Liquid eyeliners can be an excellent choice both for anyone just looking for a decent, unpretentious appearance, and for those who want to make a definite statement with their signature cat eye look.
However, regular liquid and black eyeliners are much less efficient and healthy, and they can even be quite expensive. This is why we have lined up the most affordable, easy to use and well-designed precision drugstore liquid eyeliners, helping you apply your make up quicker and without the usual headaches.
But let’s take a look first to see exactly why liquid eyeliners have become such a popular trend in today’s fashion world.
Liquid Eyeliner Styles
Choosing the best liquid eyeliner styles for your eyes is not always an easy task. The good news is there are about as many different style as you can imagine, and most of them are quite easy to use and apply.
A few good examples are the cat eye, drop eye, single, open wings, sleepy eyes and thin line looks. These styles can be obtained simply by using your liquid eyeliner correctly. You have to start close to the eye and work your way outwards to an increasingly greater extent, depending on the style.
For the basic thin line style, you just have to keep your eye closed and draw an even, thin line of no more than a millimeter by tracing the eyeliner at just the edge of your eyelid. Looks such as the open wings style, however, are far more challenging.
To get a perfect wing look you’ll have to work hard and practice. The technique involves slow outward movements, bracing your wrist on your chin for added stability. In some cases, and depending on whether you want a simpler or more outlandish wing look, it can help to start from the outside and move your way inward with carefully placed, slow strokes.
A more unique look you can try is the upside down cat eye. The technique for this style requires a more unique approach bending your wrist more and starting below your eye, keeping the thickness of the line minimal, while moving the eyeliner outwards and ending in a thicker finish with a sharp cat eye curve about two millimeters beyond the exterior.
Liquid Eyeliner Tips
Using liquid eyeliner is not as straightforward as regular eyeliner, but the results can be infinitely more satisfying. Here are a few basic tips you can try out to ensure that applying your make-up can be fast, easy and fun, while ensuring your eyeliner will last a much longer time:
- Apply eye shadow before using an eyeliner. This will ensure your make-up can sustain itself and maintain its sophisticated look much longer.
- Next use a black eyeliner pencil to trace the shape of the liquid eyeliner style you want to use. This step is crucial for accuracy!
- Use the liquid eyeliner to fill in the spaces outlined with your pencil, and then wing out the eyeliner at the corner for a more stylish look.
- You can then use the finer tip to add any corrections and get more refined and definite lines.
- A great tip for a more dramatic and mysterious appearance would be to use faux half lashes on the exterior corners of your eyes.
You can also use a dampened Q-tip to clean up any smudging and hold your mirror downward to get the best view and ensure ideal accuracy. Also, be sure to look for the ideal styles that fit your eye shape. For instance, thicker lines are best on monolid eyes, while down-turned eyes will require the outer corner of any winged shape to be much thicker than usual.
Maybelline New York Eye Studio Master Precise Liquid Eyeliner
This waterproof eyeliner is marketed by Maybelline as a dermatologist- and ophthalmologist-tested product, and I have to say it really works. When I first tried it out I was completely shocked to see how easy to apply and convenient it was.
The product is very affordable, smudge-proof and has a lot more pigmentation than most eyeliners I’ve tried out, so creating a classic winged look was not a problem. Also, it’s good to point out that, while rubbing your eyes can always ruin your make-up, standing in the rain with the Maybelline eyeliner properly applied will not do much damage.
L'Oreal Paris The Super Slim Eyeliner by Infallible
L’Oreal Paris has some flawlessly refined products, and after trying out the Super Slim eyeliner, I definitely realized it was one of them.
As soon as I started applying my cat eye I knew this product was worth a lot more than the laughably low price I got it at. The lines were extremely thin and easy to apply, and it seemed to respond to the tiniest movement – which did require some getting used to. It’s tight enough, doesn’t smudge, and can be applied in no time. Even if you’re not a pro, you can get some truly artistic and stylish looks using this product.
Milani Eye Tech Extreme Liquid Eye Liner
For a truly sophisticated, long lasting look, you can use the Milani Eye Tech. This non-feathering, waterproof eyeliner doesn’t budge, and you can get it at a third of the price you’d spend on most liquid eyeliners.
What I was most surprised by was the remarkable thin to thick coverage and how long it lasted. I literally played with this eyeliner for days and enjoyed every minute of it trying out different styles. It’s also highly pigmented, very easy to apply, and doesn’t smear or melt on you when you least expect it.
NYX Cosmetics Collection Noir Liquid Liner
This collection of noir liners is designed to give you any stylish and sophisticated look you want at a really good price. The well-designed formula will not irritate your skin or cause any problems for your eyes, and it wears great all day long.
What I really loved when using this liquid eyeliner was the way it allowed me to maintain a perfect winged style all day long. There is a slight shine after it dries, but the eyeliner is definitely mostly matte. Also, what I loved about it is that it doesn’t crack, and doesn’t get damaged when you sweat or cry.
There are probably a lot of other great products out there, but from what I’ve found these four are the very best liquid eyeliners for the price that look great, feel great, and are extremely easy to apply.