11 Celebrity Transformations That Prove The Power Of Eyeliner

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Just as moving a couch one foot to the left has the potential to suddenly make an entire room look twice its size, the tiniest tweaks to the way you apply makeup can make your whole face look different. (Okay, so maybe that first part is just the delusion of someone who really, really needs a bigger apartment. Who’s to say?)

In our experience, eye makeup is the most effective catalyst for making the biggest changes to your look in the least amount of time. A swipe of contrasting shadow can turn your hazel eyes bright green; a well-executed coat of mascara (and a shot of espresso) can take you from half-asleep to bright-eyed and bushy-tailed.

But sometimes, what you really need is a little definition, some real drama, or even a one-step shortcut to smoked-out sex appeal. For that, eyeliner’s got you covered. Whether it’s the humble black pencil you’re reaching for or a pot of gel that requires a steady hand and a separate brush to apply, liner is a godsend for those times you just need to shake it up. Need proof? Just check out these 11 celebrity before-and-afters.

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A touch of smoky shadow gives Hilary Duff’s eyes depth and definition, but it’s subtle enough not to distract from the rest of her look.
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A more dramatic approach to black eyeliner ups the fierce factor big-time.
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Shay Mitchell looks perfectly fresh-faced with her hair long and loose.
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Just add bronzer and a generous amount of eyeliner, and you're ready for night-out action.
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Ashley Graham has nailed the monochromatic-makeup trend here with her matching pink lips and cheeks.
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Trade it out for a cat-eye and beige gloss, and her look takes a complete 180.
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Skipping heavy eye makeup lets Jamie Chung’s fuchsia lipstick be the center of attention.
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But a wing of blue liner matched to her dress makes her eyes the main focus.
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Demi Lovato doesn’t spare any drama when it comes to her beauty approach.
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And this serious smoky eye is the very definition of showstopping.
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Zendaya’s glowing skin is everything we’ve ever hoped to achieve with our own highlighter.
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And her cat-eye game is just as inspirational.
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Ariana Grande’s neutral eyeshadow is a prime example of how to define your eyes without using eyeliner.
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But that black, winged liner looks pretty damn good, too.
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Hailey Baldwin shows that sometimes all it takes to make a look is a sleek hairstyle and some seriously on-point brows.
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Or you can get your kicks with graphic eyeliner, like she does here.
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Joan Smalls skips the eye makeup when she wants to let her razor-sharp cheekbones do the talking.
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And when she adds a thick cat-eye, the effect is full-on glamour.
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Emily Blunt looks every bit the fresh-faced English rose with pared-down makeup.
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Smudgy liner and a pretty updo are all she needs to be totally red carpet-ready.
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With barely-there shadow and glossy lips, Gina Rodriguez is doing the whole natural-beauty thing right.
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But add black eyeliner, and a similar look suddenly becomes way sultry.
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