5 Ways To Rock Eyeliner On Your Lower Lid

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We spotted bottom eyeliner at a number of runway shows last fall, including Altuzarra, Costello Tagliapietra and Giles Deacon, but this is one beauty trend that’s worth revisiting. This unexpected way to sport liner not only makes your peepers pop, but it’s an easy look to re-create—all you need is a pencil eyeliner or an angled liner brush with your choice of eyeshadow. If you’re not sure where to start, check out these five ready-to-wear runway looks that you can pull off in a few simple swipes.

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This sooty kohl-black look from Altuzarra is the most classic way to wear bottom eyeliner. Use a densely-pigmented kohl liner like Guerlain’s Creamy Khôl Me Kajal Eyeliner to line your lower waterline, then drag a flat angled brush along your lower lashes, extending outwards with the slightest flick. Think of it as an upside-down cat-eye—instant impact.

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Violet is a more interesting alternative to black or brown, and flatters all eye colors—especially darker ones. Pick a jewel-toned liner like this plummy violet from Costello Tagliapietra and apply it right below your lower lash line, smudging it with a cotton swab or brush for a sultry look.

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The old trick of using white liner on your waterline to appear bright-eyed is still totally relevant, but this colorblocked update from Holly Fulton gives it a cool, modern twist. Opt for a waterproof pencil here, since this is a splash zone—Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide On Eye Pencil has a budge-proof formula that was made for looks like this one.

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Narcisco Rodriguez showed us that the best way to get daytime doe-eyes is lining your bottom lash line with soft brown liner. It looks the most natural but gives your eyes a hazily defined look with little to no effort. Just use a brown pencil liner or eye shadow stick and run it along your lower lashes (top too, if you’re a stickler for symmetry). Smudge with your pinky or a cotton bud.

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For an edgy statement-liner look, it’s hard to top Marc Jacobs’ trace of teal from Spring 2014. Just extend a colored liner from your lower lid slightly outwards as well as a sharp flick from your inner eye corner—it’s pretty much the cat-eye of the future.

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