The best part about using liquid liner is that it gives richly-pigmented smudgeproof results. The worst part? The application process, which can be daunting, to say the least. So we asked Avon's Jillian Dempsey (yes, wife of Patrick) how to make the liquid liner process go a little more smoothly:
The formulation: When it comes to a liquid liner, look for a waterproof formulation, like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($42), Napoleon Perdis Neo Noir Liquid Liner ($28) or Avon's Perfect Wear Liquid Eyewriter Eyeliner ($18.99).
The application: First and foremost, Jillian recommends that you get as close to your mirror as possible. Then, apply the liner by going between the lash line of your upper lid, lightly filling in that area. Don't try to draw a straight line. Instead, follow the contour of your eyes. "You get an even application when you follow your own natural line," she explained. Keep reading . . .
The thickness: In this case, the slighter the hand, the better. "That’s where I think people go wrong," Jillian said. "They try and get really bold and say they’re going to draw this big cat eye on. You don’t have to. You just have to get in there with the liquid liner and draw a thin little line. Even a thin line will make a difference in how your eye appears."
What to pair it with: Use a sheer liquid shadow like MAC Paint ($35) or DuWop Shadow Lift ($35). "I love a bit of a monochromatic shimmery eye. I think there’s nothing better. Everyone can wear that," she said. Simply draw on a half-moon shape line on your lid and blend it out. You can go all the way up to the brow bone with the colour if you'd like, but just make sure to make that portion light and blended.