Photographed by James Hartley


Cool New Summer Eyeliner Looks

crazy-cool looks

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

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

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.

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