How to Apply Eyeliner to Downturned Eyes, According to a Makeup Artist

Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | by L'Oréal
How to Apply Eyeliner to Downturned Eyes, According to a Makeup Artist

It can take years to hone in your eyeliner skills — especially if you’re trying to master a technique specific to your eye shape, like downturned eyes. But, with a little practice and some guidance from an insider (read: skilled makeup artist) you can be on your way to winged perfection.

Downturned eyes are almond-shaped, with a downward tilt at the outer corners. This angle tends to make the upper eyelid appear longer than the lower lid. With the right eyeliner application, you can emphasize this pretty eye shape and make your gaze look more open and bright. To help you achieve the perfect eye look, New York City-based makeup artist Rommy Najor sat down with us to explain his go-to methods — ranging from more natural to full-on wing — for applying eyeliner to downturned eyes.

For a Natural Eyeliner Look

“For a softer look, I’ll line the eyes from the inner corner but stop just before I get to the outer corner,” he says. “Keeping the outer half of the eyeliner a bit thicker than the inner half, the liner should look tapered in and get thinner as you get toward the inner half of the eye. If you want to take an extra step, softly smudge the outer corner of the liner going up toward the crease. If you’re going for the softer look, try a kohl pencil. That way you have more play time if you prefer to smudge and soften the outer half.”

For Winged Liner Look

Najor continues: “For a bit of an exaggerated look, line the eyes and kick up the outer corner liner by flicking it up. Make sure the wing lines up with your bottom lash line. I almost always recommend keeping the eyes open and looking straight into the mirror while sketching the wing, so you can see where you’re going and what looks good once your eyes are open. If you do this with your eyes closed, chances are your feline flick might of head south.”

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