White eyeliner is becoming the Stan Smith sneaker of my beauty routine.
I reach for it every day because it looks fresh and is extremely versatile. I first started wearing it as just an accent with a regular wing black wing, and then tried a full white wing. Lately, I have now been experimenting with more graphic looks.
This graphic liner is very simple, but has a dramatic effect. It is influenced by the ’60s banana eyeliner shape worn by icons like Twiggy – only with the modern take of swapping out black for white. I used the L’Oreal Infallible Paint Eyeliner ($10) in the shade “White Party”. It has a very thin tip which helps with precision. I find that sometimes the eyeshadow that I am wearing as a base will get on the end of the eyeliner so I have to wipe it off periodically to ensure that the intensity of the white colour is even all the way across.
Starting from the inner corner, place the line higher than your natural crease. If the line is too low down, it won’t show when your eyes are open. Raising the placement of the liner will open up your eyes and make them appear bigger. Draw the line in an arch following the shape of your crease. As you approach the outer corner of your eye, curve the line so it extends out towards your hairline. This gives the look a bit more of a cat eye effect than the traditional banana liner shape.
The hardest part about this is trying to keep the line very neat and thin. Go slow and put on some smooth jazz to keep calm (half joking, half serious). I suggest trying to apply a light line first and then going over it to actually add the pigment.
TIP: If your line needs a little bit of touching up, take a full coverage concealer on a small brush and clean up the line. I like to use the NARS Soft Matte Concealer ($37) and then set it with whatever eyeshadow I use all over my lid.