How to Apply Eyeliner on Almond-Shaped EyesSeptember 18, 2020
As beauty editors, some of the most commonly asked questions we get relate to eyeliner. After all, anything from an intense cat eye to a barely there wing can elevate your makeup look in an instant. When it comes to knowing which look, technique and product is best for you though, it’s important to consider your eye shape. If you’re someone with almond-shaped eyes, the good news is that your eyeliner options are seemingly endless. To get tips on how to apply eyeliner for almond-shaped eyes, we spoke with celebrity makeup artist Vincent Oquendo.
Tip #1: Start With a Pencil When Applying Eyeliner on the Lower Lash Line
“I always recommend pencil before liquid because it helps you sketch the line before you commit to the liquid,” says Oquendo. “Liquid liner is much harder to manipulate once it's applied, whereas pencil is far more malleable and blendable, so it’s easier to work with and more forgiving.” He recommends using a pencil eyeliner, like the Maybelline New York Tattoo Studio Sharpenable Gel Pencil, to cover the waterline and the lower lash line. “With almond eyes, you can evenly distribute the color along the lashes or focus on the outer corner for an even more elongated eye shape.”
Tip #2: When Doing a Wing, Flick It Upwards
“When you have almond-shaped eyes, you want to flick your wing liner upwards, which will lift and complement the eye shape,” says Oquendo. For a winged eyeliner, we recommend using the L’Oréal Paris Le Liner Signature Mechanical Eyeliner. It’s an easy-to-use eyeliner that offers a precise application and a beautiful, long-lasting finish.
Tip #3: Always Elongate Your Liner
If you want your eyeliner to make your eyes appear more awake and wide, Oquendo recommends stretching out your eyeliner line. “With almond eyes, I love creating an elongated winged liner,” he says. “I like to pull my liner out a bit more at the outer corners of the eye for a wide-eyed and lifting effect.”
Tip #4: Start With a Thick Line
When creating an eyeliner look on almond-shaped eyes, Oquendo says to start with a thicker line. Because your eye shape naturally curves, it’s easier to start with the big, thick shape and carve into it to see what needs to be made thinner or built upon. Oquendo says that doing so sculpts a shape that exactly fits the eye.
Tip #5: Don’t Be Afraid to Try Different Eyeliner Looks
“To me, you’ve won the lottery when it comes to the most flattering eye shape for eyeliner,” says Oquendo. You can use all different types of the eyeliners and create all different types of looks on your eye. “There isn’t one type that’s more flattering than the other.” So don’t be afraid to experiment!