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Fashion week might be over, but many of the beauty trends that made their debut will live on. While we’re the first to admit that not every makeup look seen strutting down the runways was super-practical and translatable to everyday life, one thing’s for sure: You most definitely can rock graphic eye makeup in everyday life. Want to learn how to apply eyeliner for an on-trend look? From double-lined eyes to squared off wings to precise under-eye dots, it’s time to learn how to color outside the lines in 2018. Here, step-by-step instructions for five must-try graphic eyeliner trends.
Everybody is familiar with the classic cat eye, but this dotted beauty takes a basic eye makeup look to a whole new level. Ready to add serious style to your makeup routine? Let’s get to work!
Get the look by following these simple steps:
Step 1: Create a classic cat eye. Use a liquid eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner, to draw a standard cat eye along your upper lash line.
Step 2: Add some dots. There’s no set number—just use your felt-tipped liquid eyeliner to draw evenly spaced dots along your lower lash line. Go big for a more baby doll look, or keep them small for just enough style without being too attention-grabbing.
Looking for a way to add a little rebellious flair to your look? Then this is the eyeliner trend for you! With mod, squared edges and a super-chic matte finish, you’ll be able to add a touch of retro charm to a modern look.
Step 1: Prime your lids. Since your eyeliner will extend farther up your lid than you’re probably used to, it’s a good idea to prep your lids with a bit of primer first.
Step 2: Gently 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 on blocky eyeliner. 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. Want to show off a pop of color? Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Electric Blue.
Step 4: Define your square shape. Lastly, it’s time to sharpen the edges to ensure that your eyeliner looks as geometric as possible.
Sometimes, two is better than one—and when it comes to a cat eye, we sure think so. Meow!
Step 1: Start with a classic cat eye. Use a black eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Black, to create a cat eye. (And yes, you can use a pencil for winged eyeliner!)
Step 2: Double up. After you’re done drawing your first line, draw another line directly above it in another color, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue. Extend it just a tad further than the black line for added flair.
With the same idea of multiplying in mind, the double-sided cat eye is all about extending to opposite ends of the eye for a calligraphy-inspired flair.
Step 1: Start with a classic cat eye. Line and flick your upper lids using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Lacquer Liner 24H in Blackest Black.
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.
Step 3: Clean up your look. Got a little messy? Don’t be so hard on yourself—happens to the best of us! You don’t have to start over from scratch. It’s just another time to break out micellar water and a cotton swab. Try the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types.
When it comes to using eyeliner, how often do you actually pay attention to your lower lid? Not all that much, we bet! Well, without further ado, we present to you one of our all-time favorite lower lash line looks!
Step 1: Line your waterline. Who would’ve thought you could start a statement makeup look under your eyes? 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.
Step 2: Top it off with mascara. Finish this eye makeup look with a coat of the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Fiber X Mascara and you’ll be ready for whatever the day has in store.
Haven’t had your fill of makeup trends? Here are 7 Makeup Trends to Get on Your Radar for Spring 2018.