If you prefer liquid eyeliner, you may have noticed that they are often more expensive than pencil eyeliners. This can be frustrating when you enjoy experimenting with dramatic eye makeup and need to stick to a budget. Instead of purchasing a wide variety of colorful liquid eyeliners, try mixing up your own for pennies using items that you probably already have in your makeup bag.

Things You'll Need

Break off one corner of an eyeshadow cake in the desired shade of liquid eyeliner with a small spoon. This is a great way to recycle eyeshadow cakes that have already broken or crumbled.

Crush the piece of eyeshadow cake with the back of the spoon until you are left with approximately 1/2 tsp. of colored powder.

Transfer the crushed eyeshadow to a small, lidded container.

Add one drop of water to the crushed eyeshadow and stir the mixture with a toothpick. Continue to add one drop of water at a time until the mixture resembles a thin paste approximately the consistency of craft glue.

Apply the homemade liquid eyeliner with an eyeliner brush or a small paintbrush.

Store the homemade liquid eyeliner at room temperature with the lid tightened securely. If the eyeliner dries out, you may add water as necessary to achieve the desired consistency.


  • If breaking your eyeshadow cake is not an option, try applying the eyeshadow to your lids with a wet brush to mimic the look of liquid eyeliner. Hold the brush under running water and gently rub it into the eyeshadow cake to transfer the color. Apply the eyeshadow in the same way you would apply liquid eyeliner. Your eyeshadow cake will dry out within a few hours so you can use it as eyeshadow again.