eye·​lin·​er | \ ˈī-ˌlī-nər How to pronounce eyeliner (audio) \

Definition of eyeliner

: makeup used to emphasize the contour of the eyes

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Lau has a trick for that: Apply brown eyeliner all over your lids, then layer your shadow on top. Baze Mpinja, Marie Claire, "3 Super Simple Holiday Party Makeup Looks," 23 Nov. 2018 Earlier in the day, Kardashian West shared a photo of her daughter North West wearing bright orange eyeliner. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Chicago West Is The Star of Kim Kardashian's New Makeup Campaign," 26 Oct. 2018 Conventional wisdom holds that a smoky eye should be created with a kohl pencil or eyeshadow—not a liquid eyeliner. Harper's Bazaar Staff, Harper's BAZAAR, "How To Create A Smoky Look With Liquid Liner," 12 Oct. 2017 Plus, the beauty look itself is relatively easy—just apply a bunch of white face makeup, draw stitched lines with liquid eyeliner, and throw on a red wig. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "The Most Popular Pinterest Halloween Makeup Idea of 2018 Is... Unexpected," 16 Oct. 2018 Makeup artist Nina Park applied Chanel blush along Williams’s cheeks and drew a soft, smoky smudge with Chanel eyeliner. Ashley Weatherford, The Cut, "The Best and Biggest Hair at the Oscars," 4 Mar. 2018 Her makeup artist Mary Phillips added one more touch of neon green eyeliner to her lids to tie the whole all green everything look together. Alyssa Hardy, Teen Vogue, "Kendall Jenner Made This Middle School Trend Look 2019 Chic," 2 Jan. 2019 Void says liquid eyeliner pens like these ones are easy to work with and help with precise line work. Devon Abelman, Allure, ""Right Angle Brows" Are the Geometric Take on Instagram Eyebrow Trends," 8 Mar. 2018 Below, 7 makeup artists weigh in on the best black eyeliner of all time. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Rita Ora Takes This Versace-Approved Makeup Statement for a Spin," 17 Jan. 2019

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First Known Use of eyeliner

1929, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of eyeliner was in 1929

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English Language Learners Definition of eyeliner

: a type of makeup used to put a dark line around the eyes

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