The Best Eyeliner For Every Eye Shape

BLOG, Makeup, Uncategorized / Wednesday, April 24th, 2019

All month I have been sharing information about eyeliner, but one of THE most important lessons is HOW to apply eyeliner that’s best for your eye shape.

One of the amazing and fun things about makeup, is we can use it to change eye shape or the way that your eyes look. Some eye shapes will benefit from a dramatic cat eye, while others, just a subtle flick. Here are some tips to help you flatter your eye shape.

Almond Eyes

If your eyes are oval-shaped with narrow corners, you most likely have almond shaped eyes. The almond shape can be big or small. If your eyes are on the smaller size, be careful not to make them look smaller by closing in your eyes with a lot of eyeliner.

To enhance almond eyes, draw a thin line starting at the inner top corner that gets thicker toward the outer corners. You can flick it out, stopping at the tip where your crease starts. You can also smudge eyeliner underneath, keeping it thicker in the outer corners.


Monolids are flat on the surface and don’t have much of a crease, if any.

Use pencil eyeliner for this type of eyes. Start applying the eyeliner from the innermost lashes. Make sure that the shape is going along with the eyes structure.

With monolids, you want to make the outer corner of your eye more defined than the inner corner, so it opens up your eyes rather than closes it.

Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller.

To define hooded eyes apply a very thin line of eyeliner very close to the lash line with a thick wing. Tightline your upper lid with a dark eyeliner. Darkening the lash line this way also means you don’t waste too much lid space with liquid/gel liners.

Downturned Eyes

Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. If you draw a horizontal line from your inner corner to the outer corner, and the outer corner is lower, your eyes are downturned.

To lift downturned eyes, flick your eyeliner upward at the outer corners to lift your eyes up. Curl your lashes to open up the corner even more!

Round Eyes

You have round eyes if you have a visible crease in your eyelid and the iris of your eye is surrounded by just a touch of white, disconnecting it from your top and bottom eyelid.

Applying eyeliner to the top lash lines and thickening at the center of the lids will make round eyes look more oval. You can also play out the outer corners with an extended wing or by smudging dark liner along the lower lash line.

Small Eyes

You have small eyes if you are unable to see white around your iris.

Never apply dark eyeliner on your bottom waterline, as this will make your eyes look even smaller. Instead, tighline your upper lash line, and smudge along outer corner of your lower lash line.

Also consider adding a stroke of light-colored eyeliner along the top and bottom waterlines to make your eyes appear even bigger.

Wide Set Eyes

Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart, so the goal is to make them appear to be closer together.

A thicker, more pronounced line in your inner corners creates the illusion of less space between your peepers.

Close Set Eyes

Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart.

Use light colors on the inner corners, and extend the outer corners using dark eyeliner.

Want even more eyeliner tips? Check out my article: 12 EYELINER HACKS THAT WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE

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