Pictorial: Graphic Eyeliner on Hooded Eyes

I won't be doing a Look Of The Month for March because I barely wore any. If I did, it was very basic looks with some subtle changes. Instead, I'll be talking about the look above!

I was playing around with makeup a couple of nights ago with this graphic liner and posted a picture of it on Reddit. It got a lot of attention and so I decided to create a pictorial for it! It might not be that great since it is my first one and so please don't have that high of expectations for it. Even so, I do like how this turned out!

From the front, it doesn't look as extreme but it really shines from the side. You can see that I have hooded lids and so I created the top line to go just right above my crease. I am home right now and so I have a very limited amount of makeup (jk, I actually brought home way too much but it wasn't enough for this look apparently). 

I have hooded lids and they're also uneven. You can see that both eyes and makeup are not exactly even and so if you have eyes like mine, it helps to keep your eyes open while you map out the shape. 

The lip color is definitely changeable and I just used my mom's old bright coral red lipstick and a matte burgundy eyeshadow to create this color. 

The final eye look!

Eye products and brushes used - 
  • Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Take On The Day Eye Shadow Primer
  • Lorac Eyeshadow in Unspoken - Matte light brown eyeshadow
  • theBalm Eye Shadow in Serious - Matte black eyeshadow
  • Marc Jacobs Highliner Gel Eye Crayon in Blackquer - Matte black eyeliner
  • I would recommend a normal gel liner because this one dried too quickly
  • Makeup Geek Foiled Eyeshadow in Grandstand - Metallic cool toned rose gold
  • Mally Evercolor Shadow Stick in Rose Taupe - Shimmery purpley taupe that is slightly rosey
  • Maybelline Volum' Express The Rocket Waterproof Mascara in Very Black
  • Urban Decay Subversion Lash Primer
  • It Cosmetics Brow Power Universal Eyebrow Pencil - Any brow pencil that fits your hair color
  • Maybelline Brow Drama Sculpting Mascara in Deep Brown
  • (Not pictured) Tarte Smooth Operator Amazonian Clay Pressed Finishing Powder - translucent powder
  • Avon angled eyeliner brush that came with a gel liner that I threw away - An angled brush will work better to create sharper lines
  • Ecotools Smudge Brush - Any small pencil brush will work to smudge out the shadow
  • Anastasia Beverley Hills double ended brush (pointier end) from the Tamara Palette - Any brush to apply a shimmery color on the lids
  • ELF Mechanical Lash Curler

Prime the lids and lightly brush over it with translucent powder so the lids aren't tacky

Groom the brows however you want. I just lightly filled them in with the brow pencil and set it with the brow gel.

I used the Avon brush and the matte light brown eye shadow to map out what shape I wanted. I did this so that it'll be easier to fix.

Once I liked the general shape, I went over it with a matte black eye shadow. I went for an elongated shape but had the wing/end point slightly turned up.

I then used the black eye shadow again to fill in the outer wing and to line the upper lash line. It's kind of hard to explain since it's easier to just see where I put the color. 

I used the gel pencil to fill in the areas you see above and blended it out using the Avon brush. I also applied the black shadow above the liner to set it and to make sure it was the blackest black possible. 

I applied the rose gold shadow (but any shimmery color of your choice could work) to the rest of the lid and used the Ecotools brush to blend where the two colors met. 

I then used the black pencil liner again to tightline the upper waterline and the outer half of the lower waterline. 

A shimmery eyeshadow stick was applied to the inner half of the lower waterline as a base for the rose gold shadow. The final touches was mascara on the upper and lower lashes. I also tried to bump up the volume by using a lash primer as well. 

Face and Lip Products
  • Mally Beauty Face Defender - A silicone pore filling primer
  • Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation in #54
  • MAC Pro Longwear Concealer in NC35 - Full coverage concealer concentrated on my red areas and acne marks
  • Physicians Formula Nude Wear Concealer in Nude - Highlighting concealer for the under eye area
  • Wet 'n' Wild Fergie Shimmer Palette in Rose Champagne Glow - A rosey champagne highlighter
  • theBalm Bahama Mama - Medium brown bronzer used to contour
  • Estee Lauder Lipstick - It's old and the label fell off, but it was a bright coral red
  • Lorac Eyeshadow in Unbridled - Matte burgundy eyeshadow used to darken and and mute the brightness from the lipstick

Another full faced shot! If I had done this again, I would make the top line thinner, but I am glad at how it turned out.  

This photo was also the one on Reddit -

Also, fun story. iPhoto deleted all of the photos I took for this pictorial and day so that the photos I took for another product review was also deleted. Suppper fun :D Good thing the photos I had for this post was already on my desktop before iPhoto started to hate me.

Would you wear this look? How do you feel about graphic liner?



  1. I always love a good smokey/graphic eye and you def did an excellent job here. You really have the cutest smile ever :)

    -le jolie

  2. I want to wear it outside, but I feel like it's too over dramatic for a normal day haha

    and thank you! I always smile differently for my blog photos though because my teeth showing ones always look awkward hahaha

  3. You're welcome! It's my first one and I was so worried about it. I didn't realize how hard it would be to try to explain / show everything.

    I hear iPhoto is going to replaced and I really hope so. It lags soooo much and keeps going crazy

  4. You look so cool and edgy! Excellent tutorial too! Step by step photos are always so helpful. I find that my eyes look weird with cut crease sort of looks, it looks best when I'm looking down :(

  5. I would TOTALLY wear that look! Love the graphic bold design to your eyeliner, I'm a huge fan of eyeliner, especially winged and I'm not scared of doing it big for something more eye catching! I love what you did, I haven't done a look like this in a while but I love it! It's sultry, bold and so gorgeous!

  6. Thank you! I much prefer how this looks when I'm looking down and from the side hahaha I feel like my eye and face shapes make it look a bit more odd from the front

  7. Thank you! I was so nervous about doing this because I thought it was an accidental thing that I wouldn't be able to recreate hahaha I'm planning on wearing this look again while applying to some makeup stores soon

  8. WOAH! I like how it turned out on you! I wouldn't wear this look though since I don't have anywhere to go that is worth putting in the effort to do it. Also, I have shaky hands so I know I'll probably mess up.

  9. Thank you! :D I have shakey hands too, but cotton buds were my best friends while doing this hahaha

  10. this looks amazing on your eyes! it probably wont look that good on mine though haha. you are so pretty!

  11. This is amazing! I'm going to have to give it a try!

    It's Me, Hanie

  12. Thank you! You're so sweet (: I bet it would good on you! I've seen mono lids to more bigger lids do this kind of look and they've all looked great.

  13. You should! It's such a good look that makes me feel so badass.

  14. Ugh Hao, WHY SO GORGEOUS. You totally rock this dramatic look! It would look great for prom I think :) And hooded lid buddies!!

    Sheri | Behind The Frames

  15. You're too nice!! <3 hahaha I would love to see someone do this for prom. For my prom, I was a sweaty mess that did not really know how to do makeup hahahaha I also didn't want to go to other people to get it done. Whoops, my fault though.

    Yay! Hooded lid buddies! (:

  16. This look is so cool! I love how dramatic and badass it is.

  17. Thank you! It certainly makes me feel pretty badass when I wear it :D I went to talk to a manager at Sephora about working there with this makeup on and I felt so confident.