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What are some white eye makeup ideas?

Answer: If you want to take your beauty routine in the opposite direction of bright colors and subtle sorbet shades, then it’s time to make your way to the other end of the color spectrum. For a look that’s totally unexpected and on-trend, vouch for white shades of makeup. After all, white has become the new black and go-to neutral for spring. Sure, it’s reminiscent of the ‘90s and a bit tricky to pull off—but when applied correctly, white eye makeup can be modern, arresting and fresh—especially when contrasted with a flawless red, orange or hot pink lip color. To amp things up even more, and to effectively take the trend from ghost-like to ethereal, pair it with black mascara.

Whether you want to enhance your eyeshadow or play up your overall look, wearing white eye makeup will make you look instantly energized. But most importantly, it’s one of the easiest ways to break out of your current beauty rut. With so many finishes, from opaque to sheer, there are plenty of ways to wear white on your eyes. And we’re here to help you put your white pencil to good use for a refined, seamless look that screams sophistication.

Line lower lids

If you want to ease into the trend, line only your bottom lid. Leave your upper lash line black as you normally would, using a white eyeliner to mimic the same shape on the bottom. Urban Decay’s Naked 24/7 Glide-On Pencil is perfect for this.

If you’re a bit more audacious, you can wear a thicker white line or graphic band across the lash lines using a more saturated and intense matte-pencil like MAC’s Pure White Paint Stick. It looks really fresh against bare lashes.

Brighten the corners

You’ve probably seen this technique within the pages of Allure or the beauty section of other magazines, and it works really well if white eyeliner on your lids is outside your comfort zone. Brighten up your look using white liner only on the inside corners of your eyes. For a little highlight, trace the inner “V” corner of your eyes; it covers a wide area with its end point, but it’s also good for precision to rim the inner corners of your eyes.

Apply white lightning streaks

Want to switch things up from your usual black eyeliner while still rocking the traditional cat-eye look? Trace your upper lid with a white pencil. Flick the pencil toward the outer corner of your eye. The white liner will bring more focus to your natural eye color, making it look brighter and bolder than ever.

Smudge creases

This look is easy to wear and work-appropriate. Line your upper lash line, then blend it to the creases of your eyes. The blending softens up the stark hue. To apply the smudge, try using an eyeliner like a Stila Smudge Stick Waterproof Eye Liner in Alpine. It not only gives a fairy-like finish, but it’s also futuristic and edgy.

Dust lids

Another way to wear white eye makeup is to dust your lids with white eyeshadow. NYX Eye Shadow Base in white or white pearl is great for a look that will illuminate your entire face, including the cheekbones, temples, browbone and cupid’s bow.

Whether you want to make a statement with a flash of eyeliner, or you want an effortless, light-reflecting finish, the possibilities are endless when it comes to white eye makeup. Beautiful and pure, it will bring out your features for a fresh-faced and natural look this spring.

What are your favorite techniques for applying white eye makeup? How will you incorporate the trend into your beauty routine?