Can You Wear Eyeliner Without Mascara?

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Can you wear eyeliner without mascara? This is a question I am often asked, and my answer is always the same. Yes, you can wear eyeliner alone or with mascara, but it really depends on your style and what you’re looking for.

A lot of people choose to pair eyeliner with mascara typically. However, some people choose to wear one or the other, instead of pairing them together. For example, if you want to go for a natural look, then wearing mascara alone will be fine. If you want an edgy look then you can wear eyeliner only (or with false lashes).

What kind of eye look do you prefer? Do you want more definition or are you looking for a more natural look? If you are running out the door or just simply need to choose one or the other, how do you choose? If you are wondering if you can wear just eyeliner, and no mascara then you’re at the right place.

Is It OK To Wear Eyeliner Without Mascara?

The short answer to this is yes. The great thing about makeup is that there are no rules! You do not need to wear mascara just because you choose to wear eyeliner.

There are a lot of ways to make your lashes look longer, thicker, and darker without the use of mascara. These techniques will be perfect to pair with eyeliner for a no-mascara eye look.

Is Mascara Better Than Eyeliner?

Mascara and eyeliner are used for two different reasons but are typically paired together. Mascara is used to lift, elongate, thicken and darken the lashes. It uses a black liquid product to apply over your natural lashes.

Eyeliner is used to darken the line where your lashes sit. Eyeliner is a black, brown, or colored product that can be applied to your upper and lower lash line. It is used to darken the area to give you an appearance of a thicker lash line and bigger eyes.

Both of these products are used to enhance the eyes, but they are used in different ways. Mascara will make your eyes look bigger and eyeliner will make your eyes look brighter. You have to decide which is better: mascara or eyeliner?

Do I Need To Wear Mascara?

Mascara is typically used to make your eyes appear bigger. It will make your lashes longer and thicker. It will also help to curl them. Mascara should be used by applying thin coats of it to your eyelashes applying from base to tip.

Mascara should not be applied heavily because it will make your lashes droop and look heavy. Some mascaras are targeted towards lengthening, volumizing, or curling. Depending on your needs, you may want to use mascara, but you don’t need it.

There are a lot of ways to make your lashes look good without mascara. You can use an eyelash curler which will curl your lashes making them also appear longer without the use of mascara. You can use eyeliner to help enhance your eyes, as the liner will make your eyes look brighter. There are lots of no-mascara makeup looks out there.

Can You Wear Just Eyeliner?

Wearing just eyeliner is also a popular look. Wearing just eyeliner will help to brighten your eyes and draw attention to them. Eyeliner will darken the outsides of your eyes on your lash line and add definition. Pairing eyeliner with curled natural lashes will still be a go-to look for anyone looking to take a break from mascara.

Can You Use Eyeshadow As Eyeliner?

Using eyeshadow as eyeliner has been a popular makeup trick for a while now. Eyeshadow is usually a powder product that is used on the eyelids to create a color story/design. You can use eyeshadow as an eyeliner though.

You can pack the eyeshadow on a thin angled or straight edge brush and run it along your lash line. You can wet the brush with water or setting spray to intensify the result. If you don’t like the boldness of traditional eyeliner then shadow liner might be for you!

You can lightly swipe the eyeshadow on your lash line to give shading without it being a super harsh and dark line. The only con to wearing eyeshadow as eyeliner is that its longevity is not great.

Since eyeshadow is a powder product, it is easy to wipe away or fade throughout the day. We don’t usually like eyeliners to be easily removed throughout the day, so they are usually made with a liquid that is harder to remove and has a longer staying power.

Can You Wear Eye Makeup Without Mascara?

Yes, you can wear eye makeup without mascara! As we said previously, there are a lot of different ways to wear makeup without mascara. You do not have to wear mascara. You can have a full eye look with eyeshadow and eyeliner and it will still look great.

Using extra liner or an eyelash curler can help to give you an enhanced look to your lashes. Although, using just eyeshadow and liner can make for a great eye look and will make your eyes look brighter.

How Can I Make My Eyelashes Look Good Without Mascara?

A lot of people do not like to use mascara for one reason or the other. Some don’t like the feeling, others prefer different products and some just can’t find a good mascara. You can make your eyelashes look good by just using eyeliner and an eyelash curler.

Eyeliner can make your eyes look brighter and the lash curler will help to give your lashes a lift and curl. This will make your eyes appear more open and your lashes will look longer. You can also use eyeshadow as eyeliner to enhance the look of your eyes, as we mentioned above. This will give a similar effect as an eyeliner but with a softer look to it.

Another way to make your eyelashes look good without mascara is by using false eyelashes. False eyelashes are becoming more and more popular as time goes on and makeup trends change. False lashes have become a staple in many people’s makeup routines.

Falsies can be in the form of a strip lash, which is a full lash band, or individual lashes, which are little bunches of lashes together. You can use these lashes very easily with some practice in applying them. To apply lashes you should put a lash glue on the band and apply it to your eye. This will make your eyelashes look good without the use of any mascara or product on your actual natural lashes.

Wearing Eyeliner Without Mascara: Final Thoughts

Overall, there are a lot of different ways to make your lashes look great without the use of mascara. If you don’t like the feeling of it or if you just don’t feel like wearing mascara, then you have other options. Eyeliner is a great alternative to mascara in the sense that it will enhance your eyes.

You can pair eyeliner with falsies, or just an eyelash curler to make your lashes and eyes pop. A lot of people are starting to not wear mascara or choose other options such as false eyelashes. As the makeup trends change, there will be more options to replace mascara. You can definitely skip out on the mascara and opt for other products to help enhance your eyes.

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By Daphnie Bachmann

Daphnie Bachmann is an esthetician and beauty writer at Kintegra Research. She loves beauty and skincare. She always has her eyes open for the next new beauty or skincare product to test out and review. She's inspired by the beauty world and is always willing to share her beauty secrets!