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Just like high heels show off legs and add sex appeal, liquid eyeliner enhances eyes and adds major meow to your look. It’s got a slightly well-deserved reputation for being tricky to apply but once you’ve nailed the technique, look out! Liquid eyeliner was made for breaking hearts and stealing spotlights.

WHAT IS THE BEST LIQUID EYELINER?

Until pretty recently liquid eyeliner was designed a bit like an ink pot and quill—tricky, jabby stuff. But today’s liquid liners are more like precision markers—smooth, flexible, fine-tipped and very user-friendly. Two foolproof choices are Hyper Easy Liquid Eyeliner and Master Precise All Day Liquid Eyeliner. They draw on rich, inky lines that will last all night, and are super easy to use.

HOW DO I APPLY LIQUID EYELINER PERFECTLY?

Newbies, take note: a little practice in the mirror is needed in order to get comfortable. Pencil eyeliner is nice and smudgy—but liquid eyeliner is all about clean, swooping lines, and only professional calligraphers get it right on the first go. Make sure you have lots of damp q-tips on hand to fix any mistakes as you go. 

There’s no one way to apply liquid eyeliner. Some people draw a thick line and then go in after with a damp q-tip to perfect it—good, pro-approved technique that only works if you don’t already have on eyeshadow. If you’re applying eyeliner after applying eyeshadow, start by tracing a thin, smooth line in one stroke from the inner corners of eye to the outer corners. Keep the line thin and as close to the lash line as possible, so no skin shows between the lashes and the liner.  You can always go in and add thickness and extra touches like swoops at the corners of eyes later.

A good rule is to always keep your elbow of the arm you’re applying it with steady and propped on a surface. This will ensure a smooth, clean line. 

IS IT BETTER TO USE LIQUID EYELINER OR PENCIL EYELINER?

Liquid eyeliner creates elegant, dramatic lines—and lasts a bit longer than their smudgier pencil eyeliner counterparts. Whether you want to just subtly define the lash line or go for a killer cat eye, the beauty of this formula is that it’s inherently crisp and chic-looking, even if the rest of your look is casual. Another upside: it’s super-long lasting and smudge proof by nature. An excellent option for a night out on the town.

HOW DO I CHOOSE THE RIGHT LIQUID EYELINER SHADE?

When choosing colors, we say dealers choice! Basic black or brown is always a safe, chic bet—but liquid liner was made for some wild color experimentation too. Purple, blue, green, red, white—we love them all! And you can try them on now with our Virtual Try On tool.

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