How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner Properly

by Nandini S on November 29, 2012 · 18 comments

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

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When it comes to eyeliner, I personally have always preferred using eye pencil or those rotator type eyepencils – I find it very easy to trace over my upper lash line with these and don’t have to worry about waiting for it to dry, especially when in a hurry to get to work. However, I recently read a few things about liquid eyeliner which I want to share with you guys – it’s not as difficult to use it as it seems!

1. Prime factor: I did not know this, but just like we prime eyelids before using eyeshadow, we can do the same for eyeliner too! It helps a lot in making it stay on and keeping it smudge-free. It also creates a good base for the colour to sink in.
2. Eyeshadow first: For smokey eyes, liquid liner also looks good and can be used to create a dramatic effect. If you’re going to use a nude or neutral sparkly eyeshadow, use it before you use the liquid eyeliner. It sets better that way.

3. Retro wings: Winged eyeliner is hot this year due to the whole retro/vintage revival. Make sure you apply it in one fluid move, for an easy winged eye. Pull the ends of the line you make outwards for a cat eye or winged eyeliner look. Think Deepika Padukone in Om Shanti Om – the thicker the better!

4. Day vs night: People tend to think liquid eyeliner is better suited for a night out than for office. But trust me, if you keep the rest of your makeup simple with a nude or neutral coloured lipstick, barely there blush and a dewy complexion, liquid eyeliner with a thin line can bring out your features naturally.
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Arja November 29, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Nice post – I tend to double up concealer as a primer – I should get a proper one i suppose. 😛 Graphic lining (bold geometric lines ) is back though , in a big way – even cleopatra -like eye -lining has also become trendy- very dramatic though but makes one stand out. 😀


Desi mom November 29, 2012 at 10:41 pm

Most of the days its a miss than a hit when I try to use a liquid eyeliner these days.. But of course my dahling toddler will be hanging onto my legs when I am doing my makeup 😀


sakhi November 30, 2012 at 11:02 am

dats my situation even…….


Nandini November 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Awww how cute 😀


Rashmita November 30, 2012 at 12:51 am

Nice tips!


Abeer Mubarak November 30, 2012 at 1:26 am

I think applying liner is the most difficult part for me ..most of the time I have to redo my make up as my eye liner doesn’t turn up well…these tips r sure handy I just hope I get this technique soon


ife November 30, 2012 at 1:50 am

been loving liquid liner for ten years now lol… pencils i can do only lower lash… nice post :)


Shruti November 30, 2012 at 11:24 am

I agree! I never get it right on the upper lash with a pencil liner. My mom bought me a liquid eyeliner when I was in school and I guess I’ve had a lot of practice with it since then :)


Nandini November 30, 2012 at 1:32 pm

Thanks ife :) I have always used only pencil and mechanical ones! Time to invest in liquid :)


Aru November 30, 2012 at 11:32 am

Practice does make perfect for sure. I am of the belief that if you know your eyelids type, then half the battle is won. if your eyelids are oily, then pencil format tends to smudge easily so a gel eyeliner work best and priming your eyelids with concealer + powder is most important.. if you are using a liquid eyelliner, invest in a good one and do all the things Nandini has mentioned in this post.


Nandini November 30, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Thats very good advice Aru :)


Vinita November 30, 2012 at 11:45 am

I love liquid liners…in fact I use them on a daily basis


Manisha November 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

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jomol November 30, 2012 at 12:17 pm

Nice tips Nandini….I still hooked on to winged eyeliner 😛


Nandini November 30, 2012 at 1:01 pm

m too Jomooo today im wearing winged eyeliner, using colossal kajal 😀 have to buy liquid eyeliner and try!


Aru November 30, 2012 at 1:42 pm

buy the TBS one!! its super good. but its 700+ so slightly pricey.


Vaishali November 30, 2012 at 2:02 pm

I’ve just recently mastered the art of applying liquid eyeliner and it took me some time!
What I did was.. Get the colorbar liquid eyeliner. That brush is the easiest to use.. And practice loads! I remember the countless times I used to stand in front of the mirror and practice! … And yeah, keep your eyes open while applying liner. It’s easier :)


Shweta August 7, 2014 at 9:41 pm

I’ve also been using a liquid eyeliner since college … So I can apply it perfectly :) … In fact one weird thing with me is I apply liner on the right eye with my right hand and on my left eye with my left hand 😀 … Can’t put liner on my left eye with my right hand :)


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