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Three Simple Tricks For Eyeliner That Will Save You Money

For a long time alternative people were known by their increased use of eyeliner – at least when I was younger. But it does ring true with our persisted use for wings, flicks, webs, cat eyes and hearts. So, here are a few quick eyeliner tips that I’ve collected during my time searching through make-up blogs that will save you money.

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Melt it!

Save money by buying cheaper eyeliner pencils. When the tip is hard
before application run the flame of a lighter over the tip really
quickly to soften it up. Not too much though or you’lll burn yourself.

 Set it!

If you have a really cheap liquid liner (or any eye-liner really but it
helps cheap liquids a lot) set it with eyeshadow. It will last a million
years, honestly.

 Heat it!

If you’re Gel Eyeliner dries out, heat it up in the microwave for thirty
seconds or with a hairdrier. Just a warning that this WILL diminish the
shelf-life of your gel-liner dramatically.

What tips do you have? 

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  1. July 27, 2013 / 11:01 am

    I have a good tip: when your liquid liner (or mascara) is drying out, put in a few drops of water. Close the lid and shake the bottle for a few seconds and the eyeliner should be more useable 🙂

    • July 28, 2013 / 2:54 am

      A longer lasting version is to use mineral oil. It won't dry out that way.

  2. July 27, 2013 / 11:17 am

    I agree with the melted trick! When I don't have the money for good quality pencils I have to do this, then I use a fine eyeliner brush. Also, you can use sealing gel or a small drop of water mixed with loose powder/pigments to create a custom eyeliner. None of my tricks are all that inventive though. =) Great list!

    • July 27, 2013 / 12:22 pm

      I've always wanted to try that trick (the loose powder trick). I've heard that you can use a certain eye-drops as a mixing medium for super cheap and it works just as well. :3

  3. July 27, 2013 / 1:08 pm

    I use gel eyeliner and I find it helpful to mush up the eyeliner so it is nice and soft ore application. And I always set with eyeshadow regardless of quality, just makes it last so much longer.

    I never thought of melting the eyeliner before that is a tip I will have to try out 😛

  4. July 27, 2013 / 1:45 pm

    Hmm, I may have to try heating my gel eyeliner, as it's getting old and more difficult to apply (though I still have lots of it left, though, so I might do like Katelynn and mush it up first).

    This is undoubtedly a stupid question, but how should you set with eyeshadow? Do you put dark stuff directly over the liner?

    • July 27, 2013 / 9:13 pm

      Well, if you're using a black eye-liner just take like an angled brush (or any brush really) and pat the same colour (or another if you want to create a trippy effect) on top gently. With cheap shadows if you drag it might make the liner chip – which is why setting it so good. :3 But, not a stupid question at all!

    • August 1, 2013 / 4:09 pm

      Perfect! I had figured it was basically that, but was curious in case you had to put it all over the lid, or if there was some secret MUA trick I should know. 😛

  5. July 27, 2013 / 1:56 pm

    Oh these are very helpful! I have a tip although it is not for saving. I use a brush from a professional makeup company and I buy a cheap gel eyeliner and use that brush instead of the hard one they come with. The result is stunning!

  6. July 27, 2013 / 4:15 pm

    When I get to the last of my eyeliner and it's mostly stuck to the sides and tacky, I usually put it in a mug of hot water (not boiling, 1-2 minutes in the microwave should do it) and after a moment or two the eyeliner melts off the sides of the tube and into the range of the brush so it's more usable. Also works great for mascara.

    • July 27, 2013 / 9:15 pm

      That's a great tip. I'm a little frightened of microwaving gel-liner pots and this sound so much easier!

  7. July 27, 2013 / 4:21 pm

    I always buy cheaper eyeliner and run a lighter over it. It helps the liner run smoother and not tug. This is a tip I use. (not necessarily for saving money) When I line my eyes and wing my eyeliner I dip a q-tip in eye makeup remover to fix mistakes and make the cat eye look perfect and straight.

  8. August 15, 2013 / 7:31 pm

    These are really good tips :3 I think I'm going to try the 'setting it with eyeshadow' tip ^^

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