28 Graphic Eyeliner Looks We LoveDecember 22, 2022
What Is Graphic Eyeliner?
Graphic liner refers to any more stylized, bold way of wearing eyeliner than, say, your traditional cat eye or wing. You can play with shape, color, and placement — so long as it’s a little different, it counts as a graphic liner look.
28 Graphic Eyeliner Looks and Tutorials
Need some help in the inspiration department? Keep scrolling for ideas you can create using a black eyeliner pencil, colorful looks featuring pops of green, blue and hot pink, bold creations and more.
Bold Graphic Eyeliner Looks
1. Go Green
Use a green pencil liner to recreate the simple lines in this look. We love the NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil All-In-One in Matcha. For precise but soft lines, use a freshly sharpened eyeliner and warm it up with your fingertips before applying.
Line slightly below the bottom lash line to create some contrast to your look. Keep the rest of the wing outlined — but not filled in — to play up the negative space. The key to nailing this look is an uber-precise liquid liner, like the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Matte Liquid Liner in Black.
5. Glitter Tear
To nail this look, you’ll need a bold, long-staying black pencil to line your waterline. We suggest the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil in Perversion — no amount of glitter tears will budge that intense color.
We’re in love with the deep purple, metallic stripes in this look. To keep your lines looking smooth and smudge-free, make sure each one dries down completely before moving to the next.
7. Mod Eyes
The NYX Professional Makeup Jumbo Eye Pencil All-In-One in Black Bean is perfect for nailing those smudge-y, buffed out lines. Add some white liner in the waterline and under the wing for a shadow effect.
For a similar, metallic liner moment, we love the Maybelline New York TattooStudio Gel Pencil Eyeliner in Metallic Nights. Make sure your tip is extra sharp and clean up any mistakes with some makeup remover.
10. Floating Liner
Graphic liner can still be minimal. Keep things simple with a neutral-colored halo over your crease. We like the Kulfi Underlined Kajal Clean Waterproof Long-Wear Eyeliner in Cheeky Chiku.
Black Graphic Eyeliner Looks
11. Buffed Out Black
This look requires two tools: a great black pencil eyeliner and a small blending and buffing brush. The Lancôme Le Crayon Khôl Smoky Eyeliner in Black Coffee is made for this kind of sensual, intense eye look.
13. Masquerade Eyes
For a seriously unique look, use a thin, black liner pen to create a masquerade mask-like eye. One of our all-time favorites is the Giorgio Armani Beauty Smooth to Silk Eye Pencil. Set with a powder to last all day.
20. Bubble Gum Liner
This blue-and-pink moment is giving modern day pixie vibes, and we love it. To recreate, the Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eyeliner Pencil in Chaos is perfect for lining the waterline and carving out the wing.
28. Blue for You
Pro tip: When going with a bold graphic liner like this, use a mascara in the same color as your liner to make the entire look pop even more. For something blue, we love the L’Oréal Paris Makeup Voluminous Original Volume Building Mascara in Cobalt Blue.