Are you bound to your black eyeliner? Well, we have news for you: white eye makeup is the new black. We still love classic black cat eyes and dark, smudged out eyeliner—but we’re proposing that you branch out with your makeup look this season. It isn’t anything too crazy. We aren’t even suggesting you rock a bright color—not to say that isn’t a good idea, too. Like black, white is a neutral, but rather than making your eyes look smaller—which darker shades can do—it can help you achieve a brighter, wide-eyed look. We wish we had gotten in on this gorgeous makeup trend a lot sooner, and we have a feeling—after reading on—you will too! Below, check out our best white eyeliners and learn nine different white eyeliner looks that can amp up your eye makeup.
OUR BEST WHITE EYELINER PENCIL anD PEN
So, you’re totally on board with trying the white eyeliner trend, but what product should you reach for? Here are our best white eyeliners—we’ve got a pencil and a liquid option, so take your pick!
L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail™ Eyeliner in White: This eyeliner has a creamy formula that glides on easily and is long-lasting. Its built-in sharpener and smudger will make creating different eye makeup looks a breeze.
L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in White Party: This liquid eyeliner has a tiny felt tip, so you can apply your liner accurately and precisely. The high impact color is also long-lasting so you can enjoy all-day wear.
HOW TO USE WHITE EYELINER FOR 9 DIFFERENT WHITE EYELINER LOOKS
As much as the color black is a crucial element in everything from your wardrobe to your makeup routines, it’s fun to mix things up from time to time. The white eyeliner trend provides the perfect opportunity to brighten up your look with a pop of white around your eyes. Learn how to use white eyeliner—nine different ways—below:
1. WHITE CAT EYE
There’s no need to set your favorite style aside when trying out this trend. A traditional cat eye looks especially eye-opening when created with a white liquid eyeliner pen, as it can help brighten the overall look of your eyes. To create a white version of this eye makeup staple, line your upper lid with your white eyeliner pencil and flick the liner outward at the corner of your eye. If you have hooded eyes, be sure to draw your cat eye while your eyes are open. This can help ensure it doesn’t disappear in the hidden crease of your eye.
Editor’s tip: If you’re a winged eyeliner newbie, no worries—you can still rock this look. All you have to do is grab a piece of tape and angle it up at the outer corner of your eye, then use it to help you trace a perfect flick. Easy, peasy!
2. DOUBLED LINER
If you’re not quite ready to say goodbye to your trusty black eyeliner, don’t! Instead, draw your eyeliner on as per usual, using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black. Then, top it off with a line of white eyeliner overtop. It’s the best of both worlds!
3. RETRO STATEMENT EYE
Embrace ‘60s vibes with a little black and white action. To get the look, create a black wing on your top lid before lining your lower lash line with white. Don’t put your white eyeliner pencil down just yet, add a white flick at the inner corner of your eye. It’s basically the makeup equivalent of the yin-yang symbol—pretty neat, right?
4. WHITE INNER CORNERS
For a little highlighting action, trace the inner corner of your eye with a thin line of white eyeliner pencil. It’s a super-understated look that’s perfect for every day. Oh, and did we mention that it looks gorgeous when paired with another bright color? Try it with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue, placing a thin line along your upper lash line, then top things off with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Original Mascara in Cobalt Blue. Talk about a pop of color!
5. WHITE WATERLINE
One of the easiest ways to help make your eyes look more awake is to line your waterline with your white eyeliner pencil. This is also the perfect trick to try if you want your eyes to look bigger. To do so, line your waterline with a very thin line of white eyeliner using a steady hand (we know, it’s easier said than done!).
6. BRIGHT WHITE UNDER-EYES
While you still have your white eyeliner pencil handy, draw a slightly thicker line under your eye. Then, use a blending brush to blend the liner out for a super soft, brightening effect.
7. between two shades
For a more dramatic white eyeliner look, layer white in between two other colorful eyeliner shades, such as a dark blue on the bottom (white in the middle) and light blue on top. This white eyeliner look has no limits, so play around with whatever shades you feel comfortable with.
8. thick block liner
Instead of a thin line, trace a very thick line of white eyeliner along the bottom half of your top eyelid. The result is basically a color-blocked white look that instantly brightens up your eyes. Skip the eyeshadow all together and pair it with a few coats of black mascara for a bold, bright-eyed look.
9. tightline your upper lash line
In our humble opinion, the invisible eyeliner technique—known as tightlining—looks just as cool with white liner. Not quite sure what tightlining is, let alone how to do it for yourself? No worries, we’ve got you covered! Head to our article, What Is Tightlining? Everything You Need to Know About This Invisible Eyeliner Technique, for all the details.
Looking for more trendy eyeliner looks to try? Check out our article, 8 Graphic Eyeliner Looks to Add To Your Eye Makeup Rotation, for some statement-making ideas.