Novices may find a liquid liner a little intimidating, so start off sketching in your wing with a pencil and work your way up. Beginner or not, the trick is just to go for it – liquid eyeliner can smell your fear!
Start by considering what effect you want from your eyeliner. While liquids offer a more precise finish and achieve that Hepburn-esque wing, gel and kohl liners tend to be more forgiving, and can be blended and buffed for a softer, more diffused effect.
Beauty editor's tip
It's easy to place the wing too low or high once you've already sketched a line along your lashes, as the natural curve of the eye slopes down at the outer corner. Instead, look straight ahead in the mirror, place a small dot where you want the line to end, draw your flick, then line.
The smoky eye is a great option for a night out, but also more forgiving for those who are nervous about liquid liners or are at the point of giving up! Blurred lines are literally the goal here, so get smudging for a lived in, rock-star vibe.