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If You're Gonna Wear Eyeliner, You Might As Well Have Fun With It

Graphic eyeliner is the way of the future.

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While graphic eyeliner has been around for a minute, the masses started listening after Euphoria Season 1. Now, graphic eyeliner is everywhere. There’s a whole world out there of bold and vibrant looks for you to conquer. All you need is a thin makeup brush, confidence, and these graphic eyeliner inspo looks ahead.

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Start off simple by outlining your cat-eye-shaped eyeshadow with black eyeliner. You can use a thicker liner to get a more striking effect (and mitigate shaky strokes). Since you’re following the eyeshadow you already painted on, it’s a bit easier to follow the lines.

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Urban Decay Cosmetics Prince Kajal Vegan Eyeliner Pencil
Ulta Beauty

Urban Decay’s Kajal Eyeliner Pencil ($13, Ulta Beauty) packs in the pigment, but the consistency allows it to apply bold and and fix any mistakes easily. Unlike a liquid liner, which comes with more margin for error, it only takes one glide with a classic, smooth kajal liner to get your funky cat-eyes.

$24
$13

Get electric by using a neon liner and pulling it straight up to the corner of your outer brow. Similar to the photo above, you can really add drama with a black outline and matching neon dots under the wing — or other smaller designs as you see fit.

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Makeup Revolution Neon Heat Coloured Liquid Eyeliner
Beauty Bay

You’ll have to make definitive movements with Makeup Revolution’s Neon Heat Eyeliner ($7, Beauty Bay). The felt brush will deposit the pop of color easily when you apply with a tilt, but the sharp tip is great for leaving evenly shaped dots and detail work.

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Guy Fieri is quaking with this hot, fiery look from @p.xtt.art on Instagram. While creating such a flaming look seems impossible, the creator’s tutorial shows how easy it can be.

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Cherry Pie Crème Gel Liner
ColourPop

For this look, you need a red eyeliner you can blend, and ColourPop’s Cherry Pie Liner ($7, ColourPop) is pigmented enough to give you a vibrant line, but soft enough to blend out if you work with it quickly.

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By following the invisible line just above the crease of your eye, you can recreate Alexa Demie’s double-winged eyeliner look. This style will give you a heady, Love Witch, ‘60s kind of vibe that pairs great with heavily lined lips.

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Epic Ink Liner
NYX Professional Makeup

Since you’ll be following a natural line, it’s easier to try to trace it quickly. NYX’s Epic Ink Liner ($9, NYX) dries quickly and doesn’t tug, so you can get the perfect line in one swipe. And, if you don’t, the fine point makes it easy to even out any bumps.

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Flash Glance
Face Lace

You can also always skip the mistakes, cotton swabs, and general struggle with stick-on eyeliner, like Face Lace’s Flash Glance ($21, Face Lace). This va-va-voom look is as graphic as it gets, and all you have to do is place the decals.

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Don’t be afraid to play around with multiple colors and overlapping shapes. In fact, keeping shapes loose and fluid is a solid way to start practicing with graphic eyeliner, because your drawings are less rigid.

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UV Brights Hydra FX Palette
Suva Beauty

Reminiscent of a childhood watercolor palette, Suva Beauty’s Hyrda Eyeliner Palette ($30, Suva Beauty) is rife with creative potential. The vibrant world of graphic eyeliner will bow at your feet with this in your makeup arsenal.

$30