Just as there are different types of eyeliner, there are also various ways to wear it. From a classic cat eye to something edgy and bold, the options are endless. And the best part? Once you master one style, it’s easy to switch things up and try something new. So whether you’re an eyeliner novice or a pro, keep reading to learn 7 different styles to try.
1. The Cat Eye
The cat eye is perhaps the most popular eyeliner style, and for good reason. It’s classic, flattering, and can be played up or down, depending on how thick or thin you make the line. To achieve the perfect cat eye, start by lining your upper lash line with a pencil liner. Then, use a small brush to extend the liner out into a wing at the outer corner of your eye. Whether you make the wing bold or go for something subtle, you’ll have a stylish feline look that’s sure to turn heads.
2. The Smokey, Smudged Eye
For a sultrier take on eyeliner, ditch the wing, and go for a smudged look instead. Start by lining your upper lash line with a pencil liner, preferably in a darker shade. Then, use a small brush to smudge the liner outward, creating a soft, diffused look. This style is perfect for when you want an ‘unmade-up’ make-up look!
3. The Cut Crease
If you love a dramatic eyeliner look, the cut crease is definitely for you. To achieve this style, start by applying a light eyeshadow all over your lid up to the crease. Then, use a darker shadow to create a defined crease. Next, line your upper lash line with a pencil liner and extend it out into a wing at the outer corner of your eye. Finally, use a small brush to blend the liner into the crease for an even more defined appearance.
4. The Lower Lash Line
For a more subtle take on eyeliner, try lining your lower lash line instead of your upper. This style is perfect for those who want to add a bit of definition to their eyes without looking like they’re wearing a lot of make-up. To achieve this look, simply line your lower lash line with a pencil liner and then use a small brush to smudge it outward and diffuse any harshness.
5. The Waterline
Lining your lower waterline (the inner rim of your eye) is another great way to add definition and is perfect for those who want to make their eyes appear brighter. To achieve this look, simply line your waterline with a pencil liner and use a small brush to smudge the liner outward for a softer look. If you decide to try this style, remember to never pull down on your eyes when applying the liner and always use a gentle touch.
6. The Halo Eye
The halo eye is a dramatic and attention-grabbing eyeliner style that’s perfect for those who want to make a statement. Start by lining your upper lash line with a pencil liner and extending it out into a wing at the outer corner of your eye. Then, use a small brush to blend the liner into the crease, as in the above tip for the cut crease, but this time apply liner at the inner corner of the lid too, blending in well. Finish this look by using a pencil liner along your lower lash line, then smudging lightly with your small brush.
Tightlining is a technique where the upper waterline is lined and is great for giving the eyes a wide-awake appearance while also making your lashes look fuller. To achieve this style, gently lift the upper lid of the eye and while looking up, use a pencil liner to apply a line as close to the lashes as possible along the waterline.
Whether you’re a cat eye fan or love a smokey, smudged eye, there’s an eyeliner style out there for everyone. And with so many different looks to choose from, the possibilities are endless. Don’t be afraid to experiment and remember, practice makes perfect!
So, which style will you be rocking today? Let us know in the comments!