Water activated eye liners also known as dry liners, wet liners, hydra or aqua liners or even as Hydra Color are the newest makeup trend and fashionistas around the world are going nuts about how bold and easy to use these makeup products are!
Unlike most regular eye liners that come in a pen form, the hydra or aqua style liners come in a dry form with a consistency between clay and chalk depending on the brand and color, and they need to be activated with a very thin synthetic bristled brush and water.
What is a hydra or aqua liner?
These new kind of eye liners are water activated eye liners that come in a dry cake form that can have the consistency of clay or chalk depending on brand and color.
The word hydra, hydro or aqua simply means water, and they are used to refer to these products as they are water activated products.
Some brands refer to them as hydra liners, some call them wet liners, aqua liners, dry liners. They are all pretty much the same concept. A clay like makeup cake that is very pigmented and needs to be activated with water using a long tip brush.
How to use hydra or wet liners?
The best way to use an aqua style liner is to activate it with clean water and a thin long tip brush, preferably made from synthetic bristles as they work better with this kind of makeup. Just follow these steps:
1 - Dip your brush in water.
2 - Rub the brush back and forward against the makeup cake until you notice that the brush is well loaded but nor drippy. It should have a thick ink consistency.
3 - Rub off any excess makeup of the tip of your brush against the edge of the water container.
4 - Apply on the eye lid, over the lash line (not on the wet line as this is a water activated product) in a simple stroke. You can always do re touches if needed.
5 - Rinse your brush well. You can read all of our sanitization suggestions for makeup artists and face painters on the following blog posts:
A - COVID Related Sanitation Tips for Makeup Artists
B - Top 10 Safety and Hygiene Tips for Makeup Artists - The Ultimate Guide
C - How to Sanitize and Clean your Makeup Brushes and Sponges
A few things that you should NEVER do:
1 - Do not apply water, or makeup activator directly onto the makeup cake, always apply it to your brush.
2 - If you use anything other than water to activate our wet liner, then is best to scrape some qua style liner off the pot with a metal spatula, putting it on a makeup palette, and then activating that portion of the makeup with the activator, this way, you won-t be adding other ingredients to the original pot. This is also a great sanitation tip to keep your makeup pots free from bacteria.
Here is a very good brush we recommend for applying your wet eye liner:
BOLT | Face Painting Brushes by Jest Paint - Thin Round #1
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by Jest Paint Bolt Brushes
Product Code: JPBBT100
*The UV orange paint may fade if in contact with direct sunlight. You may notice that your brushes will turn to different shades of orange or yellow over time. The brush pictured is a full image and an up close shot. The price listed is for one brush.
What is this brush best for?
This Bolt face painting brush is ideal for making small/thin swirls and teardrops as well as highly detailed line work, like the eyes, lashes etc. in the Unicorn pictured above. I love this brush because the bristles are almost all the same length, so when you do twirls short there are no short bristles on the side that flick off, they all move together! Bolt brushes have a a nice firm bounce to them, which makes them perfect for highly detailed line work and teardrops.
What materials are used in this brush?
Bolt Brushes are made with wooden handles and multi-diameter synthetic bristles.
What are the dimensions of this product?
This brush is 7 and 1/4" long from tip to end. The base of the bristles is approximately a little more than 1/16" in a diameter and the bristles are 3/8" long. The handles are approximately 1/4" in diameter Neon orange dipped in green handles that are UV reactive and have a glossy paint job!
How to use round brushes?
Get your brush wet, wipe the end of it against the edge of your water container, rub against your dry cake until you create a creamy consistency and then paint on the face/body.
What else should I know about Bolt Brushes?
Because they are made out of synthetic sable bristles, no animals were hurt for the production of these brushes. These brushes were designed by Jest Paint and assembled in the USA with parts from Thailand.
* La pintura naranja UV puede desvanecerse si entra en contacto con la luz solar directa. Puedes notar que tus pinceles cambiarán a diferentes tonos de naranja o amarillo con el tiempo. El pincel en la foto es una imagen completa y un plano cercano. El precio indicado es para un pincel.
¿Qué materiales se utilizan en este pincel?
Los Bolt Brushes están hechos con mangos de madera y cerdas sintéticas de varios diámetros.
¿Cuáles son las dimensiones de este producto?
Este pincel mide 18,41 cm de largo desde la punta hasta el extremo. La base de las cerdas mide aproximadamente un poco más de 0,16 cm de diámetro y las cerdas tienen 0,95 cm de largo. El mango tiene aproximadamente 0,63 cm de diámetro ¡El mango naranja es reactivo a los rayos UV y tiene un trabajo de pintura brillante!
Moja tu pincel, limpia el extremo contra el borde del recipiente de agua, frótalo contra la pastilla seca hasta crear una consistencia cremosa y luego pinta la cara / cuerpo.
¿Para qué es mejor este pincel?
Este pincel Bolt es ideal para hacer gotas, remolinos pequeños y delgados, así como para delineador altamente detallados. Los pinceles Bolt tienen un buena resistencia firme, lo que los hace perfectos para delineados altamente detallados y gotas.
¿Qué más debo saber sobre los pinceles Bolt?
Debido a que están hechos de cerdas sintéticas, ningún animal resultó herido por la producción de estos pinceles. Estos pinceles fueron diseñados por Jest Paint y ensamblados en los EE. UU. Con piezas de Tailandia.
This Bolt Brush has a very sharp thin tip that will give you full control on application and it is easy to wash and re use as needed.
What are the most common ingredients on hydra or wet style eye liners?
That really depends on the brands, although most use a paraffin wax, glycerin and or Acacia Senegal Gum base, with cosmetic grade or special effect pigments.
Are aqua or hydra style wet liners vegan?
