There's nothing more definitive than a stroke of liner— but sorting out what shades, formulations and application techniques work best can be... A little less clear.
Our guide to acing the season's top trends:
Metallic Smoke = Kohl Pencil + Cream-Based Shadow + Eyeliner Brush
Shimmering, multidimensional liner provides the intensity of a smoky eye with the softness of a metallic wash. To get-the-look, first create depth with a firm, matte pencil in a complimentary shade (dark brown for copper, charcoal for silver...) then brush-on a cream-based metallic over top to finish.
What you'll need: Le Metier de Beaute Dualistic Eye Pencil; Clarins Eye Pencil; Belmacz Blitz Eye Shadow; RMS Cream Eyeshadow; Chantecaille Eyeliner Brush.
Winged Liner = Black/Charcoal Eyeshadow + Transformer
Liquid liner can be quite tricky to use, and even trickier to adjust or erase. Instead, opt for a matte, powder eyeshadow applied with a shadow-to-liner "transformer," which sets the look better than H2O alone.
What you'll need: CHANEL Professional Eyeliner Duo in Noir; Too Faced Liquif-Eye.
Blue Streak = Cream-Based Formula + Fine-Tip Cotton Swabs
Think you can't wear blue liner after the age of 15? Think again. To amplify your eyes without looking theatrical, smudge your best shade— navy or teal for olive skin tones, royal or baby blue for fair skin, electric blue for darker complexions— close to your lash line and edit with a fine-tip cotton swab. (Why not a brush? Creamy formulations are often difficult to clean out of natural hair so, unless you wear blue daily, a cotton swab is a great alternative.)
What you'll need: M.A.C Pearlglide Intense Eyeliner in Undercurrent or Petrol Blue; NARS Eyeliner Pencil in Kitty or Kalisté; Muji Thin Cotton Swabs.
Cocoa Crush = Loose Khol + Smudger Brush
A sweep of rich, bittersweet chocolate is the perfect compliment to spring's coral cheek. Just be sure to apply the loose kohl around the eye before concealer or base. This will allow you to rid of any random particles or streaks without ruining your entire look.
What you'll need: Guerlain Terracotta Khol; Japonesque Pro Eye Detailer Brush.
Violet Eye = Gel-Based Liner
Aubergine eye makeup can be applied like Winged Liner or Blue Streak, but a bold, look-at-me purple should be treated with care. After all, the aim is to look modern and on-trend— not ill with some rare disease. So opt for a sheer, gel-based liner when possible, and pair with a few coats of mascara.