How To Turn Your Eyeshadow Into Eyeliner


| LAST UPDATE 09/08/2022

By Peral Simons
Eyeshadow Liner Makeup Hack
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We've all been there. Running to a last-minute drinks arrangement or work meeting, reaching into our bag for some quick touch-ups, and realizing the makeup supply is low. Desperate for eyeliner, and all you have is some eyeshadow? We're showing you how to work with what you have and convert shadow into liner in minutes! Yes, unknown to many is that eyeshadow is a great substitute for liner; sometimes, it's even a better option! Here's how to make it work...

Of course, it goes without saying that any pencil or cream eyeshadow will perfectly work as eyeliner in times of need. Powder shadow takes a little more work to convert effectively, but if there's a will, there's a way! Add some moisture to the powdery fragments to solidify it; the line will come out clear as day. Rather than pouring water into the shadow itself, add a few drops of water to your angled eyeliner brush and then dip it into the powder. Wait until you see a paste-like consistency and slowly build up the color with a few strokes. It will stay on your eyes just like any liquid or crayon eyeliner!

eyeshadow Liner Makeup Hack
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No sink around? Look around and get creative. Is there a bottle of water you could purchase? You could even squeeze some eyedrops on your brush! Back-up plan, there's always your saliva! Moisture is moisture, and that's the key ingredient for this liner conversion process. If the shadow has a creamier base, blend it and smudge it for extra effect.

Believe it or not, professional makeup artists often use shadow for liner, even as a first choice! Of course, the added benefit of planning ahead is that they have a range of shadow colors to choose from, often opting for black, brown, or dark green. As we said, they use an angled brush and dampen it before applying. Taking the process a step up, the pros will often use an eye primer to ensure smooth application and avoid smudging. They also make sure to leave enough time for it to dry. After it dries, they'll apply setting powder or makeup setting spray to keep it in place. Give these tips a go and make last-minute plans with confidence!

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