Upgrade Your Eye Makeup With Two Graphic Liner Looks



Graphic eyeliner makes me swoon. It’s a cool way to upgrade your look without having to fork over extra dough, because chances are you already have the products you need in your makeup bag. While I've been crushing on this look forever, I never dared dabble with it...until now. And, since two is always better than one, I tried two totally different takes on the architectural eye trend. Makeup artist Val Garland's clean lines at Preen’s spring '13 show inspired this under-the-eye liner you see here, while the other is a graphic take on the sexy cat-eye — both guaranteed to up the style game on your old liner significantly.

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Look 1:

Step 1: Draw the first dot one centimeter below your bottom lashline, in the center. Draw the second dot about two centimeters away from the outer corner of your eye. When you look at the two points there should be a slight incline.
Step 2: Connect the dots with MAC Glamour Daze Kohl Eye Pencil in Feline. You can do this in one straight line or by making small connecting dashes. If you need to steady your hand, place your elbow on a table.
Step 3: Add a small angled line to intersect the first one.
Step 4: Clean up with Q-tips Precision Tips and eye makeup remover, fixing any smudges. Make sure to apply some light powder to the areas where you used makeup remover, so that it won't cause the rest of your makeup to smudge later.

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Courtesy of Karl Nord.
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Step 1: Trace your upper lashline with a black pencil liner. You don't need to worry about being neat because you will fill it in later.
Step 2: Create a subtle flick at the outer corner of your eye. This will give your eye a more feline shape.
Step 3: Fill in your top lid with the liner (or you can jump to the shadow if you prefer), being careful not to get any above the crease of your eye and onto your browbone.
Step 4: Apply black shadow over the pencil. This will help make the shade even and more matte. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Oil Slick.
Step 5: Take a silver or metallic shadow and gently pat some color along your lashline with an angled brush, which will make it pop. I used Urban Decay Eyeshadow in Mushroom.
Step 6: Clean up with Q-tips and eye makeup remover, fixing any smudges. Make sure to apply some light powder to the areas where you used makeup remover, so that it won't cause the rest of your makeup to smudge later.

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Photo: Courtesy of Karl Nord.