Liquid eyeliner

Ah, liquid eyeliner—the one corner of makeup that separates the beginners from the pros, the kids from the adults, the frustrated and angry from the calm and cool. The goal of any winged liner is to accentuate and elongate your eye shape, which means the first line you draw should follow the natural slope of your lower lash line and extend liquid eyeliner toward the tail of your brow. If you’re nervous, hold the cap of your liner against your eye as a guide, positioning it from your lower lash line to the end of your eyebrow, and lightly dot the spot where you want your wing to end.

Starting at the inner corner of your eye, gently trace your lash lines with short, even strokes. If you’re worried about layering it on too thick, try using just the tippy tip of the pen to dot the liner between your lashes, then connect the dots. Pretty self-explanatory, but finish the final swoop of the wing by drawing a connecting line from the wing to your lash line. Get a mirror and stare yourself up and down, because hell yes, you just applied liquid eyeliner like a pro. Eye liner or eyeliner is a cosmetic used to define the eyes.

Eye liner was first used in Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia as a dark black line around the eyes. As early as 10,000 BC, Egyptians and Mesopotamians wore various cosmetics including eye liner not only for aesthetics but to protect the skin from the desert sun. In the 1920s, Tutankhamun’s tomb was discovered, introducing the use of eye liner to the Western world. The 1920s were an era commonly associated with many changes in women’s fashion, and women felt freer to apply make-up more liberally. In the 1960s, liquid eye liner was used to create thick black and white lines around the eyes in the make-up fashion associated with designers like Mary Quant.