DIY Eyeliner: Try It Out Thursday
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.
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.
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.