22 Effortlessly Cool Ways to Wear Eyeliner

Let your eyes steal the show.



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 looks from here on out.

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Neon Flick

Eyeliner Looks Neon Flick Cassie Amato


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, 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

Eyeliner Looks Multi-Colored


Showcase your favorite liner colors by wearing different hues on 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

Eyeliner Looks Red Bella Thorne

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Red eyeliner might be an unexpected color, yet it 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 for a more comfortable application tip.

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Brighten the Waterline

Eyeliner Looks Bright Waterline Elsa Hosk


Using a white or flesh-toned eyeliner on the inner waterline can instantly brighten and help diminish the look of redness in the eyes. Applying eyeliner here is an excellent hack for anyone who 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

Eyeliner Looks Baby Wings Madelaine Petsch


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

Eyeliner Looks Smoky Smudged Emily Ratajkowski


When eyeliner is used to frame the eye shape it's a great way to make your eyes pop, 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

Eyeliner Looks Stiletto Wing Gigi Hadid


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 is to use a thin, angled eyeliner brush or liquid liner—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

Eyeliner Looks Just the Top Ayesha Curry


Applying eyeliner to just the top 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 Ayesha Curry's eyes and pairs well with the chosen eyeshadow colors.

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Royal Blue

Eyeliner Looks Royal Blue Lupita Nyong'o

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Waterline 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—we love how Lupita Nyong'o doubled down on the color here.

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Team Two-Toned

Eyeliner Looks Two-Toned Dianna Agron

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Add the surprise of a second color to your standard black eyeliner by applying it under the bottom lashes for contrast. The pop of pink and classic black work well together here, creating a nice contrast that you can match to your lipstick for a put-together feel. 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

Eyeliner Looks Thick and Thin Kelsey Merritt

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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 Looks Barely There Zoe Kravitz

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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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Graphic Wings

Eyeliner Looks Graphic Wings Jodie Turner-Smith


Beautifully applied, this blue eyeliner catches the light perfectly can turn any regular makeup look into something spectacular. Try adding a precise line along your crease, with black liner where you'd put a regular wing, for a dimensional look that truly stands out.

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The Brighter, the Better

Eyeliner Looks Bright Shimmer Lily Aldridge


Bold, fresh color mixed with a little sparkle on the eyelids is gorgeous, especially the bright peach 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

Eyeliner Looks Tightline Mandy Moore

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Lining underneath the top eyelashes to create a very tight line defines the eyes just enough and is a 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

Eyeliner Looks Inner and Outer Joan Smalls

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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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Go Green

Eyeliner Looks Green Lachlan Watson

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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 pigment for any occasion. This eyeliner from Sephora is a green shade worth trying.

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Abstract Feel

Eyeliner Looks Abstract Lucy Boynton

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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 brings a delicate balance and can help to make your eyes pop.

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Iced Out

Eyeliner Looks Silver Lady Gaga

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Silver eyeliner works for any occasion, and this winged 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

Eyeliner Looks Double Addison Riecke

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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

Eyeliner Looks Gold Metallic Megan Thee Stallion


Details can make all the difference when creating new eyeliner looks. The addition of the golden crease here 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

Eyeliner Looks Upside Down Isabela Merced

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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 your eye to add just enough drama.

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