Now Trending: Negative Space Eyeliner

Updated 03/04/17
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Bold, graphic eyeliner, be it in the form of an elegant cat eye or an extreme oversize wing, is a go-to look that many of us have tried. If you're like me, you wear the classic style exclusively—I never dare to depart from the tried-and-true flick that I've adopted as my signature look. That is until I saw this negative space look that's currently making waves everywhere from the red carpet to the runway.

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The look is a simple update on the old classic that looks effortlessly cool and is just as easy to do. Draw your liner as you normally would, but be careful to leave the inside unfilled. Essentially, you're just creating the outline of the cat eye. This gives an effect that looks, simply put, irresistibly cool. For the best results, we recommend using a liquid liner with a precise tip, like Stila Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner ($22), which will ensure that your wing is totally on point—no pun intended.

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The best part is that this look is extremely customizable. You can make it as subtle or as obvious as you wish. We love Lily Collins's take, which is almost undetectable until you zoom in, making it perfect for everyday wear, as well as Zoë Kravitz's, which is an extreme example of how far you can take this trend. Emma Watson's version, on the other hand, is right in the middle of the spectrum. 

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Or, you might take the model-approved approach, which is that anything goes. Take hold of your eyeliner of choice, and start experimenting.

Up next, find out how to get another one of this season's top trends: the glossy eye.

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