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Another thing I do is to use left over mascara as liner. If the mascara is too clumpy, running low or just not the right amount that looks good. Take the wand and use it as liquid eye liner. You can do this even if you are still using the mascara, just works double duty. I use a Q-tip and smudge it or lighten it to my liking, being careful not to use old mascara. After awhile, the germs makes it safer to toss. The money saved using it in anyway wouldn't be worth too much if you get an eye infection.
By Luana M. from San Diego, CA
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I have tired everything to keep eyeliner on my bottom eye lid, but nothing I try helps - it melts away. Any suggestions?
Sue Ramsey From Washington, IN
Try putting it just below the lashline rather than on the lower lid itself.
I'm a professional entertainer. I also have oily skin, so keeping makeup where I put it is always an issue!! Here are a couple things to try to keep your makeup in place.
First, buy a good eyeliner pencil, I like Maybelline's best (it looks sort of like a pen and you twist to raise the pencil part). Put a dot of baby oil on a piece of toilet paper and "prime" the tip of your pencil by touching it lightly to that drop of oil. Then use the pencil to line your eyes.
Next, take a q-tip and dip it in a tiny bit of neutral powder (regular baby powder works too). Dab (not rub) the powder on your newly applied eyeliner. You can then brush off the excess with another q-tip or your finger.
You will find your eyeliner lasts all day plus some with this technique.
And a good tip for removing makeup, especially heavy or powdered (like your eyeliner will be) - use baby shampoo or baby wash. It won't hurt when it gets in your eyes and it cleans very well.
I have oily skin & pencil liners just wouldn't stay on. I started using gel eyeliner that you apply with an eyeliner brush. The best ones I have found so far are by MAC & Bobbi Brown.
When I line my eyes with a pencil, I go over the pencil and 'set' it with eye shadow. It doesn't have to be the same shade of shadow.
Sometimes I use a bright liner and then put black eye shadow over it. It's a unique look.
Liquid Eyeliner. Stuff stays on ALL day and never smears like the pencil kind.
I am looking for an eyeliner look for the inner rim that doesn't run or collect in corners of my eyes.
Kim from Michigan
Another thing everyone can try for shadow to eye liner is scooping a tiny little bit of shadow out and mixing it with a drop of visine. It creates a liner. You can make many colours this way. It might take a couple tries to get the right amont of each, which isnt much. But you dont want it too watery.
Use a brush like the one in the picture Ive attached to tthis post.
I use the Covergirl one that has 2 sides with caps. One has the liner that you sharpen and the other has the smudge sponge on the other side. It stays put and you can make those smoky eyes that are so popular now. It is around 4 bucks. Can't beat that! I use a brown black!
The only eyeliner that doesn't run on me is liquid. Maybelline has SuperLiner (.25 ounce) that I have found at both Jack's (in NYC) and at my 99¢ store. I also like Loreal Liner Intense I think it is called. It comes in 2 pieces on the card. The brush is separate, and the bottom which holds the liquid. After you open it it becomes one piece. This gives you a few seconds to fix before it dries completely.
MAC fluidline is the best. Use a primer. I go to a lot of pool parties and with waterproof mascara and MAC fluidline I never look like Alice Cooper. There is an upfront cost ($15) but it last FOREVER! Ask them for a spatula and dip that in the fluidline (gel-like consistancy in a jar) and use an angeled brush with light pressure for a thin line and heavy pressure for a thicker line. Or smudge for smoky eyes. 12 different colors and it's waterproof. Great product. Cheers!
I bought gel eyeliner and when I opened it, it was as hard as a rock. Do you have any ideas how to melt it? I tried putting it in a glass of hot water, but had no luck.
By Alexandra from Chattanooga, TN
You can make homemade makeup medium, which is two parts water to one part glycerine. Try pouring a little on to see if it helps. This stuff is used to make lasting eyeliner out of eyeshadows, so hope it helps!
I am with fatboyslimsmom about taking it back! If it's dried out it's 'old' and most likely contains bacteria that could be harmful to your eyes! It's the same as with mascara where it is highly recommended to throw it out once it begins to dry and not even try to re-moisturize it!
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I take a Q-tip and dip it in dark eyeshadow to make my own eyeliner. The Q-tip helps you put it just where you want it. It also makes the eyeshadow stay on all day! The Q-tip also makes the eyeshadow/eyeliner give a soft look around the eyes. Use it only on the outside of the eye, not the inside! This is a really good use of those really dark eyeshadows that are usually thrown away! Buy your Q-tips at the dollar store. (08/11/2005)
To make it easier to draw on the eyeliner w/eyeliner pencil, use a match or lighter and melt the end tip of the eyeliner pencil. Hold the eyeliner pencil vertical while it cools. Then go ahead and draw your line on. Makes it much easier. Usually only one try to get liner on w/the line being evenly drawn on. (08/21/2005)
I wanted to add something to the tip about using eyeshadow as eyeliner. Wet the tip of the Q-tip first and then put it into the eyeshadow and it will last even longer on your eyes. (08/24/2005)
If you want a softer look to your eyeliner put it on first, then when it comes to your eye shadow lightly dust it over the eyeliner and it just gives the look a softer edge and also hides any flaws you made while putting the eyeliner on. For a more demanding look, they now sell waterproof eyeliner to use on the ridge of your eyelid, and it stays for a good full 8 hours. (08/25/2005)
I got this really great eyeliner that works REALLY great for a dollar at Family Dollar... It slides on so you don't have to light it/melt it. But what I do (for blue eyes) is use black and put it on your eye line (both up and down) and than around the eyes draw a THIN line on the bottom and a semi-thick yet thin right above your eyelashes> close your eye and with your free hand lightly pull your eye to the side (Chinese eyes is the best way I can explain it) open your eye but still have the Chinese eyes thing and lightly outline the bottom of the eye on the bottom. use your favorite eye shadow and mascara, VIOLA!!! (03/21/2006)
If you have trouble keeping your eyeliner to stay, apply a thin line of face powder right under your eyeliner and it won't try to run on your face. (09/23/2007)