How to Use Powder Eyeshadow as Eyeliner

By Elle Paula

When it comes to eyeliner, your choices certainly aren't limited. You have pencil liners, liquid liners and gel liners, all in a wide range of colors. As if that wasn't enough, you can turn any of your favorite powdered eye shadows into eyeliner with just a little water. Using a powdered eye shadow in place of more traditional eyeliners gives you a softer, more natural look.

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Create a softer finish by using eye shadow as eyeliner.

Step 1

Choose an eye shadow color to get the look you're trying to achieve. If you want to make your lashes look fuller and thicker, choose a dark eye shadow that matches the color of your lashes. Choose a contrasting hue to give your eyes a pop of color.

Step 2

Wet the tip of a thin eyeliner brush so that it's just damp enough to make the color a little more intense. Use a thin, angled brush or a pointed eyeliner brush; make sure the brush is thin to get as close to your lashes as possible.

Step 3

Dip the tip of the eyeliner brush into the powder eye shadow. Tap the brush to knock off any excess powder.

Step 4

Place your elbow on the table or counter to steady your hand and apply the damp eye shadow to your upper lash line. Start at the outer corner of your eye and drag the brush in toward the inner corner of your eye, making the line thinner as you move in. Wet the tip of the brush again and repeat the process with the other eye.

Step 5

Pick up some more color and place the tip of the eyeliner brush at the outer corner of your eye just underneath your lower lashes. Start applying the color on the outer corner of your eye and bring it in about two-thirds of the way along the length of your lower lash line. Stay as close to the lashes as possible.