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[Requested] The Black-and-White: Soft gray-scale smoke with graphic Black and White Liquid Liner

This is a simple white-and-black smoky eye with a more dramatic graphic liner twist. The eyeshadow isn’t hard to do, and is something that you can easily wear out, but the liquid liner is slightly trickier and it’s also not always hard to locate a very strongly pigmented white liquid liner, so it’s optional whether you want to follow the look exactly or just keep it simple and either skip the liquid liner, or only do the black.

For a basic liner application guide, look here.

The same rules apply when you are applying liquid and gels/creams. 

Products used:

  • 88 Warm palette (3 shades used; matte white, black, and a deep metallic grey)
  • Lime Crime Uniliners in Quill (black) and Lunar Sea (matte white)
  • Black mascara (L’oreal Voluminous Carbon Black)
  • White eye pencil (Revlon Khol pencil in White)

If you’re looking for budget white liquid liners, Prestige used to have one, but I am not sure if it is still available. Unfortunately, most of the good matte whites I know are from more expensive brands like Illamasqua, Stila and Lime Crime. 


Step 1: First, prime your lids as you’ll be working with matte textures. Then apply a matte white shadow to the inner half of the lids, and the brow bone. 


 Step 2: On the outer half of the lids, apply a matte black shadow. Smoke it gently up to the hollow of the socket line, but no further. Run it down along the outer 1/3 of the lower lash line as well.


Step 3: Using a metallic grey, sweep along the socket line as a “transition” shade between the lids and the brow bone, and bring the whole look together. 


Step 4:  [Optional] Using your white liquid liner, first draw a thick swatch along the inner half of the upper lash line, making it thick at the center and thin at both ends. 

Then following the angle of your lower lash line, draw in a flick at the outer corner. Don’t worry about making it too thick. You just want to make sure the white is very opaque.


Step 5: The black liner is next, and this is the trickiest part to the whole look so if you’re in a rush or not too sure about it, just do a regular black flick.

If you’re game to try the sci-fi look, you’ll need a steady hand (or a lot of practice and patience.)

You want to set your brush down in the center of the lid and work your way out to the flick first. This allows most of the product to be deposited on the outer half of the lid, so by the time you work your way to the inner halves, there is less product on the brush and you can get a very fine line right at the lashes.

ERASING ERRORS: There really isn’t much room for error here. If you overlap the white or mess up your line a little, you can go over with the white just to “clean up” a little.



Step 6: Along the lower water line, run a matte white pencil all along until it meets and fades into the white liquid liner at the outer corners. This just ties the whole look together.

Step 7: Curl lashes and apply black mascara. 

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