How To Use Liquid Eyeliner


Liquid Eyeliner is fun, versatile eye makeup that most people are afraid to use. Messy? Harsh? Not at all. Whether your look is soft and natural, retro-glam, polished professional or anything in between, this is a must-have for your eye makeup arsenal. With a little practice, you will wonder how you ever lived without it!

Believe it or not, liquid liner is easiest to apply to an open eye. Let the brush do the work by laying along the lash line. Use short strokes to draw lines at the inside, middle, and outer corner of the upper lash line, then connect the dots.

  • Shake gently before using for best results.
  • Once you’ve opened the top, put down the bottle and use your free hand to lift the brow, creating a smoother canvas on which to draw.
  • If you feel a little shaky, try lining the eye with a matching shade of Eye Pencilor Cream To Powder Eye Liner first. This provides a template for your Liquid Eyeliner.
  • If your eyes droop down a bit, try winging the liner up ever so slightly, just before the outer corner of the eye. This gives your eyes a wide-open, lifted look.
  • If you want a softer line, but with the staying power of Liquid Eyeliner, use the Detail Brush to gently soften and smudge the line while your liner is still wet.
  • For extra long wear, apply a bit of Lid Primer first.
  • Black and Black/Brown are classic, but here are some tips on using the other colors:
    • Pinot Noir is beautiful with so many looks. Use it as a fresh accent to a neutral eye. It definitely makes green eyes pop, but looks lovely on all eye colors.
    • Gold is great for global skin tones. Use it alone on the outer two-thirds of the upper lashes as a subtle way to draw attention to the eye. For a more dramatic look, line the eye with Black Eye Pencil or Black Plus Cream to Powder Eye Liner, and then draw a fine line with the Gold just along the lashes. For even more drama, place the Gold just above the Black. Instant party look!
    • Copper works wonderfully alone for red heads, especially those with fair skin and green or blue eyes. It’s a gorgeous alternative to brown, and a lot more exciting. For the rest of us, use it to punch up the usual browns by first lining with Black/Brown Eye Pencil or Black/Brown Plus Cream to Powder Eye Liner, then applying Copper at the lash line for a more current look.
    • Silver along the upper lash line is romantic and enchanting. It creates a subtle flash of light with each blink of the eye. Apply a thin line over your usual makeup.

Makeup should be fun, not intimidating. Sometimes all it takes is a little know-how and a little practice. Enjoy!

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How To Style Mod Eyeliner


How to Choose the Right Eyeliner

Eyeliner is one of those basic beauty products that can be polarizing. Women either “never leave the house without it,” or they rarely, if ever, wear it. There really isn’t an in between, and that’s because eyeliner is transformative. Similar to wearing lipstick, lining your eye can change your entire look. At least, that’s how we feel (now, you know which category we fall into)! With the distinct ability to change your look with a flick of your wrist, eyeliners are both simple to use and complex to master. Furthermore, there are a lot of different kinds of eyeliners – pencil, liquid, gel, etc. If you’re like us, then sometimes, options can be confusing. So, here is a simple guide to help you choose the best eyeliner for any occasion.

The Best Casual Eyeliner

If you want to get a simple, natural look, stick with an Eye Pencil. They are by far the easiest type of eyeliner to use because we’ve be using pencils our entire lives. Pencil eyeliner is also very versatile. You can achieve different levels of line definition, depending on the sharpness of the tip. A great trick to remember when applying any eyeliner is to start from the outer corner of your eye, and work your way in. This may feel awkward at first, but it helps you control how much of your eye you want to line. It also ensures your line ends exactly where you want it to end.


Pro Tip: If you have downturned eyes, you can rock a cat eye, but in the reverse. Use an eyeliner pencil to create the cat eye from the bottom lashline instead of the top.


The Best Day to Night Eyeliner

Our Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner is the perfect all-in-one liner! It’s a resembles a kohl liner formula, so it starts as a cream but stays put like a mineral powder once dry. The great thing is, you can layer it, so when you want to take your simple daytime look to the next level, all you have to do is add a little more liner with the thin side of the built-in brush and smudge it out into a smokey eye look using the flat side. Check out the video below for a tutorial.

