While you can never go wrong with a classic winged eyeliner look, sometimes it’s good to trade our go-to makeup techniques for something that’s a little more creative. The graphic eyeliner trend allows you to experiment with your look by using striking colors and geometric shapes to make your eyes the focus. Graphic eyeliner has been making waves in the beauty world and opening our eyes to new ways to play with face makeup. Here, we’re sharing eight graphic eyeliner looks to add to your eye makeup rotation, plus three-step tutorials to help you complete the look.
Instead of sticking with a single color, use two eyeliner shades for a fun, dimensional look. For a step-by-step tutorial for this graphic eyeliner makeup look, read our article How to Do Color-Blocked Eyeliner.
Your graphic eyeliner look isn’t limited to sharp lines, you can round out your makeup look with a dotted graphic eye.
Get the Look:
Step 1: Prime Your Eyes
Before we get into the good stuff, it’s important to apply an eye primer to your lids. This will help prep your skin for your eye makeup, as well as keep your makeup in place throughout the day (or night).
Step 2: Grab Your Eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeshadow, keep it simple, and allow your graphic eyeliner to be the star of the show. Coat your lid with a nude matte shadow for a clean, simple look. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris Beach.
Step 3: Line Your Eyes
To start dotting away, choose your favorite shade from the L’Oréal Paris Matte Signature Liquid Dip Eyeliner, Waterproof line—whether you want to stick to traditional black or a popping blue—and create a wing on your upper lash line. Then, draw small dots along your lower lash line to add a graphic element to your look. You can get even fancier by alternating the colors of your dots for a makeup look that’s fun and colorful.
Step 4: Coat Your Lashes
Finish your dotted graphic eyeliner look by applying a few coats of volumizing mascara, like the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Washable Mascara, Lasting Volume.
A dramatic graphic eyeliner look doesn’t have to be complicated. If you’re looking for something truly show-stopping, give a negative space cut crease a try. You’ll find a step-by-step tutorial for this eye makeup look in our article, How to Create a Negative Space Cut Crease.
3. Negative Space Cut Crease
4. Inner Corner Accent
It’s all in the details or in the case of this graphic eyeliner look, it’s all in the corners. This is the perfect look for those who want to ease into the graphic eyeliner trend or for anyone still working on their eyeliner drawing skills.
Get the look:
Step 1: Prime Your Lid
Prep your eyelids and apply a minimalist eyeshadow shade like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible 24HR Eyeshadow in Iced Latte for a subtle nude shimmer.
Step 2: Grab Your Eyeliner
Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in True Teal for a pop of color. Use the pencil to line around the inner corners of your eyes and really make your peepers stand out.
Step 3: Apply Mascara
Reach for the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara to coat your lashes and complete your eye makeup look.
5. Double Reverse Cat Eye Corner
If your favorite TV characters are giving you a bit of euphoria, this may be the graphic eyeliner look for you. The creative eye makeup boasts a distinct double inner corner accent that plays on the reverse cat eye trend. It’s easy to do but still a major standout.
7. Crystal Embellished Eyeliner
If you’re loving the crystal eye makeup look that’s super on trend right now but prefer a more understated version, try a graphic eyeliner look with fewer jewels. This allows the liner to still be the focus of the look while the crystals work to enhance the detail in your design.
8. Squared Off
With sharp lines, squared edges, and a super-chic matte finish, this style of graphic eyeliner adds a touch of retro charm to any modern look.
Get the look:
Step 1: Prime Your Lids
Since your eyeliner will extend farther up your lid than you’re probably used to, prep your eyelids with a bit of primer first.
Step 2: Pull Your Lid Taut
In order to get a super-defined square-shaped line, use your ring finger (it has the lightest touch of all your fingers) to gently pull your lid upwards at the far corner before you start applying eyeliner.
Step 3: Draw And Define Your Square Shape
Using a felt-tipped liquid eyeliner in the shade of your choice, trace thickly over your lash line, gradually building until you reach your desired height. Lastly, it’s time to sharpen the edges to ensure that your eyeliner looks as geometric as possible.
9. UnderlinerIf you want to level up your eye makeup without the need for eyeshadow, a bold underliner will suit your needs. All you have to do is grab a pencil eyeliner in the color of your choice and fill in your lower waterline—right at the base of your lashes. Not only is bottom liner a great way to shake things up, but this look also allows you to experiment with various trends for a unique finish. Check out our article, 12 Stylish Ways You Can Wear Bottom Liner, for plenty of ideas.
10. Double-Sided Cat Eye
The double-sided cat eye is all about extending to opposite ends of the eye for some calligraphy-inspired flair.
Get The Look:
Step 1: Start With A Classic Cat Eye
Line your upper lids using a liquid or gel eyeliner—don’t forget to extend a small flick at the end.
Step 2: Put It In Reverse
Moving to the lower lash line, draw a super-fine line from the bridge of your nose up towards the inner corner of your eye, extending the eyeliner along your lower lash line about halfway. If needed, clean up your lines with a cotton swab and micellar water like the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof - All Skin Types which gently removes makeup without stripping the skin.
Step 3: Add Mascara For Drama
Finish off your look by topping it off with volumizing mascara. The L’Oréal Paris Air Volume Mega Mascara, Lightweight Mega Volume Washable is great because it provides intense volume without flaking or weighing down the lashes.
Edited by: Shalwah Evans, Photo Credit: JOSEFA /IG @ imoddlyglam
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