Beauty Basics Eyeliner School Makeup

Blend it, baby.

blended eyeliner technique eyeliner

Easily one of my favorite tricks. Not only because it’s easy but it’s also versatile, you can use it with any color combo you like and it looks softer and more subtle than almost any other technique. Perfect for everyday wear.

Here are some of my favorite picks for blended eyelined color combos:

For a smoky look: This black eyeliner and Maybelline’s Caffeine Rush shadow Pallet.
For Lorac Pro Palette owners: Teddy liner  + Taupe & Espresso (for less drama, drop the Espresso and stick with the Taupe)
For Stila In the Light Palette owners: (what I used in the video) Damsel Liner + Bliss & Sandstone
For a really soft look: NYX liner in Brown & your bronzer to blend

I hope this helps, I don’t know why but I have so much anxiety about doing videos, I am NEVER happy with them and I have to redo ’em like 1000 times before I post. I’ll get it together eventually…
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    Bailey
    May 21, 2013 at 5:06 am

    Love you blog! Keep at it. 🙂 xxx

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      Bailey
      May 21, 2013 at 5:07 am

      *your. See, I was so excited, I forgot the “r”. Haha.

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        Cara
        May 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm

        haha thank you and NO WORRIES I am addicted to typos!

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    celeste
    May 21, 2013 at 5:09 am

    wow!!I love it! And after watching the video, it really does look easy to apply!! AND I love your blog too!! Find myself always coming back for makeup techniques and which prods to buy! No need to search makeup vids on you-tube anymore! Yay! Hope you win the comp!! :))))

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    trudie
    May 21, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Very helpful video. So you do the eyeliner after the other eye makeup? For some reason that makes me so nervous!

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      Cara
      May 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm

      You can do it before also, just for the sake of making the video quick I did all of that before. It works either way!

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    Angie
    May 21, 2013 at 5:56 am

    Off subject; love your hair! Please tell me how do you curl it? I’m hair style handicapp.

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    Kat
    May 21, 2013 at 6:11 am

    I love this look, and the video was great! I’m definitely going to try this look today! =)

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    Miss Viola Swamp (@imaqt209421)
    May 21, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Coolio 🙂

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    krazgrlKaren
    May 21, 2013 at 6:24 am

    Just found you and your blog recently. Really loving it. One question about this smokey tip. I see you use primer on your entire eye and then you do the eyeliner/shadow. So then do you NOT go back and put any type of shadow over the primer? And..if you happen to be looking for future videos or topics I would love to see something for women of age. I’m 51 and unfortunately my eyes just aren’t what they used to be. Not the beautiful texture of you younger girls and a little bit more baggage if you know what I mean. ;o) Would love a trick to make my eye look more open. Keep up your awesome blog and being your beautiful self.

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    Jem
    May 21, 2013 at 6:32 am

    Love your blog!! Thank you so much for the videos. You are genuine and natural in your videos and that is why you are my favorite beauty blogger! I really appreciate all the work you put into your blog, thank you!!!

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    Rebecca
    May 21, 2013 at 6:59 am

    Did you win???!!! Crossing my fingers! You deserve it!

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    Steph
    May 21, 2013 at 7:19 am

    Cara you did great on the video! Hope you do more!!

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    Bridget
    May 21, 2013 at 8:00 am

    Your videos are always great! I hope you won the Allure contest!

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    lizteabee
    May 21, 2013 at 8:05 am

    Thank you! I fee like a lot of people who do tutorials skip over these basics. I love how explicit you are and how accessible your product recommendations are.

    You should totally not worry about the videos. We all love them. I graduated recently and for my graduation make up I literally had my laptop open on my vanity so that I could stop and start your videos as I went.

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      Cara
      May 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm

      Thank you so much! Congrats on your graduation!! I bet you looked smokin! 🙂

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    Kimberly
    May 21, 2013 at 8:14 am

    Okay the suspense is killing ME now! Wtc?! When are they going to tell us?!

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    kassie (@kmakesithappen)
    May 21, 2013 at 8:39 am

    hahahah I’m so bad at videos too hahah I always feel like there stupid or something hahah guess it something I’ll just have to get use to. Great tutorial by the way, I do this all the time and it’s a great tip

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    Jen
    May 21, 2013 at 9:00 am

    Wuhu!! Congrats on the Allure win!

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    Lisa G.
    May 21, 2013 at 9:02 am

    You won You won You won You won!!!!!! Woo hoooooo!!! Yay!!! You so deserve it, you are my favorite beauty blogger by far!! Enjoy it and gloat a little…strut all around town all day!! GO GIRL!!

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    Maggie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    I just saw that you won the allure beauty contest! CONGRATS!! You totally deserved it. I am so thrilled for you. Thank you so much for helping me bring out my natural beauty.

    ps great video. i love these tutorials.

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    AmandaRM
    May 21, 2013 at 9:07 am

    Congrats on the win Cara!!!!!!!!!!! So proud!!!!!

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    emily
    May 21, 2013 at 9:08 am

    videos are the best and most helpful part!!! please do a video!! otherwise just reading tips isn’t very helpful.

