Beauty 101

Best Eyeliner For Each Eye Shape

Rachel Gibbons Beauty Expert
Best Eyeliner For Each Eye Shape

You get your haircut to match your face shape; alter your jeans to fit your figure, but have you altered your eyeliner to fit your eye shape? If you haven’t, you’re in for a real eye-opener. With the right technique, you can make hooded eyes look bigger, downturned eyes look more awake, and so much more. Today, we’re going to show you how you can accentuate your natural eye shape with eyeliner.

How to Apply Makeup For Your Eye Shape

Upturned eyes 

Upturned eyes are one of the most common eye shapes. They are quite similar to almond-shaped eyes because they are oval in shape and have a natural upward lift at the outer edges. The difference lies in the fact that the lower lid is more prominent and appears much longer than the top eyelid. 

Grab an eyeliner in the colour of your choice– we love bright colours to highlight the eyes and thinly line the upper and lower lash line before applying a thicker line at the outer corner of your lower lid. A great eyeliner for this look would be the Colourpop Eyeliners

Round Eyes 

Round eyes are the easiest to decipher. First of all, you know you have round eyes if you’ve heard everyone compliment you on your big, doll-like eyes. Secondly, look to see if the whites of your eyes along the bottom of your irises are visible when you're looking straight ahead. Opt for a more elongated look to avoid the eyes from looking too circular. You can achieve this with an extended wing liner. Be sure to keep the line thinner at the inner corners and thicker at the outer

Monolid Eyes

With monolids, you'll typically have no discernible crease. You’ll also notice your eyelid is on the flatter side. When lining your top lash line, start off with a thin line, using a liquid liner at the inner corner, making it significantly thicker as you extend past your outer corner. That way the look remains fully visible when you open your eyes. A good liner for this look would be the Maybelline Hypersharp Liner.

Downturned Eyes

See downturned eyes as almond-shaped, with a slight downward tilt at the outer corners. The downward angle makes your upper eyelids look much longer than the lower lids. The key for this eye shape is to create an open look with eyeliner. 

Using a bright pencil liner, draw on a very thin cat-eye; flicking the end towards the ends of the eyebrows to create a little lift at the outer corners of your eyes. Keeping the flick short will help the eyeliner remain noticeable when you smile. A good eyeliner for this is the Benefit Cosmetics Roller Liner

Hooded Eyes 

Hooded eyes are very similar to, and sometimes confused with, monolids because both lack lid space to apply makeup on. You also might notice that your upper eyelid covers your crease when your eyes are open, too. 

When doing eyeliner for hooded eyes, be sure to get the liner right into the base of your lash line. You can make the line as thick as you’d like. Thin lines are difficult to see when the hooded eyes are open.  If you're going for a cat-eye, a thick, elongated wing will give your eyes the most shape and definition. Try not to apply any bottom eyeliner as it tends to close off the eyes. Morphe’s Liquid Liner Tea Spill is perfect for drawing on hooded eyeliner. 

Almond Eyes 

Good news for eyeliner for almond-shaped eyes: You can try pretty much any eyeliner look and it will flatter your eyes. If you have oval-shaped eyes with slightly upturned outer corners then you have almond-shaped eyes! 

Almond eyes do suit every eyeliner look in the books; however this one style makes them look absolutely drop dead gorgeous. Start by drawing a very thin line from the inner corners and intensifying the thickness as you reach the outer corners of your lids; if you’d like to go the extra mile, line your lower lash line as well. If you’d prefer a softer look, smudge both the top and bottom outer corner. 

They say the eyes are the windows to the soul. Why not spice up your window with some pretty curtains? Go grab your favourite eyeliner and a mirror, and try out these new techniques!

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