How to Make Any Eyeshadow Into Eyeliner By Adding Just 1 Ingredient

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Do you like switching up your eyeliner? How would you feel if I told you that you can convert any eyeshadow you have into eyeliner? That would certainly give you some new eyeliner choices!

Well, follow along with this tutorial to learn how you can make eyeshadow into eyeliner. All you need is any regular or metallic eyeshadow or glitter. Let's get started.

Tools and materials:

  • Eyeshadow
  • Micellar makeup cleansing water
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Small palette knife
  • Stir stick
  • Mascara
  • Eyelash curler
Scraping eyeshadow with a palette knife

1. Create your eyeliner

Use a small palette knife to scrape some eyeshadow and put it on some paper or a small plate.

Micellar water drops to make eyeshadow into eyeliner

Add a drop or two of Micellar water to the eyeshadow and mix it in. Don’t worry if you accidentally add a drop too much because it will dry pretty quickly.

What is Micellar water?

You may already use Micellar water for makeup remover, but do you know what it is? It looks like water but feels a bit different because it is made up of micelles, which are tiny balls of cleansing oil, suspended in water. It works as a face wash or makeup remover because those micelles are actually attracted to dirt and oil.

How to use eyeshadow as eyeliner

2. Apply the eyeliner and be creative!

Apply your new eyeliner with an eyeliner brush.

How to turn eyeshadow into eyeliner

This eyeshadow eyeliner is also great for making graphic eyeliner designs.

How to make eyeshadow into liquid eyeliner

Here, I’ve used gold shimmery eyeshadow to fill in my eyeliner design.

Glitter eyeshadow to eyeliner

And now I’ve added glitter to my eyeshadow and Micellar water for another look. 

Curling eyelashes

3. Finish your eyes

To complement your gorgeous eyeshadow-turned-eyeliner, curl your lashes.

Applying mascara

Then apply mascara to your upper and lower lashes.

How to make eyeshadow into eyeliner

How to make eyeshadow into eyeliner

Use your imagination when you are converting your eyeshadow into eyeliner.

Experiment with different colors and textures – matte, shimmer, metallic, glitter - to get a full variety of eyeliner. Then leave a comment to let me know what you came up with!

Products used

Suggested materials:
  • Eyeshadow
  • Micellar makeup cleansing water
  • Eyeliner brush
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  • Joan Joan on May 09, 2022

    Oh yes, it’s a wonderful way to have a great pallet of colors to use as eyeliners!

    I've been doing this for a very long time now.

    I don’t even moisten the shadows. I use the pointed make up Q-tips by just running it across the shadow - and running it across my lash line - as an eyeliner. Easy peasy- done in a flash!

    I constantly get tons of compliments on the colors! Ladies can’t believe that it’s just eyeshadow being used as eyeliner!

    Much easier to manipulate and control, and

    eyeshadow liners make eye color pop!

    • Paula Paula on May 10, 2022

      You can do that. Many people do but it's a different look. That has softer edges and is not as sharply defined. You're comparing two different things.

  • Joan Joan on May 10, 2022

    Thank you for your input Paula.

    Actually, I’m not comparing two different things.

    Yes, the one technique has softer edges - which I like. I can make it more intense by adding just a tad of water to the applicator, but it’s all about using an eyeshadow as an eyeliner. Nothing different.