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      emily
      May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

      oops nevermind there is a video! i blew it!! i was just commenting based on reading it in my email!

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    Jen
    May 21, 2013 at 9:09 am

    You WON! I’m so happy for you. Congrats! Woohooo!

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    Michelle
    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    YOU WON YOU WON YOU WON!!! SO HAPPY FOR YOU!!!

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    Ariadna
    May 21, 2013 at 9:10 am

    Congrats Cara!!! You deserve it!!! Thank you for all your hard work in making your videos and tips, you totally deserved to win! You were the best hands down!

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    Elizabeth
    May 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    So Happy for you!!! CONGRATS!! you are obviously the best! so glad i found your blog!

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    Tennille Jackson
    May 21, 2013 at 9:11 am

    Yay you won!! You deserve it and I love allllll your tips and tricks!!!! Congrats!!!!!!

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    Brittany
    May 21, 2013 at 9:12 am

    SO HAPPY YOU WON!!!!! You deserve it and you are amazing at what you do!!!!! Congratulations!

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    Jeanell
    May 21, 2013 at 9:14 am

    I just knew you would win! Congratulations on a well deserved victory! You so deserve it! You have inspired me so much and many others as well!

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    Emily
    May 21, 2013 at 9:15 am

    You won!!!! Congrats!

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    Ashlee
    May 21, 2013 at 9:16 am

    Congrats in the win! Thank you for all your hard work and your focus on natural beauty!

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    Jessica
    May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Congratulations on your win!! You are awesome and if you hadn’t won I would have seriously doubt Allure as a true fashion/beauty magazine. ( =

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    Erin
    May 21, 2013 at 9:22 am

    Hi Cara!
    Do you put on concealer and foundation before the eye shadow primer? I’ve been trying both ways but still it seems to gunk up on me. Any suggestions?

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    pennyp
    May 21, 2013 at 9:25 am

    (HAPPY DANCE!!!!) “CARA WON THE BLOG THING! CARA WON THE BLOG THING!” SOOOO happy for you! Get those camera batteries charged for the NY trip!! I’ve never bought the mag before, but I will in October! 😉
    HUGE congrats. You REALLY REALLY deserve it!!!!

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    Jennie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    Yay! You won!! 🙂 So happy. I love that there really was no contesting, with top in all five challenges. Love your stuff. Thanks for the video!

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    Courtney L.
    May 21, 2013 at 9:26 am

    So happy you won today! You deserve it 😀

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    Jessica
    May 21, 2013 at 9:28 am

    YAY! Congrats! So happy you won, you definitely deserve it! 🙂

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    McCall
    May 21, 2013 at 9:30 am

    Congrats on the win- that is SO exciting! What an accomplishment!

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    liz @ btb
    May 21, 2013 at 9:31 am

    YAAAAY!!!! CONGRATS GIRL!

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    Jordan
    May 21, 2013 at 9:34 am

    I’m so happy you won the beauty blogger award! You totally deserve it girl! You’re professional, fun, you have FANTASTIC tips, and we all love you! Congratulations!!!

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    shalomew
    May 21, 2013 at 9:44 am

    Congratulations Cara! So excited for you!

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    Nichole
    May 21, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Congratulations on your win, amazing!!! I love makeup and hair, love products and tips… but lots of blogs cover that. What makes your blog different is that you have the perfect mix of products, makeovers, and most importantly – heart. You seem like such a good person and that shines through in your posts. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and also parts of yourself with us!

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    Rashmi
    May 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    I recently found your blog and really appreciate all the great tips, advice, photos, and videos! Your explanations are so simple and make so much sense… thank you! One question about eyeliner / blended eyeshadow and creating that soft look: how do you know which shadows will also work well as liners, and when you should stick to an eye pencil? Thanks in advance!

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    Carrie
    May 21, 2013 at 9:55 am

    Congratulations, Cara!! As a little girl, I used to love watching my mom put on her make up. My sister and I would play around with her make up (she was really generous), and my Dad was even patient enough to let his little girls put every single hair accessory they owned in his hair to play “hair dresser”. So, I have always loved playing around with beauty, but never really figured out how to best accentuate the features I have in a skillful and natural way–I’m super clueless. I have to tell you that I have learned SO much since I stumbled across your blog about a year ago. You have so many great ideas for looks, tips, and tricks that you break down in such a relatable way that without fail have me thinking “Oh, yay! Now I can do that too!”. Hello, HACing! You made your wonderful skills and techniques accessible to your readers so we can get that extra oomph and sass that comes from feeling good on the outside to match the inside. You certainly deserve the recognition from Allure!! Great job!!

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    michellels
    May 21, 2013 at 9:58 am

    Wahoooo!!!! Congratulations! Sooo happy for you! 2013 Allure Beauty Blogger of the Year!!

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    NIkki
    May 21, 2013 at 10:00 am

    Congrats!!! 🙂

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    shandalbaxter
    May 21, 2013 at 10:03 am

    WHEWWWWW…SO HAPPY!! CONGRATS TO YOU CARA!!!!!!

