6 different ways to wear eyeliner

Blue Ombré

Ocean-blue eyes always feel right on summer vacation. Taking a cue from Elie Saab Spring 2015, line the entire eye in light, bright blue, then blend and smudge a darker shade over it from the middle to the outside corners for rich dimension.

Products used: By Terry Crayon Khol Terrybly Color Eye Pencil in Royal Navy, $34,beauty.com; Rimmel London Scandaleyes Shadow Stick in Tempting Turquoise, $4.50,drugstore.com; Dior Diorshow Mascara in Catwalk Blue, $25, sephora.com.

Pink Flash

Pink likely isn’t your first, second or third color choice for the eye area, but hear us out: A stroke of neon—not tea rose, not salmon—pink across the bottom or top looks sick only in the best sense of the word. Layer powder shadow over liquid liner for a hyper-pigmented look.

Products used: Dior Addict It-Line in It-Pink, $31, sephora.com; Make Up For Ever Artist Shadow Matte in Fresh Pink, $21,makeupforever.com.

Negative Space

For an offbeat, eye-opening effect, skip the scary contact lenses and create negative space by drawing rectangles with a felt-tip liner pen. (Even beauty queens are doing it.)

Products used: L’Oréal Paris Infallible Blackbuster Liner, $7, target.com.

Gunmetal Glitter

Glitter becomes instantly cooler and grittier when done in asphalt gray. Keep it to three points à la Anna Sui Spring 2015.

Products used: YSL Eyeliner Baby Doll in Gris Vinyl, $34, yslbeautyus.com; Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Gunmetal, $20,urbandecay.com.


Diffused rainbow shadows applied up to the brow bones look great in glossy beauty spreads, but are harder to pull off in everyday life. The way to do it is through complementary primary colors and precise, clean lines.

Products used: Maybelline Lasting Drama Gel Eyeliner in Eggplant, $8, drugstore.com; Touch In Sol Style Neon Super Proof Gel Liner in Astral Ice, $16, sephora.com; Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Orange Crush!, $25, sephora.com; M.A.C. Chromaline in Primary Yellow, $20, maccosmetics.com.

Racing Stripes

Not only is perfecting the heavy winged eye tricky, it’s a look we’ve seen a million times, whereas thin, flared-out stripes feel fresh for nights out. Don’t worry about connecting the top line; just draw it out from the crease.

Products used: Revlon Colorstay Liquid Liner in Blackest Black, $6, drugstore.com.

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