Michael Dueñas and Kristee Liu hidden Eyeliner secrets

Between unicorn makeup, spiral liner, and highlighter in every shade of the rainbow, this has been a banner year for whimsical beauty. We thought we’d seen it all — but photographer and celebrity hairstylist Michael Dueñas shared something amazing he created with celebrity makeup artist Kristee Liu.

Here’s why it wowed us: While the full rainbow look you’ll see ahead is certainly Instagrammable on its own, it also hides a special secret. When the eyes are open, the shadowed look appears to be a typical colorful smoky eye with a few graduated shades. But when the model’s eyes are closed, the rainbow design is fully revealed. Call it rainbow hide -liner. Or think of it as a less permanent take on the hidden rainbow-hair trend.

We can’t think of a better way to cap a rainbow-centric year — or ring in the holiday party season — than with this fresh style. And that’s exactly the point. “The holidays are coming up and we wanted something that’s bright, cheery, and fun,” Dueñas says. Ahead, Liu shares her steps for getting the look at home, just as she did on model Megan Kennedy Cameron.

Bust out your favorite bright shadows and read on to cop the technique.

Step 1: Shadow

“I wanted to create something that is fun and wearable,”Liu says of the look. “The softness of this look can be pulled off by anyone who wants to experiment, but doesn’t want to overdo it.”

To start, the makeup artist applied an eyeshadow primer (Liu likes Smashbox 24 Hour Photo Finish Shadow Primer) to lids to make shadow adhere and stay put. Next, she used a small, firm, flat eyeshadow brush to apply each color, starting at the inner corner of the lash line and working her way to the outer corner. Liu used four shades from the Urban Decay Full Spectrum Palette: Calavera (yellow), Blindsided (soft blue), Alchemy (pinky-violet), and Sketch (purple).

“The hardest part is to keep the colors look clean and not too intense,” the makeup artist says. “I find switching between a small, firm, flat brush and a small, soft, flat brush (to soften the colors) worked well for me.”

To maximize color payoff, Liu suggests applying shadows with patting, rather than sweeping, motions.

Photographed by Michael Dueñas.

Step 2: Liner

Once the shadow is done, define the look with liner. Liu chose a deep-purple color (Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Long Lasting Eyeliner in Aubergine) to line the upper eyelid, finishing at the outer corners with a kitten flick. Next, she added more of the purple eyeshadow over the liner to soften it.

Photographed by Michael Dueñas.

The Final Look

To soften the look and create a crisp line, Liu used a flat brush and the tiniest bit of concealer to clean up the edges. Though, the pro notes, if you’re looking to amplify the effect, glitter shadows will help boost the look to dramatic new heights.

Keep clicking to shop the products used in this look.

Photographed by Michael Dueñas.

Smashbox 24 Hour Shadow Primer, $21, available at Smashbox.

Urban Decay Full Spectrum Eyeshadow Palette, $55, available at Urban Decay.

Lancôme Le Stylo Waterproof Liner Long Lasting Eyeliner in Aubergine, $27, available at Lancôme.

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