When I wake up in the morning I look like my brother, just with more hair - it's safe to say I am happy I live in a world with makeup. I'm always excited to see and try new makeup trends, but once they all pass it's always the liquid liner that stays true, and I apply it year after year despite the trends. While liquid liner is fantastic in theory, it is easy to muck up a flick, so below I've prepared a few tips I learned while working as a makeup artist, I hope they help you master this timeless look!

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1. Start with your base

When working the flick it is important to start with your skin. Preparing your eyelid with an eye base or primer is the best way to stop smudging and avoid colour transfer. I'm not a fan of foundation on eyelids, it looks a little dry after a while, so I prefer to stick to specialist eye products on sensitive eye skin. When first prepping for liquid liner I prime my eyelids with MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre, I apply it over my regular eye cream, and it goes on creamy which makes it easy to spread, but dries to ensure it stays put! 

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2. Drawing the liquid line is always the trickiest part, so if you're having a lot of trouble here is my tip (other than practice, practice!)

- Before even dipping in to the liquid get a very sharp eyeliner pencil (a hard one, not kohl), this is going to help you get the perfect outlines without the mess.

- From the outside corner of your eye draw your first line, this can be as long or as short as you like depending on personal taste

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3. Now you need to create your point 

- Using your sharp eyeliner pencil draw a second line from the upper lashline ( near the outside edge) and link it to your first line. It can be helpful to raise your eyebrow as you do this so your eyelid is stretched out a little bit.

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4. Time to draw in the sweep

- One last line to finish your sweep, following your lashline and link to the first two lines. Draw closer to your eyelid crease for a more dramatic eye, or for something more natural stick closer to the lash edge.

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5&6. Now it's time to pull out your liquid liner!

- I have a couple of favourite liners: 

Maybelline Glossy Effect

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because it has a bit of shine, and washes off easily, 

MAC Liquid Liner

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because of it's slimline brush and 

MAC Fluidline

which is more creamy, I find it easy to spread without risk of it running.

- Once you've picked your liquid liner it's time to start colouring in the lines, I would recommend raising your eyebrow again for this to avoid any transfer in to creases while the liner is still wet.

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7. Tidy up

- Wait until product is dry to clean up any mistakes. I would recommend dipping a pointed cotton tip in to makeup remover to clean up any messy edges.

-Once the liner is dry curl lashes and apply 3 coats of mascara (maybe one more for luck if you want full glam), some of my favourites are Maybelline Colossal Lash in Glam Black and Max Factor 2000 Calorie Mascara, I've been using these for years because they have good brushes and don't flake.

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8. One lucky last (optional) step

- If you want your eyes to look extra large and bright, line the inside of your lower lash line with a white pencil, and use a pale eyeshadow under your brow and in the corner of your eye by your tear duct. Instant freshness! 

Happy practice!

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