How to Use White Eyeliner

Seven Methods:Traditional EyelinerHighlightsWaterline LinerEyeshadow BaseTweezing GuideConcealer AssistantFaux Manicure

White eyeliner can seem perplexing if you've never used it, but it's actually an incredibly versatile cosmetic and worth including in your collection. Applying it to your eyes can make them look wider and brighter when done well, but you can also use white eyeliner to assist your beauty routine in other ways.

Method 1
Traditional Eyeliner

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    Draw a thick white line along the upper lid. Using white eyeliner, carefully trace the lash line of the upper eyelid. This line should be very wide—up to twice as thick as normal eyeliner would be.
    • You can technically stop here, but the results might seem overpowering if you're not used to using white eyeliner. If you do choose to use white eyeliner as a solo liner, though, consider making this line somewhat thinner instead of opting for a super thick line.
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    Create a thinner black line beneath the white. Switch to black eyeliner and carefully draw a second, thin line along the lash line of the upper eyelid. This line should fall at the base of your white line, and it should be about half as thick.[1]
    • The contrast between the black and white liner should make your eyes stand out.
    • You can use other colors instead of black, but they should still be dark to achieve the same effect. Dark brown, dark gray, or navy blue eyeliners would be other options worth considering.
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    Add more white to the inner corners. Touch up the dark corners of your eyes by drawing a thin v-shape with the white eyeliner, directly around the inner corner. This line should be short, but it should overlap the inner edge of the top and bottom lash lines.
    • The inner corner is one of the darkest spots of the eye. Applying white eyeliner to this area can minimize this darkness and make your eyes appear more open.
    • Do not apply black eyeliner to the inner corner. Moreover, it's best to apply the white liner to the inner corner after you've already traced the upper lid in black since you can cover any spots accidentally darkened by the black liner.

Method 2
Highlights

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    Draw a v-shape along the inner corner of the eye. Using white eyeliner, trace the inner corner of your eye along the upper and lower lash line. The resulting shape should look similar to a sideways “V.”
    • Since the inner corner is naturally one of the darkest spots of the eye, highlighting it with white can extend the appearance of the eyeball and make your eyes seem both wider and brighter.
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    Apply white liner directly to brow bone. Swipe the white eyeliner along the entire bottom edge of your eyebrow. Keep the line relatively thin along the inner brow, but make it wider as you approach the outer edge.
    • Start at the inner eyebrow, just beside the point where the eyebrow begins to arch upward. Follow the direction and shape of the brow until you reach the outer edge.
    • When done properly, this should highlight your brow bone and help define the shape of the eyebrow. It should also brighten the eye area overall.
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    Smudge the liner. Use your fingers, a cotton swab, or a smudge stick to smudge the eyeliner at your inner eye and along the eyebrow, giving it a more subtle appearance.
    • When highlighting your eyes, the idea is to make them appear naturally brighter. If you don't blend the white liner into your skin around these areas, it will stand out as a cosmetic instead of looking natural.

Method 3
Waterline Liner

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    Gently tug the lower lid. Place your middle or ring finger directly beneath your eye. Gently tug down on the skin there, revealing the rim of the lower lid.
    • This step is especially helpful if this is the first time you've applied eyeliner to the lower waterline. If you're familiar with this practice and can see the rim of the lower lid without tugging it down, you can skip this step.
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    Trace the waterline with white eyeliner. Carefully trace over the lower waterline/rim using white eyeliner. Make sure the line of white extends from corner to corner.
    • Coloring the inner waterline with white liner can minimize redness, which may make you look more alert and less tired. Maximize the effect by extending the white liner into the naturally dark inner corner of your eye, as well.
    • Since this technique widens the eye, you may wish to avoid it if you have naturally large or predominant eyes. Apply white liner to the waterline under these circumstances could actually make your eyes seem washed out.

