How To: The Perfect Eyeliner For Your Eye Shape

Graphic liner dominated the SS18 catwalks, but which eyeliner look is best for your eyes?

We all love a bit of eyeliner for a classic, pulled together look but a simple cat eye, while classic, isn’t the most flattering for everyone.

COLLECTION ambassador and celebrity makeup artist Francesca Neill shares her expert insight into which eyeliner look will best suit your eye shape.

Close set eyes = Double wing

This is a really fun look to play with for a night out! A winged end will draw attention towards the outer edge of the eye, making them appear wider apart.

Downturned eyes = Bottom only

Those with downturned eyes can find winged eyeliner frustrating. If you stuck with a regular cat-eye shape, this could exaggerate the downward shape. The easiest technique for lifting the eye is to stick to applying liner to the lower lash line. Follow the natural line and extend the mini-flick directly up.


Hooded eyes = Thick wing

This look is perfect for hooded eyes as it will lift and open them. Draw a line from the corner of your eye towards the brow bone and join up before using a kohl pencil across the outer lower lash line to create a perfectly lifted wing effect.

 Large eyes = Waterline

This is a great look for large eyes as tracing the waterline will accentuate the shape of the eye, it is also a good option if your eyes are wide set as it will draw attention towards the inner corner.

Smaller/monolid eyes = Top only

All you need is a very simple line to enhance the shape – you don’t want anything too heavy otherwise you could risk your eyes looking even smaller. Drag the eyeliner straight across the lid and extended the line out to roughly the end of your brow. Adding a little drama such as metallic or glitter to the top eye line only is a great way to open them up and draw attention to the top lashes, apply over black liquid liner or pencil to complete this look for smaller eyes. To intensify, curl lashes and coat the top lashes with plenty of mascara or false lashes.


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