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How to Do Ombré Eyeliner in Three Easy Steps

The hardest part is having the patience to blend the colors together.


By Devon Abelman, Allure

First came ombré hair, now, it's all about ombré eyeliner. Instead of drawing solid black liquid liner onto their lids, makeup artists have been turning their winged liner into fun, multi-colored gradients. I asked two experts in all things ombré liner to share their tips. Turns out, the colorful liner is easier to create than it looks. The hardest part is having the patience to blend the colors together.
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First, you'll want to pick which two or more colors you'll use for your ombré eyeliner. Australia-based makeup artist Nicole Tait chooses shades that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel. "It makes it so easy to blend the two together seamlessly," she explains. Having a hard time? Go with three variations of one color. (For example, you can do blue in sky, cobalt, and navy.)


As for the actual products to use, Tait and Meg Magee prefer liquid lipsticks from Kat Von D and Anastasia Beverly Hills for their color selections. I suggest NYX's Vivid Brights, though. They are 100 percent eye safe. Plus, you can mix the white one with any of the vivid shades to create custom colors. Magee also likes amplifying the intensity of the liquid lipstick with a matching eye shadow.
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Once your color combo is set, gather up your tools. Tait likes to use separate thin brushes for each shade. My personal favorite brush for graphic liner like this is Moda's $5 Fine Liner one.

Next, it's time to actually do the damn thing. Start by painting on the darkest shade first, Magee says, either along the lash line or as the points of the wings. Then, apply the second shade next to it with another brush, and so on with the third color (if you ended up picking more than two). Now that you have each color plotted out, blend each shade where they meet with their respective brushes. This is where the patience comes in because "it's a bit of back and forth between the two brushes blending and tapping them together to create a clean gradient," Tait says. Naturally, she says that you should remember to try to keep the lines clean and straight.
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After your colors are blended to ombré perfection, Magee recommended going back in with some concealer to "clean up any messy edges or mistakes and really sharpen up the lines."

Need some more inspiration? Here are some gorgeous ombré eyeliner looks to bookmark on Instagram.
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