The Best Sexy Eyeliner

Winged liner is arguable the sexiest eyeliner look, and for many it is the most difficult to achieve. We’ve all experienced uneven wings from time to time, but remember, your eyes are sisters, not twins! Whether you want a subtle cat eye or a full-on wing, Liquid Eyeliner is the best product for this look. The fine brush and easy to apply formula goes on smooth and is long-lasting.

Pro Tip: If you have a monolid a cat eye is a great look for you, and our Liquid Liner makes it so easy to achieve!

The Best Eyeliner for Work

For a simple tight-line that is perfect to sport at work, the Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner is key. Apply it using the Bent Liner Brush to get really close to your lash line. You can diffuse the line slightly using a Smudge Brush for a casual smokey eye that’s perfect for happy hour with your coworkers. Watch how to get the look below.

Practice Makes Perfect

Show us your best eyeliner looks using one of the above products for a chance to be featured on our Instagram page. Make sure to tag @janeiredale and #BeautyWithBrilliance to be considered.

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Liquid eyeliner is arguably one of the most difficult eyeliners to master, but it’s also the best product to create a glamorous winged eyeliner or “cat-eye” look. The question we always have for our Global Makeup Educators is “How do you get your cat-eye or winged eyeliner so straight?” Do they use a spoon or tape or some other magical cat eye makeup contraption? Lucky for us, our pros are more than happy to share their liquid eyeliner tips to create the perfect liquid eyeliner shape —no spoon, tape or magic tool required.

liquid eyeliner guide

Liquid Eyeliner for Beginners

When choosing a liquid eyeliner, our Global Educators agree it’s all about finding a brush with long bristles and a thin tip.

black liquid eyelinerChristine Orcutt Savolis says:The most important thing with liquid liner is having a long/thin brush. It allows you to draw your line close to the lash line for maximum impact.

Edgar Dominguez says:The thin brush tip in our Liquid Eyeliner is the best for the most precise application of a winged or defined liner effect. You never have to worry of making a line too thick, so it’s virtually impossible to mess up

Hannah Hatcher says:A thin brush allows you to create a tight line along the lash line, but it also allows for precision when doing more intricate winged looks.

Once you’ve found the perfect eyeliner, don’t be deterred if you don’t create a Brigitte Bardot worthy wing the first try. Edgar advises, “Never lose your patience. Practice, like in everything, makes perfect.”

Our Best Liquid Eyeliner Tips

What Techniques to Avoid

Before we chat about the best techniques to use when applying liquid eyeliner, let’s discuss what methods you should avoid.

Don’t close your eye. “The first common mistake is winging out the eyeliner while closing your eye,” says Hannah. “It doesn’t matter if you’re 17 or 70, the pressure of the eye being closed can cause the lid to wrinkle and creates an uneven line.”

Try not to wing it in one step. Cat-eyes take anywhere from four to eight strokes, depending on how comfortable you are with it. Use smaller strokes to minimize mistakes.

Don’t stretch the skin. If you apply liner while stretching your eyelid, you ‘ll end up with a squiggly line when you let go.

You can’t rush perfection. If you are running late it’s not the day to wing your liner.

How to Properly Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Now that you know what not to do, here’s Hannah’s liquid eyeliner tips on creating a classic cat eye makeup look.

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STEP 1: Tilt your chin up, but look down to expose your lid without closing it completely.

STEP 2: First, create the wing on the outer corner of your eye. (TIP: If by mistake you go too far on your line, wet a cotton swab with BeautyPrep Face Cleanser and erase it.)

STEP 3: Then, working from the outside side in, use small strokes to line close to your lash line. This helps minimize over compensation, which creates huge thick lines. (TIP: If you need a little extra help, lightly draw a guide using your Eye Pencil, then layer Liquid Eyeliner on top.)

STEP 4:Once you’ve created matching lines on both eyes, you can go back over the outer portion of your line to create the desired thickness. (TIP: Make your line last all day by using an Angle Eyeliner Brush to apply a thin layer of eye shadow in the same color on top of the liquid eyeliner.)

When to Use It: Liquid Eyeliner vs. Pencil Eyeliner

Liquid eyeliner is a spectacular product, but sometimes other eyeliner formulas that are better to use. Here are some suggestions on when to choose liquid eyeliner vs pencil eyeliner.

When lining your bottom lashes, USE PENCIL. Liquid eyeliner on the bottom lash line can be harsh. Instead, get a more glamorous look by smudging eye shadow or pencil eyeliner just below your bottom lashes.

