Winged liner is one of those things that will never go out of style. A simple black wing accentuates any eye shape and can be a thin, barely-there accent or a thick, bold line — whatever suits you best. And while we’re obsessed with a classic cat-eye (who knew a black line could make such a difference?), we’re all for trying something fresh and new in our makeup routine. Enter pastel liner. The soft-toned hues are a wardrobe staple but feel daring and bold on the eye. The best part? You don’t have to learn a new skill to try it out.
To get the look, swap out your fave black liner for a bolder shade like NYX Vivid Brights Liner in Vivid Blossom, a pastel lavender liner that looks on pretty much everyone. The formula is one of our faves, and the payoff is intense and pigmented. It doesn’t skip while you apply and even the palest colors show up with just a swipe or two. The brush is similar to NYX Matte Liquid Liner and can be used for detailing or creating a full-fledged wing. Basically, it’s perfection in a slim bottle.
Not ready to jump into a full-color wing just yet? These liners are perfect for adding accents of color, too. You can outline your pre-existing wing, draw a few dots around your eye or draw a line in your crease to make your shadow pop. The flexibility is one of the reasons it’s so dear to our hearts, and the price tag doesn’t hurt either. It’s currently $7 a liner — which is pretty damn affordable considering how pricy liquid liners can be. Right now, there are nine shades available — four pretty pastels and five, vibrant hues that can be mixed and matched to your heart’s content.
Ready to play? Keep reading for three looks we tried using these pretty pastels:
Look 1: Sunshine Outline
This liner look mimics the shape of your eye and creates a geometric effect.
About the Author:Tembe Denton-Hurst hails from Brooklyn, NY, but if you ask her, the answer will be much more complicated. She's passionate about YouTube, storytelling and swatching everything she can get her hands on. When the assistant beauty editor isn't brainstorming crazy ideas for makeup.com, she's lurking on Reddit, spending time with her cats Stella and Dakota or asking obvious questions.