Summer is officially here, and it’s time to pull off this season’s coolest graphic liner trend: floating eyeliner.

There’s no doubting the beauty trend behind this summer’s hottest looks. Although your summer plans may be on hold, experimenting out of your beauty comfort zone seems feasible, especially when you get to flaunt it post-lockdown/on a grocery run. The goal here is to extend, elongate and get creative with the classic cat-eye flick in vivid tones, and creating the illusion of floating eyeliner.

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Whether it’s dramatic or minimal with a electrifying pop, experiment by boosting your swish-tastic looks like the references above – to draw attention to the eyes when you are masked up. You’ve seen this trend on runways and social media; why not learn to do it yourself? While it can feel terrifying at first, with practice, you can acquire the skills to express it according your personality – tone it down or electrify it. 

How bold are you willing to go? Ask yourself this, and we guarantee that it’ll leave an impact on your overall look. Check out the guide below for our round-up of the best eyeliners to get creative on your eyelids and lash lines for the floating eyeliner look.

This article first appeared on Lifestyle Asia Kuala Lumpur.

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Trust Chanel to come up with a long-lasting liner that resists water, humidity and sebum. Following the success of the Stylo Yeux Waterproof eyeliner, the latest 2021 Eye collection is expanded to include seven new shades – in matte purple, satiny blue, satiny silver-grey, satiny mallard green, gold, satiny coppery pink and satiny golden khaki. Adored for its versatility, the wearer can apply it along the upper lash line, kohl or outer corners of the crease for a quirky abstract effect.

Available at all Chanel Fragrance & Beauty Boutiques from July.

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It’s not too late to add some shimmer to your day, or your lids. With Urban Decay’s Heavy Metal Glitter, treat this product as your finisher over a bronzy eyeshadow for a little glamour. If you’re looking for ways to amp up your go-to black eyeliner, layer this over for a touch of sparkle to your eyes with a thin application. Perfect for an evening soiree, try lining this glitter goodness over a brown liner on the outer corners of the crease.

Price
THB 850
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No doubt, Fenty Beauty is a cult-favourite among beauty enthusiasts. The first step to achieving a clean, perfect wing is by gliding on the Flypencil Longwear eyeliner for a smooth, comfortable finish. Whether smudged, traced or lined, the Flypencil promises a desired pop of colour. With over 20 shades to choose from, there are no rules in picking what hue suits your skin, as long as it leaves you looking chic. Our favourites are Lady Lagoon and Grillz.

Price
THB 850
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Classified as a must-have by makeup artists, the Cake Pencil eyeliner radiates that natural finish with neutral tones in white, brown and black. As a super-creamy, rich and waterproof formula, this may be too intense for those who aren’t into pigmented products. However, consider this an essential to have in your beauty kit, if you’re looking at drawing the perfect depth of your floating liner on your lids.

Price
THB 800
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With 16 shades available, the trick is to go uninhibited with the colours. Adored by beauty fanatics for its efficiency, the 24/7 Glide-On pencil works wonders when applied on the skin, especially for beginners. If you’re still learning to master the trick around shaping your desired look, this product will help you achieve your goals with a creamy finish. Control the depth of your liner by applying it gently to your crease for a subtle look. But if bold is on your list, apply more pressure for a dramatic finish. If you have oily skin, be sure to prime the lids before application.

Price
THB 900
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Amalina Anuar
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A writer by day and spin instructor by night. Amalina fuels her day with anything that’s covered in chocolate and breaking a sweat in the spin studio. With fashion and music as inspiration, you can find her obsessing over her favourite artist's music videos or swaying to funky tunes at live gigs.