, if you're using plum eyeliner, you could use either brown or black mascara.
If you make a mistake, use a cotton swab and a little petroleum jelly to remove the eyeliner from places you don't want it to be. When you're finished applying your makeup, dust on a little translucent powder with a fan brush to set your makeup.
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