Graphic eyeliners, coloured eyeliners, water-activated eyeliners, gel liners, whatever you want to call them, are here to stay and are taking over the beauty world. Coloured eyeliners were a big hit last year, and what started as a gen-z thing quickly spread like wildfire throughout the beauty world. This trend was rapidly adopted by makeup artists and makeup lovers alike, and it could be seen on the faces of everyone from celebrities to average makeup enthusiasts. Fast forward to this year, and people are expressing themselves in increasingly bold, vibrant, and graphic ways. Lots of people are using makeup to express themselves more clearly and loudly, combining colours, textures, and shapes. Coloured liners were one of the nine major beauty trends we predicted for this year, and we’re happy to report that we were right.

In recent years, beauty has become about having fun and expressing oneself without boundaries, which is why coloured liners are so popular because you can be your own Picasso and choose which colours, shapes, or patterns suit you best. You can be as loud or as subtle as you want, but either way, you will stand out. We’ve seen how most coloured liners, particularly those with bright colours, can draw attention to the eyes.

However, as with any new trend, some people may find it intimidating. Especially in the case of coloured and graphic eyeliners, where it appears that special skill or course is required before you can try it. But the truth is, the main precipice behind this trend is that you have fun with it. The more you practice, the more you will learn and improve. There’s no rule book as to how to go about it or a special technique that is required. That being said, we’ve put together a few pointers to help you get started:

  • To get a precise line, make sure your eyeliner brush is completely saturated and not too dry, so you can get a smooth and even colour distribution.
  • Use your ring and pinky fingers to steady and anchor your hand while drawing precise lines. This makes it easier to control where the brush goes and how much pressure you put on it.
  • Make sure to consistently wipe off your brush or the product will build up and your lines will get thicker.
  • If you make a mistake when doing a coloured liner, you can gently remove it with a spoolie.
  • Use a liner brush with a longer tip for smoother lines.
  • Another pro tip when doing graphic liners is to sketch out the shape you want to draw lightly with foundation before going in with the coloured liner.
  • Before investing in lots of coloured liners, you can practice with a makeup hack that a lot of people are using these days, which is to use micellar water and eyeshadows. If you have an eyeshadow palette that is highly pigmented, you can scrape a little eyeshadow out, then dip a liner brush into micellar water and rub it on the eyeshadow you’ve scoped out. This becomes a coloured liner, and you can practice with this until you’re ready to invest in proper coloured liners. This hack can also be done with finishing sprays.

If you’ve been scared or holding back from joining this trend, this is your sign that it’s not too late to hop on. Remember, the idea is to have fun, make mistakes and get better. Who knows, your mistake may just be another trend starter.

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