This is something that you would need to check with every individual brand. Most brands of dry liners we have researched use vegan ingredients and are not tested on animals. The only non vegan ingredients you could find on some brands are normally lanolin, carmine pigment, shellac and beeswax. Read the ingredients list carefully and ask questions to make sure that you support cruelty free makeup products.
Are wet or hydro style liners water proof?
By definition water activated eye liners, also known as hydra or aqua liners are water activated which means that they are not water proof. But, if you use a makeup sealer like Ben Nye Final Seal or a Water Resistant Activator like Mehron's Mixing Liquid instead of water, you can obtain a more water and sweat resistant look. Keep in mind that both of these products contain alcohol, so you need to be very careful when working near the eye.
Ben Nye - Makeup Sealer - Final Seal Spray 2 fl oz/59ml
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Product Code: BN101
Final Seal provides a smudge proof, matte "top coat" for most types of makeup. This product is a great way to seal Mehron StarBlends and Ben Nye Lumiere pressed powders too.
THIS ITEM CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED WITHIN THE USA AND CAN'T BE SHIPPED TO APO/FPO/DPO. In order for your package to be shipped using air mail, the package can not be over 25lbs and it can't have more than 48 Fl Oz of Alcohol Based products. If these conditions are not met, we will contact you to arrange a different shipping method.
Mehron | Mixing Liquid - 4.5 fl oz.
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Product Code: MHOT104
- Mehron Mixing Liquid is an alcohol based product for mixing dry pigments such as Mehron Metallic Powders or Precious Gem Powders.
- Mixing Liquid creates a liquid paint out of your loose powders that dries completely and makes your powders much more opaque and smudge proof, and capable to do clean line work.
- You can also use this product with Ben Nye Magicakes or StarBlends to create a pretty water resistant face paint.
- Check out this Bottle Brush for less mess and fast applications for full body painting when using Mixing Liquids and loose powders.
NOTE: THIS ITEM CAN ONLY BE SHIPPED WITHIN THE USA AND CAN'T BE SHIPPED TO APO/FPO/DPO. In order for your package to be shipped using air mail, the package can not be over 25lbs and it can't have more than 48 Fl Oz of Alcohol Based products. If these conditions are not met, we will contact you to arrange a different shipping method.
Although these wet liners are not water proof, they tend to be fairly smudge resistant.
Do aqua or Hydra Color style liners come in different colors and textures?
Yes, Hydra Color or wet style liners come in many different shades including matte colors, metallic or pearlescent colors and neon/UV style colors.
Matte colors tend to be vibrant, opaque and have a matte or glossy finish depending on the specific formula.
Metallic or pearl colors have a nice shine to them, and although they give a bit less definition because of their pearlescent finish, they are beautiful and if dark enough will provide a solid coverage.
UV or neon style hydra liners are extremely vibrant and most react to black light, making them glow under a black light and looking super bright under regular sun light. They look even more impactful when used over darker skin tones.
Can I use hydra wet style aqua liners as eye shadows or lipstick?
Yes you can! They can be used as eye shadow and the metallic colors look specially good for that, you can even combine them with some ultra fine loose powder like the Mehron Gem Powders or with Cosmetic Grade Fine or Chunky Glitters. Just make sure to use a makeup sealer afterwards to make the results last. You can also extend your makeup look and make it out of this world using glitter cremes or gels.
If used as a lipstick you will need a really good lipstick sealer, as otherwise it will come off easily.
They are not intended to be used as foundation, highlighters or blush as the consistency is not ideal for such makeup uses.
You can also use them to create more out of the box makeup looks, using shields or stencils to create more elaborate makeup looks that will stand out on a cat walk, or for editorial jobs.
How do I store my water activated eye liners?
The most important ting about any makeup product, including Hydra Color style wet liners is that it should be stored in a clean environment, away from direct sunlight, direct sources of heat, in a cool and dry environment. Never leave them inside your car or in a basement, or kitchen.
Before you put them away make sure they are fully dry, if they are not, leave them with the lids open in a clean environment until they dry, then put the lids back on and store.
You can use a makeup case to keep them from being exposed to light.
How to remove Hydra Color style eye liners?
Hydra Color liners, just as others in the market referenced as hydra, wet, dry or aqua liners can be removed using a makeup wipe or just soap and water and a gentle makeup sponge. They are very easy to remove and they don't require the use of expensive makeup removers.
If by any chance you are left with a small faint shadow of the color, you can use lotion to hydrate the area and then remove again with soap and water.
Can I correct mistakes I made during application?
Yes you can! You can correct your application of wet liners with a Q-tip style tool. Just get the tip wet, if you can add some makeup soap like Lush Brush to your water for easier removal, and wipe off the area you want to clean, then use a dry end of the Q-tip to dry the area and leave it nice and clean.
What are Hydra Color wet Rainbow Liners?
Well, this is probably what is going to blow makeup artists minds! These are cute dry makeup cakes that can be activated with water using a 1/4" small angular brush to pick 2 or more colors and create an instant rainbow eye liner look with one stroke of your liner brush! This is insanely great looking and fast and easy to do! Just twist your brush so you start with just the tip and as you get to the center of the eye you can twist it so the full width of the brush touches the eyelid giving you the full rainbow effect.
This kit bellow is the perfect way to get you started into this totally brand new makeup trend of one stroke Rainbow Liners that can set your makeup skills apart from competitors and allow you to become the next YouTube sensation!
Legal Disclaimer: Jest Paint LLC does not claim ownership or trade mark of the terms hydra liner, aqua liner, wet liner or dry liner. Titanium Art Supplies Pty Ltd claims Trademark ownership over the term "Hydra Color" and "Rainbow Liners" when used in reference to wet or water activated style eyeliners and similar makeup style products for face and body application.