Ok, so we don’t know Superman personally. . . but we’re confident, had he been challenged with the task, he would have added “applying liquid eyeliner” onto a list that was previously exclusive to kryptonite. “You think you’re so tough...”
Liquid liner has capacity to create the beautiful illusion of open eyes, while being simultaneously capable of making them water like a mofo (because, crying). We’re willing to bet money that the ratio eff bombs uttered associated to jerk boys vs. failed liquid liner application is at least comparable in every girl’s life.
Much like a jerk boy, applying liquid liner has a knack for toying with your emotional well-being. In the beginning, things are great – application goes smoothly on your right eye, the wing is perfect and it’s looking like the next time you hang, things will be straight up blissful. And then you line your left eye:
“LIAR! What are you drunk? Who are you?! Things were great like a second ago, and now, you can’t even draw a straight line?! I hate you! Eff!”
We’ve been there. But we assure you, hope is not lost. With a couple of these tricks, Superman will be knocking on your door.
This is our friend, Denise.
I mean, it's not why we're friends, but it's yet another thing we have in common; like us, Denis can't live without liquid liner. Denise lent her gorgeous mug to help us demonstrate our fool-proof steps to create this look!
Of all the jerk boys in the sea. . .
Although there are plenty of fish in the sea, we love, love, love the waterproof liquid liner by Stila: unlike other liquid liners, the brush of this liner is stiff, like a fine marker, that allows the user an increased control in application. Trust us, much fewer eff bombs with this one.
Laying down the line:
By this time, you should have already completed your cosmetic regime that generally comes before eye make-up application; for us, this includes: foundation, concealer, powder and eyebrows.
Next, take your base shadow and apply from your brow bone, down to the base of your eyelashes.
With a steady hand (don’t be nervous, you can do this), begin by placing your liquid liner at the inner edge of your iris. A little known fact, but the shape of the line has a lot to do with the angle of the brush; in other words, if the liner starts at the same angle for both the left and right eye, your chances of having zero jerk boys show up, are pretty good. An easy way to manage the angle is to line up the pen with the outer edge of your eyebrow. So smart! Once that angle is set, swiftly sweep the pen to the outer corner of your eye.
Filling in the blanks
Once the eyeliner has dried, use a stiff angle brush to take a black or dark brown eyeshadow and lightly soften the liquid liner, being sure to extend towards the inner corner of your eye, just beyond the liner which will ensure that there are no start or stop points. This is an excellent trick for beginners, as the angle brush and shadow have the equivalent effect of photoshop and cellulite – it covers the stuff we don’t want people to see.
Using an angle brush and the same dark shadow, fill the space near your bottom lashes and the outer edge of your eyeliner. This will further accent the open effect created by the liner.
Finally, curl your eyelashes and apply mascara!
Hey – what about the wings?
Much like superman, it’s possible to fly without wings. For an everyday look, we recommend using the wing of a liquid eyeliner to act as a natural extension of your eyelash line; it stands to reason that the longer your eyelashes, the more prevalent your wing can be.
Take that, Clark Kent. Nice disguise. . .