I'm Locally Famous for My Eyeliner Skills—Here's Everything I Do to Get It Right
I’m not exaggerating when I say I’m passionate about liquid eyeliner. I’m a cat-eye enthusiast, and back when I used to venture out into the world daily, my snatched eyeliner was the source of many compliments from friends, co-workers, and even strangers. Seriously, the beauty topic I get the most DMs about is my eyeliner! My big secret? Practice… and the best formulas, of course.
I’m woman enough to admit that it’s taken years of trial and error to get my liquid eyeliner skills down pat. I’ve watched an embarrassing number of YouTube tutorials and used to spend my spare time at home rehearsing my stroke in the mirror until I got it just right. And now that I’m a beauty elder (I had a Myspace, okay), I feel it’s my duty to share the top eyeliner tips I’ve picked up along the way. Check out my tried and true tips ahead, then keep scrolling for the absolute best liquid eyeliners money can buy.
In my experience, one of the biggest keys to perfect eyeliner is overcoming the urge to overdo it. I’ve learned that small shifts—like using my pinky for stabilization and letting my applicator do more of the work by stamping it across my eyelid rather than relying on my hand to draw steady lines all the time—are super helpful. These tips are especially handy when I’m in a rush and the pressure to get my eyeliner on quickly is making me nervous and more prone to a shaky application or rogue pen marks.
Another tip that takes a ton of pressure off getting your eyeliner just right is remembering that cleanup is totally an option. In the event that I just can’t get that perfect flick on the end of my eyeliner, I’ll dip a flat makeup brush into some makeup remover and gently wipe away any ink that’s not up to snuff. This saves me from having to take off all the makeup on my eye and start from scratch, which is especially annoying when there’s eye shadow involved.
There’s nothing worse than going to apply your eyeliner only to find that the brush is dried out. This can mean it’s time to replace your pen, but a lot of times, it just means there isn’t enough ink saturating the tip. A good way to always know for sure whether or not your pens are due for replacement is to store them with the brush tip facing downward so that any ink in the chamber is constantly flowing through the tip. This makes for super-juicy application, and when a pen stored this way comes up dry, you’ll know it’s time to grab a new one.