All the covetable celebrity eyeliner looks you'll want to copy
In every shape and shade you can imagine
By Delaney Loane
Digital Beauty Editor / June 17 2022
Eyeliner is like the Lady Gaga of makeup – every time you think you know exactly what to expect, it goes and flips the script, reinventing itself yet again as the freshest thing around.
But while it definitely helps that beauty brands have become accustomed to releasing liners in every colour and consistency under the sun, it’s the celebrities that embrace playful liner looks (and the makeup artists that create them) that we have to thank for the endless amount of inspiration we’re blessed with.
So, in celebration of eyeliner and everything it’s done for us (AKA a lot), we’re rounding up the best celebrity liner looks to grace the ‘gram, all the way from subtle swipes of classic black to bold neon moments and glorious graphic wings…
Every time Yara Shahidi and celebrity makeup artist Nikki Wolff link up, makeup magic happens. Their latest beauty brainchild is this bold negative space cat eye that perfectly perches itself atop Shahidi’s almond-shaped peepers. Someone pass us an inhaler; we’re struggling to breathe.
Image credit: @nikki_makeup
Let’s be real, Coachella is essentially just an excuse to let loose and act like a big kid for a weekend (or two). Hailey Bieber understood the assignment perfectly and created a Y2K-inspired makeup and hair moment for the music festival. Makeup artist Mary Philips enhanced her lower lash line with a metallic denim-blue eyeliner, while Bieber’s wavy strands were decorated with a handful of baby braids.
Image credit: @haileybieber
Just when we thought we’d seen every kind of eyeliner possible, musician Caroline Polachek introduced us to a style that’s completely alien to us. Celebrity makeup artist Colby Smith rimmed the upper lash line and lower reaches of Polachek’s eye area to create what can only be described as UFO eyeliner.
Image credit: @colbymakeup
Cameron is constantly experimenting with graphic liner (and doesn't mind playing around with bold shades and shapes) but this Euphoria-inspired diamonte-adorned double wing has to be one of the most adventurous/artistic/amazing yet.
Image via: @dovecameron
It’s not often that we see Hailey Bieber step outside of her comfort zone of face-flattering neutrals, but when she does, boy is it good. This time Bieber teamed up with UK makeup artist Nikki Wolff (AKA @nikki_makeup) to delve into a palette of Christmas-inspired greens with a touch of sparkle (just to keep things festive y’know?). The emerald hue perfectly offsets the model’s hazel eyes and ties in with her plump nude-coloured pout. BRB, figuring out how to recreate this look for Christmas Day.
Image via: @nikki_makeup
Vanessa Hudgens and her chic navy wing are here to tell you that no, a look doesn't have to be a crazy statement to be a statement. The blurred effect and deep blue shade of this cat eye give a classic look plenty of freshness.
Image via: @vanessahudgens
Just because you've started with a classic cat-eye doesn't mean you can't still dress it up with a little layering. Lipa accessorised her liner look with crystal gemstones, and it's pretty much the epitome of glittery glamour.
Image via: @samanthalmua
Before you do a double take, no that’s not Courtney Love – it’s Billie Eilish. The pop star dropped an IG selfie with her peepers rimmed in a heavy black kohl liner that peeped out from underneath her newly chopped shag bowl cut. It’s very much giving “Smells Like Teen Spirit” vibes and we’re here for every second of the ‘90s punk fantasy.
Image via: @billieeilish
Valeria Ferriera created this updated take on the smokey eye for Bvlgari ambassador Iris Law at Milan fashion week, adding a flash of hot pink eyeliner to the outer corners of the model's almond-shaped eyes. The itty-bitty wing shows just how creative you can get with colour without looking like a clown in the process – a round of applause for the genius please. BRB while we try to recreate this ourselves…
Image via: @valeriaferreiramakeup
Never Have I Ever star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan served up a double order of wings with her liner and her hair accessories. The glam beat paired a metallic set of butterfly clips with an impressive classic black wing. Also, can we please talk about those lashes? To die for.
Image via: @maitreyiramakrishnan
Sure, you could do a classic jet black wing. Or you could have about three trillion times more fun and go for a glitzy gold one like Dove Cameron. We know which option we're voting for...
Image via: @dovecameron
The magic of a slick of holographic liner like Bieber's? In the shade it's a stunning iridescent silver, but in the sun it transforms into a magical pastel rainbow. Fun, right? She certainly thinks so: "Had a little too much fun with my glam tonight," she captioned the post. But no, Bieber doesn't just have the steadiest hands in the world, this liner look is actually the work of stickers; precisely Simi & Haze's Eye Player Sticker Book ($74.48 at Simi & Haze). Unfortunately, they only offer U.S. shipping, but you can find similar styles here.
Image via: @haileybieber
The beauty mogul recently debuted a sharp negative space wing eyeliner look to announce the official relaunch of Kylie Cosmetics. TBH we don’t know if we’re more excited about the thought of new makeup or this absolute banger of an eye moment. But what we do know is that we’re definitely going to be trying our darndest to recreate the look in our downtime. Watch this space...
Image credit: @kyliejenner
Dove Cameron channeled her inner Bratz doll for the music video of her latest single “Taste of You”. The perfectly manicured eye look tapered to a point at her inner corner giving her that covetable feline-shaped smokey eye. We think we will be dreaming about this eyeliner for years to come.
Image credit: @dovecameron
The popstar took time out of her busy schedule (usually spent hyping up BFF Saweetie) to school us all on how to nail the eff out of some avant-garde messy liner in a standout shade of cornflower blue. Let's be real, the woman is basically Picasso.
Image via: @dojacat
We never thought eyes being black and blue would be chic, but hell, Kendrick's done it. "Had my makeup done for the first time in a year. Got home and took selfies for an hour like a true lunatic," she captioned her Instagram Story.
Image via: @annakendrick47
Sure, celebs have access to the top makeup artists in the industry, but sometimes a DIY touch is all you need (as Hudgens proved with this white liner look she sampled at home). "Did some fun liner today," she shared via Instagram Stories.
Image via: @vanessahudgens
The To All The Boys actress donned an electric slash of neon blue eyeliner during the film franchise’s latest press junket. The flash of colour was neatly tucked away behind a delicately fanned set of falsies. Subtle but stunning.
Image via: @lanacondor