When used the right way, white eyeliner can be a game-changing beauty product, doing everything from concealing a blemish to brightening eyes. When used incorrectly, however, it can totally derail your look. We turned to celebrity makeup artist Carolina Dali to learn more about the most common mistakes women make with this shade of eyeliner, along with what you should do instead.
Lining Your Waterline
Lining your waterline with black liner can make your eyes look bigger and brighter, but doing so with white liner is a big beauty no-no. “Oftentimes, it looks artificial,” Dali explains. “I prefer using an off-white shade with a hint of beige like Chanel Kohl Liner in Clair #69 ($29). You will have the same eye-opening effect with a more natural look.”
Applying Liner Under Your Lashes
Another place where white eyeliner doesn’t belong? Along your lower lid, right under the lashes. Just like using it on the waterline, it’s very unflattering. Instead, Dali suggests using a light brown or bronze shade and using a small angled brush to blend it in. “Less is more with lining under the lash line,” she says. “When done with a light bronzed shade, it will create the illusion of a fuller lower lash line while opening up and defining your eyes.”
Using Liner Under Your Brow
For brightening your brow bones, Dali says to skip the white eyeliner as well. “It can look cartoonish,” she says. “Instead, use a champagne or vanilla shadow under your brows.” The softer colors will make your brow bone pop without looking crazy.
So where can you use white eyeliner on your eyebrows? “When shaping and tweezing your brows, apply a generous amount of white liner to the hairs you want to remove,” Dali explains. “This will prevent you from over tweezing and will help you achieve the perfect brows. Once you’re done tweezing the unwanted hairs, wipe away the white liner.”
Layering It Over Regular Liner
While layering your favorite black or brown liner over white-lined eyes is a cool beauty trick, doing the opposite is a big beauty mistake. “Lots of girls rocked that look in NYC during the 90’s, and that’s where it should remain,” says Dali. “Instead, layer with a color like a soft pastel blue for hazel eyes, lavender for green and bronze for blue. The color contrasts will make your eye color stand out and add a fun element.”
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