Don't Sleep on the Red Eyeliner Trend—Here's Why

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Over time, we've grown accustomed to using routine beauty products every day. It's easy to fall into the habit of reaching for the same things on a daily basis, hence the reason we've found ourselves in a makeup rut from time to time. If you find yourself less thrilled with your makeup routine than normal, tweaking a few products is a great way to implement change without a lot of excess effort. Using colored eyeliner pencils instead of the standard black or brown is an ideal place to start.

Vibrantly colored eye pencils are having a spotlight moment in 2019, and it's not stopping anytime soon. Experimenting with a different eyeliner color can open up a world of creative looks, as well as brighten your eye color and enhance the shape. The go-to color of the moment? Red (seriously). Seeing as red comes in a myriad of different shades, there's a versatility like no other for this color, making it the perfect choice to wear when wanting to step up your beauty game instantly. Keep scrolling to see how cool red eyeliner truly is, and give one, or all of these looks a try.

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Ruby Red

Ruby red colored eyeliner applied on the top and the bottom lash line is a great way to rock the red eyeliner trend and keep it chic at the same time. When paired with a softer colored eyeshadow such as lilac, the contrast helps eye color instantly pop. Using your red pencil, line the top and bottom portion of the eye and bring it together in a wing-like shape towards the outer corner to finish.

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Cranberry Flick

If deeper, more muted red tones are your thing, this cranberry-colored eyeliner is perfect for testing out a red shade. Apply the eyeliner in a wing shape, or smudge with your finger on the lash line to create a smokier effect. Accompany with the same colored mascara to intensify the color without looking overly done.

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Maroon Maven

Thick, maroon eyeliner with a cat-eye flick at the end is beautiful and chic. A simple and effective way to apply this liner look is to use an angled eyeliner brush to help guide the line so it looks clean. If you're using a pencil, apply some to the brush bristles to transfer the color, and if you're using a gel, dip the brush inside the pot. Glide the angled brush along the lash-line to ensure the line looks clean and connected. To get this color, we recommend Revlon So Fierce! Vinyl Eyeliner in Righteous Rum ($9).

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Graphic Cat-Eye

An abstract cat eye with red accents is ideal when wanting to experiment with a liner look you usually wouldn't wear. The shape of this liner, plus the crimson details, makes a statement, yet the clean lines applied on bare skin are perfectly minimal. This look is best recreated with gel eyeliner like Inglot AMC Gel Eyeliner in 79 Red ($19) and a fine point eyeliner brush.

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Fire Brick Metallic

Adding a touch of metallic to the red liner creates a foil effect that glistens with every blink. Shiny like a candy wrapper, the detail is precise and pretty all at once. If you can't find any red liners that have a metallic finish, you can apply a metallic eyeshadow on top of the liner to create this look.

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Sheer and Scarlet

This look is the perfect example of red eyeliner and shadow used together to create a sheer watercolor finish on the eyes that's stunning. Apply liner on the top and bottom lash line and blend the shadow all the way up into the crease in a light motion, creating a soft, airy feel.

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Candy Apple Patent Liner

Candy-apple red liner with a touch of eye gloss gives this liner a patent-leather shine that seriously stands out. Another example of an abstract eyeliner look, you can create any shape you prefer. (A liquid liner that has a precise tip would be ideal to use for creating clean lines.) Finish with a few coats of your favorite volumizing mascara for thick, curled lashes.

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Red Hot Chili Pepper

Slightly more neon than your standard red hue, this chili pepper colored eyeliner provides a bright color payoff while keeping a modern feel. Depending on your preference, apply a thin or thick line to eyes, extending out in the corners for a classic wing look.

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Carmine Inner Line

Lining the inner waterline with a carmine colored liner as pictured here allows a red accent to accompany any eyeshadow look you create, seeing as the detail is small enough without being the center of attention. Create whatever eyeshadow look you're in the mood for, adding the red liner last as the finishing touch.

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Amaranth Accent

Creative and beautiful, the amaranth red tone blended with blue in this gradient winged eyeliner showcases how red doesn't need to be the complete detail for eye makeup to stand out. The blending of the cool and warm tones together creates a unique perspective on eyeliner that is just as flattering as it is beautiful.

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Bold Burgundy

Burgundy liquid eyeliner applied in a wing shape is a twist on the traditional black liquid liner used to create a classic wing. This red tone universally flatters all skin tones and pairs well with lip gloss or bolder lipstick color.

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Watermelon Sugar

A swatch of watermelon liner under the eyes immediately pops the eye color (especially blue, green, and brown eyes) and acts a complement to whatever eyeshadow color you choose to apply on the lid. Be as unique as you'd like with color combinations; the sky's the limit when it comes to what you can wear.

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Beet Red

The most discreet line under the lashes in a beet red color paired with metallic gold accent liner gives a versatile twist on the standard single line. Playing with different tones and finishes on the eyes helps to expand creativity while making a subtle impact at the same time.

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Touch of Rose

Red and pink work so well together, which is why this rosy-toned eyeliner paired with softer pink eyeshadow is a perfect duo when pairing red eyeliner with shadow combinations. The deeper color of the eyeliner offsets the powdery pink, making it a winning combination in our book.

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Imperial Detail

You don't need to commit to a full red liner look if you don't want to, which is precisely why this small eyeliner detail at the end of the eye makes just enough of a statement. All you need to do is draw the wing outward with a liquid liner like Marc Jacobs Highliner Liquid Gel Eyeliner in Glamaroon ($27) from the corners with your eyeliner pencil or brush and extend it as long or short as you'd like.

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