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    Sharron
    May 21, 2013 at 10:13 am

    BEAUTY BLOGGER OF THE YEAR!!!!! YAY So exciting!! You definitely deserve it for all your hard work!!! xoxo – Sharron

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    Wendy
    May 21, 2013 at 10:22 am

    Congratulations!!! I was waiting for them to release the results. I knew you would win. I love your blog!!

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    Trisha
    May 21, 2013 at 10:29 am

    Congratulations on winning! I love your blog and your tips and tutorials are always so great! You definitely deserved to win!! I found your blog a couple of months ago and am hooked! I feel that my daily makeup looks so much better thanks to your tips and advice. I especially love that I can feel confident in purchasing an item you have talked about and it will work great. Thanks for all you do!

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    The DoubleTake Girls
    May 21, 2013 at 10:41 am

    Great video!! Would you recommend this though for those with smaller eyes?

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    AG
    May 21, 2013 at 10:44 am

    THANK YOU. I tried doing what you mentioned in the previous 2 posts, and mine didn’t look right. I just did this this morning and I really like it! It’s a great summer look to be pulled together without being overdone.

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    Monica
    May 21, 2013 at 11:09 am

    Congratulations Cara!! I started following your blog recently because of your awesome tutorials, friggin amazing makeup skills and overall loveliness! It is truly an art the way you do it and the way you see it. You seem like a great person too. Anyway it is a well-deserved win and you’ll have to keep us posted on your NYC adventures! (sorry this post is so long, this is the first time I’ve commented on anything, ever)

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    Pretty Proof
    May 21, 2013 at 11:51 am

    This is how I usually do my eyeliner as well. I love eyeliner, but I don’t want it to look too harsh. I almost always wear black liner so I like to go over it with black shadow or silver metalic shadow.

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    Gisele
    May 21, 2013 at 12:27 pm

    I’m going to try this asap! Thank you so much for the tutorial! and Congrats on the win! 😀

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    Laney
    May 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    YAY!! Congrats on winning! I knew you would!

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    Rachel Boykin
    May 21, 2013 at 1:55 pm

    Congrats to you for Allure’s Best Beauty Blogger award! You post good stuff here, and I’ve been following you on Pinterest too. Love the Makeover Mondays and the best drugstore dupes!….So wish you were in New Orleans this spring to do my hair and makeup for my son’s wedding…..Can you be bribed with Cajun and Creole cuisine and a zydeco band? lol Have a great day, and CONGRATULATIONS!!

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    Wendy Arndt
    May 21, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    Cara I like your videos! You look very pretty in them! You do a good job, we are our worst critics!

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    Carolin
    May 22, 2013 at 2:25 am

    Hey Cara, first of all: Congrats!!!
    Can you give us some advice for how to put one’s eye make-up on hooded eyes? I mean if the lid is a bit hidden, you know? that would be great, because I always think its a difference and a bit difficult if the lid is like this.

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    Em
    May 22, 2013 at 9:15 am

    Did this today with the exact same colors that you use and LOVE it. It might be my new go-to for quick simple makeup that looks awesome. and ps, since I discovered your blog and have started using your makeup techniques (specifically HAC) my self esteem has SOARED. I feel like I look so much prettier, but it’s so simple and my face doesn’t feel heavy with product. Thanks for everything.

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    erika
    May 22, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    OMG thank you for posting this! i know you’ve written instructions on other tutorials that you blended the eyeliner, but i completely interpreted it differently! LOL no wonder it wasn’t coming out like your photos! haha. i was just taking my brown eye liner and using the foam tip on the other end and “smudging” it! LOL i feel so moded! thanks for the clarification. can’t wait to try it in the morning!

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    shelley
    May 23, 2013 at 8:47 am

    so after seeing this video I sent my husband out to Sephora to bring me home the Stila palette. I LOVE this look, pretty easy and lasts thru the day. <My question tho, is my eyeshadow (over the eyeliner) doesn't see, to go on as dark as yours, could it be the brush? Im not sure my brush is a true "smudge" brush.

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    Jen
    May 23, 2013 at 8:50 pm

    I always like your videos and I learn so much. You do a great job! Next time, can you do a still pic at the end to show your finished look?
    Congrats on the Allure win! I knew you were a shoe-in 😉

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    heather chacon
    May 28, 2013 at 8:23 am

    Question– I can’t get any eyeliner (waterproof or not) to stay on my water line! I have tried both designer and drug store. any tips?

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    lee
    June 2, 2013 at 4:58 pm

    I think I’ve read every blog entry of yours and of all I think you look the most beautiful in this video. What I want to know is how did you do the rest of your makeup in this video (please)? You look so naturally beautiful with flawless skin, perfect bone structure and stunning eyes …

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    Rebecca
    March 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

    I just stumbled onto your blog and I cannot get enough. I love black eyeliner with grey shadow but my problem is that the black becomes blueish/grey. What am I doing wrong? How can I correct this? (I do use a primer)

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