When we put so much effort into getting our eyeliner perfectly symmetrical (it’s quite literally a learning curve) we first need to make sure that we pick a style that flatters the shape of our eye. We’ve all been there, one second our feline flick is looking chic AF, fast forward two seconds and we’re a raccoon. But all jokes aside, the right eyeliner can make your eyes look three times bigger and take years off, while the wrong shape can make your eyes look smaller and even a little droopy – so you definitely need to get it right! To help, we’ve broken down each eye shape, so that you can finally know what angles and width work best for you.
Eye Shape: This eye shape mirrors the shape of an almond: they’re almost symmetrical but they may have a slightly uplifted outer corner on the bottom rim of the lower lid.
Celeb Inspo: Hailey Baldwin, Angelina Jolie, Kerry Washington, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj.
Best Eyeliner: If you have almond eyes, you’re lucky as most styles will suit you. Especially, the classic cat eye. So, start by drawing a thin line on the inner corner of the upper lid and build the thickness as you get to the outer corner. A slightly raised wing will emphasize the natural uplift of your eye so don’t be frightened to add some width for a more dramatic look.
Eye Shape: Round eyes are usually large and amazingly striking! This is because the length and width are equal and the white of the eye is highly visible.
Celeb Inspo: Lily Collins, Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Nicole Richie.
Best Eyeliner: To accentuate round eyes, you want to create the illusion of added width and you do this by drawing focus to the outer corners. So, start your liner 1/3 of the way into your eye, bringing your line into a long, horizontal flick. For added drama outline the lower lash line 1/3 of the way into your eye and join it to the upper wing.
Eye Shape: The fold of the eyelid hides some of your lid when your eyes are open.
Celeb Inspo: Blake Lively, Emma Stone, Jennifer Lawrence, Claudia Schiffer, Jennifer Anniston.
Best Eyeliner: This is one of the more difficult shapes to work with as the overhang of the upper lid can make you look a little sleepy. So the aim of the eyeliner is to open up your eye and draw focus to the outer corner. To do this, we would recommend applying a white kohl on your lower lash line. Then when it comes to the upper lid, focus on the outer corner, only tapering 1/3 or halfway into your eye with a thick, elongated vertical flick. if you want to apply eyeliner to your lower lash line, concentrate it at the outside corner only.
Deep Set Eyes
Eye Shape: Deep set eyes have a prominent brow bone and the eyes are set slightly further back into your skull.
Celeb Inspo: Jessica Alba, Zoë Kravitz, Lily Aldridge, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Gigi Hadid.
Best Eyeliner: For this shape, your eyeliner style is dependent on the size of your eyes. If you have small deep-set eyes, for your ‘every day’ look it’s best to use a thin line with a horizontal flick, as close to your lash line as possible. For a more sultry evening look, accentuate the corners and the outer half of your eye. However, if you have large eyes, you’ll be able to add more width, especially with the outer corners, so you can go for a much bigger wing.
Eye Shape: If you have monolids, most of the eyelid is concealed.
Celeb Inspo: Lui Wen, Park Ji Hye, Sandra Oh, Lucy Liu.
Best Eyeliner: A very dramatic liner look works well with monolids. So, use a soft kohl pencil to outline your upper lid, then smudge the pencil upwards to create a slightly smoky eye. For a more classic look, apply eyeliner from the tear duct, extending the wing outwards at an upward angle. Adjust the width of your liner depending on your mood– we think the thicker the better!
How To Apply Your Eyeliner Like A Pro
Now that you know which eyeliner style is ‘the one’, here are some tips on how to make it absolutely flawless:
- Find the right liner: We find using a thin, pen styled liner allows you to build up the width gradually and create a more even wing, our favorite is the Kat Von D Tattoo Liner. If your feline flick is often uneven, start with the outer corner of the wing and then work inwards towards your tear duct. Or, you could use the Quick Flick stamp for failsafe wings, simply adjust the angle of the stamp according to your ideal shape.
- Use a pencil: To open up your eye when you’ve gone for quite a heavy look, use a white liner pencil on your upper and lower waterline, which will immediately make your eyes look bigger. Alternatively, adding some black kohl to your lash line will make it look edgier but remember, it can make your eyes look smaller.
- Use eyeshadow to adapt your look: For a smokey eye, use a heavily pigmented black eyeshadow with a thin brush and apply it like a liquid liner. Then blend the pigment upwards. For a softer, sexy look use a warm eyeshadow shade on your lower lash line and all over your upper lid. We love a deep pink for a feminine yet fierce touch.
- Perfect the finishing touches: For a more defined wing, add a little highlighter underneath the flick, it’ll really make it pop. Also, don’t be afraid to use a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover to clean up any smudges.
If you’re just like us and feel that no sexy cat eye is complete without some fearless lashes, read this to find out what set of falsies complements your eye shape.