Beauty Q&A: What Are Siren Eyes? Plus, How to Get the Look

January 19, 2023
Alanna Martine Kilkeary
By: Alanna Martine Kilkeary | by L'Oréal
person wearing the siren eyes look with a blue background behind them

We’re always impressed when we scroll through social media beauty trends on our phone screens, but we especially love when they inspire us to actually give them a try IRL. One popular look you may have heard of is the “siren eye trend,” a new take on your classic cat-eye, and one that we couldn’t wait to try for ourselves. Here, we spoke with NYC-based makeup artist Kasey Spickard about what the trend looks like, how to achieve it and the best products to use. 

What Are Siren Eyes?

According to Spickard, the siren eye differs from your typical eyeliner wing because it’s all about extending the eye shape outward and slightly upward with eyeliner and eyeshadow. Both corners of the eyes get some attention, too. 

“The siren eye is an elongated, sultry cat eye on both the inner and outer corners of the eye,” says Spickard. “It came to popularity on TikTok in the “doe eye” vs. “siren eye” trend. With the doe eye being a very rounded, soft, innocent doll-like eye in contrast to the sexy, lifted, almond shape of the siren eye,” he says. 

How to Get the Siren Eye Look

Here, Spickard walks us through exactly how to get the look. The key to creating a siren eye is that it’s more than just liner. In fact, eyeshadow helps capture the correct shape and mood. 

Step 1: Build Your Shadow

Start by patting a medium brown eyeshadow all over the lid and blend a lighter, warm brown shade onto the outer edge and crease. Next, smudge a dark brown shadow along your lash line and slightly blend it upward. For this, we recommend using the Urban Decay Mini Naked Palette in Half Baked.

urban decay mini naked palette in half baked

Step 2: Add Your Outer Liner 

Next, tightline your top waterline with a black waterproof eyeliner to give your eyes a more edgy feel. We love the Maybelline New York TattooStudio Gel Pencil Liner for this. 

“Using an angled liner brush, tap into the dark brown shadow and follow the shape of your lower lash line outward horizontally. Then, connect it back to your top lash line to create the base of your liner,” Spickard says. 

Repeat over the line with a black liquid liner like the NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Matte Liquid Liner in Black. Spickard recommends keeping everything very fine and tight to the lashline.
 NYX Professional Makeup Vivid Matte Liquid Liner in Black

Step 3: Add Your Inner Liner

On your inner corner, sketch a small “V” with the dark brown shadow and connect it to your top and lower lash lines. Draw over it, again, with the black liquid liner.

Step 4: Complete the Look

After completing your siren eyeliner, apply mascara to the top and bottom lashes, focusing most on the outer lashes on the top to elongate the eye. We love the Lancôme Le 8 Hypnôse Volumizing Mascara for this. 

Spickard’s final recommendation is to avoid thick lines when creating your siren eye, to ensure that your eyes don’t appear more round. “Additionally, avoid shimmers on the lid, because this can make the eye look rounder as well,” he says, “focus on elongating the eye instead!”

lancome le 8 hypnose mascara
Photo Credit: Jonet Williamson

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