Eyeliner Trends To Try Now
Eyeliner is a must-have for any makeup aficionado, but recent runway shows and red carpet looks have inspired us to rethink our more modest lining-around-the-lashes technique. That being said, some of these looks showcased recently are a bit aggressive for everyday wear, and likely impossible to recreate. Keep reading for a breakdown of the trendiest eyeliner looks, and how to make them actually wearable.
TIP: These eyeliner techniques are eye-catching, pun intended. Since everyone’s glance will be rising to meet yours, you’ll want your peepers in tip-top shape. Try using the Michael Todd Eye Eraser ($89) in tandem with an eye cream to reduce under-eye puffiness and dark circles. M-61 Vitablast A&C Eye Cream ($78) is totally effective yet light enough to use pre makeup application.
INNER RIM LINER
While this look is popular, it isn’t exactly easy. Hello, tears! Challenges have never stopped us before, though – and between Emma Stone’s inner rim look and the Dior Haute Couture runway, this is a technique we need to nail. Makeup artist Robby Nelson suggests using a kohl based pencil since “natural kohl is soothing to the eye. Also, always freshly sharpen your pencil to wipe away any shavings from the tip. And NEVER, never share your eyeliner pencil. You have been warned…”
TRY: Chanel Le Crayon Khốl Intense Eye Pencil ($28)
Colorful eyeliner is unexpected (we see you, Delpozo), and can be as bold or as subtle as you wish. Robby recommends not matching your eyeliner to your eye color, but rather looking for a complementary or contrasting shade. “Blue eyes? Try violet or copper to make your eyes shine. Brown eyes? Navy or jade will give a real POP. Green eyes? Plum or warm brown are perfect.”
TRY: MAC Technakohl Liner ( $16), which comes in 37 unique shades.
WINGED CAT EYE
According to Nina Leykind, Founder and Creative Director of Eyeko, major cat eyes are being spotted “everyday, everywhere!” Two notable cat eyes of late include Oscar de la Renta’s fall show and Marion Cotillard’s look at the Oscars. A feline eye is undeniably glam, but sometimes, it’s a bit much for your average day. Nina explains how to pair down the MEOW: “Keep the focus on eyes only to make the look less theatrical. Try dark brown or navy for a subtle slant, or simply thin out the line and don’t extend past the length of your outer lashes to make this look work for the office.”
TRY: Eyeko Visual Eyes Liquid Eyeliner in Marine ($19)
Suno made a major statement with squared off, chunky liner. While it reminds us of a geometry class, it’s not very wearable… or technically approachable (like geometry!). To try the Suno technique, Nina recommends “shifting the scale of the line by extending liner a third of the way in along the upper lid to make the look more sophisticated but still edgy. Shorten and reduce the wing for a liner look that’s still on trend but easier to emulate for a flattering feline flick.”
TRY: Essence Gel Eyeliner ($4)
Give these eyeliner trends a whirl today, but, like all makeup, remember to remove before bed. Nina prefers a bi-phase or oil and water based cleanser and uses Eyeko Mascara Off Wipes ($9) in a pinch. “Make sure to press the solution down onto eyes to allow the color to break down before you wipe it off – and never rub,” explains Nina. “This can not only cause redness and irritation ,but premature wrinkling, too.” For sensitive eyes, try Yes To Cucumbers ($5) hypoallergenic wipes.
Casey Sharbaugh currently resides in New York City and works in the fashion industry. In her spare time, you can find Casey spinning, trying new beauty products, or browsing the city for the best ice cream cone. Find her on Twitter at @caseyhshar