It might not be as forgiving as pencil or easy to apply as gel, but liquid creates defined, clean lines that make your eyes pop like none other. All you need is the right wand, a steady hand, and lots of practice (and patience), you’ll mastering liquid liner before you know it.

Choose Your Wand

The tip of your applicator can make or break you. Some liquid liners come with a felt tip applicator, which looks like a marker or pen – these types of liquid liners provide more control and are the ideal choice for beginners. Other liquid liners come with a soft, bristle tip, which takes more control, but allows you to get really close to your lash line and can deliver a more defined line.

Practice (and Patience) Makes Perfect

No matter which type of liquid liner you choose, it might take practicing a few times before you have a feel for it, so take a deep breath and channel some patience.

Step 1

Hold the eyeliner applicator in your hand and rest your elbow on a steady table and place the butt of your hand on your cheekbone.

Step 2

Draw small dashes or dots along your upper lash line, getting as close to your eyelashes as you can. Start around the middle of your eye and work your way to the outer corner. Fill in the inner corner of your eye and then work your way to meeting the liner where you started in the middle.

Step 3

Use short strokes to connect each dash or dot to create a thin, continuous line. Using short strokes makes it easier to create an even line than trying to connect all the dashes with one long stroke.

Step 4

Go over the line again, filling in any blank spots and fixing any areas that appear uneven. Keep the line thin and as close to your lash line as you can. Take your time and make sure you have a steady hand.


Even the steadiest hand can slip sometimes, especially when you’re new to liquid liner. If your line is less-than-perfect, don’t give up! You can fix uneven lines by dipping the very tip of a cotton swab into a little eye makeup remover and gently erasing any errors. Just be sure to blot the cotton swab first to eliminate any excess remover – a little will go a long way.