Summery Liner Looks To Try Tonight

Eyeliner is making a comeback (did it ever really disappear?) and if the spring and fall '12 runways are any indication, the looks to covet are flirty, feline, and fantastical. As summer approaches, we’re feeling inspired to pull out the pencils, liquids, and gels and get to work creating bold and fresh lines.
From winged liner to a colored cat-eye, metallic liner to the smudged eye, and, of course, the industry’s bright-eyed secret, the white eyeliner, we’ve got you covered. We asked five celebrity makeup artists who collectively have worked with the who’s-who of Hollywood, to take these runway looks and offer their tips on turning them into everyday, wearable styles.
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This summer, whether you’re relaxing poolside or jaunting off to a metropolitan destination, attract awe-inspiring stares with one of these 5 fabulous eyeliner looks — and remember, as the adage goes, the eyes are the windows to your soul, so decorate accordingly.
Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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The Look: Morning After Liner

Seen At: rag & bone fall '12

Why It's Perfect For Summer: They don't call it summer lovin' for nothing. If you managed to stay out all night long (ahem) the night before, there's actually no reason why you can't wear last night's liner out again. The smudged, imperfect eye makeup can actually look quite cute and endearing in the light of day, provided you don't OD on liner the night before. Even if you didn't engage in any midnight shenanigans, you can still rock the smudged trend.

Steal It For Yourself: "To get a wearable version of the rag & bone runway look, I would use three products and a freshly scrubbed face. Ok, four because you have to use sunscreen,” says celebrity makeup artist Stephen Sollitto, who has worked with Amy Adams and Hailee Steinfield. “First, apply Tarte's Lights, Camera, Lashes! mascara, but instead of raking the brush through your lashes, tap them with the wand so you deposit more mascara on the root — they'll look a bit thicker and not so combed out. Do the same with the bottom lashes, tapping and smearing right into the roots. The goal is to get it a bit smeary underneath the eye, which you’ll clean up after by simply rubbing it off with your finger."

"Next, take your favorite kohl black or navy eye pencil — try MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder — to line your inner eyes, and if you can, your upper inner eyes. It's okay if this isn't a precise application; this is the morning after, afterall. Finish with your favorite summer lip gloss, preferably Jouer's Tender or Tarte's LipSurgence Natural Lip Luster in Glisten.”

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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The Look: Winged Liner

Seen At: Ruffian spring '12

Why It's Perfect For Summer: “It’s a look that holds up well to humidity, heat, sun, and all-night dancing,” explains celebrity makeup artist Robin Black, who has worked with Eva Mendes and Kristen Bell. “To keep it fresh, modern, and in season, skip the heavy foundation, powder, and lipstick. Instead, opt for natural skin with just a hint of bronzer and a sheer lip.”

Steal It For Yourself: “Some people are most comfortable with felt-tip liquid liners, such as my personal favorite, Hourglass Calligraphy Liquid Eye Liner, while others prefer a gel liner, like Bobbi Brown Long Wear Gel Liner," says Black. "If the outer corners of your eyes slope downward, stop the line a few lashes short of the corner and angle up for an instant lift — practice really does make perfect! So experiment with the shape and size of the winged eye until you find one that suits your unique eye shape."

"There is very simple trick for creating the winged eyeliner look: Take a business card and hold one end against your nose, the other at an angle against the outside corner of your upper lid (your eye should be closed). Using a thin pointed brush and gel or liquid eyeliner, sweep the brush from the inner corner of your eye, keeping the line tight to your lashes, to the outer corner and across the business card. When you pull the business card away, the edge will have created a beautiful sharp angle. Repeat the process on your other eye. Sexy, graphic, and oh so summertime!”

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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The Look: Metallic Eyes

Seen At: Theyskens' Theory spring '12

Why It's Perfect For Summer: Metallic liner is versatile and flattering on a wide variety of skin tones. Plus, there's nothing sexier than when the sun hits your face just right and your eyes flare up with an unexpected glint. Talk about eye-catching!

