Punk Rock Eye Makeup Step-by-Step

Reach for blues and purples instead of neutrals for an edgy look.
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The thought of punk makeup may bring to mind heavy raccoon eyes and blue mascara that would get you promptly sent home from work or school. A punk look doesn't have to be overdone. In fact, it is meant to be simple and carefree-looking. The key to a successful punk look is to do something unexpected in the shades that you choose and the way that they are applied. You can rough up a classic smoky eye with some punk-inspired brights that will have everyone asking if you're with the band.

Wipe a cotton pad across your eyelids to absorb any oils that could prevent the makeup from adhering to your skin.

Pat a dime-sized-amount of eye primer onto each lid, using your fingertip. This brings out the vibrancy of the makeup and helps it last longer.

Position a 1-inch-long piece of cellophane tape beside the outer corner of your eye, angling it towards the end of your brow.

Dip a domed shadow brush into some matte black eyeshadow and sweep it over your lid, using a windshield-wiper motion. Cover your entire lid until you reach the crease of your eye, sweeping the brush over the piece of tape.

Dip the brush into a bright shadow and sweep it through your crease, using the same windshield-wiper motion. Keep your eyes open so that the color is visible. Reach for a bright blue or teal if you have dark skin and a purple or green shadow if you have fair skin.

Place your fingertip in the crease of your eye and move it across the bright shadow from left to right in a circular motion. This blends the shadows together and creates a smudged effect.

Place the same bright shadow on an angled shadow brush and gently create a line just beneath your lower lashes. Begin at the outer corner and end when you reach your tear duct.

Remove the tape and wiggle a black mascara brush into the root of your upper lashes, then pull it through to the ends. Apply two coats.

  • Complement your bold eye makeup with a natural-looking base and neutral lip.

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.