Perfect winged eyeliner for all eye shapes

Jul 22, 2019 | Eyes

Winged Eyeliner can be worn alone or used with various eye-makeup looks. It instantly opens up the eyes, so it’s a great skill to perfect!

The moment you recognize in which category your eye shape falls, finding the winged eyeliner that best suits you will enhance the best features of your eye shape.


Monolid Eyes

If you have flat lids with a very minimal or nonexistent crease, you likely have eyes with monolids.

Monolid eyes are hooded with a fold of fat that closes in on itself when the eye is open, which makes it hard for the eyeliner to show. That’s why they need an extra thick liner to show up the whole winged eyeliner look.

With Monolids, you need to apply a thick line using your eyeliner until you see a beautiful line when your eyes are open. When you look down, the liner will look thick. When you open your eyes, it will show a perfect eyeliner shape.

A liquid liner is your best option. With your eyes closed, draw a thick line from your inner corner to right before the end of the outer corner of your eye. Don’t connect it now. Make the line above your eyelid look like a curve not a straight line. Don’t be afraid to thicken the curved line, I know it seems like a lot of eyeliner but if you open your eye and still can’t see the line you drew, all you have to do is to draw over that piece of skin that’s covering your eyeliner.

With the tiny amount of liquid left on your brush, draw a light stroke of eyeliner for your wing from the outer corner following the natural curve of your lower lashline. Connect only 1/3 of the way up of that thin line to the curve you’ve already created and fill in with liquid liner until you get the perfect wing shape.


Upturned Eyes

Upturned Eyes have a natural upward lift at the outer corner of the eye. They are similar to almond eyes with their oval shape, but they don’t look quite as symmetric. Your goal is to create balance between the upper lashline and the lower lashline. You need your winged eyeliner to enhance the symmetry of the eye so the liner should be thin at the upper lashline and thicker at the bottom outer edges of your eyes to give them a bigger and rounder effect. Slightly wing the liner but not too much, and connect it to the liner on the lower lashline.


Downturned Eyes

If the corners of your eyes slope toward your cheekbones, you have downturned eyes.

For downturned eyes, the goal is to give the illusion of lifted eyes. Make the eyeliner in the outer corner much thicker than the inner corner of the eye. End up the line where your lashes naturally end rather than where your eye shape ends. Keep going outwards and wing it slightly upwards past your normal eyes’ shape. This will lift the eye. Then apply a slight amount of eyeliner only on the bottom outer corner.


Hooded Eyes

Hooded Eyes have a less visible crease due to brow skin creating a hood-like effect from the brow bone over the eye lid. If the crease of your eyelid isn’t visible, you likely have hooded eyes.

Start by drawing a thin line along the lash line. The liner should be thin to avoid it from transferring onto upper eyelids.  For the wing keep your eye open and draw the wing from the outer corner of the eye up to the angle of where the brow ends. Gently pull the skin taut at your temple before extending the wing a little past your eye shape. A thick, bold wing will give your eye added definition.

In general, skip lining the lower lash line to keep things from looking weighed down.


Round Eyes

Round eyes are usually large and quite wide. If you can see white above or below your iris when you look straight ahead, you have round eyes.

With round eyes, you can feel free to make your winged eyeliner as long as you want. A longer wing will help your eyes look more elongated, which is the goal for round eyes.

Find where your eye reaches its highest point toward your forehead. Mark this spot with a tiny dot of eyeliner. You will use this spot to start thickening your eyeliner till the outer edges of your eye. Draw your normal thin liner along your upper lashline, gradually thickening it from the highest point marked. Draw a thick wing and connect it to the point where you started thickening your eyeliner.

You can also start the liner a little further from the inner corner of your eye to make your eyes look wider.

Whatever style you choose, steer clear of lining the waterline as this tends to make the round eyes look more round.


Almond Eyes

If your eyes are oval-shaped with narrow corners, and when you look straight ahead, your iris is slightly covered by your upper and lower eyelids, you likely have almond-shaped eyes.

Draw a very thin line from the inner corner all the way across the lashline, making sure to intensify the thickness as you come close to the outer corners. Then wing it out, stopping at the tip where your crease starts.

Only draw a thin line for small eyes, and go a bit thicker for bigger eyes.

For an even more dramatic effect, carry the color down along your bottom lash line. 

Learn more about which eyeliner type is the best for you.


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