You tailor your haircut to your face shape and your jeans style to your figure, but has your eye shape been influencing your eyeliner choices? If it hasn’t, you’re in for an eye-opener. With the right technique, you can make hooded eyes look bigger, downturned eyes look more awake, and so much more.
Scroll through to find out exactly how to apply eyeliner for your specific eye shape!
Good news for women with almond-shaped eyes: You can try pretty much any eyeliner look and it will flatter your eyes. To play up the shape, start out with a very thin line in the inner corners, and then build the thickness out once you reach the outer third of your eye. You can either stop there, or add a slight wing at the end. For an even more dramatic effect, carry the color down along your bottom lash line.
With hooded and monolid eyes, be sure to get the liner right into the base of your lash line. Since your eyelid is hooded, you can make the liner as thick as you want—thin lines are difficult to see when your eyes are open. If you’re going for a cat-eye, a thick, elongated wing will give your eyes the most shape and definition. Or you can make your eyes look rounder by making the liner thicker in the center of your eye, and thinner at the corners. This creates the illusion of an eye that’s more curved. Just skip bottom eyeliner, which can close off your eyes, making them look smaller.
With downturned eyes, it’s all about keeping them lifted. Brighten the inner corners with a light-colored shimmery pencil and leave the lower lash line bare. Focus your efforts on the top lash line, starting directly below the highest point of your arch, then think up and outwards. A slight upward flick of liner at the outer corners will open up downturned eyes.
If you have round eyes, your eyeliner application should be about elongating the eyes into a more exotic shape. Line the upper lash line, and play up the outer corners with either a long, extended wing or by smudging dark liner into both the upper and lower lash lines.
All Eye Shapes
If your basic skills with an eye pencil or eyeliner brush could use a little improvement (a.k.a. your ability to get the line straight is lacking), try the connect-the-dots method. Just dot the liner as close to your lash line as possible, and then blend the dots together to create one smooth stroke. You’ll get a straight line with this technique, regardless of your eye shape.