The Cut Holiday Eye Guide: Liquid Liner Tutorial

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Liquid liner is basically the red lip for the eye. Not everyone feels like they can pull it off, but come holiday season, everyone feels like they should try it out. It’s festive and goes great with a sparkly dress, but it’s also pretty difficult to apply. So how exactly should a woman wear it?

We hit up Soho’s Space NK beauty boutique and asked four different makeup artists to create an evening makeup look built around liquid liner’s dramatic flair. Nars artist Jenny Smith opted for a moody, deep purple, while Laura Mercier’s Jerry Johnson and Ellis Faas’s Claudia Pinto went the metallic route. Meanwhile, Danny Griffin of Kevyn Aucoin added a multidimensional glossy red lip for the look’s focal point. As it turns out, the red lip still reigns supreme. For step-by-step instructions, click through the slideshow so you can achieve each look at home.

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1. Andy Warhol Soft Touch Shadow Pencil in Trash, $24 – 2. Large Dome Eye Brush, $33 – 3. Eyeliner Stylo in Carpates, $27 – 4. Andy Warhol Eyeshadow Palette in Self Portrait 3, $55 – Finished Look: Andy Warhol Highlighting Blush in Satellite of Love, $28, and Andy Warhol Larger Than Life Lip Gloss in International Velvet, $26

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1. The Loose Shimmer Shadow in Rose Quartz, $28 – 2. Precision Liquid Liner in Basic Black, $32 – 3. Flesh Tone Lip Pencil in Deep, $24, Expert Lip Color in Blood Roses, $34 and Lipgloss in Pasiflora, $29

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1. Mini Baked Eye Colour Trio in Golden Metallics, $25 – 2. Graphic Liquid Eye Liner, $24 – 3. Full Blown Volume Lash Building Mascara, $24 – Finished Look: Shimmer Lip Colour in Pink Dawn, $24 and Lip Glacé in Bellini, $24


1. Creamy Eyes in E109 (Creamy White), $36 – 2. Light Eyeshadow in E305 (Holographic Bordeaux), $42 – 3. Creamy Eyes in E103 (Deep Black), $36 – Finished Look: Mascara in E401 (Black), $34 and Glazed Lips in L301 (Sheer Blood Red), $35