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Easy Beauty Trick: DIY Smudge Eyeliner

We love easy beauty tricks here at Free People, and today I’m sharing one that was introduced to me in my teenage years. In the girls’ bathroom at school one day, my friend whipped a lighter out of her back pocket. I freaked out for a quick second, but then I saw where this was going, and I was in total awe. She was making her own smudge eyeliner.

The only materials you need for this are a kohl eyeliner pencil and an open flame – whether it’s a lighter, a match, or a candle!

Eyeliner and candle on wood stump

All you do is hold the pencil tip into the frame for a split second, and then allow it to cool for about 10-15 seconds.

Eyeliner and candle

Roll the tip onto the back of your hand to allow it to cool in the proper pointed shape.


Once it’s cool, apply it to your eye as usual. Voila! Instant smudge.

DIY smudge liner before after

It’s amazing how easily the liner glides on once it’s softened. It does a great job of filling in between lashes for a bold, defined look.

Keep in mind, this smudge liner is only temporary. After a few minutes, the liner will go back to its original state, so carry a lighter if you want to do this while you’re on the go!

See our tutorial on how to get the perfect eyeliner wing!

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meg -October 15, 2013, 8:51AM

Awesome tip!

Liz -October 15, 2013, 10:02AM

Yes! I worked in a haunted house doing makeup one year, and a friend showed me this tip in our downtime. Been using it ever since. My favorite pencil to use is the Make Up Forever Aqualiner.

Jessica Oliva -October 15, 2013, 10:14AM

I used this beauty trick SOOO many times in grade school. Learned it from my sister…totally forgot about it until now!

Alexa Sonken {Design Studio} -October 15, 2013, 4:23PM

Never heard of this, looveee it! Thanks!

Joanne -October 15, 2013, 5:08PM

I used to do this all the time in high school!! Thanks for the reminder!

Lissa -October 15, 2013, 5:45PM

I really thing you guys should do a blog post about your favorite iPhone apps! I feel like you girls would have some good ones to recommend!!

tina -October 15, 2013, 10:28PM

what brand eyeliner did you use? this is great!

Selin -October 16, 2013, 12:12AM

That’s so funny I’ve been doing this for years! Whenever I break out a lighter to do my eyeliner with people look at me like I’m crazy! Such an awesome trick my mom taught me.

Monika -October 16, 2013, 10:27AM

Wow, nice idea! Thank you :)

Carolina -October 17, 2013, 12:46PM

I’m going to by a kohl eyeliner pencil as soon as I get out of school. Thank you!

Anonymous -October 18, 2013, 11:17AM

I just burn a stick mash it into a powder and apply it with a Q tip. Doesn’t cost me a penny!

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