How to Try the Uni-Liner Trend | Expert Tips, Photos

If you’re ready to try out uni-liner, too, you’ll need to stock up on a couple of key tools. First and foremost: ultra-thin brushes. Funes is obviously a fan of the brushes she created in collaboration with indie beauty brand By Melolops, while Pender prefers paintbrushes from a craft store. “I find them to be a lot more flexible and smaller than makeup brushes,” they explain. Personally, I suggest the Moda Fine Liner brush. 

For the vibrant, high-octane colors, Funes is a noted fan of water-activated liners because they are the perfect opaque, painterly consistency for seamless, high-impact uni-liner. She also has her own as part of her collection with By Melolops. The paints from Glisten Cosmetics and Glam Vice Cosmetics are also good options, Funes adds. Pender, on the other hand, reaches for Mehron’s Paradise Makeup Palette, which they call “an absolute staple in [their] life.” 

Pender’s Powerpuff Girls-inspired uni-liner

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If you don’t want to mess with a separate brush and liner, try Freck Beauty’s Lid Lick or the Best of Beauty-winning UZ Eye Opening Liners

From there, Funes says you can go as simple as Solange or as avant-garde as Pender. For the sleek, minimalist aesthetic, start off by painting on classic winged liner. Then, connect the lines from your inner corners along the bridge of your nose. It’s as easy as that. 

For Pender’s abstract approach, they don’t have any specific science. They don’t plan out their look beforehand or sketch anything out onto their skin. Instead, Pender just lets their imagination take the wheel, just as you should. “There are no rules to how to achieve the look,” they say. “Uniliner is about self-expression and whatever that looks like to you, I say go for it.” 

And as Funes says, “I think it looks amazing on everyone.” I second that. 

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