Testing Easy Liquid Eyeliner

liquid eyeliner on blue eye

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I recently had my make up professionally done and wore liquid eyeliner for the very first time. Not to toot my own horn, but TOOT TOOT, I looked amazing. My eyes were so wide and bright. I felt like a total star and it really was all because of the liquid liner.

I’m a big make up wearer, but in a very simple way. I’m a mess when it comes to things like coloring in the lines and writing legibly. (I got C’s in both art class and handwriting in elementary school. True story.) So I keep my makeup easy and neutral to avoid looking like Bozo the Clown. I’d always assumed that liquid eyeliner was only for professionals, like models and makeup bloggers. Not me.

girl applying liquid eyeliner

I think this was try 8...maybe 9

But, after seeing what a difference liquid liner made over my normal eye pencils, I was ready to jump into the big leagues.

I headed to Sephora and asked the first salesperson I saw to point in the direction of some junior varsity liquid eyeliner. She handed me a tube of Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner and told me that liquid liner didn’t get any easier. The liner is actually a lot like a felt tip pen and is easier to use than the traditional brush and liquid liner pot, she explained. Even for $20, which is about 3 times what I pay for my drug store eye pencils, I was sold. Sensing I was a newbie, she also left me with the words of wisdom, “Short strokes from the inside of your eye to the out.” Easy liner, simple directions, what could go wrong, right?

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Well, flash forward to me in my bathroom, 12 attempts later, with 20 makeup remover soaked cotton balls covered in black liner. I eventually did get the knack of it, kinda. A lot of the trick is even pressure throughout your entire stroke, which was really tough for me to maintain. And I figured out that when I messed up, I didn’t have to take off my entire eye’s worth of makeup. I could use a q-tip dipped in remover to fix minor mistakes.

Eventually, I got my lids to good enough level and even with my less than perfect application, my eyes were so much more dramatic looking than they are with my pencils. The line is so rich and such a statement. I la-la-loved it.

So, bottom line, there probably is no such thing as super simple liquid liner. It’s a sophisticated look that requires some work and skill. But, with a little more practice and a lot more q-tips, I think I could incorporate the liquid pen into my regular make up routine.

Any out there ever nail a dramatic eye? Or have an eye drama horror story? Shout it out in the comments!

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  • Jordan

    The first time I tried liquid eyeliner I did it WAY too thick. I didn’t know I had to go somewhere with my mom and I had to go out in public with practically liquid eyeliner eye shadow. IT WAS AWFUL!

  • Breanna

    I love putting on eye liner! But I lately only use it on occasion because its just a mess to take off! When I get more removal I’ll start wearing it more often again. I have dark brown eyes so I try to only put thin lines at the top because if I do too much, or the bottom smudges, it makes them look black!

  • Penny

    Really? I’ve never liked the look of a liquid line. I like the texture of a kohl pencil.

  • Nev

    I wear eyeliner on a daily basis, I can’t imagine going out without it. Whether it’s just a thin line above my lashline, or a full glamorous cat liner. My favorite is gel liner, it lasts all day!