It’s time for a beauty riddle, guys. What’s gorgeous 24/7, been there for you through thick and thin, and is always ready to ignite confidence when you need it the most? Your squad, yes, but we’re also talking about your fave eyeliner looks. The power of eyeliner is seriously unparalleled. Nothing unleashes your creativity and exposes you to a new world of colors and ultra-cool styles quite like playing with liner. No other beauty product, besides maybe its super-vibrant sister, eyeshadow, can match your mood quite like eyeliner does. Some days, you might be feeling a simple top liner with our 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil; others, you aim to collect every color in the rainbow and start lining until you’ve recreated all the Euphoria eyeliner looks from season 2. This is a total vibe for all types of makeup fans, and all you need is a few simple tools to take your liner skills up a notch.
Even after years of flicking, shading, lining, and defining through what you thought were all the eyeliner looks in the book; there are still so many more to explore. Keep reading and you'll own these eyeliner looks, from neon, graphic, two-toned, and everything in between.
1. Two-Toned Eyeliner
There’s no reason to pick just one shade when you can have two… or three, or four, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves. Two-toned eyeliner is perfect for those who love colored eyeliner looks but enjoy a lazy girl makeup hack even more. There’s less blending, shading, defining, and dealing with fallout than you’d get with rainbow cut crease eyeshadow, but you’ll still have all eyes on you with two or more super-hot hues.
As for how it works, there are a few methods you can master when applying two-toned eyeliner. The first is seriously simple: swipe one colored eyeliner on your lower lashline and a traditional black on your top lid. That’s right; it’s literally no different than doing your everyday black eyeliner looks; it just brings a little color into your beauty counter! When choosing your new signature lashline colors from the 24/7 Glide-On Pencil Collection, the options for colored eyeliner looks are endless (for real, we have 38 shades!). Psychedelic Sister is a purple shimmer that lets you rep the UD colors like a boss, Freak brings your obsession with neon green up a notch, and Roxy is blue-tiful and bright. Shall we go on?
The answer is yes, yes; we absolutely should, because there’s a second two-toned eyeliner technique that you need to know. It’s a bit more complex, but we know you’ll show your true colors in no time. Start by creating your typical black winged eyeliner look with the 24/7 Glide-On Waterproof Eye Pencil, and then outline this shape with another, more vibrant shade for the perfect Euphoria vibes.
2. Eyeshadow as Eyeliner
It’s easy to diffuse the situation with this multitasking makeup favorite, and we have a lot of love for eyeshadow liners. Swapping out your liquid eyeliner pen for a pocket-sized assortment of eyeshadows – like Naked Half-Baked Mini Eyeshadow Palette or Naked Foxy Mini Eyeshadow Palette – can put a new spin on your favorite eye makeup looks. Somehow it makes them look more simple and sexy at the same time, depending on your blending technique, and we’re here for it. So, how exactly do you achieve our go-to eyeshadow-as-eyeliner looks? It’s actually super simple. All you need is your favorite eyeshadow shade plus our All Nighter Setting Spray – which not only locks in your makeup to perfection, but also makes the ideal mixing medium you never knew you needed).
Just spritz a small amount of setting spray into your eyeshadow that’s black, purple green, or anything in between, stirring very lightly to create a vivid paste. Then dip in your favorite Eyeliner Brush and apply across your lids for all-day slay. Talk about the magic of makeup. From a traditional sky-high wing to a dotted liner on the top lid only, you’ll be amazed at what your favorite eyeshadow and a bit of the All Nighter Setting Spray can do. It creates a diffused and dreamy color effect that’s ideal for smokey looks but can also be toned down... and it doesn’t hurt that these looks stay perfect for hours on end.
Don’t forget: using eyeshadow as eyeliner is all about versatility. Even if you can’t find a pencil or liquid eyeliner in a teal blue shimmer, like the 24/7 Shadow in the shade Float? You guessed it… your trusty UD shadow is here to save the day, and it’s just the beginning of the color combos and sultry essentials that await when you use eyeshadow as eyeliner.
3. Classic Cat Eye
Could we really list out the best eyeliner looks without this iconic trend? You can’t go wrong with a classic cat eye, one of the most iconic black eyeliner looks of all time. It’s earned its rightful place in the histories of makeup, geography, and cinematography, but the bottom line is that winged eyeliner will always be a lifesaver. It’s fierce and flawless, just like your favorite feline, and serves up full-fledged glam makeup in a single flick. A blacker-than-black cat eye is mesmerizing enough on its own, but things get even more intense when you add a few extras.
We’re talking about perhaps some blue eyeliner from the Naked Wild West Eyeshadow Palette to pay homage to Cleopatra, the real ancient Egyptian royal that’s believed to have originated the cat eye. This look is easily accomplished with the trusted “eyeshadow as eyeliner” trick we told you about earlier... helping you serve looks fit for a queen. You can also go a bit more modern with your eye makeup, drawing inspiration from 2000s celebrities who rock winged eyeliner looks in both edgy and elegant ways. The best eyeliner from Urban Decay helps you go all the way with an ultra-high wing that pays tribute to both modern Hollywood glam and Giza’s Egyptian pyramids, and we can’t wait to see you wing it.
If you’re a minimalist who loves an off-white outfit and home decor, you’ll be obsessed with this understated beauty trend: white eyeliner. It had a moment a few years back in June 2020 when Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga debuted the most fab floating white eyeliner looks in their “Rain on Me” music video, but it can also be worn in a more subtle style. In fact, a lot of times you can’t even tell at first glance when someone is rocking this icy eye effect. That’s because it’s worn not on the lids, like most eyeliners, but in the waterline to enhance your eyes and produce the prettiest optical illusion of all time.
