DIY Eyeliner: Try It Out Thursday

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This new installment of my Try It Out Thursday deals with making your own eyeliner. If you're not a regular eyeliner wearer or like to stick to the good old black liner you might ask yourself, what's the point? There is a lot of point though! People with oily lids can create a custom waterproof formula that won't budge. Those who aren't afraid of color, like me, will have endless choices by creating eyeliners from eyeshadows in their collection. 

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There are several ways to create your own eyeliner. Here are a few and my thoughts on each one:

01. Mix eyeshadow(s) or pigment(s) with water: I know of many people who like this method but it's my least favorite. Even with an eyeshadow primer, I find that eyeliner created this way fades and smudges way too quickly. You're basically diluting the eyeshadow so wear time will be less than stellar.

02. Line your eyes with a sticky base then pat powder eyeshadow on top: This is the technique commonly used to create rainbow eyeliner. It's less fussy because it requires no mixing. For this technique I prefer using really sticky cream products that don't set too much (like the NYX Jumbo Eye Pencils) so that they can grab onto the eyeshadow.

03. Mix eyeshadow(s), pigment(s) or glitter(s) with a makeup setting spray: Important clarification! By setting spray I mean the ones that extend the life of your makeup (like the Urban Decay All Nighter Spray, Model In A Bottle, MAC Fix+, Skindinavia Makeup Finish, etc.) not toning/refreshing face mists like the Caudalie Beauty Elixir because those will irritate your eyes. This is actually my second favorite method. It's very easy and the results are long-lasting. All you have to do is take your eyeliner brush of choice, swirl it in your eyeshadow, and then spray your brush. Some people spray the brush before, but to prevent contamination and keep my eyeshadows free of residue I prefer to do it after.

04. Mix eyeshadows(s), pigment(s) or glitter(s) with a sealant/mixing medium/eyeliner maker: This is my favorite method. It's not the most convenient because it involves using a product that most brands don't make and most people don't own. Also, you have to mix the powder with the sealant in a clean surface which means more hassle. However, it provides the best results (in my opinion) because the resulting eyeliner will not budge. You can also create your own unique shades by mixing several eyeshadows or mixing eyeshadows with glitters! Endless eyeliner possibilities. You could make any eyeliner color you dream of, even colors that no one has ever made before! (Can you tell I love makeup?) Anyway, the products you can use to do this are Make Up For Ever Aqua Seal, MAC Mixing Mediums or any other equivalents. 

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diy gold blue eyeliner mac mixing medium urban decay illamasqua
diy gold eyeliner mac mixing medium urban decay

To create the two looks above I used MAC's Mixing Medium in the eyeliner variety. They offer several kinds including a matte and shiny one. I like this product a lot, it yields a very very very long wearing eyeliner. However, it performs well with matte and metallic eyeshadows but when it comes to glitters it can sort of crack :/ I'd love to try the MUFE Aqua Seal as I'm sure it's a better product (it's more liquid whereas the Mixing Medium is a gel which makes it prone to cracking).

I hope this inspired you to experiment with makeup or gave you some ideas. That's the purpose of my Try It Out Thursday series. Let me know if you enjoy making your own eyeliner colors as much as I do.

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56 comments

  1. This is such a cool idea! I was almost out of my seat with excitement when you were talking about all the different eyeliner color combo opportunities! I think I'm going to try this one day and who knows? I may end up not having to buy a liner for every single color occasion, haha!

    - Jess
    The Mod Mermaid

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    1. Yes! No need to buy a bunch of different liners. :D Glad you love this idea just as much as me x

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  2. I use Illamasqua's Sealing Gel and find it works really well with most products :) x

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    1. I forgot about their Sealing Gel! I shall add it to the list. Thanks x

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  3. Wow the gold eye liner looks so gorgeous !
    Sara,
    http://thecrimeofashion.blogspot.fr

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  4. Inglot's Duraline is a good product for this!

    Beth

    Beth Young Makeup

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    1. Didn't know they made that, thanks for letting me know :D

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  5. Your eye make-up looks really pretty. I sometimes spray my brushes with MAC fix+ before dipping it in my eyeshadows in order to give a more intense pigmented line~

    Half baked looks so pretty as an eyeliner~ Thank you for sharing, i hope you have a lovely day! <3

    Ying ♥ || *- YingcBeauty-*
    X x X x X

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  6. Such a great idea! I have SO many different Eyeshadows and like Jessica said above, no need to buy a liner for every occasion!!!

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  7. I've been looking to switch up my every day brown gel liner, but will definitely have a little snoop for the mixing medium the next time I'm at a MAC counter to try this instead!

    Danielle · danielletc.com

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  8. This looks amazing on you! I can't even pull off regular eyeliner very well so for now I'll stick to that, but such a fun idea :)

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  9. I love doing this! My favorite mixing medium is the Makeup Forever Aqua Seal. I swear, once you mix pigment with that stuff, it will not budge! Graftobian also has a similar product (I think it is called the Magic Seal or something like that? Can't remember) and it is supposed to work exactly the same as the Aqua Seal. I have it but haven't tried it out yet, but I'm sure it'll work the same!

