Eye makeup inspiration: negative space

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  • Wednesday, September 12, 2018
Eye makeup inspiration: negative space
Eye makeup inspiration: negative space

You’ve heard of negative-space nails, but how about negative-space makeup for your eyes? The latest eye makeup trend is bold and edgy. While a negative-space look may require a little more skill and patience to achieve, it’s really just a matter of learning how to do it and practicing till you get it right.


What is negative-space eye makeup?

Essentially, this is a technique that leaves certain areas of skin around your eye completely bare, while filling in other areas with eyeshadow or eyeliner. Interesting and unusual shapes are created by the negative space where no eye makeup is applied, or where eyeliner is applied in an unexpected manner.

Eye makeup effects 

The simplest way to get the negative-space look is with your eyeliner. Instead of just drawing a line along your upper and lower lashes, experiment with different shapes and line thickness. The number of variations you could try are endless – what matters is that you leave a section of your eyelid bare so that naked skin shows through.


  • Apply thick eyeliner to your top lashes, but leave a triangular section in the middle of your eyelid bare, so that it looks like the eyeliner has been ‘punched’ out.
  • Extend your eyeliner and create a sharp angle just past the outer corner of your eye, then take the line inwards along your brow bone, keeping it parallel to your eyebrow.
  • Have a go at triple winged eyeliner, drawing not just one, but 3 precision eyeliner wings at the corner of your eye.

We recommend using Maybelline Master Precise Curvy Eyeliner for all your graphic eyeliner needs. The flexible tip of this eyeliner pen lets you create generous curves and precision lines easily and with full control.


How to put on eyeshadow


Pop of colour

Coloured eyeliner is one of this season’s hottest eye makeup trends, and it’s definitely here to stay. A splash of vibrant colour is a great way to take negative-space makeup to the next level. 

Why not try a combination of two or more colours to really rock this colourful look? Try Urban Decay Razor Sharp Water-Resistant Longwear Liquid Eyeliner with its unbelievably precise applicator, available in 15 gloriously colourful shades. We also love L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crayon. This tried and tested creamy gel formula is available in four shades, including electric blue and violet.


Eye with yellow and blue eyeshadow


Feeling Shady

Experimenting with eyeshadow effects is yet another way to embrace negative-space makeup. As with your eyeliner, the only rule is to make sure that you create interesting shapes and leave part of your eye area bare.

We love the Urban Decay eyeshadows – available in 92 beautiful, highly-pigmented shades that are just perfect for eye-popping makeup looks. If colour is your thing, you should also try the NYX Professional Makeup Off Tropic Shadow Palette in Hasta La Vista. This palette features 10 stunning hues, inspired by tropical sunsets. The best part about this exciting makeup trend? You! Your eyes are the canvas and it’s up to you to decide how to interpret the look. So go on, have fun, experiment and don’t be afraid to be bold.


closed eye with pink eyeshadow

The best part about this makeup trend? This is just the beginning! There’s so much you can do because your eyes are quite literally the canvas for colour and patterns suited perfectly to you. With the right products, anything is possible, so spend some time finding the right ones. 


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