How to do liquid eyeliner: 5 definitive YouTube tutorials

It’s a timeless classic for a reason. Namely, once you finally master perfect liquid eyeliner you’ll be so proud you’ll never want to take it off.

From purrfect kitten flicks to achieving the smoothest sweep across your lid, these beauty vloggers have all the tips and techniques you need. Just don’t blink.


1. Best for absolute beginners: Michelle Phan’s Easy Ways to Use Liquid Liner

Using an easy-peasy felt tip liner and a variety of different geometric and join-the-dot templates, Michelle Phan’s super clear tutorial covers every base. It’s especially good for short, blocky liner without a huge swooping cat flick – because sometimes it’s nice to skip all the drama.


2. Best for long, dramatic flicks: Letz Makeup’s Perfect Eyeliner Tutorial

Slow and steady wins the liner race, and this tutorial from Letz Makeup will hold your hand the whole way. Her key tips include start lining in the centre of the lid, use a white pencil to mark your template, and for the love of Brigitte Bardot: keep. your eyes. OPEN.



3. Best for the tape method: Katrina Maree’s Liquid Eyeliner for Dummies

You can’t beat the tape method for a razor-sharp wing, and Katrina Maree’s method is easy for rookies to follow. Just check you’re not allergic to the tape first.


4. Best for brush skills: Pixiwoo’s Perfect Eyeliner for Everyone 

If you’re feeling crafty then gel eyeliner pots and angled brushes can give an amazing range of results. The Pixiwoo sisters are two of the best in the business, and this video covers every conceivable thickness, shape and eye type to save you from Accidental Winehouse.


5. Best for the full bombshell: Tanya Burr’s Emma Stone Winged Eyeliner 

For the complete 60s look, you need to give your bottom lash line some attention. As always, Tanya Burr’s step-by-step is a foolproof lesson for anyone with a spare hour on their hands to play with, and the results are straight up siren.


Lauren Bravo