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Easy Ways to Apply Liquid Eyeliner

The "Natural Beauty"

Start with a naked eye and gently push your upper lid back with a finger, exposing the roots of your lashes. Dot the liquid liner into the gaps between your lashes, wiggling the liner tip back and forth a bit between each space. Your lashes will look super thick, and you won't even look like you're wearing liner. Finish with two coats of your favorite mascara.

The "Cat Eye"

The secret to creating the perfect cat-eye look is to draw the line on with pencil eyeliner first. Make the line slender to start and thicken it as you glide it outward. Then you just play connect the dots with your liquid liner: Make four evenly spaced dashes over the pencil line and then connect them. To get that hallmark swoosh, dot the liquid liner right at the eye socket bone, then drag the liner tip back to meet up with the outer edge of your line. Creamy, metallic shadow on your lids and rich, black mascara complete the look.

The "Mod Look"

Start with a slender black line along your top lashes. Then apply liner in your creases. A piece of clear tape gently placed just below makes a great stencil. Position the tape at a slight angle, then glide the tip of your liquid liner along it and make a big dramatic swoop at the end. You can finish with falsies and mascara on both top and bottom lashes. If you want to go for the authentic Twiggy look, use the liquid liner to draw a series of small, evenly spaced dashes along your lower lid.

The "Cleopatra"

Cleopatra-style liner doesn't have to be costumey. Paired with soft neutral shadow, it's a cool nighttime look. Reach for a blacker-than-black liquid pen with a wide felt tip. Use it to line both your upper and lower lashes from inner corners all the way to the outer edges. Make the lines rich and thick. Now paint the liner past the edge of your upper lid, all the way to the outer eye socket. The line should end just below the end of your eyebrow.

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