Method 4
Eyeshadow Base

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    Color the lid with white liner. Use white eyeliner to color the entire eyelid. Apply the makeup as evenly as possible.[2]
    • The white eyeliner will have an impact on the way your eyeshadow appears. Furthermore, it should also act as a primer, allowing your eyeshadow to last longer as you go about your day.
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    Dust the eyeshadow over the white. Pick a bright or dark color of eyeshadow. Brush the eyeshadow over the whitened portion of the eyelid, covering the area evenly with a fine dusting.
    • It's best to use a bright or dark eyeshadow for this. Muted colors would also work, but the effect won't be as dramatic since they inspire less contrast.
    • Leave the colors as they are or use a cotton swab to blend them together. The former will make the color of your eyeshadow pop, but the latter will fade the color of the eyeshadow and make it more subtle.

Method 5
Tweezing Guide

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    Mark the beginning, arch, and end points. Use white eyeliner to mark the point where your eyebrow should begin along the bottom edge of the brow. Also mark the highest point of the arch and the point where your eyebrow should end.[3]
    • To determine the shape of the eyebrow:
      • Hold the white eyeliner stick vertically against your face, allowing it to brush against the outer edge of your nose. This is your start point.
      • Angle the eyeliner stick so that it hits the outer edge of your nose and crosses over the outer edge of your pupil. This is your arch point.
      • Angle the eyeliner stick so that it hits the outer edge of the nose and crosses over the outer edge of the eye. This is your end point.
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    Repeat along the top of the brow. Using white eyeliner, mark the beginning, arch, and end points of the brow along the upper edge. These points should match up with the points marked along the lower edge.
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    Connect the dots. Draw an outline of your desired eyebrow shape by connecting the beginning, arch, and end points of your upper and lower eyebrow edges. When finished, you should have a white border around your entire eyebrow.
    • Make the line thick enough for you to see without difficulty. If you make any mistakes, work back over the same area with your white eyeliner to correct the shape.
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    Pluck hairs on or outside the line. Use tweezers to pluck any eyebrow hairs that land on or outside of the white eyebrow border. Leave any hairs inside the border alone.
    • When finished, use makeup remover to wash away the white eyeliner.
    • With the white liner gone, you should be able to clearly see the newly defined shape of your eyebrow.

Method 6
Concealer Assistant

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    Apply white liner to the blemish. Draw a thin layer of white eyeliner directly on top of the blemish you wish to hide. Cover the blemish itself and any surrounding redness.
    • Use your fingers to blend the white liner into your skin. The area should appear much less red, but the white dot of liner will likely stand out.
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    Dab concealer over the same spot. Apply concealer directly over the whitened blemish. Use your fingers to blend the concealer into the liner and into your skin.
    • As you blend in the concealer, both the remaining redness and the white liner should fade from view. The blemish should be even more hidden than it would be when you only use concealer.

Method 7
Faux Manicure

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    Clean beneath the nail. Use soap and water to thoroughly clean beneath the tips of your fingernails.
    • If your nails seem long or jagged, it's a good idea to trim and file them into the proper shape before you begin.
    • Scrub the tops and sides of your fingertips around the nail bed, too. If necessary, trim and push back your cuticles to make your nails appear as neatly groomed as possible.
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    Apply white liner beneath the tip. Using the white eyeliner, draw a line of white directly to the underside of the nail tip. Ideally, you should color over the naturally white portion of the nail, making it look even whiter.
    • Waterproof pencil liners work best, but any white eyeliner will work for this trick.
    • Note that you must clean the applicator tip of the white eyeliner before using it on your eyes again. Otherwise, you could spread bacteria from your hands to your eyes.
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    Clean away the excess. Dip a cotton swab in makeup remover, then wipe it over your hands on any area stained by excess white liner.
    • Soap and water will usually work, too, but the makeup remover will clean away the excess quicker and more thoroughly.
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    Buff the nail. To amplify the effect even further, use a nail buffer to make the top side of your nail smoother and shinier.
    • This step isn't strictly necessary, but it should give your nail a natural polish and make it look better groomed.
    • When done well, the entire process should result in nails that mimic the look of a French manicure.

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