How to Do a Tetris Eye Makeup Look, According to a Beauty Editor With Zero Professional Makeup Skills

August 18, 2020
Genesis Rivas
By: Genesis Rivas | by L'Oréal
Graphic eyeliner looks are all fun and games until you have hooded eyelids. Trust me, I know because I speak from experience. There's a lot of transfer and very little room to get those crisp and clean lines. Nonetheless, I’m always up for a challenge in the name of beauty, so when I saw Ioana Burlacu create this stunning, what I call, Tetris eye makeup look, I decided to put my amateur makeup artist skills to the test because, go bold or go home, right? Despite being someone who has zero professional training in makeup, I was kind of impressed by the finished look, which reminded me of the old-school video game. So if you’re someone who’s always been intimidated by graphic eyeliner but wants to give it a try, I’m breaking down exactly how I did it here. 
  • STEP 1: Prep Your Eyes

    Because there’s a lot going on with this look already, I decided to keep my eyelids completely bare and skip the eyeshadow primer. Instead, I prepped my lids by sweeping some translucent powder to absorb any oils that could make applying the eyeliner difficult.

  • STEP 2: Create Your First Triangle

    The easiest way to approach this makeup look is to take it shape by shape and divide the eyelid into four parts — the center, the inner corner, the outer corner and the lower lash line. Using the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Fire, I created the first red triangle in the center of my eyelids to act as a guide for where the other shapes would be placed. 

Editor’s tip: With hooded eyelids, it’s important to create the shapes while you’re looking straight ahead so that the shape doesn’t get lost when you open your eyes. Don’t be afraid to exaggerate the shapes and draw them above your crease, close to your eyebrow because this will make them visible. Once you’re finished creating your triangle while looking straight ahead, you’ll notice that when you look down, that there will be gaps in the sides of your triangle because that’s the part of your eyelid that gets hidden when you’re looking straight ahead. Simply fill in the missing area using your eyeliner while you’re looking down to ensure your triangle is completely filled. This goes for all of the shapes you’re going to create if you have hooded eyes. 
  • STEP 3: Fill in the Inner Corner

    After creating the center triangle, I filled in the inner corner, which consists of two crescent shapes, one inside of the other. First, I created the larger crescent shape starting from the lower lash line and hugging around the inner tear duct to create a half-moon shape up to the brow and brought it back down, finishing right next to the first center triangle. In Burlacu’s original look, this shape is green but I decided to use the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Blossom because I love the color purple. And while the color is beautiful, the lilac hue was a little light on my medium complexion, so to emphasize it, I went traced over it with the Pixi Beauty Endless Silky Eye Pen in Very Berry. That’s the fun part about this look, you can choose whatever colors fit you best. 

    After I created the first crescent, I mimicked the same exact shape inside of the original using the same red Vivid Fire eyeliner I used for the first triangle. 

  • STEP 4: Finish the Outer Corner

    I finished the upper eyelid by creating the final three shapes on the outer portion of the eye. First, I created an elongated triangle starting right at the end of my eye and dragging it out towards the temple. For this shape I used the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Delight, a bright orange. Within that triangle, I used the purple eyeliner from before to create an upside down “L” shape. In between the orange triangle and the first center triangle, I created a bigger upside down “L” shape using the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Brights Eyeliner in Vivid Sapphire. The only difference for this step is that I added an additional line connecting from the end of the “L” to create an unfinished triangle near the brows, exactly like Burlacu. 

  • STEP 5: Do the Lower Lash Line

    Finally, I finished up the bottom lash line by connecting the purple crescent shape that ended at the lower lash line to the blue eyeliner. I dragged the blue eyeliner across most of my eye and then filled in the rest with the red liner, dragging it out to create a bottom winged eyeliner look. 

person wearing multicolored graphic eye makeup

My Thoughts

I’ll be real, this look isn’t for the faint of heart. I can admit that I probably wouldn’t wear this for a regular event, but it gave me avante-garde, high-fashion magazine cover vibes, which I’m really into. In terms of difficulty, I’d give this look a 7/10. Admittedly, it’s tedious, requires a steady hand and placement of the shapes on your eyelid can be a little difficult to figure out. That being said, if you have free time on your hands and want to try a graphic eyeliner look, I say go for it because it really pushes your creative limits and makes for a bomb Instagram picture. 
Photo: Genesis Rivas, Design: Hannah Packer

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