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Picture Perfect Eyes! How to Apply Eyeliner According To Your Eye Shape

Updated on August 26, 2014
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So much has been said about eyes. It is considered to be the most expressive feature on your face, one that reveals your thoughts, state of mind, and sometimes, even your intensions. It’s funny how a single look can inspire warmth and happiness or anger and pain. Many artists have paid homage to this evocative facial feature, portraying it in paintings, describing it in writings and even composing songs around it. My current favourite is the song ‘Demons’ by Imagine Dragons. Do listen to it if you haven’t yet.

It isn’t surprising then, that the beauty industry obsesses over getting perfect eyes. But, with each one of us being blessed with unique facial features, not all of us are lucky enough to have perfect, almond-shaped eyes, the kind that is coveted the world over. However, by applying the right kind of eye makeup, you can hide your flaws and emphasize your strengths and get beautiful, almost-perfect eyes!

Here are a couple of tips to help you apply eyeliner according to your eye shape. There are many kinds of eyes, like deep set ones, close set ones, protruding eyes, hooded eyes, wide set eyes and the much talked about almond eyes.

Step 1

Determining your natural eye shape : Take a good look in the mirror and try to understand your natural eye shape. Sometimes, your eye shape could be a combination of two types, for e.g. you could have close set hooded eyes or hooded almond eyes. This will give you an understanding of the area that needs to be emphasized or corrected.

Step 2

Selecting a good eyeliner: There are different kinds of eyeliners out there, liquid liners, gel liners, eyeliner pencils (kohl) and eye shadow too can be used to line your lashes. When selecting an eyeliner, opt for one that doesn’t smudge, is long-lasting and moves smoothly along your lash line. Many eyeliners are also enriched with vitamin and mineral pigments that soothe and nourish your eyes. I prefer using L’Oreal’s Kajal Magique eye kajal as it gives me a dark, intense line that lasts for hours. Also, being a kajal, it’s easy to apply.

You can check out the product here: L'Oreal Eye Kajal

Eye shape and eyeliner styles:

Close set eyes

To create the illusion of the eyes being further away from the nose than they are, apply makeup towards the outer part of the eye. While applying eyeliner, don’t extend the line up to the tear duct area, instead, extend the line outward, past the lash line. The winged look is a great look to try on these eyes.

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Deep set eyes:

Deep set eyes create the illusion of a prominent brow bone as eyes are set deeper into the skull. While applying eyeliner, ensure that you apply a fine line. Thick lines and smudgy makeup will make your eyes sink deeper. Fine lines and light eye shadows is what will work for you.

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Protruding eyes:

Protruding eyes create the illusion of projected or bulging eye lids. On the positive side, the extra lid space lets you play around with colors and styles. To “push in” your eyes a bit, apply thick eyeliner on the upper lash line. Similarly, choose darker eye shadows to further diminish the lid space.

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Hooded eyes:

With hooded eyes, the eyelid almost vanishes as there is an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease. Applying eyeliner for hooded eyes can be tricky as a very thick line will make you eye look smaller and a very thin line will not be sufficient to camouflage the ‘hood.’ What you need to do is apply a dark eye liner into the lash line. This will help define the lash line without creating width.

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Wide set eyes:

Wide set eyes are further away from the nose bridge than normal. Apply eyeliner such that you bring the focus inwards, towards your tear ducts. To do this, apply eyeliner from the tear duct region and extend outward, but be careful to stop at the last lash.

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Hope you found these tips useful!


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    • Mariana Fuzaro profile image

      Mariana Fuzaro 

      3 years ago from São Paulo, Brazil

      Thank you, I have difficult eyes and I'm always frustrated by its looks.

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      4 years ago

      We'll call them life lines, or happiness lines if you want. I don't care, I will alywas think you're a beautiful woman!I will follow you're advice on the gold eyeliner. I have been using golden shadows since I was...16? and think they're classy, pretty and go well with everything. It's the only make-up I wear though, au naturel look wins me over.

    • Padamyar profile image


      4 years ago

      Excellent tips!

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Why I'm reading this I don't know. I haven't worn eyeliner for years due to my old hooded eyes. But you certainly offer excellent advice. And the pix really show what you mean.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      5 years ago from India

      @DDE! Thank you for your encouraging words and I'm glad you liked the tips. :)

    • DDE profile image

      Devika Primić 

      5 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Gorgeous eyes with excellent tips to follow.

    • Cherylann Mollan profile imageAUTHOR

      Cherylann Mollan 

      5 years ago from India

      @Monis: Wow! never? I'm just the opposite then. :) Do try it once, you might really like the color and definition it adds to your eyes.

      @FlourishAnyway: Thanks for stopping by and I'm glad my hub came in to some use for you. :)

    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      5 years ago from USA

      Interesting hub. I am putting this to use now as I put on makeup for the day! Thanks!

    • Monis Mas profile image


      5 years ago

      Great tips. I never actually used an eyeliner before. Too much work in the morning :-)


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