Ever since Cleopatra donned her infamous graphic kohl liner, eyeliner has held a special place in every beauty girl’s heart. And it’s certainly had its moments outside of ancient Egypt too–from the colorful cat eye to a double wing, it’s the driving force behind many of today’s most tempting eye makeup trends. However, lately we’ve noticed it’s the upper lash line that always seems to be getting the bulk of the buzz. Since we’re never ones to play favorites, we figured it’s time for bottom eyeliner to join in on all the fun. Here are three new ways to show the lower lash line some love.
Gradient Under-Wing Eyeliner
If you were as obsessed with our gradient winged eyeliner tutorial as we were, than you’ll love that we took this look one step further. The gradient effect brightens eyes in the inner corners and elongates their shape on the outer corners to make for one alluring set of peepers. Pick three colors, start with the lightest and blend the color transitions as you add the darker shades. We started with Make Up For Ever Kohl Pencil in Matte White 2K; next we used Maybelline Eye Studio Master Drama Pencil in Sapphire Strength, and finished the wing with Sephora Long-Lasting Eyeliner in Navy Black.
Center Sparkle Eyeliner
Switch the focus and concentrate your bottom eyeliner in the center of the lash line, rather than the outer corners. Bringing the attention the middle makes the eyes appear rounder. Add even more oomph the emphasis with a sparkle right below the center of your pupil. First, we drew a faint base line with Maybelline Eye Studio Master Smoky Longwearing Shadow-Pencil in Smoldering Violet, then we built up the color in the center, and finally a dab of Urban Decay Moondust Eyeshadow in Intergalactic completed the look.
Dotted Line Eyeliner
For a dramatically different look, break up the line. Dotted eyeliner paired with heavily mascaraed eyelashes is both reminiscent of mod makeup a la the 1960s and totally on trend this season. Depending on the size and shape of your eyes, you’ll want to make 4-6 dots with a soft pencil. Start small; you can always build up the dots once you’ve found your placement. Avoid adding dots too close to the inner corners, which can close off the eyes and look a bit harsh. We went bold with black pencil eyeliner, but you can use any color you please (em Michelle Phan Waterliner Intense Color Eyeliner has plenty of richly pigmented options).
Which one of these bottom eyeliner looks would you wear? Tell us which one you’re going to try in the comments.