Works For Me: Liquid Eyeliner

I posted about the Great Eyeliner Crisis of 2007 over six months ago on a WFMW Backwards Edition.  Several of you suggested I try waterproof liquid eyeliner.

And my life has been changed.

Or, more specifically, the part of my life that involves my eyelids.

But still, it’s significant.

For the first time ever I’m wearing eyeliner without doing raccoon eyes, even on days I wear my contacts.  No smudging!  And I’ve even been using a cheap brand (Maybelline) with great results.

It’s taken me a few months to get good at applying it.  I had a few days of looking like Ozzy Osbourne before I figured it out.  The real key is to apply it not by painting it in a straight line, but applying it a series of tiny little dots.  The line goes on thinner that way.

I thought about taking a picture of my eye to show you the results, but then I decided that would be the weirdest thing I’ve ever done in my life.  So I reconsidered.

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61 thoughts on “Works For Me: Liquid Eyeliner

  1. Daiquiri says:

    Really? Liquid eye liner?? I NEVER would have considered using it until reading your post. I have the raccoon eye problem ALL the time. I might have to give it a try…thanks 🙂

  2. Blue Castle says:

    Wow, that stuff sounds terrific. If I still wore makeup, I’d give it a try. I hated that feeling of stuff on my face – and the smudges. I think if you’re a woman and you wear makeup – waterproof is the way to go. No worries about wiping your eyes and looking like a goth teenager. 🙂

  3. Cindy says:

    Thanks for the great tip…I’m going to try it because I hate the look of regular eyeliner, and the tiny dots sound like they might actually work.

  4. Melanie says:

    I can’t do liquid. I use powder with a really fine slanted brush and get really close to the lash line. I use the dots when I wear my fake eyelashes. It helps not to have a line of glue. If I mess up it’s easier to peel off.

  5. Debbie says:

    I used to use it, back in the day. Perhaps I need to try it again. I’m not getting racoon eyes from the pencil, mine just slowly disappears. (putting it on the Target list!)

  6. Kris says:

    Almay has awesome liquid liner! It’s easy to put on fast, and it stays, too! I’ve only recently decided this, as Urban Decay has been my favorite, so I thought I’d share.

  7. Becky Day says:

    Hi! I”m sorry to link twice! Thought the first time didn’t go thru and forgot to mention my topic/tip!
    Please delete the first one! Thanks!

  8. Kim says:

    Alright. If you say it works with the dots, I’ll try it.
    Because I put some on about a month ago to the complete horror of my 13 & 11 year old daughters. From the backseat you could hear the gasping and whispers. It was worse than 7th grade!
    Even my husband gave the ol’, “whatssup with your eyes?”
    I might try again, but only right before I can wash my face because I don’t think I can stand the judgement.

  9. Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart says:

    I’ve been using a cheap N.Y.C. mascara with great success. I too learned that the trick was little dots and not one big line. Who knew?
    Oh, and I came over today via a comment you left at Like Merchant Ships. I’ve always got spoons in my sandbox too!

  10. Lisa says:

    I was taught by my sis in law on how to apply liquid eye liner when I was about 16-17 years old. It took a long time to get it right but now I put on the eye liner like nothing. It lasts pretty much all day too. I love it. My favorite is from Loreal or Cover Girl. It also needs to be the brush kind, not the foam tip.

  11. llisa says:

    Liquid eye liner has always scared me… It has always seemed ~ I don’t know ~ sorta Goth… But, with your recommendation, I may have to give it a second look…

  12. coffeemom says:

    I am an idiot. I put in my link three times, the first two incorrectly. Please delete them, I am not trying to spam you or anything, I am simply inept. Sorry!!!

  13. Beth says:

    Hi Shannon….long time huh? (I used to be Queen Beth). Thought I’d give your carnival a try. Good stuff here!

  14. craftymom says:

    I can’t imagine little dots appearing as a smooth line. I would also love to see a picture so I don’t have to rely on the image of dotted eyeliner in my head!

  15. Amber says:

    Thanks for another great WFMW. I dont think I would ever try liquid eye liner. All the ladies I have seen who use (or should I say TRY to use) look kinda freaky. I know a lady who just had hers tatooed on…..very nice looking all the time, and you never have to do anything! hehe……

  16. Maren says:

    I’m glad you’ve had luck, I never had the patience to make it past the Ozzy look. I cried one day while trying it out and I gave KISS a run for their money.

  17. Amber says:

    Ok, we will try that. Linked to the post, not to the front page of the blog. If that doesnt work, i dont know what I am doing wrong!

  18. Beck says:

    WATERPROOF liquid eyeliner! What a smart idea – whenever I wear liquid eyeliner, I look like a showgirl (a fat one) on a bender.

  19. CarolinaMama says:

    p.s. ditto to Becky Day and inadvertently added my link twice – got the topic the second round. feel free to delete the excess and Thanx for WFMW! Great stuff!

  20. StopLights says:

    Wow. Liquid eyeliner. That would take a lot of guts for me. I barely can mentally handle the ‘fake’ stuff. 🙂 I may need to try it. It could provide that daily dose of drama I need so much.
    Thanks for the tip.

  21. Liz Snyder says:

    FYI – I have eyeliner issues, too. If your eyes are small they have a hard time keeping makeup on them. I have found this amazing eye shadow base from MAC called Paint Pot – good stuff under your shadow and liner. Then they have a new pencil that is smudge and waterproof! I wore liquid for my entire life, but now I can wear a soft pencil with the best of ’em because this MAC one doesn’t leave me with ring around the eye. 🙂

  22. Amy Caroline says:

    OH! It worked! I have been trying liquid eyeliner for the first time and I could never get it right. I tried your way this morning and it is perfect! THANK YOU!!!

  23. Laura says:

    I believe this is my first visit here- I had to come because so many people refer to this blog on their posts. I can see why!
    As far as liquid eyeliner goes- I have been using it for years. I have used it through times when people said it’s “out.”
    All I know is that when I don’t use it, everyone asks me if I am feeling okay.
    I doubt I will have any handy tips for Wednesdays posts- but I will make it a point to stop by and enjoy.
    Love it.

  24. Taryn says:

    Have you ever had a WFMW that was all about pregnancy and labor? I could REALLY use that. Maybe it’s too specific, but I wanted to ask.

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