Just like a circus

I got Urban Decay's 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in Bobby Dazzle, a glittery silver, over the holidays with a gift card. I haven't gotten much use out of it. The paintbrush-style liquid liners are much trickier to use than the marker style I prefer.

I got the idea to use it with another liquid liner to draw alternating stripes on my upper lash line. Milani's liquid liner in the shade Infinite was sitting around on my vanity, so I grabbed that one and went to work.

I did my left eye first. I drew a slightly angled line at the outside corner of my eye, about as high as I would flick up my winged liner. Then I drew a blue stripe alongside it. I tried to make each line curve down and start a bit lower on the eyelid than the line before it, so that it would look like a solid, smooth shape once complete.

The left side was pretty simple to do. Getting the right side to match took me multiple tries (and these liners stick around, so they're hard to remove!). What worked best was starting at the lash line and drawing up on that side, when I had been starting at the top and drawing down with ease on the left side.

This look reminds me of the stripes on a circus tent. I'd love to see it in black and silver, pink and white, green and blue. 

I could have done one solid base layer and painted complementary stripes on top. However, I think this type of liner is prone to feeling tight and cracking, and that's more likely to happen by making one long horizontal chunk. This way, the liner feels comfortable and stays put.

Try this the next time you want to do something with your eye makeup that looks impressive but is simple. What color combination would you try?


  1. that is so pretty! when i was in sephora over the holidays, the sales person was wearing this bright emerald green glitter-like eyeliner that was so gorgeous. when i tried it, i looked like a wacked out raccoon. :(

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  2. Oooohhh, yes girl, love this!!! It's giving me some ideas xx

  3. This looks SO cool!!!!! I don't think I'd ever be able to pull it off though... I suuuuck at complex makeup looks. :/

  4. Just try it! I promise it's easier than it looks! I'm not an expert or even good at impersonating one.

  5. From you, that's a major confidence boost! I can't wait to see your ideas!

  6. Wow!! I love it! I'm not at all sure I could manage to do it. I love liquid liner but I'm not that great at getting precise lines...

  7. This requires no precision. You use each line as a guide, and I think it would actually look pretty cool if the lines didn't match up exactly! I should have done a better visual. Would a set of pictures be better, or a video?