Liquid Liner Made Easy with Lorac Front of the Line Pro

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Because cat eyes aren’t just for kittehs


In the 15-year battle of Karen versus liquid eyeliner, I’ve never been able to prevail.


This fall victory is finally mine, *mwwwahahahaaa*!

Gone are the days of uneven, messy, Shakes the Clown lines, and I owe it all to the bad-assness that is Lorac’s Front of the Line Pro ($22).

Drawing crisp, dark, dramatic lines is easy-peasy with this liquid pen liner.

The genius lies in Lorac’s firm felt tip pen. It glides smoothly against skin, depositing sharp lines with precision — fantastic for cat eyeliner looks.


And the staying power? To die for. Front of the Line Pro lingers on lids longer than the Birthday Sex techno remix (aka the longest song EVER).

Just for fun the other day I swatched some on my hand, and it stayed for two days through multiple hand washings *and* a shower.


Watch out, Tabs!

Front of the Line Pro is the real deal, homies. If you love the cat eye look but haven’t been able to perfect it, you might want to give it a whirl. Makeup and Beauty Blog Rating: A+


Chicas, I feel like this morning’s brow incident shot me into a weird alternate universe, but I think I’m finally falling back down to earth. How have things been for you on this otherwise lovely Tuesday? Any epiphanies or Elvis sightings to report? πŸ™‚

Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,



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  1. shontay says:

    You look absolutely amazing Karen! Today was an OK day for me. I got my mac order! I got the photo realism quad, creme de miel shadow, the 3 technakohls (the blue, green and orange from makeup arts), Girl About Town (finally got it after wanting it forever) and the 252 large shader blush. I’m in love with it all.

    Sad to report, a bus rolling by me swept all this debris into my eyes and they are killing me. I’ve taken drops and pills. I think I may need a doc. Oh, well the makeup makes up for it. LOL I’m going to give this liner a try, though.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Shontay,

      Oh no! Are your eyes better? I will cross my fingers and hope that you didn’t have to go to the doctor.

      Your haul is drool worthy, BTW. You gotta let me know how you work that orange liner! I still haven’t figured it out.

      I hope you love the 252! It’s one of my stapes — so great for quick color all over the lid.

  2. shontay says:

    I meant shader brush not blush. Lets chalk this up to me having to squint while I type.

  3. Marisol says:

    I battle with liquid liner all the time. But these one looks like i could be a friend rather than a foe.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Shopping is my middle name =-.

  4. heyhey says:

    You shot a close-up of the left eye? Wow, brave. Really nice work penciling your unfortunate loss. Do they make hallmark cards for that? “My condolencses on the loss…of 1/8 of your eyebrow”.

    My epiphany was the old chestnut: quality, not quantity. Take on fewer projects, but do those exceedingly well.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Heyhey,

      Honestly, they should. I think it happens more often than not. πŸ˜‰

      Oh, and good call on focusing on quality, not quantity. I subscribe to that tidbit myself.

  5. Marce says:

    LOL! No epiphanies, only school work, empanadas and chocolate! I gotta start taking care of what I eat, che.
    That winged liner looks amazing on you, if I may say so. Tabs must be jealous πŸ˜‰
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Looks – Sephora Extreme Smoky Eye =-.

  6. seattle says:

    would the “staying power” of this liquid liner comparable to mac’s liquidlast liner? i’m not too fond of it because it was really hard to remove. tried removing it using a eye makeup remover and not very much luck. eventually i ended up with a swollen, red eye lids.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Seattle,

      Yup, it’s similar.

      Hmm, what kind of eye makeup remover did you use? For long wearing products oil-based removers take stuff on in a flash. Have you tried Lancome Bi-Facil?

  7. Ms. B says:

    Yay! Thanks for this rec Karen! I’ve been scurrred to get liquid liners myself but seeing this on you makes me want to try it atleast once. And lol about Birthday Sex remix being the longest song ever. I swear I hear that song, switch to another station, listen to commercials, turn it back to the station and that frigg song is still playing.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Ms. B,

      I was terrified to try this one because of my past experience with liquid liners. Really, though — this one really makes it *super* easy.

      And isn’t that the truth about that song being on 24/7? GAAAH!

  8. Hyzenthlay says:

    Karen, I have kinda crepey eyelids, but I love the look that liquid liner can give. I tried a UD Liquid Liner, but it spread into the little lines and totally defeated the purpose of using a liquid liner. Do you have any recommendations? My new idea is to use a primer first, and then try the liner again . . . but I’m doubtful to how it will work.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      I totally know what you mean about the liner spreading. Seriously, try this one. It doesn’t do that at all!

      Also, using primer beforehand would certainly help. Do you have a good one on hand?

