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This summer, go ahead and color outside the lines! Well, at least when it comes to your makeup, that is. We’re talking about colored eyeliner. Wear it to help make eyes stand out this season. The good news is, no matter your preferences, there’s a color and a style that you can rock. From subtle blues to far from mellow yellows, here’s our guide to wearing colored liner. Keep reading to find your perfect match!
All eyeliners aren’t the same. Different formulas can help you achieve different looks, so choose accordingly.
Liquid eyeliner: A liquid liner is perfect for creating bold lines of any size. For liquid novices, stick with one that has a felt tip. Simply treat it like a pen! Once you’ve more got that down, a brush applicator can be used to create even the tiniest of markings.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue, Vivid Aqua, and Intrepid Teal
Gel eyeliner: A gel liner can be used to make both soft and harsh lines, depending on how you apply it. When you use a thin angled brush, the shape almost does the work for you.
Pencil eyeliner: Chances are you’re familiar with this kind of eyeliner. It’s ideal for blending color around your eyes. Sharpen to a fine point to create sharp lines or let it dull for a worn in style.
Product pick: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue, Pure Purple, and True Teal
It’s not just what eyeliner you choose—it’s about the style you decide to create, too. Here’s how to master some tried-and-true eyeliner shapes.
Winged eyeliner: Ensure your eyeliner is on point by creating a striking wing. Start by lining along your upper lash line and extend into a small point towards the end of your eyebrow. Thicken the point, connecting it back to the original line. For a precise flick, use a liquid liner with the skinniest of brushes. The tiny tip will allow you to get as close to perfect as possible.
Thin eyeliner: A thin line will act as a subtle way to spice up an otherwise boring makeup look. With a fresh pencil, press color directly onto your lash line, pushing against lashes, to get the thinnest line you can. If you go overboard or get messy, use a cotton swab dipped in the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types to erase your goofs.
Thick eyeliner: Give off a bolder stance by drawing a wider line. Start off thin and work your way to a thicker line, adding more until you’re happy with the size. Use a marker style liner with a thick tip to simply scrawl across your lids.
Lower eyeliner: Adding color only on your lower lash line can put a spin on any old style. Try taking a pencil and lining your waterline, bringing the color down into your lower lashes. The further you take the product past your lash line, the more daring your look will become.
Smudged eyeliner: Create a softer eye by smudging out your liner before finishing. This messy and undone look can lean more edgy or elegant depending on your color choice. Grab a gel liner and brush on your line, not paying too much attention to perfection. Quickly wipe off the brush before the liner starts to dry. Complete the look by using the brush to soften and smear the gel around your eyes.
Last but not least, it’s time to get colorful! Put down your basic black eyeliner for one of these alluring shades.
Blue: Opt for a cerulean or cobalt color to help make your eyes sparkle. These calming colors make for a great first foray into vibrant liner.
Green: A green liner pairs nicely with a more natural makeup look for an earthy vibe. Emerald hues look especially nice on hazel and brown eyed beauties.
Purple: Make a statement with the most royal color. A hint of purple can take any makeup look to the next level. Shades of violet are famously flattering on green eyes.
Pink: Go totally girly and line your eyes in pink. Rather than keep pink to its traditional place on lips and cheeks, try it on your eyes while keeping the rest of your face totally neutral.
Yellow: For the boldest of the bold looking to test a new hue, yellow is your best bet. This eye-catching color can instantly give you the most interesting eyes in any room—especially if you wing it.