Guy-Liner: All About Eyeliner For Men

While women have traditionally been the ones to wear makeup, it's recently become trendy for men to wear a touch of eyeliner to bring out their eyes. If you're interested in trying out the guy-liner trend for yourself, this guide will tell you all about how you can make your eyes pop with a little liner.

Famous Fellas That Are Sporting Eyeliner

When it comes to men wearing eyeliner, one of the first images that may come to mind is Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow. However, you might be surprised to know that eyeliner goes back at least as far as Elvis Presley, who used it (alongside his talent) to captivate female fans.

Male stars can use eyeliner in lots of ways depending on what kind of look they're trying to achieve. Billie Joe Armstrong, for example, combines it with light stubble and unkempt hair to achieve the punk and grunge look he and his band are known for. Adam Lambert, on the other hand, often achieves an almost androgynous appearance with his heavier eyeliner, clean-shaven face, and longer hair.


Following the guy-liner trend is a very affordable way to appear more interesting and attractive. Many men who apply eyeliner only use a very small amount of it to just outline the eye, which means you can use it sparingly and still achieve a huge visual effect. Eyeliner, whether in liquid or solid form, is also quite affordable and widely available.

Easy To Do

Trying new kinds of makeup can be intimidating for men and women alike, but basic eyeliner technique is hard to mess up. Until you're used to it, using a solid eyeliner pencil may be the safest and easiest kind; liquid eyeliner is more likely to get into your eyes if you're a beginner.

If you're just starting out, try a simple outlining technique before moving onto anything more advanced. In a well-lit room with a mirror, take your eyeliner pencil and gently trace around the lower eyelid, right where the lashes grow from. Use several light strokes to apply the eyeliner rather than trying to press down hard on your eyelid. If you're feeling secure, close one eye and repeat the process on the upper lid, right over the eyelashes. That's all there is to it to achieve a basic outline that highlights your eyes and sets you apart.

Makeup can be appealing on men and women alike, especially if it's used to bring out one's own features. Trying guy-liner is an easy way to highlight your eyes and to follow a current male makeup trend.