Perfecting the winged eyeliner look isn’t easy, but we’re here to help you!
Looks like a sleek line across the lids, but it’s much more than that. Whether you’re a beginner or a pro, no matter how hard one tries to ace the classic winged look, there are always some unavoidable makeup mishaps. Some days they soar too high or go too low and drag your whole face down. But the worst of all, some days they’re just plain unflattering. Which led us to think – how does one eyeliner style look so different every time it’s attempted? The answer is in your eyes. No, seriously, the answer is your eye shape. Taking a good look at your eyes and understanding your eye shape will help you determine how thick or thin your liner needs to be. If you’ve also watched countless eyeliner tutorials and tried to replicate a winged eyeliner look of your favourite celebrity (yes, we’ve all tried to recreate Ariana Grande’s fabulous, enviable wings) but been disappointed, we’ll teach you how to nail the evergreen winged eyeliner every time!
When it comes to eye shapes, these are six common shapes to consider: Almond eyes, monolids, hooded eyes, round eyes, downturned eyes and upturned eyes. Consider this as a handy guide that’ll help you find wings that will flatter your eye shape. Let’s dive in ‘cuz we’re breaking down every eye shape, telling you how to identify your eye shape and finally, helping you to rock a winged eyeliner that’s tailored just for you.
When you have hooded eyes, your crease is not visible when you look straight. Famous celebrities like Taylor Swift, Emma Stone, Blake Lively and Jennifer Lawrence have hooded eyes and it’s a common eye shape. Eyeliner can be tricky for hooded eyes, especially since there’s barely enough space to work with and you are more prone to smudges and transfers. To make sure the liner isn’t concealed by your lid, create the wing tip where the lid’s hood starts. Work your way inward, applying your liner in thin strokes and widening in the centre. With this eye shape, we recommend adding a bit of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes to create the illusion of bigger, brighter eyes and give your eyelids more dimension.
Pro tip: Don’t highlight your brow bone with a lighter eyeshadow. This will only make your eyes look more hooded and sunken.
If you don’t know what round eyes are, think of every Disney princess. If you think you have round eyes but you’re unsure about your eye shape, we’ll help you understand it better. Look straight in the mirror and notice your iris. If you see the whites of your eyes on the top and bottom of your iris, you have rounded eyes. The crease of your eyes will also be very prominent when you look straight. A few celebrities with round eyes are, Ashley Olsen, Katy Perry and Zooey Deschanel (any surprise here?). When drawing wings for round eyes, the goal is to make them look elongated and pulled out. Start with drawing a small triangle at the outer corners of your eyes, starting at the end of your bottom lash line and going towards the end of your brow. Draw a thin line on the top lash line and connect it to the triangle. Keep the line thinner towards the inner corners and make sure your line gets gradually thick as it approaches the outer corner to help you eyes look wider.
As the name suggests, almond eyes look like, well, almonds! This shape is tapered towards the inner and outer corners. Contrary to round eyes, the whites of the eye are not visible at the top and bottom. Almond shape is the oval face of the eyes, if you will. Just like the oval face is considered to be the ideal shape, almond eyes are considered to be the perfect shape. Notable celebrities with almond eyes are Eva Longoria, Mila Kunis and Beyoncé. If you have almond eyes, you can play around and try any eyeliner style. Just follow your bottom lash line and extend a line towards the tail of your brows. If you want to make your eyes look rounder, keep the liner thicker on the centre of the lids.
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