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5 Tried and loved liquid eyeliners

Eyeliner has been the one and only piece of makeup I always wear. Ever since i learned to apply it, it has been a daily makeup ritual. I love the way it outlines my eyes, and in a way adds more dimesion and depth to my green peepers. We recently went on vacation, and i forgot my liner 🙁 Of course we had to make a pit stop to buy a new one, because I just couldn’t go three days with no liner!

There are a few variations of liner including, gel, pencil and liquid. I prefer pencil for the bottom lid, and liquid on top. Gel is a great alternative, since it applies so smooth and most are smudge proof. I still prefer liquid, probaly because i learned with liquid, and personally it’s quicker and more precise when applying. WHich do you prefer: liquid, gel or pencil?!?

 Check out a few liquid liners I have tried and found to be the best!



This Almay liner can easily be found at your local drugstore, and won’t hurt your wallet. Applying it daily, it lasted me about four to five months. The application tip was a good size to draw both thin and thicker lines.



This liner is another drugstore purchase, but does an excellent job. It comes in different shades, but they are not overly intense once applied. The applicator is easy to use and also great for both thin or thick lines.



Mac’s liner is a bit more pricey, but i love how intense the black shade comes out. The application tip is similar to the other ones, which makes it great for drawing lines. It lasts all day, and didn’t smudge per my eperience.



Lancome’s artliner was designed to be a super simple pen liner. I like this liner because it applies just like a marker. The application tip is made of foam and soaks up the liner for easy application. I’ve used similar pen liners, and haven’t been happy with them due to the color not applying as well or intense because of the sponge tip. Lancome’s puts the rest pen liquid liners to shame!



Just imagine how pretty your eyes would look lined in that color?! Mac’s liquidlast liner is one of my favorites, simply because of the colors. They line just as intense as the color looks in the bottle. Application-wise, the tip is a bit tough if you are a beginner but can easily be mastered. Most liners have a pencil-like or pointed applicator, but this one has a little thin brush. This liner does not smear, and is super long-lasting. Plus, the teal looks lovely drawn over a black line and finished off with lots of mascara!


Purple eyeliner

Purple eyeliner is a subtle way to rim your eyes with a pop of color.

There are many brands to choose from, which range in price and texture. I’ve been using MAC’s Fluidline for a couple years now, since it stays on all day and lasts a long time when it’s for personal use. Their colors are rich and it applies very silky. Since my eyes are green I love using purple liner to compliment them, and MAC’s Fluidline in Macroviolet has done the trick. As many MAC lovers know, their makeup line isn’t the cheapest but it does often deliver great results.

A nice makeup look is attainable at any budget, so I decided to give Maybelline’s eye studio a try. Their purple or “eggplant” gel liner costs half as much as MAC’s and it’s pretty comparable. It doesn’t smudge, lasts all day, and even comes with a travel size application brush. This gel liner was named “eggplant” for a reason, because once you open it you’ll see the color truly matches that of an eggplant. The color looks so pretty and has a bit of shimmer to it. Maybelline gel eyeliner in eggplant is available at most drugstores and is priced @ $6.99.

Maybelline “eggplant” vs MAC “macroviolet”


Maybelline is on the left, MAC on the right. As you can see the shades are different. MAC’s is a bit darker, but when they’re applied they look pretty close in color. They both have a bit of shimmer mixed with the color, and come in a .10 oz glass jar. They both last all day, don’t smudge and apply evenly. The only difference I seem to have found is that MAC’s is more smooth than Maybellines and the color applies a bit darker, though not by much.  MAC’s is also a bit tougher to wash off. The final application for both liners is a nice purple line that lasts all day.Check out the color swatches below….

Can you guess which is MAC and which is Maybelline?!


If you guessed Maybelline on the left, MAC on the right then you are correct! MAC’s is a bit of a darker shade, as i mentioned, and it does have a silkier texture than Maybelline. But you can’t really complain about the texture if you’re paying half the price for a product that delivers similar results. Since I am a self-proclaimed makeup junkie and decide to sometimes buy the same color product just in a different brand, I now have more than enough purple liner to last me quite a while. It is recommend to toss out your makeup and replace it every few months, but if it’s for personal use and you don’t notice a change of color or smell, that rule can be broken.

What’s your opinion if you’ve tried either of these products… Are you a MAC or a Maybelline girl?!

How to apply liquid eyeliner

photo credit: hj91

Liquid eyeliner won’t smudge and appears more intense than pencil.

The first time i tried applying liquid liner it got in my eye. The white around my eyeball was splotchy black and my eye started watering. I closed my eye shut and decided to use pencil liner for a bit longer… That was about a decade ago and now I can’t even go on vacation without taking my liquid liner. Even though I had trouble the first time, I kept practicing until I finally achieved that dark rimmed eyelid with a winged tip at the end.  One of the things I prefer about liquid liner is that it stays on all day even if it’s not waterproof , and the fact that it applies darker gives your eyes an intense and dramatic effect.

If you’re still using pencil on your top lid, I’d definitely recommend you trying liquid. Many women seem hesitant to try it since you have to be very precise to get that straight line over your lashes and avoid poking your eyes. These simple tips along with practice will help you rim your eyes with liquid liner like a pro.

-Some of the best liquid liners I’ve used can be bought at your local drugstore. NYC, Jordana, and Revlon are the three brands I have tried and still use because you can’t beat the price, the liner applies smooth with the enclosed applicator, and the color is rich and stays put all day.

-If you are having a hard time getting the line straight, it  might be easier to draw it with a pencil liner first then go over it with the liquid one.

-It’s recommended that you only apply liquid eyeliner to your top eyelid. It’s easier to poke or get liner in your eye if you line your bottom lid as well.

-Always make sure there’s enough liquid on the brush before applying it.

-Draw the line from the inner corner  by the tear duct of your eye to the outer corner.

-Instead of drawing the whole line on your lid, draw small lines and connect them. This will give you more control and help your line come out straight.

-You can also try using gel eyeliner instead of liquid.Gel eyeliner is similar in application as liquid but the gel is smoother and makes it easier to apply.  It comes in a little pot or tube. You will also need a flat eyeliner brush to apply it. Gel liner might be easier to apply since the texture is creamier and glides smoother with the brush. Some of my favorites are mac fluidline ($15.00 maccosmetics.com) and Sonia Kashuks’ Dramatically Defining Long Wear Gel Eye Liner ($8.99 target.com). A really great brush for applying gel liner is Sonia kashuks’ bent brush($5.99 target.com ). It’s firm but the fine tip makes application easier, and the angle of the brush is also a plus.

Got any tips you’d like to share?!  Comment below 🙂