Southeast Missouri State University student publication

Bold eyeliner 101

Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Graphic by Nicolette Baker

Eyes are the window to the soul, right? If that’s true, shouldn’t you decorate your home a little?

Expressive, abstract, colorful eyeliner has exploded on social media since the television series “Euphoria” dropped its first episode in June 2019. If you haven’t streamed the HBO series yet, fans have long applauded the series for its groundbreaking costuming and makeup choices, which often employ glitter in excess. The colorful cosmetic masterpieces have spilled into real life, spotted on runways and sidewalks alike.

When I was visiting New York City in March, I took the plunge and — for the very first time — outlined my bottom lash line with an unstoppable seafoam green liner. I was visiting the flagship location of my favorite cosmetics company and even scored a compliment on it from one of their employees! Since then, I’ve been experimenting with all colors of the rainbow and even glitter, rhinestones and shimmers.

If you’d like to incorporate a bit more sparkle into your daily routine, start by surveying your eye shape. Are your eyes round or almond-shaped? Do you have ample lid space or do you have hooded eyes? By observing facial structure, you’ll be able to better map out your canvas. Take special note of places where a liquid eyeliner might run or transfer, or where pencil eyeliners might fade.

One versatile way to begin with neon eyeliners — and one of my favorites! — is to work with lines to highlight your natural shape. Use a liquid eyeliner to sketch out a thin arch about a centimeter above the crease of your eyelid. You’ll want to make sure the eyeliner doesn’t transfer to your eyelid — that’s a recipe for disaster, especially on busy mornings! After you’ve placed the line, even it out and thicken the eyeliner. Ta da! You’ve got it.

In an even simpler approach, use pencil eyeliners to highlight. After following your normal makeup routine, use a sunny yellow or serene blue in the inner corners. Trace your bottom lash line, or create a flick on the lid similar to normal cat eye eyeliner.

That wasn’t too hard, was it?

Once you’ve got the hang of it, experiment with shapes, lines and colors. Don’t be afraid to try something new — abstract art is always a little messy at first. The main focus is enjoying the task and building confidence through bold looks.

Okay, great work, class — Eyeliner 101 is finished for today! Your homework is to sit in front of the mirror and play with all the different colors in your cosmetic bag. Extra credit? Finding the perfect eyeliners to start — I recommend anything pigmented and in a thicker liquid formula, such as NYX’s Vivid Brights or L.A. Girl’s Shockwave liner.

Did you try a new eyeliner look lately? Share it by Tweeting me at @nbakerARROW!