White Eyeliner Is The Biggest Celebrity Makeup Trend Of 2019

We can all agree that eyeliner is not the easiest makeup product to apply, and it's likely to end up everywhere but your lashline. Luckily, there's a growing trend that won't result in dark circles under your eyes or smoky smudges in your crease: white eyeliner. Everyone — from Rihanna to Margot Robbie — is trying it, and it's a color that pops on many different skin tones.

When it comes to pulling off white liner, Fenty global makeup artist Priscilla Ono says to treat it like any other bright shade and keep the rest of your makeup minimal. "Remember it's a bright color, so it actually really stands out; sometimes less is more," Ono says. And, rather than building up the color, be sure to choose formulas that go on opaque with the first swipe. "You want to make sure you're applying a very thin amount [which] will look nice and smooth. Don't go too thick with it because you can actually see texture more," she says.


Get ready for plenty of celebrity white liner inspiration, plus tips for wearing it, ahead.

For a fan event for her upcoming film X-Men: Dark Phoenix, Sophie Turner's makeup artist Georgie Eisdell drew on a subtle cat-eye with black liner. Then, she drew a more exaggerated cat-eye on top of it in bright winter white, which coordinated with Turner's black-and-white outfit perfectly.
Jodie Comer's makeup artist Naoko Scintu used a similar technique for her Killing Eve season 2 premiere in London, painting on a bold cat-eye in white and then layering on the mascara to make those green eyes pop.
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For the Chanel show at Paris Fashion Week, which would be the last of its kind with designs by the late Karl Lagerfeld, Janelle Monáe paired her embellished ensemble with dramatic graphic white liner by Vincent Oquendo.
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Lady Gaga stunned at the UK premiere of A Star Is Born in a Victorian-esque Alexander McQueen dress. She complemented the white, ruffled neckline with a bright white liner on the lower waterline, courtesy of makeup artist Sarah Nicole Tanno.
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A precise swipe of white liner made Bella Hadid's green eyes glow at an event in Monaco. Makeup artist Naoko Scintu started from her inner corners and followed her eye shape for the most flattering effect.
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Rather than sticking to a tiny cat eye flick, makeup artist Pati Dubroff laid it on thick for Margot Robbie. Paired with pink and brown tones, the overall look is soft but makes a statement.
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If white liner on the lid seems like a stretch for you, you can still achieve the same eye-opening look by drawing it along the lower waterline. (We prefer this one from Urban Decay.) Alison Brie paired hers with pastel aqua shadow on the lids for a cool '60s mod look.
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Kristin Stewart paired another major L.A. trend, upside-down liner, with a white cat eye for extra definition.
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Tessa Thompson turned heads at the 2018 Met Gala with a white eyeliner that winged into a cross, which nodded to the theme: “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination."
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Leave it to Willow Smith to pull off the trend like no other. The singer gave us a futuristic effect with bold, white paint drawn generously from corner to corner. We'd opt for a long-wearing cream, like Make Up For Ever Aqua XL shadow, for a look like this.
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Sasha Lane completed her celestial look with the perfect touch of white liner. To create this dreamy eye-opening effect, add the contrast of black liner on the lower lash line, as Oquendo did for this look.
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