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The Best Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

The Best Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

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Posted by GladGirl Team on August 05, 2015

We recently discussed the best way to shape your brows according to your eye shape; so today we’re tackling the best way to wear your eyeliner. Whether thick or thin, black, brown, or brightly colored, it’s all about smooth, straight lines. Regardless of eye shape or liner look, use the connect-the-dots-method. Apply small dots as close to the base of your lash line as possible, and then blend into a seamless line. If you're wearing eyelash extensions be sure to use an eyeliner like, GladGirl Liquid Liner, that is vegan, oil-free and will not harm your extensions.

Small Eyes

If your eyes are small, you don’t want to overburden them with eyeliner or lash extensions that are too heavy. Bottom liner always makes small eyes look smaller, so apply liner to your top lash line only, being careful to stay close to the base of your lash line and to avoid heavy color on the inner rims. To make your eyes bigger, brighten up the inner rims of your eyes with a shimmery light pencil. To make those small eyes pop even more, curl your top lashes, or add some lengthening lash extensions. Focusing on your top lashes will open up the eyes.

Round Eyes

You can balance out round eyes and make them seem longer and more exotic with the winged look. Extend eyeliner out to the side of the eyes to lengthen and elongate. The longer you go, the more exotic the look. Another technique is to smudge dark liner into both the upper and lower lash lines.

Close-set Eyes

To widen eyes that are set close together, double the elongating effect of the winged look by experimenting with a double wing—extend the liner out to the side on both the upper and lower lash lines. Keep the liner light and very thin at the inner rim, and then apply thicker as you move toward the outer edge of the eye. For a doll-like effect, don’t connect the upper and lower lines, but have them wing out to the side with space between them.

Almond-shaped Eyes

To play up the natural curve of almond-shaped eyes, apply a very thin line to the inner corners of the eyes and then increase thickness as you extend outward. Add a slight wing at the outer edge of the eye for a more dramatic effect. Remember, if your eyes are almond-shaped but small, then avoid lining the inner rim of the eyes, and don’t line the bottom lash lines because you want the eyes to stay “open.” If you have wide-set almond eyes, then accentuate liner at the inner rim of the eye and don’t draw the eyeliner out past the outer edge of the eye.

Hooded or Monolid Eyes

Really work the liner right into the base of your lash line. You can experiment with thick and thin lines. Use a thick wing to draw the line up and lift eyes. You can make your eyes appear rounder by making the line thicker just at the center of your upper eyelid, and then adding a slight wing at the outer corner of the eye. So that the liner doesn’t smudge, use a liquid or gel liner for hooded eyes.

GladGirl Team

GladGirl Team

Lashing out since 1981, GladGirl brings over 40 years experience to the beauty industry. The Eyelash Extensions Blog is our contribution to the advancement of professional skills and industry standards. Here you will find salon business articles, training resources, beauty tips and general health and wellness articles.


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