6 Rainbow-Colored Eyeliners That’ll Quickly Replace Your Basic Black Liner


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Neutrals are great, but a single scroll through any social media app RN is enough to inspire a bold, bright, and colorful summer. And there’s no better way to slay the trend than with rainbow-colored eyeliners. We know it’ll feel like you’re cheating on your ride-or-die black liner, but trust us, she’d be proud of you for taking the leap. We’ve plucked some pigment-packed finds, including colorful felt-tips liners and water-activated paints, to get you livin’ your boldest makeup dreams out loud. Keep them on standby all day, err’day. 

1. Danessa Myricks Beauty Waterproof Cushion Color, $15

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Shades: 12

Filled to the brim with 12 poppin’ hues, these little tubbies can check off every look saved in your Pinterest mood boards. The easy-to-pocket tubs contain a cushion that releases just the right amount of quickly-drying pigments for your makeup brush, minimizing the risk of smudging. Formulated to withstand sweat and water, use ‘em to create stunner looks over your eyes, face, body – wherever inspiration strikes.

2. By Melolops Comic Book Mini Water Ink Set, $56

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Shades: 8

Wear alone, mix, or layer these water-activated paints for an instant splash of WOW. The brilliant vegan range offers mattes and metallics in pinks, reds, and silvers (you name it) in travel-friendly pots. Add water onto your makeup brush, swirl around, and get lining ahead of your music festival – psst, you can use them on your body too.

3. ColourPop Cosmetics BFF Ultra Fine Liquid Liner, $9

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Shades: 7

The felt-tip packaging makes for quick and easy lining with these babies – thin and thick wings included! Apart from delivering intense pigmentation, the formula dries crisp and clean, so you never have to worry about an unplanned smokey-eye sitch.

4. NYX Professional Makeup Epic Wear Liner Stick Long Lasting Eyeliner Pencil, $9

3-NYX-Professional-Makeup-Epic-Wear-Liner-StickSource: NYX Professional Makeup

Shades: 27

For those looking to outlast a boozy brunch, these pencils are the way to go. They offer 36 hours (you read that right) of waterproof and smudge-proof fun, making them essentials for all our party people. With matte and metallic shades in the lineup, these pencils should be your go-to.

5. Half Magic Beauty Glitterpill, $20

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Shades: 4

When Euphoria’s MUA designs a pill-shaped tube with dreamy shimmers, you pop it! Every shade is a saturated combo of gel and eye-safe glitter that instantly delivers an INSANE amount of bad B energy. Smudge-proof, transfer-proof, and fallout-proof for up to 12 hours, consider it your summer staple.

6. Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner, $23

4-FentyBeauty-Flypencil-Longwear-Pencil-EyelinerSource: Fenty Beauty

Shades: 20

Creamier than butter, the Fenty Beauty Flypencil Longwear Pencil Eyeliner, $23, is a long-wear pencil eyeliner available in a rainbow of matte, metallic, and glitter shades. Not only is it shaped like a triangle for easy gripping, but the twist-up tip makes it effortlessly easy to pull off all kinds of looks. Swipe on a crisp wing or smudge out for a smoky eye — no matter how you wear it, she stays in place until you say so.

DIY Hack

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Fun fact: you can create eyeliner of ANY color using just micellar water! Start by dipping a thin brush into micellar water and any eyeshadow of your choice. Make sure your brush is saturated with color, draw your liner as you usually would, and build to intensify the pigment wherever needed. 

Your Liner Summer Moodboard

1. Rainbow Swirls

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2. Color Spectrum Liner

3. Tangerine Dreams

4. Blue Swirls

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Another reason to put down the neutral palette? Science tells us that it can make us feel happier to wear bold colors. Here’s everything you need to know about wearing bright colors.

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