How to Use Eyeshadow to Create Liquid Liner

By Contributing Writer

Love the look of a liquid liner, but not the messiness and difficulty of application? You may actually have a solution already in your makeup bag. Follow this easy how-to to create a liquid-powder liner from your old eyeshadow.

Use eyeshadow to line your eyes

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Step 1

Begin by choosing an eyeshadow to work with. You can use the same eyeshadow that you will apply to your lips, or pick a darker color for drama. This is a great time to try out funky colors, too, as you don't have to pay to use it--you're creating it!

Step 2

Pull up a bit of the shadow onto your flat surface using the plastic knife or, if you're in a pinch, onto the back of your hand. You only need a small amount. A chunk the size of a head of a match will do.

Step 3

Mix the shadow with an equal amount of water using your brush. This should give the mix a pasty consistency.

Step 4

Test your new liner by drawing a line on the back of your hand. If it spreads fluidly, with a powdery finish when dry, it's perfect. If it's crumbly or thick, add a bit more water.

Step 5

Dip brush into mixture and dampen it. Smooth both sides of the brush against a flat surface to create an angle to the brush.

Step 6

Apply across lashline of either the upper or lower lids. This mixture will set with a powdery finish, but a precise line. Experiment with the look and the different color mixtures you find in order to find the perfect liner for you.