  9. Hyzenthlay says:

    I ordered the UD Primer Set from Sephora on Sunday night, and am *anxiously* awaiting it. It’s been in the warehouse for two days, *le sigh*. I have the UD Primer in Sin, but I didn’t try it with the liner I had before because the colors didn’t go (I was using Radium, the bright blue color). I’ll add this one to my next Sephora wish list, but I did order the UD liner in Smog, since it was $8, and that’s how much liners in the drugstore cost! I figured that it’ll be good for practice πŸ™‚

    • Karen says:

      Hi Hyzenthlay,

      Heya! I can’t wait for your primer set to come in. Primers open up a whole new world!

      How does Sin show up on your skin? On me it’s like a neutral, and I wear it with bright blues all the time. Have you tried it yet with Radium? It might work, ya never know. πŸ™‚

  10. Hyzenthlay says:

    You know, I should have tried it. Sin shows up as a very slightly pinky shimmer. I returned Radium to Sephora, so I can’t try it. But I bet you’re right, Sin is neutral enough that I could have used them together . . . oh well! If I can get Smog to work without spreading into those stupid little crepey lines, I’ll probably go back and get Radium again. And I’ll get this one and give it a try too.

  11. Marisol says:

    I have tried the Liquidlast liners and I suuuuucked! Also tried the MAC liquid liner that came out this past xmas and I didn’t do too good with it.
    .-= Marisol’s last blog post… Shopping is my middle name =-.

  12. Karen, how does this liner fare in the black intensity department? I find that most pen liners don’t give a true black color and it is a pain to go over the line multiple times.
    .-= Kajal Couture’s last blog post… Urban Decay Book of Shadows Vol II =-.

  13. amazing liner. u applied it so well!
    .-= Blovet Beauty’s last blog post… KERLI Γ’β‚¬β€œ GOTHIC PRINCESS =-.

  14. Tiffany says:

    I, too, have never been able to master liquid liner. Maybe I will give this one a shot. I love me some Lorac!

  15. Michelle says:

    Thanks for this recommendation. I have practiced with gel liners and all kinds of liquid liners — I cannot master them to save my life! I end up having to “fix” my mistakes and it messes up my eye shadow LOL I will have to give this one a try!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Michelle,

      Oh, I do that all the time too. I just discovered a great trick to get those edges really sharp — soak a wedge makeup sponge with eye makeup remover and run it along the edge of your liner. It cleans up mistakes and gets those lines looking really crisp.

  16. Nicole15 says:

    Wow! I’m a really loving this. I have been in the same battle with liquid liners & I think I smell a victory from my side coming on. Team Lorac!!!

  17. gio says:

    I’ve been battling with liquid liner too. I love the look it gives but I just can’t master it! Maybe I should give this a try.
    .-= gio’s last blog post… QOTW: Do you keep a lemming list/wish list? =-.

  18. Marce says:

    I’m studying journalism, and atm I have TV, Radio, Ethics and Investigation (I tried to translate properly, LOL) It’s my last year, and definitely the most fun! And soon I’m starting a majah makeup course, I’m sooo excited about it! Can you tell I’m on one of my chatty days? πŸ˜€
    .-= Marce’s last blog post… Looks – Sephora Extreme Smoky Eye =-.

  19. Samantha says:

    I have the Urban Decay Liquid Liner, and while the color [Perversion, described as an ink black] is amazing and has great staying power, it’s somewhat difficult and time consuming to have to paint it on with the brush applicator. Especially because I’ll keep working at it until I feel that the lines are just right…
    So, I’ve decided that I need to buy this.

  20. Kelley says:


    How would you compare this liner to the Bobbi Brown gel liners? I have finally mastered (somewhat) using those and getting a nice even line and I do love how well those hold up on my oily eyelids.

  21. Haha Elvis sightings. Have you read the Sookie Stackhouse books? πŸ˜€

    .-= All Women Stalker’s last blog post… 6 Cute Kate Bosworth Looks =-.

  22. DoDe says:

    My fave look on you so far!

  23. Shannon says:

    omg, that freakin ROCKS! I wanna do a cat eye now…

  24. Jenny Muller says:

    I LOVE THIS! I’m such a fan of this not-pencil, not-liquid liner.
    .-= Jenny Muller’s last blog post… Steal The Deal: $5 Smashbox Eyeshadow =-.

  25. Lehea says:

    This might be the answer to my liquid liner prayers. *squeals*

  26. Leah says:

    I’m *terrible* at using liquid liner, but I love how it looks. I got this in a set with the Behind the Scenes primer (which is what I really wanted to try) and this ended up being my favorite item out of the set. It’s SO easy to use, you really get fast flawless application. It’s inky black and lasts all day. It doesn’t fade or flake on me which is good because I do wear contacts and have sensitive eyes. This stuff is amazing.

  27. Sarah S. says:

    Oh, goodness! You look stunning with all-black hair (too)! Do you miss it? I kind of miss my natural color (it’s brown but I’m red right now).

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