Tips and Tricks to Apply and Rock Liquid Eyeliner Like a Pro

As a go-to product in any sweat proof makeup collection, waterproof liquid eyeliner is an essential for warmer months but it is also fantastic for year-round looks. Yes, it may take some practice to learn how to apply it just right, but there’s no need to be intimidated. Getting the perfect look with liquid eyeliner is actually easier than you might think. Just follow these tips and give these looks a try and you’ll become a liquid eyeliner pro in no time.

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Start with the Right Tool

Part of the reason that some people have a bad first experience with liquid eyeliner is because they’re using the wrong tool. For well-defined lines, you need a superfine tip that goes on smoothly and makes thin lines that you can slowly build up with every pass. Especially if you’re new to liquid eyeliner, starting with something thinner and building up from there can make the process a lot easier.When shopping around, you’ll find that the best liquid eyeliner has a strong, superfine tip that provides maximum control along with semi-permanent pigments, so your artfully crafted lines hold strong all day.

Hold the Applicator Just Right

Along with having the right tip, you want to make sure that you’re putting on your liquid eyeliner the easy way. A simple trick is to hold the applicator toward the end rather than near the tip. When you hold the applicator too close to the tip, you often end up pressing too hard, which can make the lines look a bit jagged instead of clean and well defined. Holding it near the end puts less pressure on the tip, and you also have more control with every line.

Utilize Short Strokes

While you can try lining your entire lid in one fell swoop, even professionals know that you have to start small and build up from there. So, start with short strokes when applying your eyeliner and connect them as you go along. It’s recommended to start your first short stroke at the base of the lash line with the tip laid horizontally along the line. Give the tip a gentle press and complete the short stroke. With this method, the full line will look more defined and follow a consistent thickness.

The Tight Line for the Minimalist Look

If you want a more minimalist look, then a tight line with your liquid eyeliner is the way to go. Using short strokes, start in the middle of your eye and move outward working in between the lashes the whole way. Starting in the middle is vital since this is usually where the line arches and when you smoothly glide the line to the outer and inner eye, you’ll have a clean, minimalist look that highlights your natural features.

Nailing the Winged Tip

The coveted, perfect winged tip is super easy with the right liquid eyeliner and a simple flick of the wrist. Simply start with short strokes and a tight line but add a flick to the end of the line following the natural curve of your lower lash line. Continue building up until you have the dramatic look you’re looking for (and double-check to make sure both eyes look even).

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