If you’re a makeup lover like we are, then you likely have plenty of eyeliners already stashed in your makeup bag. Chances are, you definitely have a basic black eyeliner, and maybe even a few brighter shades, too. But what about nude eyeliner? You may not have given it a passing glance before, but it turns out that nude eyeliner can be one of the most useful and versatile products in your entire makeup collection. How, you ask? Keep reading to learn about seven nude eyeliner hacks that will change how you feel about this multi-use (yet often overlooked) eye makeup product.
OUR BEST NUDE EYELINER
Before we share our favorite nude eyeliner hacks, let us introduce you to our favorite nude eyeliner pencil: The L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Nude. You can follow all of the eyeliner hacks to come using just this one nude eyeliner pencil, which is formulated to glide on easily and evenly. Moreover, thanks to its no-smudge formula, you can rock your nude eyeliner look all day—and you can use it on your waterline. Now that you have your nude eyeliner picked out, it’s time to get to those hacks!
NUDE EYELINER HACK #1: BRIGHTEN THE APPEARANCE OF YOUR EYES
In the same way that you highlight your upper cheekbones to create a brighter appearance, you can also highlight your eyes to help make them appear brighter. To do so, grab your nude eyeliner pencil and apply a thin line along your lower waterline. Go slowly—this technique takes practice because it’s such a delicate area.
NUDE EYELINER HACK #2: WIDEN THE LOOK OF YOUR EYES
Nude eyeliner can also help make your eyes look bigger. To get the slightly stretched look, apply a dab of nude eyeliner to the inner corners of both eyes. For a seamless finish, blend the nude eyeliner out ever so gently using a cotton swab.
NUDE EYELINER HACK #3: MAKE YOUR EYES POP
If your gaze seems sunken or your lids simply aren’t popping as much as you’d like, grab your nude eyeliner—it can seriously help, and we’re going to tell you how. Simply color in the center of your lids to create a bit of dimension. When the center of your lids are lighter than the sides, this gives the illusion of rounder-looking eyes.
NUDE EYELINER HACK #4: SHAPE YOUR BROWS
Bold, properly-shaped eyebrows are trendier than ever, and they’re not going anywhere. One way to help fake the appearance of perfectly shaped brows, or accentuate the shape you’ve already got, is to use a nude eyeliner. To do so, simply trace along the outside of your brows to carve and sculpt them into your ideal shape. The key to this hack is to fully surround your arches with the nude eyeliner and then blend it out with your fingers or a cotton swab to get rid of any obvious lines.
NUDE EYELINER HACK #5: HIGHLIGHT YOUR FACE
By now, you’re probably a pro at highlighting and contouring your face. If not, all you have to do is trace a swipe of bronzer in the shape of the number “3” stretching down from your forehead to your cheekbones and finally your jawbone. Then, follow up your contouring with highlighting above your cheekbones, between your brows, down your nose, and on the center of your chin. While highlighter definitely has a place in your makeup bag, on those days when your clutch is simply too small to fit another compact inside, nude eyeliner can be used in its place. For real, give it a try!
NUDE EYELINER HACK #6: FAKE FULLER-LOOKING LIPS
The best way to fake the appearance of a pillow-y pout is by highlighting your cupid’s bow, which is the small dip above your upper lip. Thankfully, if you're without highlighter, you don't have to give up on your dream of having full lips—nude eyeliner can come to your rescue. Draw a little bit of nude eyeliner onto the top of your cupid’s bow, then blend out with your finger.
NUDE EYELINER HACK #7: HIDE IMPERFECTIONS
No color-correcting concealer in sight? No problem! All you have to do is reach for your nude eyeliner. Spot a pesky blemish? Quickly dot on nude eyeliner and blend with your finger to expertly mask the look of any imperfections.
WHAT TO PAIR WITH NUDE EYELINER
Once you’ve finished applying your nude eyeliner like a pro, finish off the rest of your makeup with flawless-looking skin, a bold lip, and a flirty set of lashes. Start by applying a full coverage foundation, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Up to 24HR Fresh Wear Foundation, Lightweight, with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blend Artist Foundation Blender. For your bold lip, go with a trendy matte finish, swiping on the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Matte Liquid Lipstick. Finish off with a few coats of the L'Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara and you’re good to go.