Freehand Nails using Eyeliner

Painted Fingertips | Freehand nail art using liquid eyeliner

Hi everyone!

A while ago I was thinking about what nail art I’d like to do when an idea for an experiment hit me. A year or so ago I bought a liquid eyeliner thinking it was supposed to be better than the normal pencils but try as I might, I just couldn’t get it to work for me. It’s been sitting at the back of my cupboard – until now! Painted Fingertips | Freehand nail art using liquid eyelinerI decided if I couldn’t get it to work on my eyes, maybe it could work on my nails! I was inspired by this post on The Dalai Lama’s Nails and decided to try my recreation using the eyeliner rather than polish or acrylic paint for the freehand work. I am by no means the first person to think of this but it’s the first time I’ve tried it! Painted Fingertips | Freehand nail art using liquid eyeliner

I started with a base of Tip Top Chiffon Squares then got to work with the eyeliner. Working with it was very different than using paint. The first thing I noticed was that you couldn’t drag the applicator like you would a brush with paint as that would make the eyeliner pull away from where you dragged it and only pool where you lifted it up. I hope that makes sense, but basically, it had to be applied with a dabbing rather than a brushing motion. I also noticed the colour started appearing less black and more grey after a while (see my pinkie vs my thumb) but that was fixed by giving the eyeliner a good shake. Painted Fingertips | Freehand nail art using liquid eyeliner

On the good side, I got decent lines for my first try with this and I love the applicator! It is easy to work with and definitely something I’ll try again. I also really liked that this gave an absolutely smooth finish on the nail. Acrylic paint leaves a slight texture behind due to the thickness of the paint, but this doesn’t. So if you like smooth nails, this is definitely something to look into! Painted Fingertips | Freehand nail art using liquid eyeliner

What do you think? Would you try eyeliner on your nails?

  • Annette H

    Wow what a cool idea! I’ll have to give this a go.

    • Painted Fingertips

      I hope you do!

  • acidicice

    Very clever! I’ve never seen Chiffon Squares before…is it new? I would try almost anything on my nails

    • Painted Fingertips

      It’s an old one! Actually one of my oldest polishes, that I got before my blogging days.

      • acidicice


  • Deborah – Love Varnish

    Ooh that’s neat! Did you topcoat it?

    • Painted Fingertips

      Yes I did! I was a bit nervous that it’d be ruined so I waited a while to be sure it was fully dry but as you can see, no smearing!

  • Catherine Dream

    Clever! I’d try it, and maybe I’d be better at eyeliner on my phalanges than eyeballs – a cat eye attempt is always a TRIAL.

    • Painted Fingertips

      Tell me about it! I love the look of eyeliner but can’t seem to get anything fancy right. And this liquid eyeliner wouldn’t work for me at all.

  • Cosmetic Sanctuary

    Oh wow – never would have thought to do that with eyeliner!

    • Painted Fingertips

      Cool huh? Nail art tools are everywhere!

  • Lothwen Akira

    I would’ve never thought of this, so clever! And I really love the outcome, so pretty!

  • Polished Hippy

    Very cool! I like the painterly effect it gives also

    • Painted Fingertips

      Thank you!