Makeup Tutorial: Graphic Eyeliner How-To

Prep yourself for 2012 by turning an otherwise ordinary cat eye into a graphic eye, one of the hottest looks around! Three different looks and tutorial after the jump!

Graphic Eyeliner Look #1

Graphic Eyeliner tutorial

In full rage on the Spring 2012 runways, this look consists of three parts:

a) your regular winged out black eyeliner along the upper lashline
b) a white line on the lower waterline
c) a black line along the lower lashline

When working on the lower eye, run a Q-tip on the waterline to soak up excess moisture. Always start with the white before you move onto the black to avoid cleanups.

Graphic Eyeliner Look #2

Graphic eyeliner how-to

All about bringing the line back onto the crease, I first rocked this look back in 2007 doing a dupe on a Lily Cole ad. The key is to first draw on the line with a sharpened pencil then tracing it with a liquid liner.

A beginner to eyeliner? Just stick on some Dior Velvet Eyes Backstage Eyeliners-To-Wear Multi-Wear Adhesive Eyeliner Patches to get the same results!

Graphic Eyeliner Look #3

Finally, the all-out, double-ended dramatic cat eye. To do this, color in the entire eyelid with a black eyeliner. Create an upward flick on the outer corner and drag the line downward by the tear duct. Finish by topping with a black eyeshadow for maximum intensity.  

Tools Of The Trade

Tools to create graphic eyeliner

* Pencil liner in both black and white (Jealousness Waterproof Gel Eyeliner in Black and MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating)
* Black liquid liner like Kiss Me Heroine Make Smooth Liquid Eyeliner.
* Primer (NARS Pro Prime Smudge Proof Eyeshadow Base) for longevity
* An intense black eyeshadow like Blackout from Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette

Are you liking these looks? Which one is your fave?

Phyllis Li is the Founder and Editor-in-chief of Makeup For Life, one of the top 50 beauty blogs that focuses on celebrity makeup breakdowns, product reviews, makeup tutorials and all things beauty. Having lived and traveled in North America, Europe and Asia, she was exposed to different techniques and products at an early age and hopes to put a global perspective towards beauty. Phyllis won the Best Content Award by Total Beauty in 2008 and has been featured in various publications and websites including ELLE,, Yahoo Shine!, AOL Stylelist, Nylon Korea, VOGUE China, Ming Pao Daily (Canada) and Shanghai Weekly. In 2010, she was appointed one of the nine Real Women Ambassadors in the United States to take part in the Latisse® Wishes Challenge, working with Hollywood celebrity Kathy Ireland and raised over $400,000 for the Make-A-Wish Foundation to grant wishes for approximately 54 children. In 2012, she teamed up with luxury skincare brand TATCHA and released a limited-edition 3-Piece Set of her favorite beauty products. Phyllis currently lives in Chicago, US. She is a regular contributor to Shanghai Daily's StyleHai Magazine and a member of the Glam Beauty Network.


  1. I’m going to be biased and say Look #3… because I did the same look for my holloween look! LOL
    I also tried to do look #2 on my friend back in November… and failed miserably. (well I was doing fine until I realised she has one double eyelid and one triple o_O)

    Do you have any tips on how to do look #2 on uneven lids? I’d like to try it again but she might never let me do her makeup again if I give her raccoon eyes a second time.


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