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Liner Notes

Master the season’s must-try eyeliner looks from the new cat eye to the under-eyeliner with this guide.

3218-blog-eyeliner-trend-1This season saw a flash back to Mod makeup trends, namely the exaggerated cat eye. The cat eye has been in a lot of women’s evening makeup rotation but this season, it’s all about turning up the volume on the previously thin cat eye finishing “flick.” The foolproof way of getting that perfect 60s eyeliner look is to begin by drawing a simple line across your top lid. (We love using a liquid liner for this look like Tarte’s Lights Camera Lashes Precision Longwear Eyeliner.) At the outer corner of your eye, draw a little wing that flips upward, following the line of your lower lash line. Then fill in the little gap between the end of your line and wing. Build up to desired drama and thickness. If your hands are a little shaky, try placing a little Scotch tape at the outer corner of your eyelid to keep the line perfectly straight.

3218-blog-eyeliner-trend-2Normally reserved for the spring season, metallic pastels have worked their way into the fall 2014 makeup palette and are a soft way to finish your “no makeup-makeup look.” Look for hues in soft pink or lilac like Urban Decay’s Eye Shadow in Midnight Cowboy and NARS’s Single Eye Shadow in Strada. If you’re vying for a vividly bolder look, try a citrus green shadow like Make Up For Ever’s Artist Shadow in Acidic Green Metallic. The key with any of these pastel shadows is to find ones that have a metallic sheen to them for added dimension; uniform shadows can look too precious.

3218-blog-eyeliner-trend-3For a rock-star worthy beauty look, migrate your eyeliner from your top lash line to your bottom for the new sultry slept-in look of intentionally smudged under-eyeliner. While most women limit their under eyeliner to the waterline, this season actually calls for your eyeliner to fall a little below the lash line. To achieve this look, work in short strokes, drawing your eye shadow pencil from the inner to the outer corners of your lower lash line. Gradually build and then gently blink your eyes and smudge the eyeliner no more than ¼” below the lash line. Skip the top eyeliner and load up on mascara for both your top and bottom lashes.

If a thick line under eye-liner look is too heavy for your beauty routine, try dotting your lower lash line with an eye shadow pencil like this tutorial from This is a softer way to test-drive the trend for yourself or wear it for day.