Miss Lady Lace

Perth's very own pinup queen, burlesque artist, producer, & blogger.

Pinup Tip: Eyeliner

Hello lovelies,

For this week’s pinup tip I’m going to be giving a couple pointers for when it comes to drawing on eyeliner, whether it be for a cat-eyed pinup style, or any other style. Firstly I’m going to be focusing on eyeliner that specifically comes in a bottle like the one shown in the photo below, where the area you hold the applicator is quite high up. Take out a pen and hold it from the very end, and try to write your name, for most people this will look like how you wrote your name when you were in pre-school, and you’ll get the same results when trying to use eyeliner to draw an intricate cat-eye.

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The simplest way to fix this is to take a bit of tissue, paper towel, or anything absorbent that you don’t mind staining and wipe the body of the eyeliner applicator, trying to avoid the brush end other wise you’ll be wasting the eyeliner you’ll be using for your makeup.

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Once this is done you can grip your eyeliner applicator like a pencil and it makes the application process much easier!

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More tips: 

  • Apply your eyeliner on an angle that goes up if you want a pinup style, if you draw it directly out to the side you get a more Egyptian styled eyeliner style.
  • When applying your eyeliner rest the side of your hand on your face, this is the same when drawing, if you have a fixed point you get a much cleaner liner, especially if your hand gets a little shaky. I have an order of which is best to apply makeup and I recommend blush be one of your final steps to getting ready, as if you lean your hand there for too long it can smudge, or wipe away.
  • If your not confident with using liquid yet practise with a pencil, and if your feeling daring, draw over the top of this with liquid for both practise, and a more bold eye makeup style.
  • Raise your eyebrows while you apply your eyeliner, everyone’s skin sits a little lower making it harder to apply liner, but be sure to relax this to check how it looks when your eyes sit normally.
  • Open your eyes (once your eyeliner is dry) to see where your angle is going out to the side. Your makeup will look very different with your eyes open, and the crease of your eye can sometimes hide all of the flick you’ve drawn completely. If I want quite a bold cat-eye I usually draw in part of this style with my eye is open to get a more dramatic effect.
  • Use a cotton bud to correct any mistakes.
  • I’ve seen quite a few interesting tricks/hacks on the internet, one I’d personally recommend not to try would be using sticky tape to create a nice flick, sticky tape will remove makeup (your foundation) from the spot it is stuck to. The skin on your face is also more sensitive, especially around your eyes, and this can cause irritations.


Like everything related to pinup styling it takes a bit of time and a lot of practise before you master any style. It can be so easy to get frustrated with this, stay positive, you will get it if you keeping trying I promise!

If you’d like to learn more about vintage makeup and hair I am running casual classes from home studio on Thursday evenings starting next week, more information can be found by clicking here!

More vintage vlogs and blogs coming soon!

Much love,

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