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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.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Before applying the eyeliner, add a thin layer of translucent powder or concealer and powder to your upper lid to hide the veins.
  • Step 2: Brace elbow Brace your elbow on a flat surface. This will help you control the brush.
  • Step 3: Close eye Look in the mirror and close the eye you're going to work on first.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • TIP: 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.
  • Step 6: Avoid smudging To avoid smudging, refrain from opening this eye any wider until the liner is set.
  • Step 7: Repeat on other eyelid Repeat the steps on the other upper eyelid.
  • FACT: 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.

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

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