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The Beauty of White Eyeliner

If you looked beyond her mile-long eyelashes at the Emmys, you might have noticed that Tyra Banks had a little bit of silvery-white sparkle going on in the corners of her lids. I'm glad to see that white eyeliner is still in vogue, since the color really does make your eyes look brighter and more awake. The white-hot look was huge during spring Fashion Week in New York, showing up on runways for Fendi, Givency, and Louis Vuitton:

To learn how to use white eyeliner and where to buy it,

When used on the upper lid, the white attracts light and opens up the shape of your eye, whereas a black liner can make your eyes look smaller. You can also put white liner on the inside of your lower lid, inside the lashes. As with any makeup, be sure to choose the right shade: Stark whites can look a little bit scary, so opt for an off-white liner or try smudging more severe shades with a sponge or Q-tip for a softer look.

To apply, line the inner corner of the eye or your lower lashline with an eye pencil in shimmery white, cream, or silver and blend in the line. For extra brightening, use the same pencil to highlight the brow line.

Here are some of Fabsugar's favorite white eyeliners:

Shiseido The Makeup Eyeliner Pencil in White, $16, available here.

Estée Lauder Artist's Eye Pencil in White Writer, $18.50, available here.

Giorgio Armani Smooth Silk Eye Pencil in #0, $24, available here.

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Sabine2503126 Sabine2503126 5 years
I love your article and I will try the white eyeliner! I have the Micabella White eyeliner from funtica 
ezzie ezzie 9 years
omg tyra is SO uh-gly in that pic!
astrid_guest astrid_guest 10 years
Tyra's eyes look hideous, but I like the makeup on the second girl.
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I disagree- wearing white eyeliner on the bottom makes your eyes look small. Top lid and inner corner is fine, but putting it on the bottom lid is too much. Try a blonde eyebrow pencil instead. It's much less frightening.
kristinb kristinb 10 years
I love white eyeliner. I used to wear black eyeliner on the inside line of my under eye which can give you a smoky, smudged look but in the end you look like you're wearing so much make-up. Ever since I switched to white - in the same place and on the inner crease- I think I look a lot more fresh faced. If you pair this with some great mascara you get a really wide-eyed thing. I think it just takes a few days to get used to yourself wearing this and then you'll start to love it. Bonus- it doesn't run.
eye173candy eye173candy 10 years
Jennifer, it means your eyes have are very small and not very wide:) Live Much.Laugh Often.Love Always ♥
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
What is dough shaped?
Pinkperfectpixie Pinkperfectpixie 10 years
eye173candy eye173candy 10 years
I forgot to mention everyone who meets me thinks I have Asian in my blood (I don't) becuase my eyes are very small- but I call them 'dough shaped' instead;) Live Much.Laugh Often.Love Always ♥
jennifer76 jennifer76 10 years
I use my highlight eye shadow color in the same spot Tyra has her white liner. Sorta the same, like J said.
JennaV JennaV 10 years
I use Benefit's Eye Bright in the corners of my eyes and corners and it does the same thing as this....kinda.
LaylaCams LaylaCams 10 years
I don't think it's meant to be complimentary to your eye color, it's basically so your eyes pop. Makes them look wider
eye173candy eye173candy 10 years
Would it look okay on me? I have hazel eyes- green and brown- and I would do anything to make the green POP- so I usually wear brown eyeliner. But would white be complimentary? Live Much.Laugh Often.Love Always ♥
blOndiE7 blOndiE7 10 years
i watch tyras show and she did a show on make up and she talked about using white eyeliner to make your eyes look bigger and brighter .. i tried it and i look weird... lol
Pinkperfectpixie Pinkperfectpixie 10 years
I know someone has mentioned Tyra's ears before, but my word! Beam me up MR. Scott!!!! AHHHHHH!!!
My-Opinion My-Opinion 10 years
I've used the silver shaded shadow before....but I like black and blue eyeliner*
KimmiAnn KimmiAnn 10 years
I love the look, but agree that the pic of Tyra is scary scary! Believe in Magic!
lesocialite lesocialite 10 years
it's gorgeous.
Adriana42 Adriana42 10 years
I have brown eyes so that white stuff doesn't complement my eyes at all. Tyra looks freaky and old in that picture I thought she was only 30-ish whats with the wrinkels around her eyes :/
kidcrazy2 kidcrazy2 10 years
White eyeliner is a joke.
ann_fancy ann_fancy 10 years
I like it, but I'm sure it won't look good on me, because of the shade of my eyes. But Jesus does Tyra Banks looks like Casper
t0xxic t0xxic 10 years
Its physically impossible for me to wear or put on eyeliner. Now if I had a makeup artist or even a friend to do it for me sure id try it. but tyra doesnt need to do that it makes her eyes scary
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