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How to wear metallic eyeliner

Allison Pynn has worked on the faces of Paula Abdul, America Ferrera, The Band Perry, Bret Michaels, and Sarah Palin. She grew up in rural Indiana running around corn fields and digging up worms, but always with lip gloss on! Allison has...

Metallic eyeliner that looks pretty, not tacky

There's more than one way to wear metallic eyeliner. Believe it or not, you can rock this look in a pretty way that doesn't look tacky.

5 Ways to wear metallic eyeliner

The triangle

The Triangle

Step 1:

The Triangle Step 1: Draw along lash line

Take a metallic eyeliner pencil (creamy pencils glide on easiest); starting at the outer corner of your eye, draw a line along your lash line and stop halfway across.

Step 2:

The Triangle Step 2: Draw second line

Draw a second line along your bottom lash line and stop halfway across (mimicking what you did on the top).

Step 3:

The Triangle: Close up

The eyeliner shape should look like a sideways triangle. This shape is unique and fun, but doesn't scream eyeliner!



Step 1:

Undereye Step 1: Draw straight line across your lower lash

Draw a straight line across your lower lash line only (starting at the outer corner going inward works best).

Step 2:

Undereye Step 1: Go over twice for intense color

Go over the line twice for more intense color.

Step 3:

Undereye: finished



Step 1:

Crease Step 1: Draw thick line along the crease

Starting at the outer corner of your eye, draw a thick line along the crease of your eyelid with the eyeliner. (Tip: use a waterproof eyeliner. It's helpful to apply an eyeshadow primer first to prevent natural eye oils from smearing the eyeliner throughout the day.) The shape of this line should be slightly curved, like a half moon.

Step 2: 

Crease Step 2: Repeat on the other eye

Repeat this line on the other eye. Go back over for more intense color.

Step 3:

Crease Step 3: Finished

This look is an unexpected fun pop, especially when you look down.

Top lid

Top Lid

Step 1.

Top Lid Step1: Apply a straight line to top lid only

Make a thick straight line along your top lashes only. Make the line thick enough so the eyeliner is visible when your eye is open.This application lets you rock the trend in a classy way.

Step 2:

Top Lid Step 2: Apply to other eye

Repeat this line on the other eye.

Step 3:

Top Lid Step 3: Finished


Inner rims

Inner Rims

Step 1:

Inner rim Step 1:apply to inner rim of your bottom lashline

Take your metallic eyeliner and line only the inner rim of your bottom lashline (you may need to go over two times to make the liner pop).

Step 2:

Inner rim Step 2: apply to other eye

Repeat this motion on the top inner rim of your lashline. (Tip: it's easiest if you tip your head back and gently pull the eyelid up, while looking into a mirror.)

Step 3:

Inner rim Step 3: Finished

You can wear this liner look alone or combine with any eyeshadow. Wearing metallic eyeliner only on your inner rims gives your eyes a subtle but sassy pop.

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