Eyeliner Flicks Have Gone Fabulously Rogue On The Red Carpet

Forget the smoky eye.

Saoirse Ronan

by Annie Vischer |
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A smudged-up smoky eye used to be the red carpet's eye-look mainstay, but now there's a new trend and it's gosh-darned bold and beautiful. Saoirse Ronan stepped out at the Little Women world premiere alongside Emma Watson, Florence Pugh, Eliza Scanlen, Laura Dern and Greta Gerwig sporting a turquoise winged liner that chimed perfectly with the detailing on her dress. It accentuated the tone of her blue eyes to boot so it's fair to say this look was a winner.

Rita Ora

Earlier in the week at the Fashion Awards, Rita Ora, had a not dissimilar colour on her eyes, in thick, graphic swirls and flicks. Paired with an otherwise low-key makeup look (we love the fairly bare eyes and nude shade of lippy), the eye liner maintained centre stage.

Zara Larsson

Not too far away, at the same event, Zara Larsson went for a more monochrome feel, with a dose of floating liner. The minimalist black liquid liner flicks framed her lids and flicked out at just the right angle. The look was subtle enough to persuade us we might just be able to try this for ourselves. The simple black colour choice was inspired too, as Zara's rose gold hair was providing the main statement, and had the two looks been made to compete, it would all have been a bit OTT.

Katy Perry
©Katy Perry

Last and most certainly not least comes Katy Perry, who in the middle of her new music video release for Cosy Little Christmas, served up a full whack of festive cheer with a sumptuous candy cane liner look. Obsessed does not cover it, we're head over heels for this one. Keen to up the ante for your Christmas party? Look. No. Further.

We reckon it's Zara Larsson's look that's the most achievable, so shop our rundown of black liner faves and get cracking.

Shop: Best Black Liners To Copy Zara Larsson's Look


The Best Felt Tip Eyeliners

Glossier Pro TIp Liner, £151 of 9

Glossier Pro TIp Liner, £15

Glossier's Pro Tip Liner took the internet by storm - and for good reason too. The paint brush tip glides on and stays put for 12 hours straight.

Stilla Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, £162 of 9

Stilla Cosmetics Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eyeliner, £16

Impressive staying power, water resistant, and totally foolproof. This eyeliner is one of the best in the beauty business.

Benefit Roller Liner, £18.503 of 9

Benefit Roller Liner, £18.50

If you love Benefit's Roller Lash Mascara, then you'll love the new Roller Liner. It's flexible tip creates a smooth line and dries completely matte.

NYX Professional Makeup Super Skinny Eye Marker, £94 of 9

NYX Professional Makeup Super Skinny Eye Marker, £9

For a dainty, thin line opt for this small felt tip pen from NYX cosmetics.

Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim Eyeliner, £305 of 9

Chantecaille Le Stylo Ultra Slim Eyeliner, £30

This calligraphy-style pen will not drag or pull and is available in both black and brown.

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, £186 of 9

Urban Decay Perversion Waterproof Fine-Point Eye Pen, £18

The ultra-thin tip glides on seamlessly for a perfectly smooth line.

Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner, £517 of 9

Hourglass Voyeur Waterproof Liquid Liner, £51

This water-proof formula dries so quickly and won't transfer onto eyelids.

Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Liner, £228 of 9

Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Liner, £22

Start at the inner corner of your eye and sweep a thin line across the lash line before flicking it up diagonally at the end.

Nars Eyeliner Stylo, £229 of 9

Nars Eyeliner Stylo, £22

This eyeliner will stay put all day long. The inky formula is packed with black pigments and delivers a flawless feline flick in one fell sweep.

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