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  10. I always love your DIYs! This one is just beautiful :)

    xx
    http://www.analeote.blogspot.com

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  11. Awesome post! I have to try this!

    http://www.chelsealeigh.ca/

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  12. Wow I need to try this now, I love how half baked looks glad I have that eyeshadow in my naked 2 palette now :p x

    EmmiHearts

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  13. LOVED this! The gold was my favorite! Xo

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  14. Gold eyeliner looks so gorgeous on you! I need to try this <3
    http://sparklyghosts.blogspot.co.uk

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  15. Ahh I love this idea <3 That way you can achieve all the colours of the rainbow without having to buy an eyeliner! <3 The navy blue colour looks amazing!!!

    zaras-bowsandpearls.blogspot.co.uk

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  16. I actually read how you love MAC's Mixing Medium on your blog before and got one as a Christmas present for myself and I now know why you love it so! Thank you for another gorgeous product recommendation and idea x

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  17. Gorgeous... It looks so much better than a regular glitter eyeliner!

    xo, Rebecca

    wednesdaypress.blogspot.com

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  18. The Urban Decay liner looks gorgeous! Such a great idea! xx

    Whimsicality

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  19. The golden liner looks so pretty! I really need one for myself :D
    xx

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  20. That brown smoky eye with Half Baked as a liner looks awesome!!

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  21. I would never have thought of this! I've used plain eyeshadow as a liner before but you've given me so many options now. Thank you :)
    Amber
    Lovely Notions

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  22. I have illamasqua sealing gel, I don't experiment enough! You've inspired me xx

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  23. This looks lovely! The gold looks beautiful, need to try this next time i go out a nice change from just black liner xx

    ~ VISUALCANDY INC.

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  24. Wow! You do your eyeliner beautifully. I suck at applying eyeliner so really need to start praticing :( X

    http://thefashion-junkie.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Have you ever tried the Inglot Duraline? It's kind of an oily product that I use for lots of things. From creating colorful eyeliners to giving some new life to a somewhat dried up gel eyeliner. I think you'd really find some great purpose for that.

    Kelly | secondhandspring

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  26. The Urban Decay Half Baked eyeliner you made is so beautiful! What a cool idea x

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  27. That gold is so pretty on you! ^-^

    Jordan | Boho Vanity

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  28. Wow, Half Baked looks amazing as an eyeliner! Very impressed. I think it looks far better than a lot of coloured liners on the market! xx

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  29. I love the gold! I never would have thought of this at all!

    Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com

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  30. This is such a great post! Thank-you. I'm older and have gotten away from using liner because it's a bit too harsh looking. Instead I usually use darker eye shadows to line. I'm going to try your suggestions right away! :)

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  31. Half Baked makes such a gorgeous eyeliner! I used to use MAC's Fascinating Eye Kohl as a base back in my first years of uni to create really colorful eyeliners. I'm talking sky blue and lime green eyeliners. lol I like the result that the mixing medium gave you so maybe I'll get that in the near future. :-)

    Laura
    www.lauraneuzeth.com

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  32. Genius! I love how it turned out. For some reason I thought eye drops worked for turning eyeshadow into liner... Hmmm. I wonder where I got that idea from. I love the idea of making any eyeshadow into eyeliner. Oh, the possibilities!

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  33. Great idea Coco! love the gold on you! looks awesome <3

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  34. the gold is just to DIE for! I've got to get my hands on the MAC mixing medium asap. I've been looking all over for a gold just like that.

    http://thewanderlustproject.com

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  35. This is such a nifty idea and that gold looks absolutely stunning! wow!
    Casualllyawkward

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  36. This is such a fantastic product. Half Baked looks gorgeous! x

    Jordan-Alice

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  37. I have never tried this before, but I like the sound of your favorite. I can see how mixing with water wouldn't really work.

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  38. Fun! Both variations turned out great- loving the navy liner especially! MAC Mixing Medium really is magic :)

    -Jen

    www.vibrantbeautyblog.com

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  39. Love the idea of this!!! Now I need to find the perfect copper gold eyeshadow.

    La-receta-de-la-belleza.blogspot.co.uk

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  40. OMG, that is def on my list to buy next time I'm at mac its great way to use all your products!

    andreushki.blogspot.com

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  41. Thanks for sharing this! I didn't realize the different techniques you could use to create your own eyeliner. Definitely will be trying a couple of these out!

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  42. Great post for me I use fix plus but I want to try Mac's mixing medium :)

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  43. So, I guess I need to get a mixing medium... :D

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  44. Oh wow, this is such a fab idea! I loooove the gold colour! Will definitely have to try this out!

    Biancarosa // xoxo

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  45. I have a mixing medium from Bare Minerals that I use with their loose powder eyeshadows to do winged liner. However I thought I'd follow your advice and use my UD setting spray and it works incredibly! I actually prefer it to the BM Weather Everything (mixing medium) because it stays wet longer which gives me more time to work with the application. And it doesn't smudge! I also find that it is easier to work with. Thanks for the recommendation! I'm going to give the gold liner a try! :)

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    1. Oh, tha is awesome!! I agree completely. My setting sprays give me more playtime and although they aren't as long lasting as a mixing medium, they are much easier to work with. Glad it worked out for you :D

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