From the runways of fashion week to celebrity red carpets, one beauty trend that never seems to go out of style is colored liner. But because it can be such a bold makeup look, it can also be a little intimidating to try. That’s why we turned to celebrity makeup artists Sage Maitri and Tamah Krinsky to get expert tips on how to wear colored eyeliner the right way.
Complement Your Features
Half the battle of wearing colored eyeliner is choosing a flattering color. Krinsky recommends finding a color that complements your eye color, skin tone and hair color. You can even pull inspiration from your wardrobe. If all else fails, swap out black liner for a navy one or instead of brown, use deep purple. For an easy way to wear it, Maitri suggests only lining your waterline for a subtle yet unexpected pop of color.
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Blend With Your Regular Liner
Instead of one solid line of color that can take over your whole look, you can blend it in with brown or black. Start by alternating dashes of colored liner and the neutral shade, wiggling back and forth between lashes. Then, with your pinkie or Q-tip, lightly blend the two, starting on the outer corner with brown or black, and ending toward the inner corner of your eye with color.
Create a Wash of Color
Use your colored liner as eye shadow, especially if you have a bright but sheer shade. Using the back of your hand as a palette, create a dense patch of color. Then, with a fluffy brush, Maitri stays to work it into the product and buff out on the lid. Finish the look with multiple coats of mascara.
When working with bolder colors than what you’re used to, Krinsky advises to smart small. Concentrate the liner on your actual lash line, blending with your finger or a small soft brush to soften the color for a subtle look. For a bolder statement, go with liquid liner, or keep your line precise using a pencil.
Keep It Balanced
When wearing a bold-colored liner, be sure to balance out the rest of your makeup look. Krinsky says to think of it as a star accessory to your entire look. She recommends keeping the rest of your face neutral and adding a bit of color to your cheeks so the liner doesn’t overwhelm the rest of your makeup.
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