Liquid eyeliner can give your eyes a bold, sultry look that lasts and lasts. And surprise — it isn't as difficult to master as you'd think. Check out this video to see just how easy it is to apply liquid liner and create a cat-eye effect. All it takes is just a little practice.
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Love the sexy look of liquid liner but hate how hard it is to achieve? If your hands are shaky or you just can't seem to keep that line straight, take a hint from Benefit co-founder Jean Ford — she swears by an oh-so-simple eyeliner technique that she's been using faithfully since the '70s. In honor of the launch of the brand's new Magic Ink Jet-Black Liquid Eyeliner, Ford shared this patented trick with us to help you achieve a flawless line like Lauren Conrad's here.
First, take your liquid liner brush and place it at the inner corner of your eyes. Say the phrase "Jimmy Jimmy dot" out loud, moving the brush over the upper lashline, but not touching the skin. Every time you say "dot," make a dot of black liner in between your lashes. When you've gotten to the outer corner of the eye, take the brush and connect the dots along your lashline. Space out the dots for natural-looking volume, or place them close together for a sleek line. No more shaky, broken lines!
I was obsessed with dark brown liquid liner in high school. Years later, I've converted mostly to pencils, since I like subtle waterlining, but Benefit's new Magic Ink Liner ($20) is tempting me to switch teams again.
It's a highly pigmented black that doesn't gray out when it dries, I can waterline with it (although it does sting for a second), and it didn't flake at all, let alone smudge. The brush is also ultra tiny, which is good if you want more control or aren't used to liquid. So if you're tired of black liner that isn't really black, or you're done with the inevitable under eye smudges from pencils, Magic Ink comes highly recommended.
The best part about using a liquid liner is that it gives practically smudgeproof results. They're also richly pigmented and easy to wash off. The worst part? The application process, which can be daunting, to say the least. So I asked Avon's Jillian Dempsey (yes, the lucky wife of Patrick) how to make the liquid liner process go smoothly. To find out what she had to say, just keep reading.
Cat-eye liner is never out of style, but it's having a huge red carpet resurgence right now, and celebrities (with their stylists' help, of course) are coming up with increasingly cool and unique new takes on the classic look. Recently, I've seen a ton of gorgeous new looks on some of Hollywood's loveliest ladies, and since the rest of us don't have Pat McGrath to help us out, I decided to do step-by-step breakdowns for 10 of the best looks I've seen lately, so that you can do them yourself at home. They're pretty, sexy, edgy, and perfect for a holiday party. Are you as excited as I am? Then just click through.
Recently reader Nakeeyark was in a pinch. A "Buy Two, Get One Free" sale at her local drugstore prompted her to try out Wet 'n' Wild's H2O Proof Liquid Eyeliner in Ultra Black ($4). She was impressed with this basic black shade, and here's what she had to say:
"I'm not a huge fan of liquid eyeliner. I much prefer MAC's gel Fluidlines. However, I needed some black eyeliner as I didnt have any to wear with my red lipstick. The staying power is unbelieveably good, and the black is a true black — no blue or brown to be found. I think the brush part of the handle is a tad too long, making it kind of difficult to apply the eyeliner, so I will probably cut the brush into a slant. For the price, however, this can't be beat."
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Have you ever used a product so long that it seems almost unnatural to have a makeup case without it? That's how I feel about this eyeliner, one of my first makeup purchases ever as recommended by the now-defunct YM magazine.
Although over the years, I've splurged on pricier liquid liners that I love as well, I have to give credit to this standout. Just as many of you love the ColorStay pencil, this is another amazingly longwearing product by Revlon. No matter if my day includes a trip to the gym, night of dancing, or just the day of work, there's always still a visible line on my eye when I get home to wash it off.
When I want a dramatic line on my eyes, I trust this one to let me get super close to my lash line with the tiny point I've mastered so well over the years (the one negative for beginners, I'd say) and don't think you can get anything better for this price – do you agree?
Jane Richardson, a makeup artist for Nars, gave me a great insider tip about liquid eyeliner. Did you know that it could also double as mascara? Since liquid eyeliner comes in so many more shade options, you can now have endless possibilities for mascara colors too!
When you've finished with your tube of mascara, don't throw out the wand. Thoroughly wash it off with soap and water, dip it into your liquid eyeliner and apply to your lashes! It dries quickly and lasts just as long as mascara. After you're finished, wash the wand off again and store it in a Ziploc baggie.
Welcome back to part two of Fantastic Felt-Tip Eyeliner Pens. In part one, we saw a mix of designer and drugstore brands. Today we take a peek at a couple of waterproof eyeliner pens.
LORAC Front Of The Line Waterproof Eyeliner ($20) is a waterproof and smudge-proof liquid eyeliner pen. This easy-to-use pen, which is more like a magic marker for your eyes, makes precision a cinch. Just draw a thin line for a classical seductress look, or a thick line for a more dramatic rocker type of eye. It is available in black, brown and dark green.
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Happy Tuesday, everyone! Thanks for all of your excellent suggestions for last week's Beauty Mark It challenge. You found some good ones! Before I share them, though, I want to address some of your questions about liquid liner.
Practically nobody gets liquid eyeliner right on her first try—or for that matter, her second, third or fourth try. While this product isn't impossible to master, it does take practice to get to a point where you can apply it easily. If you're a novice, start by using the liner brush on your hand; that way, you can see how different pressure works. From there, you can work on your eyes.
If you need some liquid eyeliner suggestions, read on. Erinjg says Almay liquid eyeliner is "wickedly long-lasting, yet has never irritated my contact lenses." And Jlgb4008 raves about Wet N Wild MegaLiner, saying, "It has fine-tip brush, so it's easy to apply thick or thin lines easily." Check out other readers' suggestions in this handy widget, and come back tomorrow for this week's challenge!