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Making a statement at first sight is no easy feat. But, we’ve discovered the ultimate shortcut to ‘wow’.

It’s time to quit experimenting with the latest fashion trends and instead pay closer attention to your makeup collection. Proving that a bold beauty kit overhaul is all you need to cause a scene, our dramatic eyeliner tutorial is here to help you embrace all things avant-garde.

What Will I Need to Create a Dramatic Eyeliner Look?

  • Black kohl eyeliner
  • Blue eyeliner
  • Mascara
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The Look: Colour Block Lower Liner

Are you in desperate need of some colour therapy? This layered lower liner will make your look pop, even when your wardrobe is monotone.

Step 1 – Draw a line under the eye

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Using eyeliner that’ll juxtapose your natural eye colour (eg. blue eyeliner for brown eyes), draw a line through the lower lash line.

Step 2 – Go over line to thicken

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With the basic line in place, go over to thicken focusing on adding colour to the ends and inner corner of the eye.

Step 3 – Apply eyeliner to waterline

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Add colour to the waterline for a colour block effect.

Step 4 – Repeat process on other eye

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Using the same coloured eyeliner, repeat steps 1-3 on the other eye. Keep adding colour until you achieve a symmetrical finish.

The look: Under eye dots

Calling all fashion extroverts – prepare to go dotty for this playful look!

Step 1 – Draw a dot under the eye

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Using black liquid eyeliner, draw a single dot in the centre of your lower lash line.

Step 2 – Define & dot other eye

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With the dot in place, continue building on the size. Once it’s at the desired size, do the same process on the other eye.

Step 3 – Draw dots with white eyeliner

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Using white liquid eyeliner, for a striking monochrome contrast, draw smaller dots either sides of the central dot. Once the white dots are in place, take a black kohl pencil to round off the central dot.

Step 4 – Apply mascara to upper lashes

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To sharpen the look, add lashings of mascara to balance out the eye-catching dots.  

The Look: Cut Crease Eyeliner

Sorry smokey eye, you’ve been usurped. This cut crease look with kohl eyeliner is destined to become your new go-to for nights out.

Step 1 – Draw a line above the eye towards the outer corner

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Using black kohl eyeliner, draw a line over the eyelid from the inner corner to the outer corner.

Step 2 – Draw a flick & line into the crease

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Once you’re happy with the thickness of the upper line, add a flick at the end. Then take your liner and sweep up to line the crease following the natural arch.

Step 3 – Blend cut crease line

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To soften the look, take a makeup brush and gently brush over the cut crease line to blend out the edges.

Step 4 – Repeat on other eye

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Using the same eyeliner, repeat steps 1-3 on the other eye until you have a symmetrical finish.

Step 5 – Apply mascara

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Add lashings of mascara to complete the crease cut look.

Simply smouldering!

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Experimenting clearly pays off!

The Look: Dramatic Feline Eyeliner

A fiercely, feline look with a dose of added sparkle, this look is simply purr-fect for transfixing your date.  And makes a welcome change from a traditional cat eye.

Step 1 – Draw above upper lash line

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Using black eyeliner, line your upper lash line from the inner to the outer corner. Exaggerate the outer corner, by creating a thick flick. And go back over the inner corner and draw a line down to the tear duct for a more feline finish.

Top tip: Hold the skin taut when creating the flick for added ease.

Step 2 – Draw line under lash line

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Take the same eyeliner and draw a line under the lash line, connecting the inner and outer corners.

Step 3 – Repeat on other eye

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Using the same eyeliner, repeat steps 1 & 2 on the other eye until you have a symmetrical finish.

Step 4 – Add a metallic outer line

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Take a metallic pencil – silver works best against the black – and draw a line from the lower wing to the inner corner. This outlines the lower lash line and will amp up the attitude.

Complete your look with lashings of mascara – this will add definition.