Achieving a simple retro-style look with liquid eyeliner may seem difficult, but when broken down into smaller steps, I can show you how quick and easy it really is. This type of eye makeup can be worn for a daytime look when paired down with pink cheeks and a neutral lip, or dressed up for a dramatic nighttime look with bold eyebrows and a full red lip. I will also include some advice about my personal product preferences within the step the product pertains to. As a college kid, I look for good products on a budget, so everything I recommend is completely affordable. Keep in mind, also, that my makeup mantra is the less stuff you have to put on your face to look good, the better, so it truly is a minimalistic effort towards a retro-glam look.
Step 1: Start with a Clean, Moisturized Eye
You want to make sure before putting on any eye makeup, that your skin is clean and that you have applied some sort of moisturizing eye cream. This is important for a few reasons; the eye cream will keep the skin around your eyes from becoming dry, it will help maintain a healthy lash line, it will allow for a smoother, more fluid application of the the liquid liner, and it will moisturize lashes for easier mascara application (avoiding a clumpy, or spidery look). I recommend using Equate's eye cream because it works like it costs a fortune, but is actually really inexpensive and can be found in any Wal-Mart and most Walgreen's.
Step 2: Apply Concealer
Dab on concealer to the upper eyelid to reduce redness and any discoloration as well as applying underneath the eye to cover up dark circles. The concealer will also provide a lighter base for the rest of the completed look. I use Maybelline's Coverstick Concealer, and have done so as a staple of my makeup regime for years. It's only about $4.00 is sold virtually everywhere that has a beauty isle.