If there’s something most of us can agree on, it’s probably that we all want an on-point cat eye – which can be tricky to get right. So if you’re still struggling to perfect your eyeliner look – or want to find what works best for you – we suggest following this guide to find the perfect liner for your eye shape.
A monolid eye shape has a flat surface and does not have much of a crease. You need to use a liquid or waterproof liner and make sure it’s thick enough so that when your eyes are open, the liner does not disappear or smudge.
This shape has an extra layer of skin that ‘droops’ over the crease, and causes the lid to look smaller. Don’t use too much liner on the top lash line, as this can make the lid appear even smaller. Instead, apply a thin line on the top lash line with a dark gel or pencil and work in between the lashes. This will emphasise your eyes without taking up too much lid space.
If you open your eyes and you can see the white part around the iris, then you more than likely have a round shape. To elongate, extend the liner on the top outer third to create the illusion of an almond shape. The same step applies to the bottom. Connect the two lines or leave them disconnected for an edgy, double-winged look.
Downturned eyes have a slight droop on the outer corners. You want to create a lift at the outer corners while keeping the inner corners bright, so draw a cat eye with a ‘flick’ at the outer edges.
If your eyes are less than an eyeball’s width apart, then you have a close set shape. To make your eyes appear wider apart, start the liner at the outer third of the eye and move it outwards, making sure the liner is the thinnest in the inner corner and becomes thicker as you go. A winged liner also works well for this shape.
Tip: Use a liquid concealer on the inner corners of the eye, this will open the eye area up.
If your eyes are more than an eyeball width apart you have a wide set shape. Your eyes can sometimes appear uneven, so line the top lash line but do not move past the outer corner to make them more symmetrical. You can also smudge a pencil along the bottom lash line for a smokey effect. This can make your eyes appear smaller which is perfect for wide set eyes.
Tip: You can be very bold with this eye shape as there is more space to work with, a thick cat eye will look great on this shape.
If you open your eyes and there is no white around your iris, you more than likely have an almond eye shape. This shape is the most versatile and can pull off most eyeliner looks. Follow the natural curve of your eye, building the product more and more as you reach the outer corner. You can add a flick at the end to create a subtle cat eye, or you can smudge a pencil into the roots along the waterline for a smokey effect. Any eye pencil/ liner, mentioned above can be used to get this look.
Protruding eyes can create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Apply a thicker line on the top of the lash line, to counter the lid. Make sure to add some liner or shadow on the bottom lash line for a balanced look.
If you have a small eyes, don’t apply dark eyeliner on both the top and bottom lash line – this will make your eyes look even smaller. Apply a sparing amount of liner on the top lash line and then take a flesh colour pencil in the waterline and a lighter shadow on the bottom lash line. This will open up the eyes and make it appear slightly bigger.