5 Easy Steps To Make Eyeliner From Your Eyeshadow

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Eyeliner is one of the makeup products that are widely used by women across the globe. Eyeliners are quite expensive and can be tricky to apply. 

However, If you’re looking for a way to save some money on your makeup, there is an amazing alternative of buying an eyeliner for you. 

Basically, eyeshadow can be used as an alternative to eyeliner and mascara. It’s also great if you want a subtle look or just don’t have time for anything else.

In this guide, we’ll show you how to make eyeliner out of eyeshadow in just a few easy steps. We’ll lay down everything from scratch covering the things you will need for this DIY and applying them. So, let’s jump straight to the list of prerequisites.

how to make eyeliner out of eyeshadow

Required Things For this DIY

1. A Small Empty Container To Store The Product

To store the product you need a  small jar or container. You can use a small bottle of eye cream for this purpose.

This way you will be able to make the product using the “Lid-Lift” method, which makes it easier to get all the products out as much as possible.

2. Lose Pigment Or Eyeshadow in Any Color

Choose an eyeshadow that matches your skin tone and has a matte finish. It is important that you use something that’s not too shiny since this will cause the eyeliner to look tacky as well as take away from your makeup rather than making it stand out more.

When picking out an eye shadow, try to find one with a matte finish, these are easiest for blending and will not give your eyeliner a glittery look.

3. Water

To make the right consistency of eyeliner you need to use water, around 5-10 drops should be more than enough.

4. Eyeliner Brush

Grab and eyeliner brush that will be used to give the perfect shape to your eyelines.

5. Primer 

Do not use a primer that’s too dark or heavy, look for something light and airy. This will help to make your makeup last longer than it normally would without a primer on top of the eyelid. [1]

6. Cotton Swab

This one is optional, but it is recommended. If you want the product to be a bit more shiny and glittery then feel free to use any kind of glitter paste or eye shadow primer. For blending out any mistakes made. 

Once you have all the things collected and ready to use, it’s time to start the actual process of making eyeliner with eyeshadow. Let’s see how we can do it.

How To Make Eyeliner With Eyeshadow

1. Wash Your Hands To Sanitize Them

Wash your hands with soap or an alcohol wipe, then cleanse them again with a hand sanitizer. This will prevent bacteria from entering into contact with your eyes.

2. Add A Few Drops Of Water

Add a few drops of water and mix the powder well. Add more water if needed to get it smooth enough for application.

Don’t put too much in, though; you don’t want your product runny. Mix again until you have a smooth consistency.

You can also use rubbing alcohol if you don’t want any color on your fingers (just make sure it’s clean).

3. Add Some Primer

If using loose pigment or eyeshadow – add some primer (a small amount will do). Primers help with the smudging and longevity of the product on your eyelid, plus they make colors brighter when applied over top.

You can also use an old toothbrush that’s been cleaned out as a substitute for an eyeliner brush.

Adding some eye primer will help with smudging and longevity too. Mix again until there are no clumps left and then apply as usual using cotton swabs or an old toothbrush.

4. Mix The Powder Well

When applying makeup add a few drops of water to soften up eye shadow powder (you can also use oil) mix well until there are no clumps left; you should be able to scoop some of the mixtures onto the back of one figure without it.

Coming off in chunks add a small amount of eye primer to the mixture, this will help keep it from rubbing away on your eyelids and sagging throughout the day; mix again.

5. Apply With An Eyeliner Brush

Apply the eyeliner to your upper lid, draw a line from one side of the eye and connect it with the other. 

Leave some space at the ends for winging out if you want something more dramatic. Use an angled brush to create thin lines that connect in a point near the center of their eyes.

6. Finish By Touching Up

Finish by touching up areas where liner may have smudged or faded away throughout the day — keeping our make-up game strong.

If you’re going for a heavier look, just keep applying until the desired effect is achieved–another benefit of using powders as they generally blend together better than liquids do.

To recreate this but in another color try adding different shades into your mix; experiment with what you have to see what you like best.

If you’re not going for a heavy look, the liner will stay on longer if it’s waterproof–and some even come with a built-in primer that can be applied before adding powder.


What do you think? It’s easy, right? We hope that this little tutorial helped and showed how simple it is to turn your everyday eyeshadow into a great eyeliner. Let us know what you thought of our 5 Easy Steps To Make Eyeliner From Your Eyeshadow!

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