Liquid eyeliner flicks are regarded as one of the trickiest makeup looks to achieve. There’s no easy way to do it, it takes lots of practice and patience! I’ve been doing liquid eyeliner flicks since I first started doing makeup at about 17 so I’ve had 7 years of practice… and even now I still have days like this-
I promise to do a tutorial in the future but for now, I’d like to share some of the various types of liquid liners I have trialled. Each have pros and cons and a lot of it comes down to personal preference.
There are so many different types of eyeliners on the market, it can all be a bit overwhelming. For the pinup eyeliner flicks, pencil liners don’t cut the mustard. And these horrible felt tip liners I am not even going to bother with.
In my experience, they never are pigmented enough, giving a wishy-washy colour. The felt tip is really hard to get nice fine flicks and get worse with wear and they seem to run out really fast. Just no. I wouldn’t bother if I were you,
So that leaves gel, cake and liquid liners.
Let’s start with liquid, my personal preference:
I like liquid eyeliners as the consistency is really quick and easy to apply. You don’t have to use any pressure to transfer the product to your skin and you can get a lovely slim line or build it up thicker. The thing to look for in a liquid eyeliner is a very fine brush. Avoid the big felt type tips like this that will make it really hard for you to do a flick.
Rimmel Glam Eyes Professional Liquid Eye Liner
I’ve been using this liner for years and it’s been my hands-down favourite. A very slim, skinny brush makes it easy to apply a fine line and build it up where I want it. The formula is opaque, matte and comes off easily with cleanser at the end of the day. It’s also very affordable and I only need to buy a couple a year!
Gel liner is possibly a little easier for a eyeliner flicks novice. You have a little more control over the product instead of liquid. That being said, you need a good consistency gel liner and a nice fine brush. Gel Liners also tend to be a little more opaque than liquids. I do prefer liquid but do need to use a waterproof gel liner in the inner corners of my eye, otherwise it bleeds into my eyelids. I prefer not to use water proof for the whole eye as it means my makeup is easy to get off at the end of the day!
MAC Black Track
Great consistency and easy to apply with the right brush. Stays all day and stands the test in my inner corners. It is also great for lining your waterline… it stays put for hours! Make sure you screw your lid on nice and tight after each application, you don’t want it drying out!
For those on a budget-
Maybelline Eye Studio Lasting Drama Gel Liner In Blackest Black
I tried this once, hoping for a cheaper alternative to MAC Black Track. I was really impressed considering the price and surprisingly happy with the brush (although it’s a little thick to get a fine flick). Once again, it’s nicely pigmented and goes on smooth but whilst it is advertised at waterproof, I found that it would smudge and bleed when I applied it to the inner corners of my eyes.
And one not to waste your money on-
Benefit Cosmetics Push-Up Liner
Somehow I got sucked into this with it’s gimmicky packaging and the cute pink Benefit Counter. Released very recently with a lot of hype surrounding it, I took a special trip into a department store to pick one up. It’s got a ‘Custom AccuFlex’ tip which is basically a soft plastic angled tip with a flat, wide guard to help push the lashes aside. The gel liner is inside the pen and you twist the end to ‘push up’ the gel through the flexible tip. Great in theory right? Well it took me about 40 twist to get any product to come out… not a good thing to start with! Once it finally started to come out, I gave it a go.
Immediately I found the consistency of the gel too crumbly to get a smooth line. I tried several times over subsequent days, hoping it would get better with practice but after a while, I’d give up and go back to my regular liner. Also the tip makes it quite hard to get a fine line
Cake liners are a little less common, I’ve only used a couple in my makeup experience. A cake liner is like a very highly pigmented eye shadow that you activate with water. Thanks to the lovely Claire at The Vanity Case, I was able to try the Besame Cosmetics Cake Liner/Mascara
As with all Besame products, this one is modelled after the first ever Mascara made. It comes with a dual brush so you can use the cake for either Liner or Mascara or even as a brow filler.
I am a little undecided on this method of liquid eyeliner- The product itself is very good but I found I had to keep mixing it with water multiple times during my eyeliner application as it kept drying out. I do quite thick, big flicks though so I think this would be better suited to a slightly more demure 40s flick.
I also found I had to cut the tip off the little liner brush as the bristles were just ever so slightly too long for me to feel like I have adequate control. This Cake Liner would be ideal for someone who does quite a small liner/flick and likes the convenience and novelty of a 2 in 1 product. It works great as a mascara too.
Now I realise that there are a million and one different types of liquid liners out there, these are just the ones that I have tried and can vouch for. It might take you a couple of failed purchases before you find the perfect eyeliner for you, and remember… practice makes perfect! Don’t beat yourself up if you have to wipe it off and start again!
x Miss Victory Violet