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When it comes to eyeliner, you probably reach for the same brown or black eyeliner pencil day in and day out. And while there’s certainly nothing wrong with that, there are also plenty of other eyeliner ideas to try out. Why not forgo your usual brown lash line look for something more dramatic and bold? Or trade in your favorite black wing for a dotted cat eye or a negative space cut crease look? If lack of eyeliner application experience is what’s keeping you from trying out something new in the eye makeup department, don’t fret—we’ve got 21 eyeliner ideas that you can definitely do. Keep reading to learn about all of them, plus our best products and application tips to use along the way.
We couldn’t do an eyeliner roundup without mentioning the smoky eye. For the perfect sultry smoky eye, grab your go-to dark brown and black eye shadow palette and the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black. Then, brush up on these 8 Tips for the Perfect Smoky Eye.
Is there any eye makeup look more classic than the black cat eye? It’s an all-time favorite for a reason—it’s gorgeous! Equal parts dramatic, romantic, and always on-trend, a classic black cat eye is well-suited for just about any occasion, whether day or night. To achieve the perfect cat eye, don’t forget to apply primer beforehand and start your cat eye with the wing first. And if those two tips aren't enough to spark confidence in your cat eye skills, here are 7 Hacks for the Perfect Cat Eye.
If the thought of applying a dramatic smoky eye is intimidating, try the smudging technique instead. Smudged black eyeliner is like the punk-rock cousin of the traditional smoky eye, and you can smudge a little or a lot, depending on your mood. Here’s How to Wear Smudged Black Eyeliner.
Tightlining, also known as invisible eyeliner, is an eye makeup technique that involves applying eyeliner onto your upper waterline to create the appearance of thicker, more defined lashes. The idea behind tightlining is to make it look as if you haven’t even applied eyeliner at all—yet still make people wonder how your eyes and lashes appear so naturally defined and stunning. Since this technique involves getting really close to your eyes, it's best to make sure you're doing it the right way. Our article, What is Tightlining? Everything You Need to Know About this Invisible Eyeliner Technique, has all the details.
In case you missed it, teal eye makeup is officially on trend. Look around on social media and in magazines and you’ll quickly see just how popular teal eye makeup is. One of the best ways to try out this trendy hue is with a bold, bright teal eyeliner, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Intrepid Teal. Wear it as a cat eye or try out a two-toned version by applying another shade from the teal color family, such as Vivid Aqua or Wild Green, on top.
This classic eyeliner look is as versatile as it is stunning; Wear it to work, brunch, a night out, or anything in between. Of course, just because this liner look is a true classic doesn’t mean it’s the easiest to create yourself. However, we’d also argue that because winged eyeliner will always be in style, it’s worth taking the time to learn how to perfect it for yourself. Here’s How to Achieve Your Sharpest Winged Eyeliner Look. Once you’ve perfected your winged liner technique you can branch out from traditional black and brown liner and try a colorful winged look.
Sometimes, going with a nearly invisible eyeliner hue can be just as bold as black or brown. Use nude eyeliner to brighten the appearance of your eyes, make your eyes appear larger, or layer it underneath your eye shadow to make it really pop. Need a rec? Try all of those nude eyeliner hacks with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Nude.
One easy way to update a traditional cat eye is to reach for a colored eyeliner pencil, rather than your everyday black shade. This is a simple and fun way to update a cat eye for different seasons and occasions. Choose a beautiful cobalt blue for the summer months, or switch to a metallic silver or gold for the holidays.
Two-toned eyeshadow is a timeless look, but two shades of liner can be equally as stunning. What’s more, it’s easier to apply than you might think; Simply line your upper lash line as usual, or however you like (winged, cat eye, a traditional thin line—it's up to you!). Then, choose a second color of eyeliner and carefully trace just above that line. That’s it—your two-toned liner look is done!
Need some color combo inspiration? Try layering a bright shade on top of traditional black, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party on the bottom and Electric Blue on top. Or, go for warmer shades and try layering a brown liner, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Brown, with Burgundy on top. Mix things up and get creative!
