This Cool Eyeliner Looks Like It Was Applied With a Tiny Paintbrush

But it wasn't! I'll show you how I did it.
Publish date:
May 12, 2015
eyeliner, eyeliner looks, e.l.f.

Has anyone else noticed that there's a lack of cool, alternative, graphic eyeliner tutorials on the Internet that aren't just a variation of the cat eye?

Recently, I was in a store and saw a girl in a pretty vintage dress while rocking a straight rectangle of eyeliner. This inspired me to create a heavy, dramatic eyeliner look that resembles a thick paint-stroke.

I started with my usual foundation, concealer and brow routine, and then I primed my eyes. This is really important as you're going to be using a lot of eyeliner.

I also recommend going for a more natural brow look, as a strong brow could be overkill with the liner drama.

Then, using a white eyeliner, I lined the inner-corner of my eyes and blended it out. This adds some brightness and balances out the eyes for the final look.

Next, grab a cream eyeliner! I'm using e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner.

You could also use a pencil eyeliner; just make sure it's super-sharp! I don't recommend liquid eyeliner as it appears too harsh.

Start by making guidelines with the eyeliner brush for where you want the top of the eyeliner to be. I put mine near the line of my crease. The lines should be straight—not angled at all. Remember that this is a bold look and you're aiming for the end result to be a thick kind-of-rectangle.

As you can see, mine aren't very even and not the straightest, but that's OK! It'll be fixed up later. These are just guidelines.

Next, do the same for the bottom of the rectangle. Try to make these lines parallel with the top guidelines.

After that, roughly continue the lines into the eyelid and fill it in. This takes a while, and it's OK to be a little messy. If you're using a pencil eyeliner, or you're worried your eyeliner won't stay put, use an eyeshadow brush to place some black eyeshadow over the liner to set it.

Both eyes are a bit uneven, but that's a rough idea of what it should look like.

Next, take your time to perfect the thickness of the rectangles. Use a cotton swab if you need.

Now for the fun part!

After you've made your eyeliner as even it can be, take your brush (or sharp pencil) and make little strokes at the end of the liner. Try to mimic a paintbrush stroke.

Then I added some mascara, contoured my face and put on my favourite pinky-nude lipstick. Done! Now you can go out feeling like a punk-Cleopatra queen.