White eyeliner looks tend to enhance your eyes in every way, and by gliding white liner into your waterline, they’ll appear instantly bigger, brighter, and more awake. This trick is commonly used after late nights to deflect redness and make the eyes look recharged and radiant... but it’s also a super-versatile trick that can be added to all types of eye makeup looks. Some like to wear black eyeliner on the top lid and white on the lower lash line for a yin-and-yang effect, while others pair it with gems and other embellishments for an icy and exquisite vibe. Whether you’re a glam queen who wants to give her black eyeliner a rest or just want a way to look less sleepy, we guarantee that white eyeliner looks will do wonders for your beauty routine.
5. Graphic Eyeliner
Things are about to get a little graphic, as you haven’t entered the beauty game until you’ve tried the most eclectic graphic eyeliner looks. Euphoria made them an Instagram favorite and inspired countless TikTok tutorials. But the truth is, graphic liner looks have been a thing long before Zendaya and Sydney Sweeney came onto the scene, and it’s easy to see why. They represent everything that eye makeup is about: fearlessness, creativity, and a mix of boldness and brightness that takes you on one hell of a glide. With graphic eyeliner looks, there are so many possibilities, including ultra-vibrant hues, prismatic shapes, and sexy swirls. And we literally cannot wait to see what you create.
As for which graphic liner looks to make your own, it’s hard to say. Singers like Olivia Rodrigo and Madison Beer love an open-ended shape above everyday winged liner that looks like it’s floating, bringing another swipe of color to the brow bone to push the limits of liner. More stars like Shay Mitchell and Hailey Bieber are also known to bring vivid hues and geometric shapes into their graphic eyeliner looks, and we love them for it. You can get inspo from all these megastars while experimenting with your customized graphic eye looks.
6. Brown Eyeliner
Your soft glam essential has arrived in the form of brown eyeliner, and you’ll be amazed at what cocoa, espresso, and whiskey hues can do. Acting as a contour for your upper lids for a bigger and brighter effect, it’s an eye enhancer in every way. Don’t get us wrong, we’ll always love black eyeliner, but you should never underestimate the power of a rich brown. The UD 24/7 liner pencils are available in a variety of brown hues to fit your eye color and skin tone, ranging from peanut and tawny to chocolate and brick – all of which give even the most subtle makeup looks a striking finish.
Brown eyeliner goes with literally anything, which is the best news for your collection of Naked Palettes sitting atop your vanity right now. Are you thinking about reaching for the Naked Heat Eyeshadow Palette first? These 12 amber neutral hues are a go-to for a fierce and flawless makeup look, which is only amplified by a mocha kitten wing or brown smokey liner look. If you’re feeling edgy and can’t go even one day without a pop of color, we’ve got you...it’s time to reach for your 24/7 Shadow singles! The lineup includes ultra-bold shades like the magenta hue called Floored, plus the shimmering purple Set List, electric green Freak, and so much more. These vivid pops of color are insanely hot on their own, but your eye looks will be next level when you top them off with brown eyeliner for the best of both worlds. Who said that colorful and neutral makeup can’t get along? The beauty options are endless with brown eyeliner, no matter your eye color or makeup style!
7. Glitter eyeliner
We’re ready to get the party started with some seriously glam glitter eyeliner looks; what about you? In fact, it’s kind of an Urban Decay specialty, as the Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner has been glitzing things up for years. From an everyday shimmer for your calculus class to full-blown glam for a rock concert or New Year’s Eve party, the multidimensional impact of glitter eyeliner looks is unmatched. Choose from rockin’ shades like the light purple Studio, black and silver Gunmetal, and bronze glitter Starfire, to shine like the rockstar you are.
For the record, not all rockstars wear guitar straps and head-to-toe black leather. Some of us have earned the title just by getting through this thing we call life, which is always better with a beaming touch of glitter. You can use glitter shades to create any eye makeup effect on this list — including graphic liner looks, a floating two-toned take, the classic cat eye, and of course, all the Euphoria makeup looks you heart desires. Glitter adds a touch of sparkle to any look, making your day a little brighter as you get constant compliments on these holographic shimmers.
8. “Four-Dot Trick” Eyeliner
If you need any more proof that white eyeliner is freaking mesmerizing, look no further than the beloved “Four dots” TikTok makeup trend. Also referred to as “#whitedots,” “four dots trick,” “the white dot method, and “4 dot hypnotic thingy,” it’s a simple yet apparently very effective method. Makeup artists have stated that placing four dots of liner around each eye, two on your upper and lower lashlines, and two on the sides, will instantly attract people to you. It’s an act of hypnosis that takes all of two seconds to do, so why not trust the power of the dots?
If you still need convincing, just watch the TikToks that have racked up millions of views and endless comments, courtesy of these four white dots. Most of them claim to receive more attention than ever from store clerks, acquaintances, potential romantic partners and more... proving with every rewatch that this makeup method is the real deal.
The key to mastering this look is keeping it as simple as possible. Avoid over-the-top winged eyeliner looks or a snatched shadow blend, as the focus should be on the four dots. At most, add an inner corner shimmer or a sheer wash of matte or shimmer shadow alongside your white eyeliner, which you can get with our 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil in the shade Yeyo.