Lil Nas X Puts A New Spin On Colorful Eyeliner At The Grammys

Julia Fox may be bringing back thick, black, winged eyeliner, but Lil Nas X delivered a fresh new liner trick at the 2022 Grammys.

To match the hues of his beaded Balmain ensemble, the “Montero” rapper embraced a sky-blue eye look to match. But instead of applying a thick coating of liner around the eye, or a high dose of pigment across the lids, he opted for a more subtle approach, incorporating just a swipe of metallic blue liner in the inner corners.


The artist’s look tonight was done by make-up artist Grace Pae, who also did Nas’s make-up for the recent LACMA gala and MTV VMAs, among other moments. But with her latest moment of creativity, focusing on just a pop of colour in the inner corners, she’s onto something.

Make-up pros like Tasha Reiko Brown have told Vogue recently that swiping a more neutral, flesh-toned liner in the inner corner creates the illusion of larger eyes – and a bright shade like Nas’s is clearly just as flattering. We’ve also seen the inner-corner make-up look appear on the runway, in the collections of fashion houses like Dior. Consider the low-effort, high-reward technique a go-to hack for your next party look.

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