Steal It For Yourself: “The easiest way to get this look is to use a pencil or liquid liner close to the lash line, from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner of the eye, winging slightly upwards," says celebrity makeup artist Beau Nelson, who works with Kristen Stewart and Nicole Richie. "Make sure to keep skin fresh by powdering only the T-zone area.”

"Metallic golds, bronzes, and lavenders look great on girls with tanned or olive skin, so try Urban Decay 24/7 Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner in El Dorado. Pale skin tones can try silver, white, or pale metallic pink, like L'Oréal HIP Studio Secrets Professional Color Chrome Eyeliner in Silver Lightning. Everyone looks great in rose gold and champagne, like Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes in Champagne 23L. For those who want to incorporate metallic liner in a more subtle way, try using it on the inner corners of the eye to brighten, or along the bottom lash line only.”

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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The Look: Colored Cat-Eye

Seen At: Anna Sui fall '12

Why It's Perfect For Summer: “Now is the absolute best season to break out your craziest color palette: bright, bold, electric, neon,” says celebrity makeup artist Melanie Inglessis, who has worked with Lea Michele and Olivia Wilde.

Steal It For Yourself: “Use a small brush that comes to a fine point at the end and dip into one of the colored Smashbox Jet Set Waterproof Eye Liners. These waterproof pots are ideal for summer, as the excess heat can make makeup run. You can play around with how thin or thick the line is. Make sure to wipe off excess product before applying and have some Q-tips nearby soaked with eye makeup remover, to clean up mistakes."

"Start from inner corner of the eye and draw a line as perfect as you can, keeping it really close to your lash line. Next, you’ll have to choose how to end the wing: Straight and pointy for more of a punk 'summer edge,' or winged up, for a '60s aesthetic and more of a flirty look. Regardless of what you're trying to achieve, take a look at yourself in the mirror from all angles. The point being that if you're going to do a precise application, you want to be very thorough — don't just check out your artistry from 'your' point of view, but also all the angles that everyone else will be seeing you."

"Feeling timid about doing a brightly colored line? Start with a pencil and smudge it into the upper lash line. Urban Decay 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencils are ideal for this. A bright blue smudge in the roots of the lash line is a hot start to experimenting with this summer makeup moment. If you're running out the door and on the way to a BBQ, don't hesitate to only place color on the bottom lash line and blend with your pinky finger or a Q-tip. Blending is key for the lower lash line — no harsh lines! Also, keep in mind that this pop of color should be the focal point and everything else (lip and cheek, specifically), should be light, natural, and sexy.”

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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The Look: Ivory Liner

Seen At: Timo Weiland spring '12

Why It's Perfect For Summer: "Late summer nights, sun, ocean water, and chlorine can leave your eyes looking red and tired. To combat this, using a beige or white eyeliner on the lower inner rim of the eye can give the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes,” explains celebrity makeup artist Wendy Rowe, who has worked with Rosie Huntington-Whiteley and Mila Kunis. “It's very subtle, but makes a visible difference for just enough nighttime 'umph.'”

Steal It For Yourself: “When using this technique, it’s important to choose a shade that is slightly off- white, to keep the look natural and eyes bright. I like Jouer Eye Clarifier in Clair. A true white liner will look unnatural, stark, and can make the whites of the eyes slightly yellowy. If you're feeling more daring, tilt your head back and lift the upper eye lid, and line that rim as well."


"An off-white, almost champagne shade with a slight shine can also be used on the inner and outer corners of the eye to brighten the area. I love Smashbox Eye Beam Double Ended Brightener. Swipe the inner rim with the white end, then gently graze the lower lash line with the highlighter portion. A more gold-ish white shade can be used as an alternative. Try Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Duality; it has a matte highlighter on one end and a gold shimmer on the other."

"What's great about this eye look is that you can be so bold and playful with your lip and cheek colors! Variations of summer’s corals and oranges are perfectly suited for your bright-eyes. For a more natural look to pair with your doe eyes, dust Burberry's Sheer Summer Glow across your forehead, cheeks, cupid's bow, and chin to truly illuminate the skin.”

Photo: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo
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