Having Problems Mastering Liquid Liner? Here’s a Tip That May Help: Girls in the Beauty Department: glamour.com

Having Problems Mastering Liquid Liner? Here’s a Tip That May Help: Girls in the Beauty Department: glamour.com.




Scalloped Eyeliner, Matte Eyeliner Trick & Stud Eyeliner — A How To!

Via The Beauty Department

photos + post by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

We continue our Why Not? Series with this fun one that will really wow your friends! It’s such a playful and creative take on winged-out liquid liner and easy to do with this DIY stencil. After trying to make the scalloped edge with a hole puncher {too small} or drawing it freehand {might work for a lot of you but didn’t for me}, I remembered this heart pattern that I used to doodle all over my notebooks in high school and wondered if the top half could make a nice scalloped edge… and somehow, it did just that! You’ll find this one easier if you enlist a friend to do it on each other, so I borrowed my friend Areana and here’s what we did!

TOOLS: Index card, business card or scrapbook paper, pen, small scissors, liquid liner {any color will work; we used this one}, pointed q-tip.

  1. On a small piece of scrapbook paper, copy the heart pattern above by drawing a heart that continues into an upside-down heart that becomes a right-side-up heart and so on {so much fun I could do it for hours!}. Do it diagonally from one end of the paper all the way across to the opposite side.
  2. With a pair of small scissors, cut along the top side of the hearts to create the stencil.
  3. Place the stencil along the upper lid, just above the lash line and fill in the spaces with the liquid liner, starting in the inside corner and going a few “scallops” out past the lash line. I placed the stencil straight for the lash line and at a slight diagonal for the “wing.”
  4. Go back with the liner and sweep it along lash line to connect the semi-circles.
  5. Smooth out any mishaps with a pointed q-tip. If the liquid has already dried, dip the q-tip into eye makeup remover first.

If you love to think outside of the box and march to the beat of your own drum, this one’s definitely for you!

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

Sometimes you just have to jazz things up a little! This is a super easy and inexpensive way to have fun with your makeup. I chose black liner with black rhinestone studs to keep it elegantly simple but you could easily use any liner + stud color combination! Here’s how:

  1. Draw a thick liquid line from your inner corner to your outer corner, then wing it up and out. For a refresher course, watch our Get Catty video tutorial here.  You’ll want to make it a little thicker than perhaps you normally would so that it’s wide enough to fit at least one row of studs. You can measure the width by holding a stud up onto your line to see if you need to go back and thicken it.
  2. Lay the studs out on a glass palette or your counter top in the shape that you anticipate making. Key word being anticipate! Once you transfer it onto your actual eye, you might realize you need less or more.
  3. Place a dot of lash glue onto the palette and allow two full minutes to get tacky. Please don’t skip the wait time. If you wait, you can literally pop each stud on and they won’t move. If you don’t wait, they will slip and slide along the lid.
  4. Dip a thin liner brush into the glue.
  5. Make a dot with the brush where you want to place the first stud.
  6. Pick up a stud with the tweezers and place it directly on the glue.
  7. Continue steps 4-6 until you’ve covered the entire line. Another method is picking up each stud with your tweezers then brushing the glue directly onto the back of it with the liner brush then placing it onto the line.
  8. Add a coat of your favorite mascara.
  9. For extra drama, rim your inner waterline and your bottom lash line with a black waterproof liner.

post + photos by amy nadine, graphic design by eunice chun

I created this post to show you how impactful applying white eyeliner to your lid is before matte shadows to really make the shadow color come to life. Shadow primers are great too, but nowhere near as powerful as a white kohl pencil. Because honestly, matte shadows need a little help going on without become blotchy or faded; and it’s always a little disappointing to buy a shadow that’s bright and pigmented in its packaging but goes on more sheer and waah waah. This method is also an amazing way to make a DIY gorgeous matte colored liner if you don’t want to fill in the whole lid. Investing in a white pencil gives you countless options for creating your own brighter lids and even making your own lipstick shades (coming next week!). Here’s how:


  • A white kohl pencil eyeliner — I used the matte side of a discontinued (sorry!) dual-ended white pencil from Shu Uemura, but you can also try this matte Sephora Collection Nano Liner in Pure White as it’s the exact same matte liner.
  • Any matte shadow shade — I used this Make Up For Ever Purple Eye Shadow but you can use any shade that brings out your eyes or makes your heart smile!
  • Mascara


  1. Line your upper lashline with the white pencil. You can stop there if you just want a bright liner effect. Otherwise fill in the entire lid all the way to the crease.
  2. Apply the eyeshadow powder by “stamping it” directly on top of the white liner. Stippling instead of sweeping it really presses the shadow into the liner to give you a bigger color payoff.
  3. Repeat steps 1 + 2 along your lower lashline.
  4. Add a coat of mascara.

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Fun Beauty Fact: Mascara!

Mascara has been used as far back as 4000 B.C. by ancient Egyptians and many other ancient cultures for instance the Babylonians, Greeks and Romans. The main component in ancient recipes for mascara is kohl which is still used today, especially in the Middle East, Asia, and Africa in products such as eyeliner.


Neat little eyeliner/mascara trick!

This sounds crazy, but it’s true.  Try it out for yourself!  If you have problems applying eyeliner or mascara , just open your mouth.  For some reason just the act of opening your mouth even slightly steadies your hand.  Still having trouble?  Brace your elbow on a table or counter as you apply.

Leave in the comments your makeup tricks!


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