DIY Eyeliner Using Eyeshadow

If you’ve read our post on “Beauty Products You Didn’t Know Were Multi-Purpose,” you know that makeup products can be used in many different ways. Today we’re going to show you how you can make eyeliner using any eyeshadow you have. Not only will you be saving money and time from buying new eyeliners, you can also create your eyeliner in any shade you want, using products you already have in your makeup bag. Read on to see what you need and how you can step up your eyeliner game using this simple method.

Eyeshadow can be used for a number of things — you can use a light, shimmery color to highlight your cheek bones, or make your lips look more full by adding it to your Cupid’s Bow. Try contouring your cheekbones or nose with a gray-toned brown color, or use a blush-toned shade to add life to the apples of your cheeks. Eyeshadow is clearly a versatile product. You can easily turn any of your eye shadows into an eyeliner using setting spray or even water, and we’re going to show you how. The best part about this is you can customize your eye liner using any shades you already have in your collection so you don’t have to go out and buy anything. Colorful eyeliners are fun, but since we don’t use them on a daily basis some might consider them a waste of money. You can still make dramatic and creative eye makeup looks for any time of the year.

You’ll need two things to create your eyeliner — a setting spray (or water, if you don’t have a setting spray) and eyeshadow. We love the Urban Decay Chill Setting Spray; it keeps your makeup looking great all day, it can be used as a refresher to revive fading makeup, and when you mix it with your eyeshadow, it gives an awesome color payoff in terms of intensity and pigmentation.

Here’s what you’ll need to do:

  • First, choose your eye shadow color. Use brown or black for an understated look or if you’re out of eyeliner. Choose a shimmery or bright color for a more fun and bold makeup look. 

  • Spray a small angled brush with setting spray, enough so that it is drenched but not dripping with product. You can also dip your brush into water, but it won’t be as smudge proof and have as much staying power as you get with a setting spray.

  • Dip your brush into your eye shadow and begin applying it as you would a regular liner.

  • The best part about this method is it glides on your skin so smoothly. Some eyeliners tend to dry out and loose their creaminess — that doesn’t happen when you apply it this way.

You may have to repeat the process of wetting your brush, dipping into color, and applying it, depending on your desired intensity. The setting spray will make shadows look more vibrant and will make shimmery shadows look like liquid metal for a unique, fun look. You can keep it more understated by using a matte color, or choose a shimmer for a bold and dramatic look.

You can get as creative as you want, and the possibilities are endless with this DIY method. You can even try using a few different shades to create an ombre effect. Start with the lightest color on the inner corner of the eye, and make it gradually darker toward the outer corner. Keeping the lightest color on the inner corner helps open up the eyes and makes them look bright and awake. Using shimmer colors will give the ultimate wow factor when doing an ombre effect.

You can remove the eyeliner with your favorite makeup remover, or, if you have sensitive eyes, try an all-natural DIY makeup remover using coconut oil. The oil will break up the product and you can then wipe it away with a cotton pad. 

For more posts on how to step up your eye makeup game, be sure to check out our post on 5 Mistakes You’re Making with Your Mascara.

Photo credits: Kristen Love

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Kristen Love

Kristen Love resides in the Chicago area with her husband & two kiddos-- an energetic toddler who will do anything to make his sweet, baby sister giggle (which doesn't take much). She is the author behind The Love Notes Blog, a YouTube beauty vlogger, an extreme DIY’er, obsessive chick flick watcher, lover of all things pretty & her spirit animal is Li’l Sebastian. Connect with her! Blog: | Instagram: @thelovenotes | Facebook: The Love Notes Blog | Twitter: @lovenotesblog | Snapchat: @thelovenotes | YouTube:

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