We've said it before and we'll say it again: next-level makeup is the ultimate Halloween costume hack – but not without a little inspiration! The latest Instagram trend giving us serious Halloween makeup inspiration? Knifeliner – or in other words, "liner so sharp it could cut you". Now, this saying is usually applied to a super-precise, super-sharp winged liner flick. But for Halloween, because 'tis the season, beauty gurus are taking the phrase to extremes and extending their liner into a knife shape.
The brainchild of makeup artist @venomtoyaveins came up with a look that consists of a sparkly silver knife painted along the upper lash line with the base of the blade extending out like a cat-eye wing. To make it even more sinister, spangle the under eyes with blood droplets to look like tears. Who knew the curvature of a blade could make for such a killer feline flick?
While this Halloween makeup trend definitely requires a painterly hand, time and precision, all you really need to achieve the look is a razor-sharp felt-tip eyeliner pen, liquid glitter liner, and a red pencil. So throw on your most lazy all-black ensemble and let this gruesome eye look do the work! Here's how you can get the look for yourself this Halloween:
HOW TO ACHIEVE THE KNIFELINER HALLOWEEN MAKEUP TREND
To begin this look, start by using a black liquid liner with a razor-sharp felt-tip to draw a line on your upper lids from the inner corner of your eye, to the outer corner. Extend the liner slightly outwards past the outer corner of your eye.
Next, starting at the inner corner of your eye at the beginning point of the line you drew in Step 1, draw a second line that runs through the middle of your eyelid and past the outer corner of your eye with the same liquid liner. Extend this line out slightly further than the line you drew below it. Use the liner to connect the bottom line to the top line with a smaller, vertical line.
You should now have the outline of your knife, with the handle acting as your feline flick. Next, using a silver sparkly or metallic shadow, use an angled shadow brush to fill the empty space within the knife shape. Use the black liner to thicken and darken your black lines.
Next, use the same black liquid liner to draw small tear drop outlines that will act as blood dripping from the eye.
Using a red liner pencil, shade in your waterline and fill in the tear-shaped blood drops you have just created. Use a white liner pencil to give the blood drips more depth.
Finish off by coating your upper and lower lashes with black mascara and voila! You've completed your very own knifeliner.
Now, check out some of the best knifeliner looks below for inspiration:
Day 71/#100daysofmakeup Liner so sharp it could cut a bitch I was inspired by @venomtoyaveins for this look _________ A. @nikkietutorials x @toofaced power of makeup palette - Ivy (lid) - Painkiller (crease) - Frosted Yum (knife blade) - Glitterally glitter on the knife blade B. @katvondbeauty trooper liner for the handle and outline on knife and blood C. @limecrime cosmetics Cement Velvetine for the grey piece on the handle D. @maccosmetics nr 7 lashes - trust in red lipliner in the waterline E. @nyxcosmetics - vivid bright liner in Vivid Petal for blood base - Vivid bright liner in White for the blood highlights And lastly some fake blood from a theatre store on top to make it a bit more gory
Hello October #knifeliner using @maccosmetics 24hour base, black track fluidline, @macpromelrose glitter in 3D silver , pigment in red & white, eyeliner mixing medium @nyxcosmetics eyeshadow in hot red! #halloween #halloweenmakeup #eyeliner #diy #motd #wakeupandmakeup #beautyjunkies #makeupjunkies #makeupartist #makeupart #mua #lamua #macartistchallenge #myartistcommunity #bestofla4 #hudabeauty #vegas_nay #beautylover #lizmobeauty #jaclynhill #beautyaddict #glamlife
"You wear to much makeup" "Say that again BIIIIITTTTTCHHHH, I'll cut you!" I saw everyone doing the hype of #knifeliner so I decided, why not? Especially since its getting close to Halloween! Blood splatter cutcrease inspo goes to @drac_makens! For this look I used @jeffreestarcosmetics "red rum" and "unicorn blood" for the blood crease! Shadow is @starcrushedminerals "mahogony amoire". Liner is @tartecosmetics "clay pot" liner, and glitter is @syncosmetics "certifiable". Lashes are @vegas_nay "grand glamour" and mascara is @benefitcosmetics "roller lash"!