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Precisely applied liquid liner can give the appearance of bigger eyes, longer lashes, and considerable glamour—and with the right makeup and enough practice, even a novice can pull if off.

Pat McGrath is a makeup artist who creates looks for fashion shows in New York City, Milan, and Paris. Here’s what Pat had to say:


If your eyes are close together, leave the inner corner bare and highlight it with a pale shimmery shadow. Extend the line at the outer corners, finishing just beyond the edge of the lash line—the farther out, the more dramatic the look. This makes close-set eyes appear to have more space between them. For eyes that are wide-set, the opposite holds true. Line the eyes all the way to the inner corner and don’t extend the line at the outer corners. If you’re wearing liquid liner for day, be sure the line is fine—no heavy streaks—and match your mascara to the liner.

If you’d like to learn the other steps to applying liquid eyeliner, including concentrating on quality of the product, mastering the technique, dealing with smudge, and wearing complementary make-up, head over to Allure.

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