Have you ever wondered why the classic cat-eye or the trending double winged liner doesn’t complement you the way it does on your friend? You may think the problem lies in your makeup skills, but the truth is, the eyeliner style you’re trying to ace is probably not the perfect match for your eye shape. Yes, it’s all about the eye shape. Just how your haircut and eyebrows need to match your face shape, your eye makeup, especially the eyeliner, should work well with your eye shape. Scroll down to find the ideal eyeliner style for your eyes!
1. Round Eyes
Round eyes are one of the easiest to distinguish. They are usually quite big and wide. On looking straight ahead the white around the top or bottom of the iris is visible in round eyes. The aim here is to keep the eyes from looking too circular. Opt for an eyeliner style that elongates the width of your eye. An extended wing liner or a cat eye can help you achieve this look.
2. Small Eyes
If your eyes are comparatively tinier than the rest of your facial features, especially the nose and mouth, then you have small eyes. The short distance between the tips of your lashes and your brow bone will also be quite obvious. If you’ve got small eyes, keep your eyeliner thin and skip it on the waterline, as it will make them look even smaller.
3. Big Eyes
Contrary to small eyes, big ones are proportionally larger than all other facial features. If you have big eyes, consider yourself luckier than many because you have the freedom to play around as many eyeliner styles as you want. Since even the most unconventional look complements this eye shape, try your hand at more eccentric styles such as double-winged eye.
4. Almond-Shaped Eyes
Almond eyes, no points for guessing, are similar to the almond nut. On looking straight ahead, the upper and lower lids of almond eyes cover the top and bottom of the irises. Just like big eyes, almost all eyeliner styles flatter almond eyes as well — thanks to its symmetrical shape. But to make them standout, swipe a thin line from the inner corners and make it thicker as you reach the outer corners of your lids.
5. Hooded Eyes
Hooded eyes can be characterised by the less eyelid space they have. You will also notice that the upper eyelid covers your crease when your eyes are open. To enhance your hooded eyes go for a bold and thick wing eyeliner. Avoid thin liner as it will hardly be visible.
6. Upturned Eyes
Upturned eyes are one of the most common eye shapes. They are similar to almond eyes but feature a natural lift at the outer corner. The lower lids of upturned eyes tend to be longer and more prominent than the top lid. A bright eyeliner which starts thin and gets thicker at the outer lids would complement this eye shape the most.
7. Downturned Eyes
Downturned eyes can be identified with a slight dropping on the outer corners. Unlike upturned, here the upper lid is longer than the lower lid. With downturned eyes you’d want to fake a lifted look for which the cat-eye style would be perfect.
8. Monolid Eyes
Monolids are flat on the surface and barely have a crease. They also feature a less defined brow bone. When enhancing monolids, the goal is to define the eyes and create dimension. When lining your top lash line, start by drawing a thin line at the inner corner and make it thicker as you go along.
9. Close-Set Eyes
If the gap between the inner corners of your eyes is less than the width of your eyes then you have close-set eyes. To accentuate this eye shape focus more on the outer corner. Start your eyeliner at the middle of the lid and extend it a bit further than your lash line. To highlight the inner corners you can use a bit of shimmer.
10. Wide-Set Eyes
Unlike close-set eyes, if the space between the inner corners of your eyes is larger than the width of one of your eye, then you’ve got wide-set eyes. Here, the focus should be on the inner corners. Start lining the eyeliner from the tear duct and keep the same line thickness till the outer corner. Avoid extending the eyeliner past the outer corner of your eye.