Lived-in liner (aka slept-in liner) is one of those perfectly imperfect trends. However, like other chic undone trends, you need to use the right techniques, tools and products to pull it off.

Use these steps to get lived-in liner using brushes from our Holiday Collection:

What You’ll Need

+a creamy eye liner in black, plum, grey or khaki green. We like MAC Eye Kohl in Smolder, Prunella, or Phone Numberbecause the intense pigments have a pearlescent sheen for a sultry blend.

+a skin-toned eye primer like Laura Mercier Eye Basics in Buff and a nude powder eye shadow.

Edgy Eyes

The liner may appear messy, but it should look like it’s a choice, not a mistake.

+Sweep eye primer over the lid and blend out to the crease with your base shadow brush to neutralize the lid and keep liner in place.

+Use the same brush to apply a skin-toned (or slightly darker) powder eye shadow over the eye primer to prevent unwanted bleeding.

+Run pencil over the upper and lower lash and water lines. Squeeze eyes together to blur the water line then take your precision smudge brush and work the color into the root of the lashes and in between.

+Go back and place dots of liner above the line and use the precision smudge brush to blend up into eye shadow to create a ‘lived-in’ effect.

+Finish with mascara, and for an extra edge, smudge any errant mascara into the roots of lashes.

Smooth Skin

Balance the haphazard liner with a natural finish and pop of color.

+Work a satin finish foundation over the skin with a damp miracle complexion sponge. Work out from the center of the face to even out your complexion without a full coverage look.

+Sweep a creamy concealer under the eyes with your concealer brush, leaving a slight gap below the liner, then buff out the edges into the liner with your deluxe crease brush. Set with a bit of loose powder on your setting brush.

 Sheer Wash of Color

Maintain the undone look with natural flushes of color on your lips and cheeks.

+ Choose a multi-tasking product like Bite Beauty Stick and blend onto the apples of your cheeks with a multitask cheek brush.

+Apply the pigment over the lips with your lip brush then blend out the edges with the lip blur brush.