your official summer eyeliner guide

    crazy-cool looks

    by · June 11, 2015

    Photographed by James Hartley

    Eyeliner is the goddess’s gift to your summer beauty routine. When you’re sweaty and covered in SPF, you can forget about your foundation looking clean, and don’t even bother with lipstick—you have iced coffee/cold beer/popsicles to consume. Eyeliner, however, won’t interfere with your fun in the sun—if anything, a cool liner look will only enhance the good times.

    You probably know your way around a cat eye already, so we brought in makeup artist Ashleigh Ciucci and asked her to come up with totally awesome, new ways to wear liner. Click through for the looks she created, and find out how to do ’em yourself.

    Model: Kayran Abasali

    Photographer: James Hartley

    Makeup: Ashleigh Ciucci

    Hair: Casey Geren

    Photographed by James Hartley

    floating white crease

    Just because it’s called “eyeliner” doesn’t mean you have to literally line your eyeballs with it. This look works with your crease to create a Mod-inspired take on the white-liner trend. Ashleigh used a nude eye pencil to trace a line halfway between our model’s eyelid crease and her brow. She then used a skinny eyeliner brush to draw over the nude line with white cream liner. Once that was set, she used the same brush to draw a traditional cat eye in white, perfecting the line with a pointed Q-tip.NARS, Larger Than Life Long-Wear Eyeliner in Rue Bonaparte, $25.00, available at; MAKE UP FOR EVER, Flash Color Pot in White, $19.00, available at; Maybelline, lipstick in Bare All, $7.49, available at

    Photographed by James Hartley

    negative-space cat eye

    If you’re devoted to a signature flick but want to take it up a notch, try playing around with negative space. Ashleigh used an angled brush and a black cream liner to draw along the upper lash line, from the inside corner of the eye outwards. Then, she explains, “With the tip of the brush pointing up, I drew the wing as a natural extension of the lash line. Pulling from the tip of the wing I drew a line that floats above the lashline, creating negative space.” She filled in the corner of the wing and then feathered it inwards, halfway across the lid. MAC, Fluidline Cream Liner in Blacktrack, $16.00, available at; MAC, eyeshadow in Carbon, $16.00, available at; Giorgio Armani, Rouge d’Armani in #410, $35.00, available at

    Photographed by James Hartley

    alien-chic liner

    Feeling creative? Try creating crazy-cool shapes with your liner that’ll have everyone doing double takes. Ashleigh took a shimmering green cream liner and drew an incomplete triangle in the inner corner of the eyes. She then created a negative-space cat eye like in the previous look, but instead of blending it, she created a hard stop in the center, so the cat-eye flick is essentially a triangle. Fill it in completely.

    Shiseido, Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Moss, $25.00, available at

    Photographed by James Hartley

    two-toned eye

    It’s hard to pick just one color to line your eyes with, so we suggest going with two, instead! The blue and purple here are pretty and summery without being too overpowering. Create a winged-liner shape on your top lid, and then fill in your lower waterline, tapering the wing downward.

    Shiseido, Shimmering Cream Eye Color in Purple Dawn, $25.00, available at; MAC, Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Designer Purple, $16.00, available at; Black Up Paris, Lip Lacquer in vl06, $22.50, available at

    Photographed by James Hartley

    peach underneath

    This peach-hued reverse cat eye is what summer was missing. Use a skinny eyeliner brush and a cream liner in a pale shade of your choosing to draw an exaggerated line along your lower lashes, dragging it outward. You can make it more dramatic by extending it out about half the length of your lower lid.

    Benefit, Eye Bright Pencil , $20.00, available at

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