How to apply eyeliner according to your eye shape
With eyeliner being used in the most creative of ways right now, it’s all the more important to know exactly how to apply it for your specific eye shape. Never thought about that before? Well in the same way you would tailor your hair cut to your face shape and your red lipstick to your skin tone, eyeliner is all about making it work for you.
Here are the tips and tricks you need to know for enhancing your own eye shape.
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Almond eyes are oval-shaped with narrow corners, often pointed at the inner corner and round toward the centre, mimicking the look of an almond nut.
As this shape is one of the more symmetrical, the good news is pretty much any eyeliner look will suit you. Embrace your lid space by applying eyeliner along the natural shape of your eye, building thickness towards the end and adding a small wing if desired.
Round eyes have an obvious crease and typically, there will be visible white under the irises when you look straight ahead.
For round eyes, it’s all about elongating your shape. You can start by drawing a thin line at the inner corner, moving to a thicker line at the outer with a long, extended wing. Otherwise, you can play with smudging your liner on the upper and lower lash lines to flatter the round shape.
Hooded eyes have less eyelid space, with the lid tending to droop down and cover your crease when your eyes are open.
Unless left to the pros, heavy eyeliner may make the eyes look smaller than they actually are, so it's best to go for a simple thin line applied as close as possible to the lash line. If you like a wing, the trick for making sure the line doesn't disappear is to apply the liner with your eyes open to get the placement exactly right.
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If your eyes drop lower at the outer corner you likely have downturned eyes.
With this shape your focus should be on lifting the eyes. This can be done by extending your wing up toward the crease, and keeping your lower lash line bare to ensure your upper lash line is the focal point.
Wide-set eyes will have more space between the inner corners – and the space will be larger than the width of one of your eyes.
If you have this shape, you should try and minimise what you apply to the outer corners. You can create balance and draw focus inward by lining the top and bottom lash lines and avoiding a wing.
Opposite to wide-set, the space between close-set eyes will be less than the width of one of your eyes.
What you can do to create the illusion of more space is start your eyeliner at the middle of the lid and extend out from there. You can also apply a light shimmery liner in the inner corners to brighten.
What eye shape do you have? What are your tricks for applying eyeliner?