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Top Three Liquid Liners for Summer and How to Keep them on Your Face

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Summer is upon us, and if your eyelids are anything like mine that means that they are getting progressively slipperier as the temperature rises. If you really want your fierce-ass wings to stay sharp all day, there's a few things you're going to need to do.

First of all, primer is key. I personally swear by Urban Decay Primer Potion in Eden; the opaque light nude color is great as a base for whatever else ends up on my lids. Let me also say that I am pale as hell and so that color kind of blends in with the rest of me. If you are lucky enough to have a little more melanin action going on, you can go for the original formula--it goes on transparent so it works on literally anyone. (Also keep in mind that a little goes a LONG way--don't overdo it or you'll end up with weird creases and nasty texture.)

Once your primer of choice is dry and ready to go, apply a neutral base shadow all over the lid. I'm currently obsessed with Coconut Cream from the Too Faced Semi-Sweet Chocolate Bar Palette but have also been known to use Foxy from Urban Decay or just whatever I can get my hands on that's more or less skin-colored. Lightly buff it on top of the primer with a large-ish fluffy shadow brush. 

From here, I'm going to operate under the assumption that we're going for a classic nude lid, some liner, and mascara and not an all-out glammed up Instagram queen look. 

Liner 1:

Kat von D Tattoo Liner in Trooper, $19, available exclusively at Sephora.


  • The applicator of this bad boy is a brush tip instead of felt. It. Will. Not. Fray. That means it stays sharp FOREVER and your lines will be clean and your edges sharp. 
  • It is BLACK. Like, black black. Black like night, like coal, and like my sense of humor.
  • This shit lasts forever. I wear it damn near daily and I only replaced my first tube after 6 months because I worked at Sephora at the time and got a discount. (That being said, nothing I write about here or anywhere else reflects the views of Sephora and have zip to do with them. I worked there, I loved it, I moved on with my life.)
  • It stays. Trust me, I've slept in it and woken up to bed head, bad breath, and killer wings in the morning.


  • Shiny finish. This isn't necessarily a huge deal but I do love a good matte black.
  • If I wear it without primer (I know, I know!) and my (oily, hooded) lids touch the top of themselves, it does tend to leave a nice black line where no line should be. 
  • It is available exclusively at Sephora. Fine for anyone in the US but not internationally accessible. 
  • Slightly hard to remove. That'll come with the territory of wanting a liner to stay on, though. Like, it stays on. Even sometimes when you don't want it to. Deal with it.

Liner 2: 

Cailyn iDefine Liquid Liner, $18, available at Cailyn Cosmetic's website and wherever Cailyn Cosmetics are sold.


  • Super super super black.
  • Lasts longer than Kat von D Trooper. That is impressive.
  • More easily available.
  • At $18, the price point is pretty middle-of-the-road for a stellar product.
  • I wore it with no primer. I did not end up with a dirty-looking fake cut-crease on the top of my eyelid. 10/10 would wear alone again. This is my go-to for "Oh shit I don't have on makeup, quick, make a wing!"


  • Shiny-ish. Not like you'll blind anyone with it, but most definitely not matte by any stretch of the imagination.
  • Can be difficult to remove. 
  • Felt tip. This is really my main gripe about this liner, because I have become spoiled with the brush on KvD and I get really sad when there is still a lot of product left in the tube but the tip is starting to get a little fat and floppy. Can be remedied with a nail clipper, but is never quite the same. 
  • Can get a little patchy and "squeaky" if you try to go over it too much.

Liner 3:

Benefit They're Real! Push-Up Liner, $24, available at Sephora and anywhere Benefit is sold


  • Cool packaging. The first gel liner in a tube like this to hit the shelves.
  • Due to the fact that it's gel and not liquid, it can be used for a wing (sharp! bold! black!) or a smokier/smudgier look. I like using it on days when I'm feeling a little more edgy grunge vibe.
  • Matte! Does not shine or glare or catch the light in any way! 
  • Screw-on lid won't accidentally fall of in your purse/makeup bag.


  • Can get thick during application. Once it's too thick, it will flake off. Patience is key!
  • A little more pricey than the first two options.
  • Tip needs to be cleaned off periodically, as excess product tends to gunk up the edges and then kind of get everywhere when you screw on the lid.

Now that you have your eyes all lined up and ready to go, clean up any craziness with a q-tip dipped in moisturizer, throw on some mascara and blush, and go bask in all your black-lined glory. 



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