Monday, 17 September 2012

Tips: Applying Liquid Eyeliner

Regular readers will know how up until recently I have not been able to apply Liquid Eyeliner to save my life. Then, one day, I somehow managed it, and I was convinced that it was a fluke because I didn't manage it again very quickly. So, as a result, I decided to seriously try out a couple of tips from you lovely people out there who were kind enough to comment on my posts, in the past.

Tip One. Apply with the Skin stretched out

This was something that I did for a long time, and all you do is stretch the skin of the eye lid outwards whilst you apply your liner.

Result: This does sometimes work, however I've found that when the skin on my eye lid goes back into place it can sometimes look inconsistent and flaky.

I've already read that stretching your skin to apply eye liner is a sure-fire way to bringing on fine lines around the eyes, so I don't think I'll be doing that any more.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Tip Two. Apply over a Pencil Eyeliner

This is actually a tip that I've been given by numerous people, and I don't know why I never got round to trying it. Basically, the idea is that you apply a pencil eyeliner as you normally would, and then apply the liquid liner over the top of the pencil.

Result: This didn't work for me at all. I'm not sure if it was because I was perhaps using pencil liners that were a little too creamy, but the liquid liner just ended up dragging the pencil off my eyelids and thus my liner looked inconsistent and flaky.

I think that it might work better with a pencil that is less creamy, but I don't own any as I don't have good experience with any other pencil than creamy ones.

Rating: 1 out of 5

Tip Three. Apply over an Eye Shadow

This tip is of course very similar to the previous one, but with an eye shadow rather than a pencil eyeliner. This idea is easy to follow through with since most of us will use liquid liner to finish an eye shadow look.

Result: This definitely helps, because it creates a much smoother surface on the eyelid which makes for an easier "canvas" to apply the liquid liner. The lines created over eye shadow certainly seem to be "cleaner" than they do when applied to a naked eye lid.

The only thing that this doesn't help with is creating a line that is right against the lash line, as I still always manage to have a visible gap between the liner and the lash line which is kind of annoying.

Rating: 3 out of 5

Tip Four. Apply with your Eyes Open

I'm not going to lie, when someone suggested applying eye liner with my eyes open, I thought that they were absolutely crazy. It's obviously self-explanatory how this one works.

Result: As crazy as I found this tip, it is the one that actually worked. Not only does it work, but it works (almost) every time that I apply eye liner! I don't know how, and I do have to say that I'm having to battle with my eye lashes for the best part of application when my eyes are open, but I'm managing to get the liner right along the lash line to create lines that are quite fine. This is a huge achievement for me, because before I just could not create a fine line. I could sometimes create a chunky one, but that was only when I was lucky.

Out of all of the Tips, this has definitely been the most helpful and the one that I recommend the most highly.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Do you apply eye liner with your eyes open? Does it work for you? 
If you don't, give it a try and tell us how you get on :)

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  1. Like you I really struggle with liquid eyeliner, well to be honest I struggle with any eyeliner on my lids!
    I do find it a little easier with my eyes open x

  2. I'm glad you found a technique that works for you! I sometimes do it with my eyes open if I want a more thicker line but mainly with eyes closed.


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