The typical cat eye involves a winged line of eyeliner, of course, but what would happen if you were to replace that straight line with dots? We’ll tell you what will happen—a gorgeous and super fun twist on your standard cat eye. Add an extra element of fun and apply your dots using a colored eyeliner pencil, like a bold blue or a bright purple!
Brighten things up with white eyeliner! Use it for a wing, along your lower lash line, or in the innermost corner of your eye to get a wide-awake look. Actually, you’d be surprised at all of the many looks you can achieve with just a white eyeliner pencil. Grab the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in White Party and read up on 8 White Eyeliner Hacks to Try ASAP.
Another on-trend eyeliner shade that’s perfectly suited for a dinner date or a night out? None other than silver. Try out a silver hue on your lower lash line for a chic underliner look. Simply grab a silver eyeliner pencil, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Silver, then line your lower lash line for a gorgeous metallic pop! For more silver eye makeup ideas, here’s How to Do a Silver Eyeliner Makeup Look.
The difference between two-toned and color-blocked eyeliner is that rather than always layering one color on top of the other vertically, color-blocked liner can be applied in a myriad of different ways. You can apply color only in the middle of your eye, then apply black along the inner and outermost corners. You could apply one shade on the top lash line, and another on the bottom. You get the idea—there are quite a few options. For all of our many color-blocked eyeliner ideas, here’s How to Do Color-Blocked Eyeliner.
Ombré isn’t just for your hair. This trend also makes for an impressive eyeliner look. To try ombré liner for yourself, grab a white eyeliner pencil, as well as another eyeliner color of your choice. Start by applying the white liner onto your upper lash line from the innermost corner to the center of your eye. Then, grab your colored pencil and use it to line the outer third of your upper lash line. Finally, use a thin eyeliner brush to blend the two colors where they meet. Voila! You’ve just created a fabulous fade.
Rose gold is definitely one of the trendiest makeup and hair color hues of the moment, and it also makes for a chic and subtle eyeliner look. Grab the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Rose Gold and apply a thick line onto your upper lash line and a thinner line on your lower lash line. Skip the eye shadow altogether and apply a few swipes of black mascara, then you’re as good as (rose) gold!
Extend your wing outward a bit further than normal, then use a second shade of liner to apply another wing on top. Double the wings, double the fun!
If you want to really step up the drama with your eyeliner look, consider a more graphic approach, such as the negative space cut crease. This eye makeup look involves applying eyeliner to define the shape of your eyes while leaving a blank space in the middle of your lids. The final look will turn heads (in a good way), and although it’s easier than it looks to create yourself, we have a tutorial that will teach you exactly how to get the look. Here's How to Create a Negative Space Cut Crease.
Sometimes, you don’t need a fancy new eyeliner technique to create a stunning final look. Instead, simply switch up the shade of eyeliner you’re using in the first place! We’re particularly fond of majestic purple eyeliner, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Purple and Aubergine, at the moment. Use your purple liner on both your upper and lower lash lines for a bold look, or simply add a flick on either eye for a colored wing.
Another hot hue we’re loving for the summer season is bright orange, which makes for a bold statement look. Don’t be intimidated by the brightness of orange liner—we promise that anyone can rock this cool-girl look! Here’s How to Pull Off Bright Orange Eyeliner.
Instead of lining your upper lash line and creating the typical cat-eye flick, line only your lower lash line and create a wing at the inner corner of your eye. Then, leave your upper lash line totally blank for an unexpected and totally trendy eyeliner look. To get this look, you’ll want to use a liquid eyeliner that has a precision brush, like the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner in Black.
The latest Korean beauty trend surprisingly isn’t a skin care trend. Lucky for you, it’s actually an eye makeup look! Puppy liner involves using eyeliner to create a soft, doe-eyed look. Read up on how to get the look in our article, What Is Puppy Liner?
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