Looking to spice up your makeup? Eyeliner may seem like one element that just always stays the same. I mean, how fancy can it get?
Eyeliner doesn’t get the credit it deserves! The bold black can make your eyes pop, bringing out one of your face’s most beautiful features. But every face and eye shape is different, meaning there are lots of different ways to accentuate those baby blues. If you’re tired of the same old basic eyeliner look, here are five ways to mix it up.
Make your eyeliner dual purpose and have it serve as your eyeshadow, too. This look works best with a pencil eyeliner that’s easily smudged and manipulated on your eyelid. Rather than focusing on a clean, sharp line, aim for a smokey look. You can make it as heavy or light as you’d like depending on how moody of a look you’re going for. Smudged eyeliner is easy because it doesn’t need to be perfect or precise.
A trickier option, winged eyeliner can take some practice to get it right. Nailing the wing is about precision and symmetry. But a winged eye is a classic look and something every girl should learn! According to Good Housekeeping, there are several different ways to do winged eyeliner depending on your eye shape. But, they all have the same basic premise: a bold black line with a bit of a tail coming of your lid. The key is to start thin and fill in as you go, making sure both eyes stay even.
- “V” Liner
V liner is a bold option. Rather than going across your entire top or bottom lash line, this style gives your eyes some “white space” or room to breathe. On the top, go about two thirds of the way in, and on the bottom, go just a third of the way in, connecting the lines in the corner for the “V” effect. According to Cosmopolitan, the goal is to have the liner be thicker on top while thin on the lower lash line.
- Fishtail Liner
This unique style is a bit like putting two separate winged lines in your eyeliner — one on the top lid and one on bottom lash line. Maybelline recommends using a gel eyeliner for this look. The key to making this look pop is the defined space between the two lines as it stretches past your eyelid.
With these fun options in your back pocket, your eye makeup will never be boring! Try them all out and don’t be scared to practice each one until you’ve achieved a look you love. And remember: there are no rules when it comes to makeup, so just have fun!