How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

If the eyes are the window to the soul, then liquid eyeliner are their Venetian blinds: delicate and tricky to operate, but—when applied in just the right place—very revealing.


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You Will Need

  • Liquid eyeliner
  • A small, thin eyeliner brush
  • A steady hand
  • A mirror
  • And a flat surface
  • Some translucent powder or concealer
  • And an applicator brush


  1. Step 1

    Use the right brush

    Liquid eyeliner can be hard to control. If you're new to this, use a very small fine-pointed brush.

  2. Before applying the eyeliner, add a thin layer of translucent powder or concealer and powder to your upper lid to hide the veins.

  3. Step 2

    Brace elbow

    Brace your elbow on a flat surface. This will help you control the brush.

  4. Step 3

    Close eye

    Look in the mirror and close the eye you're going to work on first.

  5. Step 4

    Trace first line

    Place your brush at the center of your upper lid's lash line, and trace a thin line out to the corner of your eye.

  6. Step 5

    Trace second line

    Pick up your brush and place it at the inner corner of your eye and trace a thin line to the center, connecting it with your first line.

  7. If drawing one continuous line is too difficult, draw two lines instead. If drawing two lines is hard, try connecting three or four short lines.

  8. Step 6

    Avoid smudging

    To avoid smudging, refrain from opening this eye any wider until the liner is set.

  9. Step 7

    Repeat on other eyelid

    Repeat the steps on the other upper eyelid.

  10. Both men and women in ancient Egypt wore eyeliner—made of green malachite and lead ore mixed with animal fat—on both their upper and lower lids.