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Here's how to wear white eyeliner without looking like a Tippex accident

It’s easier than it looks.

IT’S THE HOTTEST beauty trend of the summer, and with mere weeks left to make the most of the waning sun, now’s the time to get to grips with white eyeliner.

kelly shew Source: Kelly Shew Makeup/Instagram

Rihanna and Bella Hadid have all sported the trend, which looks to do more than just brighten the eye and makes it look larger. The great thing about white eyeliner is that it’s a statement all of its own – you don’t have to worry about fussy pigments or falsies after the fact (but more power to you if you do.)

TAG Heuer Grand Prix De Monaco Party Source: Zabulon Laurent/ABACA

If you’re already a master at application, then you only need to keep two things in mind – pigmentation and application. A liquid liner will give you a more opaque finish, with less accuracy – the NYX white liquid eyeliner doesn’t require you rowing over and back on the line to get opacity, while drying matte.


A gel will provide you with more control, while also being easy to correct in the event that you lack the latter. Inglot’s AMC gel eyeliner in ’76′ is a favourite of makeup artist Keilidh Cashell’s for creating vivid strokes.

Whatever your medium of choice, careful application is key – it’s way harder to distract from mess-ups with white eyeliner given the colour is more eye-catching (especially among lashes – eek!)

You can keep it simply as Hadid has done in the previous picture, drawing a simply line across the lid while keeping the lid space neutral in colour. Or you can play with shape for a more graphic look.

Pick a bright focus colour, and draw a thin line at your lash line. Bring it up to wing, and continue to draw the outline of the liner without filling it in. That way, you still get that pop of colour, without sacrificing a lot of lid space. (You can go back in and clean up the lines with a cotton bud/detailer brush with the focus colour as you wish.)


If you’re feeling more experimental, try dotted or squiggle liner over autumnal colours to bring the look bang up to date.  If you’re not, try outlining your regular ol’ black liner with some white. All the fun, without all the commitment.

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