If you need a dramatic evening look, USE LIQUID. You can create a dark, defined line using liquid eyeliner, and it has can have serious staying power. There’s a reason you see so many cat-eyes on the red carpet!

If you have smaller eyes, deep set eyes or fine lines in the eye area, USE PENCIL. Too hard of a line on these eye shapes will cause the eye to look smaller. The soft definition of a pencil is ideal. It creates that depth around the lashes but won’t close the eye off.

Practice Makes Perfect

On Wednesdays, we wear wings! Show us how you #WingItOutWednesday using our Liquid Eyeliner. Make sure to tag us @janeiredale, and use #TheSkincareMakeup and #BeautyWithBrilliance.

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Although many associate colorful eye makeup with the polyester jumpsuits and hairspray of the 1980’s, using color on your eyes can help the ‘windows to your soul’ stand out. However, choosing the right eyeliner color to compliment your eye color can be difficult. We’re here to help! We’ve broken down each eye color with recommendations on the shades that will complement your eyes the most. Scroll down to see 2-product eye makeup looks for your eye color or read this post to learn more about how to choose the right eye makeup for your eye color!

The Best Mystikol Eyeliner Colors for Brown, Green, Blue, and Gray Eyes

Eyeliner Color for Brown Eyes

Best Eyeliner Color for Brown Eyes

Brown-Eyed Girl…You lucky doe-eyed ladies can wear almost any color you like. From purples to bronzes, to greens, to blues – the world is your oyster! Try making your brown eyes look lighter by using green eyeliner. Using Emerald Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner, draw a line on your top lash line, smudge using Forest PurePressed Eye Shadow. Finish your look with a healthy coating of PureLash Lash Extender & Conditioner and Longest Lash Thickening and Lengthening Mascara and your eyes will be ready to sparkle. If green is not your color, try pairing your brown eyes with Sapphire Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner. This bright blue eyeliner will make your chocolaty eyes pop. Smudge using Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow for an extra shot of blue.

Mystikol powdered eyeliner in dark blue sapphire

Sapphire Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner $24.00

Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow

Blue Hour PurePressed Eye Shadow $22.00

Eyeliner Color for Green/Hazel Eyes

Best Eyeliner Color for Hazel Eyes

Behind These Hazel Eyes…For our hazel- and green-eyed women, you should gravitate towards the pink and purple families. Try reddish, bronze, rust and mahogany eye shadows. To bring out the green hues in your eyes try applying an eggplant eyeliner, like our Amethyst Mystikol. For an added pop of color, layer Iris PurePressed Eye Shadow over your eyeliner and smudge. Don’t forget to finish off your look with a healthy coating of black mascara!

amethyst mystikol powdered eyeliner
Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

Iris PurePressed Eye Shadow
PurePressed Eye Shadow

Eyeliner Color for Blue Eyes

Best Eyeliner Color for Blue Eyes

Baby Blues…Our blue-eyed gals look best in golds, bronzes, and warm browns. These shades will make your eyes sparkle. Try layering Dark Topaz Mystikol with our Brown Sugar PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple. Mix and smudge the powdered eye shadows on top of Dark Topazfor added drama. Bring a thin line of eyeliner onto your lower lash line for a completed look.

Dark Topaz Mystikol EYeliner
Dark Topaz
Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

Brown Sugar PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple
Brown Sugar
PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple

Eyeliner Color for Gray Eyes

Best Eyeliner Color for Gray Eyes

Steel Gray Eyes…If your eyes have some gray in them, you can enhance the color by matching them with an equally smokey and cool-toned eyeliner: Smokey Quartz Mystikol. Layer a thick line of Smokey Quartz on your upper lash line and smudge with Silver Lining PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple. Complete the look by bringing the eyeliner onto your lower lash line in a thin line. Finish with mascara.

smoky quartz mystikol powdered eyeliner
Smoky Quartz Mystikol Powdered Eyeliner

Silver Lining PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple
Silver Lining
PurePressed Eye Shadow Triple

Share your #GoodBeautyStories!

If you try out any of these eyeliner tips on your eyes, whatever color they may be, don’t forget to share your look with us using the hashtag #GoodBeautyStories. Now that you know how to find the perfect eye color for you, check out our post on finding the perfect concealer.

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