May 5, 2012 at 3:40 pm #169594
First of all, warning, this is going to get ranty fast. I have just recently really started becoming interested in makeup. While doing my research on eyeliners I ran across all sorts of warnings about liquid liner. NOT for beginners and all that malarky. It is really starting to annoy me quite a bit. Why discourage exploration? It’s a learning process. How else are you going to learn?! I mean, yeah, you probably shouldn’t buy a really expensive liquid liner if you are beginner, but hitting the drugstore for a cheaper, maybe even, felt pen or marker version (Almay sells one I like) or even just any non-brush version, why not?! Makeup is supposed to be fun right? Otherwise what’s the point. So if any beginners are listening (looking), I say do what you want, experiment, have fun!
*end rant*May 6, 2012 at 11:51 am #169712
I think they warn beginners about it because they don’t want them to become discouraged so early in the game. I tried for a YEAR to do winged eyeliner and only recently got where I could do it (I have hooded eyes). Had I been new to makeup I would have given up within the first three months or so. But I EXPECTED it to be very difficult because of my eye shape. I don’t think they mean to discourage beginners by saying it’s not a beginner thing but I do think they mean to warn them that it will take a long time to get it right.May 6, 2012 at 12:38 pm #169715
I agree with Jonquil. Of all the liner types, liquid is the most difficult to master.May 6, 2012 at 3:01 pm #169724
If you want to try them I recommend getting either the ULTA brand ones or ELF cause well elf is on a dollar lol. I use it sometimes and it works great. Maybe it is just be but I actually prefer using a brush vs the felt tip ones. You have to dip it a bit more but I find I have more control over how much product is on the brush and how much i put it on.
I am far from new to makeup and honestly I think I did it the hard way, I do most of my winged liners and well liner in general with very black pigmented pigments or eyeshadows vs the liquid just cause I dont always want it to look shiny..if that makes any sense.
I would practice at night..i used to add winged liner and stuff to my eyeshadow at night after I was done working or doing whatever and knew I wasnt going anywhere that way until it looked decent nobody had to know i tried lol.May 8, 2012 at 9:13 am #169937
That’s a very good point, ribbbit!
There’s a difference between saying “beginners might find this difficult” and “beginners should not do this”. I was very wary of trying liquid liner because every article I looked at said that it was too difficult for a beginner, and that made trying it later on more complicated, because I wasn’t sure when I was beyond a beginner and “experienced” enough to try it.
It would probably be better to just emphasise that more practise is needed with liquid liner, rather than stating that beginners shouldn’t try it. Most of my eyeliner struggles have been with gel liners, rather than liquid, lol.May 8, 2012 at 9:19 am #169938
That was exactly the point I was trying to make Thank you!
Strangely I tend to struggle more with “smudging the liner out” than making a winged liner. But some of that may be the quality of my liner pencils. I guess I’m a weirdoMay 8, 2012 at 11:35 am #169948
Liquid liner is tough to get right. The best advice Ive heard for trying to do a winged/cat eye liner look is to do the lower lash line first. This way, you can get the right angle (going up) and can add on from the top as desired. Personally, I prefer felt tip liquid liners, it just feels easier to control that way.May 8, 2012 at 11:51 am #169951
I am not trying to dispute the fact that liquid liners can be and often are difficult. My point ultimately comes down the difference between discouraging and encouraging. A friend told me a few weeks ago that she was afraid of liquid liners and it made me sad (hence the post) because so much fun can be had with liquid liners. There are all kind of techniques and products and great sites like this one to help beginners (of which I still consider myself) find their way. And one of my favorite things about Marlena is how she is always encouraging.May 9, 2012 at 11:48 pm #170292
Liquid eyeliners are tricky, it takes a bit of practice to get it down so it looks good. But I’m not against practicing! Definatly start out with the cheaper stuff, there is not much of a difference when it comes to the more expensive kind – they just better quality. Otherwise, a lot of people say “don’t use liquid eyeliners if you are just starting” because it can get pretty messy and frustrating for a person just learning how. That’s usually why they say that. But don’t worry about it, it is easy once you get the hang of it.May 10, 2012 at 3:22 am #170302
Honestly, practice makes perfect. Seriously, I had difficulty using it but in time applying liquid liner went from taking one hour to make sure i dont mess up my eye, to maybe around 5 minutes for both of my eyes. I say, go for it, I never went for pen ones or anything, don’t get discouraged if it doesn’t come out right the first 10 or so times, you’ll get it down in time i’m sure!May 12, 2012 at 9:47 am #170599
The elf one sucks i bought it for school not to use waste and expensive liquid eyeliner and did’nt work out i use revlon color stay now. I sucked at liquid eyeliner and was always irritated how my friends did it so well so i used a cheat cheat. I tried my best to do the most possible best line and then i would shape it and thin it out with a q-tip, that becomes your bestfriend for mistakes with liquid eyeliner. Dont get discouraged! Also the one that was easiest for me was the small cover girl one with the baby blue top (switched to revlon color stay because of my sister????)
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