25 Effortlessly Cool Ways to Wear Eyeliner



From liquid liner looks to sultry and smudged, eyeliner is one of the most popular and versatile beauty products found in everyone's makeup bags. The thing is, so many of us have gotten used to a particular way of wearing eyeliner for so long that we're missing out on some serious creativity when it comes to utilizing our eyeliners to their full potential. Whether you want to wear a different colored pencil or finally get the shape of your wing just right, keep scrolling for a round-up of all the different ways you can (and will want to) wear eyeliner from here on out.

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Neon Flick

Neon eyeliner might not be the first thing that comes to mind, but after seeing this liner look, it's certainly something that will be fueling our creativity from here on out. To recreate this, you can use a liquid liner or a gel eyeliner with a slanted brush to ensure you get the perfect flick at the end. Notice how the eyeliner starts at the inner eye area and then picks back up at the outer lash line for an abstract feel that's very cool.

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Multi-Colored Muse

Showcase your favorite liner colors by wearing different hues on both the top and bottom of the eyes. Doing this gives you the ability to experiment with varying combinations of color and can make the eyes pop. If you want more of a vivid color payoff, go ahead and set the liner with a bright shadow color on top.

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Red Strike

This red eyeliner might be an unexpected color yet looks so good on the eyes and can instantly elevate any makeup look. You can use a pencil or cream formula for this, and try drawing the wing first on the outer corners of eyes for a more comfortable application tip.

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Brighten the Waterline

Using a white or flesh-toned eyeliner on the inner waterline can instantly brighten and help diminish the look of any redness in the eyes. Applying eyeliner here is an excellent hack for anyone who might've overslept or had a late night and needs to look awake as soon as possible. This Marc Jacobs Beauty Highliner Gel Eye Crayon is the perfect color to wear in the waterline.

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Baby Wings

Connecting your top and bottom eyeliner with the tiniest flick on the outer corners gives a different spin on the classic winged liner look but can also be just as dramatic. For this look, you'll want to wear a long-lasting eyeliner pencil that has a creamy consistency so you can easily apply it to the top and bottom lash line.

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Smoky, Smudged Frame

When eyeliner is used to frame the eye shape it's a great way to pop your eye color, and this chocolate brown color looks beautiful on both the top and bottom lash.line. Smudging the formula with a brush or your fingers adds a more dramatic effect if you want to dress up your eyeliner look just a touch.

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Stiletto Wing

Like a thin, stiletto heel, this wing isn't as thick as the usual shapes we see yet still adds enough drama to the eyes without needing much else. The best way to get a thin line like this on the outer corners of the eyes is to use a thin, angled eyeliner brush or liquid eyeliner. Ilia Beauty's Clean Line Liquid Liner has a precise tip that can help with this. Applying the liner in an outward motion towards the end of the eye will help to create the right width.

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Just the Top

Applying eyeliner to just the top of the lash line helps to define the eye and also works well if eyeliner on the bottom is too much for you or tends to become smudged. This liner is just thick enough that it enhances the shape of the eyes and pairs well with the chosen eyeshadow colors.

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Royal Blue

Typically created using a black liquid liner, winged eyeliner looks can take on all forms of colors, and we love this royal blue version. Blue is a great shade to wear as a liner, seeing as a lot of people tend to shy away from a full-blown eyeshadow look when just beginning to experiment with color. You can make the line as thin or thick as you want, and be sure to finish with a lot of your favorite mascara for thick, long lashes.

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Team Two-Toned

Add the surprise of a second color to your standard black eyeliner by applying it under the bottom lashes for contrast. The subtle burgundy color and black work well together here, creating a nice contrast that still works for those who gravitate towards more neutral colors. You can apply the bottom liner with an angled liner brush if you want it to look crisp and thin.

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Thick and Thin

Change the shape of your eyeliner between thick and thin by adding a packed line on the top of the eyes while keeping the bottom line light. Doing it this way adds definition all around but allows you to play with different widths.

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Barely There Eyeliner

Eyeliner doesn't need to be that noticeable if you don't want it to be. You can apply the tiniest amount to define the eyes and call it a day. Applying a long-wearing gel eyeliner right in between the lashes like Armani Beauty's Eyes to Kill Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil will last through the day and into the night. This look proves that a little goes a long way when wearing a natural eye makeup look, and we're so here for it.

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Metallic Wings

Beautifully applied, this shiny metallic eyeliner can turn any regular makeup look into something spectacular. The key is adding a delicate, thin line on top of black eyeliner so that it stands out.

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The Brighter, the Better

Bold, fresh color mixed with a little sparkle on the eyelids is gorgeous, especially the bright orange tone pictured here. Apply your glitter shadow to the lids and up to the eyebrow, then finish by applying whatever liner color you want.

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Tight Line

Lining underneath the top eyelashes to create a very tight line just defines the eyes enough and is a very natural approach to wearing eyeliner daily. If you can, wear a waterproof formula to ensure nothing runs or smudges throughout the day.

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Inner and Outer

The inner eye corners are just as important as the outer ones, and this look proves how lining throughout the entire waterline creates a stunning look in no time. Paired with lilac eyeshadow, the contrast between both colors is everything we hoped it would be.

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The Orange Effect

Orange graphic eyeliner applied in a tastefully artful way proves that colored eyeliner can be the reigning champion when worn correctly. The details of this orange color placed sporadically in all the right places is quite charming, don't you think?

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Go Green

Green eyeliner graces the eyelids, and what could be better? While you might not be used to wearing green on your eyes, it's a lovely color that packs vivid color pigment for any occasion. This eyeliner from Sephora is a green shade worth trying.

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Abstract Feel

The abstract liner look comes in all shapes and sizes, and this example of how you can turn your eyeliner into art is perfect for taking things to the next level. Applying eyeliner in subtle shapes on both the top and bottom of the eyes brings a delicate balance and can help define the contours of the eye.

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Bold and Bright

Bolder is better when it's hot pink eyeliner. This subtle swatch of color on the outer edges of the eyes is a tasteful way to wear color. A simple look to re-create, you just need to apply a cream, gel, or liquid eyeliner of your choice.

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Iced Out

Silver eyeliner works for any occasion, and this wing liner look is perfect for any season as well. Whether you've got a special event to go to or are just feeling creative, wearing silver gives a whole new perspective to your makeup look. Try this silver liner from Maybelline for a frosty look.

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Seeing Double

What's better than one application of eyeliner? Two. This doubled-up liner look gives excellent definition to the eyes and enhances the crease as well. You can use a pencil or liquid eyeliner for this look, preferably one that stays put and doesn't smudge. Practice the shape a few times before your big debut to ensure everything is just right.

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Midas Touch

The tiniest details can make all the difference when creating new eyeliner looks. This simple touch of metallic right in the center of the liner elevates an everyday look to something much more special. Apply your eyeliner, let it dry and then add the metallic pigment as the finishing detail.

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Upside Down, Inside Out

Switch up your look by adding a colored liner to the bottom lashes, emphasizing the inner and outer corners. This blue is stunning along the bottom lashes, but you can use any color you feel comfortable with. Extend the liner out further than the edge of the eye to add just enough drama.

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Double Up

Layered liner is something we aren't used to seeing, but the concept is beyond chic. Why only wear one eyeliner when you can layer in two different colors? The black on the lashline defines the shape of the eye, and the icy white color on top brings dimension and character to this look. You can use a pencil or liquid formulas to re-create this look, just be sure if you're using a liquid formula for both colors to let it completely dry first before adding the second.

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