Applying a liquid liner seems to be the trickiest thing to master. No matter the experience and time spent doing makeup, this is the one step that can go wrong in just a split second. Obviously, we all have those days when we struggle to create that perfect winged line. So how do we make the whole process of applying liquid eyeliner easier? Here are some tips that will help you slay that liner with ease!
Choose Your Product Carefully
If you struggle to create a perfect line, don’t blame your skills. The product might be making it more difficult for you! There are a lot of liquid eyeliners that just don’t do what they’re advertised to do. If the tip of the liner is fuzzy, too soft or too dry, how are you supposed to create a good line? This is why before you get discouraged, you need to read reviews, experiment and find what works best for you. We suggest you try a pen like liner with a small felt tip, as these seem to be easier to use than the brush tip ones.
If you’re not already used to priming your lids, now’s the time to start doing it. It’s such a game changer in the application as well as longevity of the eye makeup products. Seriously, make sure to always prime your eyelids! Once you have a smooth base laid down, your eyeliner will be much easier to apply and it will last longer than usual.
Do Your Liner First
We don’t believe in rules when it comes to makeup. There are a lot of articles and tutorials that suggest “the right order of makeup products”, but at the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. However, starting off with your eye makeup might be the smartest move to make. When you’re doing your eyeshadow and liner before the rest of your face, you’re leaving space for mistakes and cleanup. This way, if you mess up your eyeliner, it’ll be so much easier to fix it. You won’t have to remove the concealer, foundation and bake around your eyes and apply all of these products again. So yes, if you’re stressing over how your wings turn out, always do them first!
This might be the oldest trick in the book! It’s amazing how a simple piece of washi tape can help you get perfect, sharp wings. How to use it? It’s actually very easy. Just apply a bit of tape at the outer corner of your eye, where your wings should be (make sure you get the right angle). Draw above and over it to create your wing, then finish the line down the inner corner of your eye. Remove the tape and reveal your flawless wing!
Connect The Dots
This is another effortless trick for all of us who struggle to create that winged line in one movement. You’ll only need to draw a few dots, then connect them. Sounds easy, right? Start at the inner corner and draw dots on top of your lash line, up to the outer corner of your eye where your wing would end. Next, connect the dots by filling in the space between them. This is such an easy way to create a line, and if you haven’t already, you need to give it a try. Think about it, you’re just a few dots away from a perfect wing!
Clean Up With a Makeup Remover
Getting that line right at the first try isn’t easy. It’s completely normal to mess up your liner, and this is why you need to know how to clean up and fix it. Having a makeup remover at reach will save you so much trouble! Instead of using your fingers and making a bigger mess, take a liner brush and dip it into micellar water or any makeup remover. Swipe it on the areas where you need to clean up and wait for it to dry. You can also use cotton swabs, but small makeup brushes with sharp tips will give you more precision and definition.
Have you tried talking while doing your liquid eyeliner? For many people, it’s impossible. This isn’t strange at all, because creating sharp wings takes a lot of patience, focus and precision. So to draw the best lines, you need to stay calm and try to focus. Makeup artists even suggest holding your breath to really get into it and avoid mistakes. Of course, chewing, talking, and anything that makes your face move is not a good idea!
Have a Good Posture
This is where steady hands come into play. Just as you need to avoid moving your face muscles, you also need to mind your posture and hand movements. If your hands are shaky, doing your liquid eyeliner while standing in front of a mirror might not be the best idea. Sitting down and having a flat surface to rest your hand onto is so much better! This will help you control your arm movement and have your hands as still as possible.
Lighting Is Key
When it comes to creating a perfect eye makeup look, lighting is key. You might have the best products and skills, but if you can’t see exactly what you’re doing, you’ll easily mess it up. This is why lighting is so important. There are many lighted mirrors on the market right now that have a “zoom in” option, where you can see your work clearly. Invest it one to create precise, flawless looks!