Have you ever found yourself in need of a touch up, but realized you forgot your eyeshadow palette? Or maybe you need a vibrant shade and the eye makeup you’ve got on hand doesn’t quite cut it. Surprisingly, liquid lipstick makes a great substitute, and can be applied with a fairly simple technique. 

Before we get started, here are a few warnings.

I do not recommend this for everyday wear. It is a good eyeshadow alternative for cosplay, a festival, a concert, or a holiday. Test products on a small area of skin first, and be aware that different liquid lipstick brands may make your eyes burn or stain your lids. Also, you may need to adapt these instructions if you have hooded lids. Now lets get started!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Two or three brushes (a fluffy brush and one or two precision brushes)
  • Loose powder
  • Liquid lipstick in whatever colors you’d like

Supplies you'll need: liquid lipstick, brushes, loose powder.


Put all your tools out where you can grab them easily. Open the loose powder and either pour it out into the lid or just dip a brush into the actual container. Simple, but it’ll make application easier.


First, you’ll want to start with clean lids. Using a primer is not necessary, but I do recommend it as a barrier between your skin and the lipstick. This will make the removal process easier, and there is less chance of the lipstick staining your lid.

Prepare your loose powder by opening the lid and having a brush handy.

Now you are ready to apply the lipstick, and this should be done fairly quickly. To get the color onto your lid, you can either use one of your brushes or the doe foot applicator on the lipstick. All you really need is to put color onto the part of the lid you’d like. It doesn’t have to be precise – that’s what the brush is for.

Liquid lipstick with a doe foot applicator.

After lipstick has been applied to your eyelid, use a small brush and blend it out, either blending closer to other eyeshadow you have on, or just in all the areas you want it to be.

Pro Tip! For those of you with hooded eyes, or really anyone who doesn’t want lipstick on their eyebrow, keep your head slightly tilted back, like you’re looking down your nose at someone, to keep your lids exposed and not touching your brow bone. This will make your life easier.

Keep your head in the same position with your lids exposed. While looking down your nose, grab your fluffy brush, dab loose powder on it, then apply the powder where you put the liquid lipstick. This will turn the lipstick matte, drying it completely, and adhering it to your eyelid.

Final product: what liquid lipstick as eyeshadow looks like!

The picture below is what happens if you look up or move your eye while applying powder. This is almost impossible to avoid, but with practice it won’t be as bad.

An example of the smearing that can happen if you move your eyelid before your set the lipstick with powder.

This look will not smudge, move, or transfer all day. Again, this is not a good idea for everyday wear. I would use this for a festival, concert, or holiday. I recommend trying it at home a couple times before you use it in a cosplay or for an event, just so you can practice.

Have fun! Let me know what you’d like to see me do next. I can demonstrate simple makeup techniques, or if you’d like to see some FX makeup – I can do that too!

Let me know in the comments: what tutorials are you interested in?