7 tips for inner corner eyeliner, straight from makeup artists

There is nothing more beautiful than eyeliner. From minimalist graphic negative space designs to jeweled accents, it can really tie your entire look together. But inner corner eyeliner can be intimidating if you’re used to just a single line on your waterline.

According to MAC Cosmetics Senior National Artist Michelle Clark, the eyeliner in the inner corner of the eye is just an extension of the top and bottom eyeliner, coming to a point. “Eyeliner in the inner corner of the eye looks scarier than it really is,” says Clark. To do this, she says, follow these simple steps:

  • Start with the upper lash line first. She says it’s easiest to start in the middle and work in sections. “It gets me the cleanest line and helps me get the right thickness,” she says.
  • Starting in the middle, move the liner inwards and draw a line to the end of your lash line at the tear duct.
  • Next, wipe your liner from the tear duct back toward the center.
  • To create a perfect inner corner, she suggests taking your eyeliner and swiping it outward at the tear duct in one “quick” motion.
  • Finish extending your liner in the other direction. Then, starting at the tear duct, apply eyeliner along your lower lash line

You can use any type of liner (more on which ones work best later) to achieve the look. Celebrity makeup artist Sang Jeon recommends first outlining what you want your liner to look like with a pencil, and then using either a gel or liquid formula. According to Clark, if you make a mistake, you can use a cotton swab and micellar water to clean it up.

If you’re ready to dive in, Jeon and Clark have outlined seven easy ways to incorporate inner corner eyeliner into your next look below.

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Opt for waterproof formulas

For eyeliner in the inner corner of the eye, it’s important to use a formula that can withstand moisture. Jeon prefers liquid formulations as they stay on the skin longer than their cream or stick counterparts. Clark says you should look for liners that are waterproof or water-resistant.

Pro tip: If you’re worried about your eyeliner running or being prone to cracking, Clark recommends using a touch of translucent setting powder on top to set it in place. She also suggests applying a long-wearing, crease-resistant foundation as a base to your eyelids and around the inner corner of your eyes for added durability.

Go for colour

“Inner corner liner is a super fun way to change up your look through the use of color,” says Clark. “Yellow, cobalt blue, violet and green look amazing and add a fresh vibe to any eye look.”

do it twice

Why stop at one pop of color when you can have two? Clark says double lines are a fun and creative twist on the inner corner eyeliner trend. She suggests using classic black as the first color and then tracing the triangular shape with a vibrant hue like turquoise for a bold contrast.

opposites attract

Jeon is a big fan of contrasting colors for your inner eyeliner. His current favorite is the classic black and white combination. Clark agrees, recommending bright combinations like blue and coral or pink and green. “The color combinations are endless,” she says.

Add some shine

Clark is a fan of adding metallic or glitter textures or even gems to your inner corner eyeliner. She suggests adding a line of color for your base (something like white is super pretty) and then adding rhinestones on top or around it for a “cool euphoria” vibe.

Experiment with color blocking

Go all out with color blocking. Clark suggests using four shades – two on each eye – to create an interesting play of shapes and colors.

Play with different shapes

The easiest way to wear eyeliner on the inner corner of your eye is to create a pointed shape where your upper and lower lashes meet. But Clark says play around with different shapes. “The sharper, more pointed look is a bit more feline and elongates the eye,” she says. “A round or oblong shape is cool, unique and can be done in different thicknesses.”

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