April 27, 2015 Diana Crisan Spotlight

What's the Best Eyeliner Look for Your Eye Shape?

The same way your brows are tailored to best suit your face shape, your eyeliner should also be tailored to flatter your eye shape! Makes sense, doesn’t it? Why line your lids with no rhyme or reason when you can create a look that’s meant just for you? After all, there’s no such thing as one-size-fits-all in the eyeliner department. Find the look that is right for you!

eyeliner for eye shape

Almond Eyes

While just about any eyeliner look will flatter your eyes, you can play up your almond shape by drawing a very thin line from the inner corners and intensifying the thickness as you near the outer corners. For a soft, smoky look, line your lower lash line as well and smudge both the top and bottom outer corners a bit.

Hooded Eyes

If you have hooded eyelids, thin liner looks are harder to see — which means a thick, bold wing will give your eye added definition. Use a smudge-proof liner like Maybelline Unstoppable Eyeliner to ensure makeup doesn’t disappear into your lid or smear! You can also emphasize your lashes to make your eyes appear larger by tightlining your upper lash line and piling on the mascara.

Downturned Eyes

When it comes to your downturned eye shape, the trick is all in faking a lift! An upward flick of the liner at the outermost corner will instantly give your eyes an open and lifted appearance.

Upturned Eyes

While upturned eyes are similar to almond, your lower lid seems to be more prominent than your top lid. The key is to enhance symmetry by thinly lining the upper and lower lash line and applying a thicker line at the outer corner of your lower lash line — then slightly diffuse with a smudger.

Round Eyes

Your BIG, round eyes make dolls jealous! When it comes to the most flattering eyeliner look, the goal is to elongate the width of your eye shape to create balance. Play up the outer corners with an elongated cat eye to create the illusion of length. For a more dramatic look, smudge the Maybelline Master Kajal along your upper and lower lash line.

Small Eyes

There’s a simple solution to making your small eyes appear larger! Line your waterline with either a nude or while liner — steer clear from using black on your waterline as it will make your eyes appear even smaller — then thinly draw a cat eye from the outer corner working your way in. Line your bottom lash line and smudge the color a little in the outer corners to make your eyes appear wider!

Now that you’ve got your liner down pat, check out our other makeup tips & tutorials!



    About the Author: Diana creates on-trend beauty content for Makeup.com readers. She stays up-to-date on the latest beauty news and product launches and tests every makeup item that comes through the door. As an employee of L’Oréal, Diana writes stories about beauty products across the entire brand portfolio.