Perfecting My Eyeliner Technique





We all suffer from wobbly-itis when it comes to feline flick’in it. I’ve had my fair share of un-even lines over the years but I’m proud to say I’ve finally got my technique down-packed! I can’t take all the credit because tools are what make or break in this case. I’ve tried gel, pencils, liquid formulas and I will say the easiest form to apply is a liquid pen. Gel can get messy and tricky if you have the wrong brush. Pencils can be harder to get a sharp clean line and can tug on the eyelids if the consistency isn’t creamy enough. Liquid gives you the ease of just gliding it across the eyelid and the most comfortable to hold if it’s in pen form. I have 3 different liners to choose from at all different price points so take your pick. . .

  • L’oreal Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Liner – This is a rich matte black formula with a felt tip. Great for a beginner and gets the job done. The only complaint I have it the felt tip, after time it will wear and you’ll start to loose the ability to create a very defined flick. It’s from the drugstore so you really can’t ask for more! I use it sometimes over top of other liquid liners because I enjoy how dark it is.
  • Physicians Formula 2-in-1 Lash Boosting Eyeliner + Serum – This is some really good ish! The formula isn’t as pigmented as the L’oreal liner but I’ve found that over time the liquid somehow darkens in the tube. Bizarre right? Maybe contact with the air makes it change who knows but I’m not complaining.  It has a semi-matte finish with a synthetic fiber tip. Can I just express my love for synthetic bristled liners?! They give the most sharp line if handled properly. Not only is this a liner but it also doubles as a eyelash serum which has really perked mine up a bit. This liner too is from the drugstore and worth trying out!
  • Kat Von D Tattoo Liquid Liner – Very similar to the PF liner due to the synthetic haired tip. The ink is pitch black and it’s extremely long-lasting. Its pretty much water-proof which means it’s a b*tch to take off but if you have super oily eyelids like moi then it may just be what you’re looking for. This is the priciest out of the bunch but you’ll thank me later!

Now the trick isn’t tape here, the issue with the tape is you can place it too high up or at a weird angle and end up with your flicks sticking straight up versus outwards. Cotton buds are ok but you really can’t get that sharp edge, I always end up removing too much and having to go back in with the liner to fill in the spots. I use this thin angled synthetic brush from Sephora and their make-up remover. I don’t think this brush is available because they’ve redesigned their whole brush range but I’m sure you can find something similar. The brush is so thin and flexible that it allows me to remove excess liner easily without disturbing eyeshadow or concealer.

 I have very round eyes so to elongate them I don’t bring the liner all the way to the tear duck, I’ll stop a little over the iris of the eye. As of late I’ve been doing a longer thinner flick and really like the way it looks. I can’t do too thick of a line because my eyes are slightly hooded and it’s overpowering in my opinion. I’d love to know what are your thoughts on the subject and what are some of your favorite ways to wear your flick?

  • Dar

    Thanks so much for the tips.
    I love the Kat von D liner, but even then.. it’s hard getting those wings even!

    Dar |

  • Leticia (Thee Limited Edition)

    #1 You look absolutely stunning in these photos!! New lights? #2 I need all three of those liners because winged liner is struggle city!!

  • Jay S

    Awesome tips, I just picked up the Kat Von D liner yesterday!!! Can’t wait to try it out more, so far I really like it.

  • Angeline Lee

    Stila’s waterproof eyeliner is my holy grail for eyeliners! The Kat Von D isn’t black enough for me hahaha! x

  • Susan

    Agree w/ the below about Stila’s waterproof eyeliner. I like the Physician’s Formula for a drugstore option, it’s similar to Tarte’s old one. Great tips!

    –le jolie

  • Connie

    I’m digging the liner! It’s so perfect!

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  • Lauren / lipstick & lacquer

    I love the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner! I’ve been doing winged liner pretty much on a daily basis since around 2008 so over the years I’ve gotten my technique down, but there are some great tips here as well! (Also this may be weird but I saved one of these photos to bring to my hairdresser next time I get a haircut. Your hair is gorgeous!)

    lauren / lipstick & lacquer

  • clementine buttercup

    I have a round eye shape too and couldn’t get a winged line to work on my eye. Will try your tips for a round eye and keep my fingers crossed it looks as good as it does on me. Have the Kat von D ink liner so that should help.

  • Nadja

    I really want to get the Kat von D eyeliner, but it’s not sold where I live. I still have issues with getting my liner to look perfect and I always have qtips and Bioderma micellar water nearby. Stila’s Waterproof liner is another great liner, even for beginners.

  • Vanessa Buttino

    I never bring my eyeliner into my inner ducts either because I find that it makes my eyes look really small afterwards. I usually just go about 3/4 of the way across my eyelid and stop just before the inner corners. I’ve yet to master a wing, though *le sigh*

  • MizzJ

    I love a nice thin flick too; it’s easier to do and looks better on my eyes. I’ve tried the thick line and it’s just overwhelming on my Asian eyes!

  • Gyudy

    The liner look is gorgeous on you! I love the Kat Von D liner, is amazing! And I love your tip, definitely something to try :) xx
    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  • Heather Raye

    Your makeup looks amazing! I’ll have to try the physician’s formula liner!

  • Laura Neuzeth

    Ohhh! I need to get the Physician’s Formula liner! This is the first time I’ve ever heard about that liner. Thank you for the recommendations!

  • Aishah B

    Totally unrelated but your skin is gorgeous! Just found your blog through Viviannadoesmakeup and I love it :-)


  • Madeleine – The Daily Mark

    I love the tattoo liner, definitely have to give the PF a go next! x
    Madeleine, The Daily Mark

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