I was having a conversation with one of my readers on Facebook about the stuff in our makeup kit when we diverged into the subject of liquid eyeliners. She mentioned that she found putting on liquid eyeliner a bit tricky and I promised I’d film myself doing it so I can show you how I do it as well as give you some tips.
Thanks to my workmate Lei, we managed to film a really quick video of it. Watch and read the tips below:
1. When it’s your first time to use a product, I suggest you get a feel of the brush first by swatching it or practicing on the back of your hand. This way, you get an idea about how it works.
2. When applying it on the eye, don’t draw a continuous line. If you saw the video, you would have seen me starting from the outer corner first then stopping to do the inner corners and finally connecting the line after. Short strokes will help you create a cleaner line, believe me.
3. Sketch the general shape of the liner first then edit after you have this in place. By edit, I mean extending it outwards to do a cat eye if you want to, thickening the line, or making it more rounded. It’s easier to do all these once the base is in place. Remember when editing, the line should be thinner in the inner corners and thicker as you move outwards.
4. When sketching the basic shape, make sure to get to the roots of the lashes for a cleaner finish. It really annoys me when I still see a white line in between my lashes and liner. To help you do this, you can raise your brow while looking down (with the eyes closed of course) or if you can’t raise your brow, gently tug it up with your finger.
5. I find is easier to do the finishing touches with my eyes open hence in the video, you can see that my eyes were open when I was extending the line outward and when I was doing the inner corners. Sometimes, when your eyes are closed, it’s hard to gauge the best shape for the liner as it will look different with the eyes open so it’s better to just open the eyes and do it then.
6. Lastly, if your liquid eyeliner is not quick drying, give it a few seconds to settle before opening your eyes. Otherwise, you will have eyeliner all over your crease. When this happens, just take a cotton bud (q tip), put a bit of makeup remover on it, and erase.
Hope that helped! Now on to my review:
I discovered this liquid eyeliner via my aunt who suggested I try it. She likes this product a lot because it doesn’t smudge all day long. After trying it for a couple of weeks, I can finally make a proper review.
- This products is very affordable. I got this for about PHP180 at Watson’s and it came in a box with free black and brown eyeliner pencils as well. 😀
- It is waterproof so when you’re partying or when you’re all sweaty or when you get soaked in the rain, you don’t have to be worried about getting raccoon eyes.
- It lasts quite a while even on my oily lids. By the end of the day, it’s still intact (see photo below taken at about 9PM). Otherwise, some parts will just peel away, which I think is better than smudging because it’s less messy.
- You won’t have a hard time removing this as it comes off easily with makeup remover. 🙂
- I absolutely hate the brush that it comes with. It’s a bit hard and stiff (hahaha) so it hurts the eye when you apply it. If you want, you can dab some on the back of your hands and use your own fine liner brush to apply it. That’s a bit messy though.
- The product doesn’t dry fast enough so make sure to keep your eyes closed for a few seconds to prevent it from transferring to the crease.
- The mouth of the container becomes crusty after a while as product from previous applications dries on it.
- Only comes in a shiny finish.
Considering how cheap this product is, I would say that it’s good enough in terms of quality. It doesn’t smudge, allows you to get a precise line, and it’s long-lasting. If it’s your first time to try liquid eyeliners, this can be your practice piece.
I really hope you guys learned something from this post. Let me know your thoughts on liquid liners too and also, feel free to ask questions and suggest products that I should try. 🙂