This Multi-Layered Graphic Eyeliner Is Giving Us Outer Space Vibes

May 18, 2022
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
person with graphic eyeliner

In a makeup age where bold is always better, we’re always looking for new ways to change up our typical liner looks. Read: Who needs one graphic cat-eye liner when you can layer multiple? New York City-based makeup artist Allie Smith did just that with her take on the look in this multi-layered graphic liner.

Here, we break down exactly how to replicate the look.

  • STEP 1:

    Start With Your Liner Skeleton

    Using a black liquid liner — our favorite is the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liquid Liner in Black — outline your multi-layered shape. Start by creating a regular cat eye and extending the wing all the way to the temple of your face. Next, create a round halo starting from your inner corner and connecting it outward to the wing you just created. 

    To create the multi-layered lines, draw a parallel line under the halo you just created, from the inner to the outer corner, mimicking the same shape from before. Create another smaller cat eye on your upper lash line and connect it to the parallel halo you just created at your outer corner. Finish with two triangular outlines, one on the upper corner just below your brow bone, and the other on your lower lash line, extending out to your temple underneath your main shape.

  • STEP 2:

    Fill In Your Colors

    Once your outline is complete, it’s time to fill in the areas with color. Using the NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liquid Liner in Red, fill in the space between the black lines on the upper lash line and outer wing, extending it to about halfway onto your brow bone halo line. Add a touch of red to the triangle on your lower lash line, too.

    Next, add a bright pink or lavender pigment of your choosing, (the same formula in Lavender works great for this), and fill in your upper triangle plus the rest of the brow bone halo line.

Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate, Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Content Director: Victoria Moorhouse, Wardrobe Stylist: Alexis Badiyi, Makeup Artist: Allie Smith, Hair Stylist: Andrew Chen, Digi Tech: Paul Yem, Photo Assistant: Matt Licari , Model:  Tiffany Nika Leyba, Design: Juliana Campisi

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