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How to Create the Underliner Look

Dramatic underliner eyeliner look worn on a dark skin tone

Eyeliner is no longer just a simple line drawn along the upper lashline – underliner is just one of the eyeliner looks and trends you can start to incorporate into your eyeliner rotation alongside the likes of winged eyeliner, graphic eyeliner and inner corner eyeliner.

What is Underliner?

Underliner is an eyeliner technique that falls slightly into the graphic eyeliner category. Dramatic and bold – but a little easier to create – part of the fun of underliner is that it can be a little messy and “undone” whilst still looking bold and dramatic.

Dramatic underliner eyeliner look with a winged shape

Underliner types

Underliner eyeliner can either be grungy and smudgy along the lower lash line, crisp and clean for a modern look, or in a winged shape for a more graphic effect.

How to Apply Underliner

Underliner is an eyeliner technique that is relatively easy to apply.

Step 1: Apply a thick line of eyeliner along the lower lashline, following the natural shape of your eye.

Step 2: To intensify the look apply eyeliner along the lower waterline

Step 3: Smudge out the eyeliner to create a grungier eyeliner look

Step 4: Keep the upper lashline free of eyeliner or apply a very thin line with liquid eyeliner.

Step 5: Finish the look with 1-2 coats of mascara on both the top and bottom lashes.

Best Eyeliner for Creating Underliner

As the underliner look is thicker than other eyeliner looks — a pencil eyeliner is the best logical formula to use. Our Le Stylo Waterproof Eyeliner Pencil is our best eyeliner for creating this look thanks to its built-in smudger which allows for seamless blending and smudging. The eye pencil has a smooth and creamy formula which glides along the lashline (whilst still giving a precise application) and remains soft to allow for smudging before it sets to a formula that will not budge or flake.

If you prefer a more graphic eyeliner look for the underliner trend – you may like to consider using a liquid eyeliner. This can create a crisper and more editorial look. Our Idôle Felt-Tip Liquid Eyeliner creates smooth and precise lines and has one stroke application making it perfect for creating a clean underliner look.

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