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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!
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.
|Winged eye, with Smashbox Limitless Liner. No mascara.|