Emmy award winning make-up artist Melanie Mills (gleambymelaniemills.com) was head make-up artist on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars for five years. She has a big celebrity fan base, is often seen on shows such as Dr. Oz, and is the author of the soon-to-be-published Glitter and Glam.
Melanie gives us the lowdown on applying liquid/gel/cream eyeliner:
Liquid and gel liners really do take a little patience and practice! My fave go-to gel liner is MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack. I think it's the smoothest, the most pigmented and it’s not dry or cakey. I also love the color range!
Use a pointy, slim eyeliner brush and dip it into the eyeliner. On the back of your hand, roll the brush to make sure you don't have any balls of product that could cause a bump on the line you are trying to create.
Start at the tear duct on the upper lash line. Look slightly down and away from your nose. This will allow you to get as smooth a surface of skin as possible. The trick is to try to master a quick, clean swipe. As you travel from the tear duct to the outer end of the eye, look down towards your nose to get smooth skin again for that part of eye. You can swoop up for a cat eye. To make it thicker, you can go on top of the line you already created or start at the middle and make it thicker for the outer end only.
The options are limitless. Practice makes perfect! I love the gel liner for inside the waterline, as well. It lasts longer than a pencil and is darker.
There are pre-dipped pens as well. Lancôme has some great pens. They are stiffer than a brush, so you don't have as much control. Laura Mercier has a great cake liner, too. Spritz the cake with water and use an eyeliner brush as described above.
Use Melanie’s techniques with some of these:
The aforementioned MAC Fluidline in Blacktrack is a super jet black. It also comes in five other rich shades: Waveline, a navy blue, Macroviolet, a smoked violet, Rich Ground, a reddened coco, Dipdown, a dark flat brown, and Blitz & Glitz, a black with gold pearl. (Available at www.maccosmetics.com)
Colorstay Crème Gel Eyeliner from Revlon features 24-hour staying power with its bold, long-lasting, waterproof color. It glides on easily for accurate application with its built-in brush. Shades include Black, Charcoal, Plum, and Brown. (Available at drugstores)
Stila All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner is a quick dry, waterproof, liquid liner. The thin, marker-like tip makes for an easy application. It comes in six pretty shades including white! (Available at www.sephora.com)
benefit’s Creaseless Cream Shadow/Liner has a dual purpose as either shadow or liner. Choose from The Lana light shades, The Gabbi medium neutral shades, and The Betty deep neutral shades. All are crease-proof and smudge-proof. (Available at www.benefitcosmetics.com)
LineExact Liquid Liner from COVERGIRL makes it easy in two ways: a nice sharp tip and a compact, easy-to-grasp pen. The smudge-proof formula comes in four shades: Very Black, Smoke, Black Brown, and Brown. (Available at drugstores)
Mabelline’s Eyestudio Master Precise Ink Pen Eyeliner has an ultra-thin 0.4mm brush for a super sharp design. It’s safe for sensitive eyes and contact lens wearers. (Available at drugstores)
The Mary Kay liquid eyeliner has a felt tip applicator and its quick dry formula makes it easy to apply. It’s long-wearing, water-resistant and suitable for contact lens wearers. (Available at marykay.com)
In the natural department, EmphasEYES Waterproof Clay Shadow/Liner from tarte features Amazonian clay, which deepens the intensity of pure color pigments. The botanical waterproofing agent is made from a blend of natural plant waxes. It’s formulated without parabens, sulfates, synthetic dyes and fragrances. (Available at www.sephora.com)
The Sephora Collection debuts their new Mini Glitter Liner Set. The set of mini liquid liners features sparkle in all five shades with a fine-tipped brush for precise application. (Available at www.sephora.com)