The Stamp Liner

I didn’t start wearing the classic liquid/gel winged eyeliner until very late in life. Very, very late. If you’ve been frequenting thenellybean for a while, you’ll know how much I love my eyeliner pencils. Especially my many brown ones. They just work with my hooded, asymmetrical lids and they’re so easy to use for all kinds of looks. So, why did I branch out into liquid liner? I’ll be honest, it was mostly curiosity. If there’s one thing renowned for skill and precision in the world of makeup, it’s creating the perfect wing – on both eyes.  It hasn’t led to the creation of stencils and various Instagram techniques involving the use of household items for nothing.

Naturally, my curiosity has led to a lot more experimenting than I’d care to admit, and I’ve recently stumbled on a wee trick that seems to work pretty well for me. I like to call it the stamp eye. It’s quite literally what it sounds like – a stamping technique. Let’s get to it.

What You’ll Need

  • A felt-tip eyeliner pen

Preferably with a long, slim and fairly straight nib. I’ve grown to love felt tips over other liner types because I find that I just get much better control and cleaner lines. For the purposes of this post, I’ve used the MUA Eye Define Felt Liner in black. If you’re looking to replenish your eyeliner pen stocks, I have a couple of recommendations you might like – I’ll include them at the bottom of the post.

Create The Look

Step 1: Line it up.

Line up the outer edge of your pen with your bottom lid – it’ll usually point towards the tail of your brow. Get the base of the nib level with the outer corner of your eye too. It might help to keep your eyes half closed and lids pointing downwards whilst you do this.

Step 2: Stamp it.

Go right ahead and press the nib to your eye. Don’t worry too much about precision here – just give yourself a general guide of the flick. Be fairly firm too, particularly if your pen is running out.

Step 3: Wing it.

Fix that wing shape you’ve just created until you get your ideal wing – lengthen it, thicken it, do whatever you like. Fill in any patchy areas in the wing too.

Step 4: Line the rest of the eye.

Get your liner onto the rest of the top lid. Don’t worry about connecting it to the wing just yet, simply get the liner on until your lid is lined all the way across.

Step 5: Connect the wing and the line.

All you have to do now is connect the wing and the line you’ve just created. Make this as thick or as slim as you like, depending on your eye shape and your preferences.  Personally, I have hooded eyelids and I find that any makeup that I apply very close to the lash line tends to disappear, particularly at the outer corners where the skin folds over itself more.  This is why I tend to I amp up the thickness a little to make sure it’s visible when I have my eyes open (blinking only lasts for a fraction of a second, sadly).

Repeat the exact same steps for the other eye and you’re finished! Now is a good time to clean up any edges with concealer, particularly on the outer edge of the wing. If you spot any flesh-coloured gaps between your liner and your lid, grab a black kohl pencil (or a pencil in the same shade as your eyeliner pen) and do some tight lining. Finish with mascara.

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Here’s my finished look – notice the autumnal lip (teehee). Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, it really helped me with my liner game and I wish I’d discovered it sooner – could have saved me a lot of splodges and avant-garde-looking panda eyes. What about you? Do you have any nifty tips and tricks in your eyeliner cheat sheet? We’d love to hear them! You go girl.

– J

Psst… Eyeliner Picks:

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Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner. Great nib for a feline flick that doesn’t cross over into Amy Winehouse territory.
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NYX Epic Ink Liner. I’m a huge fan of NYX as a brand and this one looks like a delight to work with.
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MUA Eye Define Felt Liner (used in this post). Personal current favourite, and doesn’t hurt the purse if you’re someone who goes through eyeliner pens like I do with lip balm.
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Maybelline Master Precise Liquid Liner. Also available in blue!
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The Vamp Stamp. Quite literally a stamp that you dip into a liquid/cushion liner. Always been curious about these, please let me know if you’ve tried one!

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36 Comments on “The Stamp Liner”

  1. I love the step-by-step guide. The look really suits you! I am a huge fan of eyeliner but I have always swayed between pencil and gel. Liquid does have a great finish though and the pens make it much easier to apply now. xx

    1. Thank you Laura, that’s so kind! I’m such a fan of the pens but I find that they dry out pretty fast and that patchiness when they’re just about to run out can get annoying. Have to say, pencil is my staple! xx

  2. This is genius! I love this technique and am going to try it tomorrow. Im good at putting winged liner on someone else, just struggle to get them looking the same on me. Love this, and you look bloody gorgeous! Thanks for sharing x

  3. I need this for sure anything that makes me wing it easier is perfect for me. As you’ve probably heard one to many times I love your blog. You look incredibly beautiful

  4. Ahh that’s a good idea, looks good! I like liquid eyeliners that are like felt tips as well, but I like the ones you dip into the product- Rimmel Exaggerate eyeliner is pretty good 🙂

  5. Oh wow that made quite the difference from the before and after!! I love how much to makes your eye pop!! I don’t use anything on my eyes just mascara! Even when I’m going out i’ll barely ever use eyeshadow!! I’ll have to give this a go! Do you notice it much with glasses on? Fellow spec geek!! xx

    1. I find it works better with glasses on! My thick ass glasses tend to cast a lot of shadow around the eye area, so my eyeshadow can get lost in the mix sometimes. I think the fact that it’s so sharp and clean helps your eyes stand out behind the lenses xx

      1. Oh that’s a really good point!! In my teens I LOVED a black eye liner and over the years it has fallen off my routine…. May be time to bring it back with something like this!! Will have to get me some tools and get me some practice!! You make it look effortless, somehow I think I may be practising for a while 🙂 xxx

        1. Haha I absolutely loved black liner when I was younger too! Actually that reminds me – you’ll love this post I’m planning 😉

          I’m sure you’ll master it the first time, honestly if I can do it anyone can haha! xxx

          1. Ouuuu I’m intrigued now 🙂 Will keep my eyes peeled! Tried a liner today and was actually pleasantly surprised with it!
            I’m out this weekend so will be popping into the shops to keep an eye out for a “user friendly” looking one to practice with! Will let you know how it goes! xx

          2. Preach!!!! There is never enough make up to be had! Also planning to play around this weekend with Halloween styles!! Im pretty excited actually!! xx

          3. Ooh yessss I’ve been meaning to do a Halloween makeup look for so long now! If we both had youtube I would be so up for a halloween collab tutorial video (literally any excuse to get my ass to Superdrug) xx

          4. You would kill me on a youtube collab…. I’d be uh huh ing and emmming all over the shop!! I sound horrid in videos it makes me cringe!! How you guys do them i have no idea but fair play!!! xxx

          5. Seriously it must be!! Who does like there voice to be fair? It must be people just get used to it and get over it hahaha! Plus with my accent people would be like whaaa did she just say?!?! hahahah xxx

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