The 2016-17 awards show season has beyond wrapped up, but the makeup looks that rocked the red carpet continue to pop up. One of our favorite trends of the season was the unexpected upside down eyeliner trend.
Pulling focus to the bottom of the eye is a risky look that can end up looking clownish if you don’t have the right products and tools. Which is why we designed our new eye brush duo sets to help all of our #RTists create flawless eye looks with ease.
Here’s everything you need to know to perfect 3 upside down liner trends:

Blurred Effect

Stars like Janelle Monáe and Olivia Munn have stunned on recent red carpets with beautiful blue hues blending below their lash line, but other shades like plum, teal, and metallics work just as well.

Get the Look:

+ Sweep a long-wear pencil (like Nars Velvet Eyeliner in Blue Lotus) on and under the roots of your lower lashes. Place your precision smudge brush along the liner and gently blend back and forth, blurring the line into the roots and below.
+ Set and diffuse the liner with an eye shadow in the same or a similar shade. Dip the tips of your smudge brush into powder. Then, tap off excess and smudge over the pencil.
+ Lightly dust over the edges with your deluxe crease brush to finish with a halo effect.
+ Pair with a sheer wash of color over the top lid in a dusty pink, peach or bronze.

Inverted Cat Eye

Whether you opt for a dramatic black line or a shiny metallic look, turning this classic liner upside down is anything but expected. Pair a black or plum liner with a rose gold shadow or try a silver liner with a muted matte gray shadow.

Get the Look:

+ Start with a wash of eye shadow (try dusky grey, brown or ochre) across your top lid with your base shadow brush to avoid fallout onto your bottom liner.

+ Sketch out a light thin line under the lash-line, from inner corner to the outer edge. Use a gel liner and your square detailer brush – it’s the perfect size to reach the tightest areas. Then, switch to the larger definer brush or choose a liquid liner (like Urban Decay Heavy Metal Glitter Eyeliner in Glamrock) to trace over the guide line.

#Protip: Draw on a perfect cat eye with the liner guide included in the eye detail and define duo.


For those who prefer a neutral eye palette, but want to add a little edge to their look, try a swipe of color just below the eye. Choose a vibrant blue, green or plum to pop your eye color or opt for a shimmery line that will reflect light and make your eyes look wider.

Get the Look:

+ Start by applying your go-to eye shadows. If you want to use an eyeliner stick, use a soft brown or grey and smudge into the roots of your upper lashes.

+ Run a vibrant eye pencil over the lower waterline. Then, use your precision smudge brush to diffuse color into the roots of your lashes. Avoid smudging with a waterproof pencil (like Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-on Eye Pencil).