When it comes to eyeliner, there isn’t a winged shape that is going to make your eyes look bad, but there are certain tricks that you can use for different eye shapes – they can even bring symmetry to asymmetrical eyes. Rimmel’s makeup artist Jo Baker created six looks for six different eye shapes that will help you replicate, thanks to this handy chart!
Scroll on for step-by-step instructions on how to do each look. And don’t be scared to try one that isn’t created specifically for your eye shape. Like I said, it’s really hard to go wrong with winged eyeliner.
With wide-set eyes, the key is to make them appear as though they’re closer together, which Baker achieved by lining the inner rim of the eye into a pretty, sharp teardrop shape. Try Sisley So Intense Liquid Eyeliner – the felt tip is razor-sharp, which makes it easy to create a precise line. For the rest of the liner look, trace your lash line close to your lashes and wing it out slightly at the outer corner to balance out the inner liner evenly.
If your eyes have any puffiness surrounding them or if they’re downward-slanting (or both), it’s best to balance out your eye shape with a bold, flattering feline flick. This shape helps create the illusion of a less puffy and more upward-turned eye. To get the look, use a black cream eye shadow and slant-tip brush to create a thick cat-eye. Try MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in “Blacktrack.” If you have a shaky hand, use the edge of a triangular makeup sponge as a guide to create a precise thick wing that’s symmetrical on both sides. Finally, keep the edges of your shape soft by blending around the outside of the winged liner with a clean shadow brush. This will help it look sexy instead of startling, Baker said.
With symmetric almond eyes, any kind of look goes, since they’re the oval-y shape that can carry off pretty much any look. Here, Baker chose to leave the top lid bare and add some edgy weight to the lower lash line. First, she applied Rimmel London’s Exaggerate Smoke N’ Shine Eye Liner in “Blackest Black” on the inside of the lower lash line. Then, she used a small angled liner brush to create the winged liner. Finally, she dotted the SuperCurler 24hr Mascara by Rimmel London along the skin, creating a stippled textured effect for a badass finish.
“I wanted to create a unique and unusual feline liner for this eye shape because when you have monolids, the liner can often become hidden when the person opens their eye,” Baker said. She chose to use a liner hack called floating liner, which keeps the winged liner in tact and visible, especially when your eyes are open. To create this look, sweep a liquid liner, like Chanel Liquid Eyeliner Intensity Definition in “Noir-Noir,” in what would be the crease of your eye (to find this, feel where the top of your eyeball is). Another trick for exact placement is to keep the eyes open so you can see exactly how the line will look.
To minimize the look of hooded eyes, it’s all about using the shadow that the upper lid casts to your advantage. To do so, glide a solid, generous swipe of black liner along your lashline and extend it upward over your lid up to your crease. Next, use a shadow brush to softly wing out the edges so they almost touch the edges of your brows. Then, line the inside of your eyes, which helps to add intensity and makes the eyes appear more almond-shaped. Finally, along the lower lashline, Baker used the metallic charcoal end of the liner to add a light-reflective silvery tone at the inner corner of the eye, which adds a subtle sheen and complemented the model’s skin and eye color. Try Tarte Cosmetics Double Duty Beauty The Eye Architect Double Ended Liner and Shadow in “Black/Slate.”
In this case, you want to make the eyes appear larger, so you need to extend and widen the lashline. To create this effect, Baker used a fine liner brush and a pot of black liner. Try Nars Eye Paint in “Black Valley.” It’s all about taking the attention outward instead of inward, Baker said. Next, she used a skin tone-colored eyeliner inside the water line to make her eyes appear larger and brighter. Lastly, she swept a soft line of shadow in a shimmery brown shade along her lower lashline to help extend the look of the lower lashline. Try DiorShow Mono in “Velvet.”
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