I love messy black eye liner. It’s easy to find. It’s easy to apply. It matches everything. And the best part is that I don’t have to think about it. I just grab my favorite black pencil liner and apply it. But I seem to have made a messy black liner rut for myself, and I’m having trouble climbing back out. So I’ve made a list of messy black liner alternatives for you and for me- so we can get of our messy black liner rut together.
Liquid liner. The first step is try something – anything – different. Liquid liner is a great alternative to messy black liner. Most likely, you’ll still use black, but liquid liner isn’t usually worn messy. It’s a very precise application of liner, and it makes great doe eyes, cat eye, or even a thin delicate line. If you’re not too steady with a liquid eye liner brush, try an eye liner that looks like a felt tip pen. It goes on with great precision, is more forgiving than a standard liquid liner, and it still isn’t your typical messy black liner.
A similar color. Another way to step out of your eye liner comfort zone is to change colors, just a little bit. Navy or dark brown are great alternatives to black liner. They’ll look subtle to everyone else even if it feels dramatically different to you. Better yet, try a soft charcoal for a softer, smoky look.
A bold, bright color. If you’re going to make a change, make it a big one! I really love my chunky purple eye crayon. Yes, it sort of makes a messy line. But it is a bright, eye catching purple, and I don’t even need to wear eye shadow with it. It definitely defines and enlarges my eyes, but it also breaks out of the black liner rut. Lime green, teal, and bright blue are also great colors to try. Of course, I’ve been known to layer my black liner over top of a bright color but I’ve also worn it alone.
Eye shadow instead of liner. One way to try a different color liner without the investment is to use whatever shadows you have on hand. Hopefully, what you have will work wet as well as dry. Just dip your eye liner brush (a small stiff eye brush) into a little water and then into your eye color. Line all the way around your eye, a little bit at a time. You can make the line thick or thin, it is entirely up to you. Then add a layer of dry shadow precisely over top to give it staying power. This could be a subtle color, like warm brown or bronze, or a shocking color, like hot pink. Experiment until you find something that speaks to you.
No liner. If you are getting brave, you could try going without any liner at all. I often think models that just wear eye shadow look fresh and young. I’m just not brave enough to wear my makeup that way.
Whether you want to give up your black eye liner is entirely up to you. But it never hurts to try.