I recently spotted a pin on Pinterest that reminded me that I hadn’t shared my super simple tip for applying liquid liner. I can’t take credit for this particular trick as I’m sure I picked it up from some magazine years ago, but since it hasn’t failed me yet, I thought I’d share it so that all of you lovely ladies can benefit, too!
As many of you know, I am a huge liquid liner fan. This may surprise you, but in addition to my simply favoring the look, it’s a lifestyle thing. I am constantly on my feet, running to and fro and after little ones, cooking over a hot stove, etc. With all that hustle and bustle, I just can’t rely on pencil liner not to smudge and fade.
Of course, this busy life of mine also means that I don’t have tons of time to primp in the morning and we all know that liquid liner can take a bit of time to get just right so, what to do?
Integrate one simple step into your makeup routine that promises fast and flawless liquid liner application, that’s what!
Before you start to work with the liquid liner, line your eyes with a similarly colored pencil liner (which are so much easier to control). Once the pencil liner is in place, just trace over it with your liquid liner of choice, and voila! A perfect, smudge-free, classic cat eye is yours!
If you’re not already a liquid liner aficionado, I highly recommend you give it a shot. And what better opportunity than the upcoming Halloween holiday? Go for it, girlie girls! If nothing else, it promises to be a fun experiment.
Oh, and here are a few extra pieces of advice that I’ve gathered from my many years of experimenting with liquid liner:
- Rest the palm of your hand on your cheek for stability and use short, smooth, overlapping strokes starting at the inner corner and moving out.
- Benefit’s Magic Ink is far and away the best traditional liquid liner I have ever tried. I’ve experimented with a great many and am always changing my mind, but at the moment Magic Ink easily takes the cake.
- If you’re looking for a slightly softer liquid liner look, though, I simply adore Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner. I have it in brown and black and wear it pretty much every day. (You’ll need to have an eye liner brush to use it.)
- And yes, I do alternate colors. I usually favor a classic black cat eye, I’m finding the during pregnancy I feel more drawn to Bobbi Brown’s softer brown gel eyeliner.
So there you go! For all of you cutie pies who have written and asked how on earth I have time to apply liquid liner every day, that’s my little secret. Let me know if you try it! I think you’ll find it works wonders.
Oh, and if you’re not ready to invest in a liquid liner but think you might like to try it out, simply head to any makeup counter and ask them to apply it for you. Wear it for a day and see what you think!