The VDM Readers Guide to Non-Wonky Eyeliner


Being a self-confessed eyeliner noob, I try with the feline flick advice but I most definitely do not consider myself the oracle of all things liner (wanna talk Essie shades? Well then that’s a whole different story). So although I have my methods and products that I use, love and have helped me conquer my fear of anything black coming anywhere near my lashline, I thought it was time that you lot took over the reigns and shared your advice because I’d bet my bottom dollar that you’d beat me in an eyeliner off with not a wonky line in sight. So I sounded the horn on twitter and here’s what gems you came back with…

When it came to product recommendations the L’Oreal Super Liner Perfect Slim came out top, with Tania, Becca and Sophie all singing its smudge-proof and budge-proof praises. Though it was closely followed by the Soap & Glory Supercat Liner that Naomi and Emma (who reckons she has the shakiest hand in the world!) both cited as their favourite. Lisa Marie said the Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner stays put but isn’t a tough one to remove and Eleri noted that the thin tip of the Topshop Magic Liner makes it a good choice for beginners. Shade-wise, DB suggested the Boots No.7 Liquid Liners which apparently come in some swoon-worthy colours.

When it comes to actually applying the stuff, Ree said to never doubt the power of a tightline – AGREED. But if you do want to go the whole hog then Emilie and Lauren suggest using the side of the tip to get a smooth line and Lauren further pointed out that resting your pinky finger on your cheek gives some extra balance for this manoeuvre. To keep your lashes from getting in the way of you doing your thang Kendel says to tilt the mirror so you’re looking down into it. While Chloe reckons that cosmetic cotton buds with a pointed tip are perfect to have on hand for cleaning up any mistakes or precision wing shaping. Speaking of the wing, Kelly Marie recommends using Scotch Tape from the lower lashline to your eyebrow as a guide and to trace the colour over it to get the perfect wing every time. However there’s always the black eyeshadow on a slanted brush method, proposed by Ellie, which makes it a lot easier to clean up if mistakes are made.

Fellow bloggers chipped in with their two cents too and Gem and Kate both said that the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner is their fave – I think I might have to agree with you ladies there. Luce prefers the Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Matte Brown and the MAC Chromographic Pencil in NC15/NW20 and Annie likes the L’Oreal Infallible Lacquer Liner in Espresso which she uses with shadow smudged over the top to make it look softer. Fee also seconded Lauren’s pinky anchoring tip and Lily agreed with Emilie and Lauren’s suggestion of applying liquid liner using the side of the tip, rather than straight on which she finds much easier.

I’ll conclude with these gems that when I saw ping up in my timeline I nodded in amazement at. Kerry made the point that we should always store our liquid liners with the nib pointing down, so there’s less chance of dry, lid-dragging product coming out. Genius. SRJ said that the totally foolproof way of getting the perfect personalised wing if using a pen is to angle it so the bottom touches the end of your nose and the tip touches the corner of eye. Of course! Finally I’m off to give Elayne’s tip a go now, which was to practice putting liquid eyeliner on before taking a shower so it’s easy to wash off the mistakes. I’m turning on the hot water now.

Anything else to add? You know what to do…