When you think of graphic liner, you probably think of editorial photo shoots and mega intense runway looks, but things are changing. Graphic liner has been slowly adapted into more subtle looks which will give your peepers an exciting twist to the every day. Stick with a pastel shade if you’re shy, a light yellow or white, or really push the boat out with a flash of electric blue or something more vibrant.
Just about as subtle as it gets, the ‘peek-a-boo’ look gives you a little pop of colour while keeping a classic wing shape. It’s a good place to start if you’re still a bit sceptical about the whole graphic liner game. The idea is to layer the coloured liner slightly thicker under your normal black winged liner so that it peeks out from under or on top of the wing. Start by creating a slightly thicker wing than usual with your chosen colour (I personally love a light yellow shade or even A touch of glitter for a night out), don’t worry about taking this across the lid, it would only get covered later. Then take your chosen black liner, liquid or gel works best, and do a normal wing ensuring you leave a bit of that colour showing. It might take you a bit of practice but when you get the hang of it you’ll have a quick and easy methods to glam up your every day look.
Cut crease liner
This one’s a little more adventurous and may take a couple of goes to get right. When your eye’s open, it’ll look like any other winged liner, but when shut, you can see where this look has a bit of dimension. Take your normal black liner and create a winged look, it may make it slightly easier to have it a bit thicker and longer than usual. Then, at a point about halfway up the wing, drag your liner back into the natural crease of your eyelid and sweep it into the crease. The key here is to really find the natural shape of your eye lid and work with it, this will give you a much more subtle and effortless look. To make it stand out, leave the rest of your lids bare or prep them with a nude primer or shadow beforehand. If this is a bit dramatic for you, then give it a go over a smokey eye on a night out, this will make the liner stand out less against your normal make up.
Under eye pencil pop
This version is by far the easiest and can be just as effective as the first two options. I love that it can be a last minute decision and can be applied in a matter of seconds. Complete this look after you’ve applied your usual liner. Use a kohl pencil in any shade that suits you and run it along the lower lash line, I find that this works better than the waterline as the colour is more prominent and lasts much longer. To elongate the eye and give it more of a Kendall Jenner ‘almond’ shape, apply it thicker at the outer corner of the eye and finish the colour about two thirds of the way in. Whichever method you choose, definitely don’t be afraid to give this trend a go! Although its a trend which started off on the catwalk, it’s definitely time for it to branch out and become part of everyone’s make up repertoire. It’s such a quick and easy method to glam up any make up look, perfect for those last minute nights out.