Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Some Hopefully Helpful Ramblings about Liquid Liner

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Top: (L-R) Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner, Eyeko "Eye Do" Lash Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner, Shu Uemura Calligraph:Ink Liquid Liner.
Bottom: Double winged eye look - the blue is Sephora 06 Pool Party, which is $5 right now!
This was meant to be a short post, but er, oops. I've mentioned that I'm usually a liquid liner girl, and this is prolly the beauty product I get the most comments about, as there is an "aura of fear" surrounding liquid liners. I get it, they're inky black and scary, but man, for me, there's really no better way to achieve a great winged cat eye. I use black liquid liner daily, and right now I have three (shown above): Smashbox Limitless Liquid Liner ($22 for 0.02 oz), Eyeko "Eye Do" Lash-Enhancing Liquid Eyeliner ($19 for 0.03 oz) and Shu Uemura Calligraph:Ink Liquid Liner ($15 for cartridge, $20 for brush pen).

Quickly, some thoughts and tips. If you're just starting out, I'd go for a brush tip or flocked tip (like this Sephora one or this Revlon one). They are more flexible and forgiving if your hand is unsteady or you're not used to a liquid liner. The Shu Uemura Calligraph:Ink brush tip is also thin and supple and easy to control, but it's a steep price point for something new, I think. The Smashbox Limitless and Eyeko both have sturdy, firm tips that give forth saturated black ink, but they can stagger and skip over folds, and any mistake is noticeable.

Second: For a pen tip style liner, it's usually easier (for me, anyway) to hold the pen parallel to your lid line rather than perpendicular to it (see below). I always start from the inner corner (or near to - see this post) and work out; this also helps angle the wing toward the outer edge of your eye, because you'll feel a natural tendency to wing it up if you hold it at that angle. The line can get a little thicker this way, but since you're applying less pressure by gliding it along sideways, you'll skip the pen less. You can do this in one smooth pass, or a series of light, outward strokes.
Graphics added with the Line Camera app.
Holding the pen parallel (top) can also minimize the amount that gets on your lashes and smudges. I usually run a finger under my lashes upward afterward, though, to remove any residue.
Last thing: It's okay if the first pass is wobbly - you can fix it with an angled liner brush (quickly, before the liner sets). Alternatively, I do hold the pen perpendicular (tip straight on) if I'm trying to smooth out lines after a first pass - I just tap quick little spots here and there to even things out. Also, if you plan on wearing mascara, it's not super crucial to bury the liner at the lashline. Mascara will even it out.
Winged eye, with Smashbox Limitless Liner. No mascara.
It's totally fine if you prefer gel or pencil for your eye type and your killer liner looks, but hopefully this quick rambling was helpful for anyone looking to up their liquid liner game. I didn't go into liner longevity here (oh man, new levels of makeup nerdiness), but I can share experiences in the comments, if you are curious about any of these. I do prefer a "wet" liner look vs. a matte one, so all of these tend that way. As a liquid liner junkie, I do want the new MUFE Graphic Liner or maybe a Kat Von D for color, so if you've tried any of those, I'd love to know what you think of them.