How To Choose The Sexiest Wing For Your Eye Shape
Learning how to slay the perfect wing is one of the highest-ranking skills in the beauty handbook. But before you even pick up your weapon of choice, you need to carefully consider the angle of your wing. The reality is, while the right eyeliner wing can emphasize, lift and snatch your eyes like nothing else, if you get the angle wrong, it can have the opposite effect entirely.
Probably one of our favorite things about liner is that there are literally endless opportunities to get creative. However, there’s one classic style we always come back to, and that’s a sexy, eye-snatching wing! Finding the perfect wing can be tricky because we all have different shaped eyes, and that means the wing that looks great on your bestie might not suit you at all. It’s all about experimenting and finding that perfectly angled wing that makes you feel good!
So, to help you find your perfect wing, we’re sharing some tips and tricks for finding a wing that looks fire on your gorgeous eye shape. But remember, this is just a guide; when it comes to liner, the most important thing is to have fun and express yourself, whether that’s with a feline flick or an asymmetric look. Be aware that you may also have different eye shapes/ features, such as an almond shape with a hooded lid. TBH, the most beautiful and amazing thing about eyes is that no one’s are the same, so you have to find what brings YOURS to life!
Eyeliner for Almond Eyes
Eye shape: This eye shape mirrors the shape of an almond: they’re almost symmetrical, but they may have a slightly lifted outer corner on the upper or lower lid.
Celebs with almond-shaped eyes: Hailey Baldwin, Kerry Washington, Priyanka Chopra, Rihanna, Angelina Jolie, Kendall Jenner, Nicki Minaj.
Eyeliner Tips: If you have almond eyes, you can pull off tons of wing styles, so you can have fun and get creative. For a classic cat-eye, 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 at the outer corner for a more dramatic look.
Eyeliner for Round Eyes
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 often highly visible.
Celebs with round-shaped eyes: Lily Collins, Katy Perry, Deepika Padukone, Michelle Obama, Lana Del Rey, Nicole Richie.
Eyeliner Tips: To accentuate round eyes, you can create a smaller wing or create the illusion of added width by drawing out a longer wing that subtly flares out. Start by drawing focus to the outer corners. So, start your liner 1/3 of the way from the outer corner, bringing your line into a long, horizontal flick. For added drama, use a dark eyeshadow to ‘line’ the lower lash line 1/3 of the way into your eye and join it to the upper wing. You could also add detail at the inner corner to further elongate the eye and add drama.
Eyeliner for Hooded Eyes
Eye Shape: Hooded eyes get their name because of the visual “hood” that’s created over the eye itself via the brow bone (and sometimes a little extra skin).
Celebs with hooded eyes: Emma Stone, Blake Lively, Lupita Nyong’o, Jennifer Lawrence, Claudia Schiffer, Aishwarya Rai, Jennifer Anniston.
Eyeliner Tips: Eyeliner for hooded lids is one of the most complex wings to do, especially because everyone’s hood is different and can crease in different places on the lid. Hooded eyes can have a small hood or be very hooded, and the latter typically means that most of the mobile lid (the part of your lid that moves) is covered, and therefore your beautiful wing is altered when the eye is open.
The key is to focus on the outer corner and only apply a very thin liner above your lashes to conserve lid space. In fact, you don’t even need to line the entire upper lash line, and starting from the outer third and tapering out is often enough to create a sexy wing that enhances the eyes. If you want to apply eyeliner to your lower lash line, try using a dark eyeshadow concentrated on the outer third of the eye.
When applying eyeliner to hooded lids, hold the mirror straight on. If you hold the mirror below, the shape of your wing will be distorted when you look up and into the mirror. This will help you see what your wing will actually look like, and none of the wing will be lost underneath the hood of the eye.
Eyeliner for Deep-Set Eyes
Eye Shape: Deep-set eyes have a prominent brow bone, and the eyes are set slightly further back into your skull.
Celebs with deep-set eyes: Jessica Alba, Zoë Kravitz, Lily Aldridge, Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman, Gigi Hadid.
Eyeliner Tips: For deep-set eyes, angling your wing up too sharply can mean that it hits your natural crease, so focus on pulling the wing outwards. Draw a thin line along your lash line as close to your lash line as possible, extending along to the flick. 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.
Eyeliner for Monolid Eyes
Eye Shape: Most or all of the eyelid is concealed.
Celebs with monolid eyes: Lui Wen, Park Ji Hye, Sandra Oh, Lucy Liu, Park Bo Young, Ahn So-Hee.
Eyeliner Tips: A very dramatic liner looks stunning on monolids, but similarly, a small flick also looks gorgeous for a more lowkey daytime vibe. For lots of drama, use a soft kohl pencil to outline your upper lid, then smudge the pencil upwards to create a slightly smoky eye. Apply eyeliner from the tear duct for a more classic look, extending the wing outwards at an upward angle. Adjust the width of your liner depending on your mood, and get creative with floating liners that create the illusion of a lined eye.
How To Apply Eyeliner Like A Pro:
Now that you have some liner styles in your pocket, here are some tips to make it absolutely flawless:
Find the right liner: When it comes to eyeliner, there are so many different formulas and applicator tools to choose from. Each type of liner has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, so finding the right tool for your skill level and desired look is crucial.
If you’re a newbie to the liner world, a pen, like our Life Liner Quick ‘N Easy, $19, is the easiest tool to use. When we designed this product, we wanted to create a liner that everyone could effortlessly use, from beginners to pros. It has a super-fine tip, it’s easy to control, and it has impeccable staying power, AKA it’s smudge-proof and even waterproof. Let’s be real; when you slay the perfect wing, it needs to stay put.
If you’re a liner pro, the Huda Beauty Life Liner eyeliner will last 48 hours without smudging or budging, and it’s the blackest, mattest eyeliner we’ve ever tried!
Use a pencil: For a full glam look, use a white or a soft beige liner pencil on your lower waterline, which will immediately create the illusion of bigger eyes. To add depth to your lashes and your look, use a black pencil liner on the waterline of your upper lashes.
Use eyeshadow to adapt your look: For a smokey eye, use a heavily pigmented black or brown eyeshadow with a thin brush and apply it like a liquid liner. Then blend the pigment upwards with a small dense brush. 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 wing; it’ll really make it pop. And finally, don’t be afraid to use a cotton bud dipped in makeup remover to clean up any smudges.
For more game-changing tricks, check out 17 eyeliner tips that’ll change your life.