How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

By Misty Thomas. Updated: January 16, 2017
How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

Makeup can make your face look flawless and beautiful, however, it needs to be applied correctly. Liquid eyeliner looks great on the eyes but it can be a bit tricky to apply if you've never done it before. There are steps that need to be considered and followed in order to make it look good and not run all over your face. At OneHowTo we'll explain you step-by-step how to apply liquid eyeliner, so you don't have any problem when using it.

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Choosing the eyeliner

First it is very important to figure out what type of liquid eyeliner will work best for you. There are two different types of liquid eyeliner. There is the felt-tipped eyeliner which looks like a marker and works the way a pen does. Then there is the dip-brush liquid eyeliner that looks a lot like nail polish. It must be dipped into the liquid every time you need to apply it.

The one you choose will only depend on your preferences. If it's the first time you're using liquid eyeliner maybe it's better to use felt-tipped eyeliner. It works more as a pen, so it might be easier to apply if you don't have a lot of experience with makeup. Choose the dip-brush liquid eyeliner if you have more experience and you feel confident with applying makeup.

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner - Choosing the eyeliner

Choose the color

Once you've chosen the type of eyeliner you want to use, you need to choose which color you'll want. The most common is black, which produces and intense look and goes well regardless of your eye color. However, black is often used for night events and can look quite bold if used during the day. There are other colors that you can consider:

  • Brown: softer than black, which makes it better for wearing during the day. It balances any eye color.
  • Grey: goes really well with green eyes
  • Navy blue: with blue and brown eyes
  • Turquoise: with hazel and grey eyes
  • Purple: with green and brown eyes

Prime those lids

In order to get your eyes all ready for the eyeliner, you must prime them first. This is basically just putting eye shadow primer on your lids. This will help to keep your eye shadow and eyeliner on all day and night. If you're not sure how to apply it, you can check our article to know how to apply eye shadow correctly. The eye shadow will go on before your eyeliner, then the eyeliner, then the mascara.

How to Apply Liquid Eyeliner - Prime those lids

Steady hands

Having a steady hand is very important when you are applying eyeliner. You can make a horrible mess of your entire face if you are not holding your eyeliner steady. You can keep your hand steady by placing your elbow on your vanity or table. Then, place your hand on your cheek while you apply the eyeliner.

When you are using liquid eyeliner, it is important that you do not draw an entire line across your eyelid. Draw some dots or small dashes first. Draw them on the upper part of your lashes, then you can just connect those dots or dashes. Then smooth out the line as best as you can. Once you have put the eyeliner on and it looks just the way you want it to, it is now time to finish up with your mascara. Your eyes will really begin to stand out if your follow all of these simply steps.


Applying liquid eyeliner might be hard at first, but if you practice your eyes will stand out and look gorgeous.

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