photo: terry richardson/styled by eunice chun

Here’s a big secret for those of you deathly afraid of liquid liner! Cake liner (invented a century ago and used on all the Hollywood icons) is the easiest way to define your eyes… be it winged, cat eye, or simply lining. It’s merely a black matte shadow applied wet with a pointed liner brush. Here’s all you need to know:

1. Dip your brush in running water from your sink to wet it then swirl it in circles in the shadow to load it up.

2. Practice drawing lines on the back of your hand by applying more/less pressure to see how it affects the width. {More pressure = wider, less pressure = thinner.}

3. Start at your inner corner and sweep the brush to the outer corner. You can also extend it out for a winged look or out + up for a cat eye. If desired, line your bottom lash line as well.

That’s it! Our favorite is Laura Mercier Tightline Cake Eye Liner because it comes in seven shades.