Spring Trend Alert: Eyeliner

Beauty is in the eye of the trendsetter, but these fresh-off-the-runway liner looks are sure to keep all eyes on you.

By Ren Bishop

May 2018

Spring Eye-Liner Trends
Photo courtesy ShutterstockWhen rocking the season’s wild eyeliner trends, remember to keep the rest of the look soft and neutral.

On New York, Paris and Milan runways, eyeliner was the show-stopping look for the spring/summer 2018 shows. We asked local beauty experts how to achieve and rock these four eyeliner trends.

More rock than glam, grunge-inspired eyeliner invokes a smoky eye that exudes strength. Tommy Hilfiger models rocked the all-black look with matte eyeliner. 

Try It: Katie Miller of Katie Miller Makeup Artistry recommends first applying Urban Decay’s Potion Primer, a must for any dramatic eye. Then, take an angled brush to Bobbi Brown’s gel eyeliner in a pot. “You don’t want to get it up to your eyebrows, so take an angled brush and massage it gently back and forth across the eye line,” Miller says. “It’ll give you that smudged look, but it’s not editorial, so it’s more wearable for every day.”

Don’t fear a little sparkle! If applied strategically, glitter eyeliner evokes a glow that shines. 

Try It: Kandice Alexander, licensed esthetician, makeup artist and owner of 5 Elements Esthetics and Makeup Studio, recommends lining your eye with black liner, then topping it with an Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner. Wear a blue glitter liner for a night out or mix up your everyday office look with black or brown. Keep the rest of your look simple. “With glitter eyeliner, you let that glitter shine,” Alexander says. “Wear it with a neutral lip and pastel clothing on a hot day for a fresh, fun look. In the summer, anything that shimmers and shines goes.”

Bold Color
Blue and mint green eyeliner were the highlight of Missoni’s Fashion Week show. 

Try It: Go bold with a thin line of color at your eye line, just above your lashes. You can add more color as you’re comfortable, says Kelly Keys, co-owner of Allure Medical Spa. “We sell Jane Iredale Jelly Jars, and with an angled brush, you can add more color or less,” she says. “But our customers are surprised by how much they like green or purple if they try it. You can become an artist with different colors and textures.”

Skip the perfect wing. A freehand, natural look is making its way to Instagram feeds. 

Try It: Use a NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in your choice of color. “You’ll get a nice amount of coverage that looks clean, but also a bit unrefined without looking like you’re a 5-year-old playing in your mom’s makeup,” Miller says. The intentionally unrefined look goes with any lip color or contour. And if you mess up? “Don’t take yourself too seriously,” Miller says. “The great part about makeup is that it always washes off.”

Get the Look

Urban Decay Potion Primer
, available at Sephora and ULTA

Bobbi Brown Long-Wear Gel Eyeliner, available at Sephora

Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner, available at Sephora and ULTA

Jane Iredale Jelly Jars, available at Allure Medical Spa (3647 E. Sunshine St., Springfield,

NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil, available at ULTA and Target