How To Make Liquid Eyeliner from Mineral Eyeshadow
Have you given up on eyeliner? Maybe drawing a fine line on one of the most delicate spots on your body has proved to be too much effort except for special occasions? I know, me too. I love a creamy pigmented eyeliner pencil, but the downside to a nice buttery formula is that it’s tough to get the point fine enough to create a look that doesn’t scream “Hey I’m wearing eyeliner!” across the room. I wind up with a thick, uneven application most often. The worst is when you go to all that trouble and then look in the mirror seven hours later to find that half of it has worn off, leaving the bits of color that are still there looking extra haggard. Why did I bother?
But here’s the thing—eyeliner can really enhance your eyes in a magical way. If all you do is the most bare-bones makeup look—a bit of concealer here and there and a coat of mascara—the lightest application of eyeliner can pull the whole thing together. Tight lining is great for this, but again—it’s not a long lasting solution, at least not on my eyes. With the right product and the right beauty tools, things get interesting.
Lately, my eyeliner game is on point since I co-opted a few mineral powder eyeshadows and a fine angled brush. With a little bit of water, mineral powder eyeshadow transforms to a liquid eyeliner with a soft powdery finish that’s more natural and lasts all day.
While this probably sounds way more involved than just using a pencil, stick with me—it’s incredibly easy and so worth it. Here’s what you need: mineral powder eyeshadow and a fine angled brush—the finer the tip the better. Here’s what you do: use the lid of the eyeshadow pot as your mixing palette. Dip the tip of your brush into the mineral powder and scoop a tiny bit onto the lid. Dampen the angled brush with water and mix with the mineral powder on the lid, creating a small amount of liquid color. Line your eyes, hugging the lash line closely. Voila! The liquid makes application quick, even and painless—no tugging at delicate skin. Bonus: this is hands-down the longest lasting “eyeliner” I’ve ever used.
The brush is critical to success here. I have a few angled brushes for eyebrows that are too thick for this purpose. My absolute favorite choice is the W3LL PEOPLE Angled Eye Brush. It’s a high quality, uber tiny brush that is easy to manipulate and perfect for this job. For the mineral eyeshadow, I also love the W3LL PEOPLE Elitist Eye Shadow Powder in Golden Mocha or Matte Eggplant, and the Capitalist Brow Powder in Matte Espresso works great, too. I plan to try a few options from Alima Pure soon.
Would you use mineral eyeshadow as an eyeliner? Share your experience in the comments!