When Lining Eyes with Gels or Powder Eyeshadow

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For years I happily lined my eyes with pencil liners. Then, I read about fluid liners on Specktra.net, and it opened a world of possibilities!


Here are a couple brushes I use to apply different types of eyeliner (click for the video).

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. Stephie says:

    I am really lovin that Amber lights FOTD. You’re whole look w/ that shirt [or dress?] is quity lovely. Nice video! I’ve been wondering about that LM liner brush. Right now I’m using the SK bent eyeliner brush but I’ve been wanting a brush for times when I want just very thin eyeliner.

  2. Bj says:

    Ughh I’m glad someone agrees with me about the mac 212! its okay, but definitely not my fave! im using a sephora brand brush now, its better than the mac but still not up to par. I must check out the LM brush, thanks for the reccomendation Karen!You’re fabulous

  3. Elena says:

    Hey Karen,

    I don’t own any dark, plummy eyeliners (yet!), but I did a little searching and one of your favorite brands for eyeliner has a waterproof formula with a deep berry shade. Lancome’s Le Crayon Khol Waterproof liner in “Rebellious Berry”: http://www.lancome-usa.com/makeup/eye-pencils-and-liners/le-crayon-khol-waterproof-spring-2009.htm. Let me know what you think. Honestly, I might try it out myself; my brown eyes could use a new, non-black eyeliner color!

  4. Kate says:


    I use an angled brush like my one from EcoTools to apply my powder eyeshadow. I have three angled brushes now. One for my brows (el cheapo scratchy Studio Basics) and two eyeliner brushes. Hahahaha. I think I have ten brushes now…it’s becoming an obsession.

    Oh, you know that EcoTools post you posted a very long time ago in January? If you get the other eye kit (the one without the mini-kabuki), the brushes are uber long, much longer than the ones you were holding. Much, MUCH longer.

    They’re about two inches shorter than my Loew-Cornell painter brushes so they’re long. I use two of my Loew-Cornell brushes as make-up brushes as they’re fatty and long enough to cover the entire upper lid in one swipe despite being made to handle acrylic paints (i.e not as soft as most make-up brushes). To give you an idea of how long the EcoTool brushes are that I bought, my Loew-Cornell painter brushes are about eight-and-a-half inches long!

    The retractable EcoTools kabuki brush is fun to play with too as you said in the post.

    I’m very hyper for 11:35 at night. I hate DST!

  5. Amber says:

    I love an angled brush for shadow-as-eyeliner. Can’t remember whether mine is Sephora or MAC, but it’s great for tapering the inside corner and winging the outer end.

  6. Sarahc says:

    Lol, the lamp thing cracked me up…

  7. tanya says:

    ooh I’m going to def try the LM Lash liner brush–I have the slanted Mac one which I like, but I’m always up for change! Thanks, hun 🙂

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  8. Jen says:

    Hi, My favorite Diva has to be Mariah Carey… she’s great and she can sing….lol (I’m already signed up for your blog – love them – keep them coming!) Thanks!

  9. Gloria says:

    I cannot find my LM Lash Liner brush!! CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?!?? I have no idea how and when I lost it, but yesterday, when I did a lilac look, I really wanted to define my eyes softly with the dark navy marine blue cake liner from LM, and I could not for the sake of me find that darn brush!!

    I ended up using the Sonia Kashuk angle brush, but that one is better for cream liners.

  10. Marisol says:

    $25 make you holla! hahaha

    I love the gel liners. I currently use MAC Fluidliner, MUFE gel liners & Bobbi Brown Gel liner. I have a Sephora brush and a MAC brush.

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  11. Karen B says:

    I use the MAC 210 for fluidlines. I tried a small angled brush but it just didn’t work for me. With the fine fine tip of the 210 I can see exactly what I’m doing 🙂

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