Here’s our analogy on picking the perfect eyeliner shape for “your” eyes…You can LOVE the look, but it doesn’t always work for your face or eye shape. And that’s totally okay because there are so many eye makeup looks that there are bound to be several that do work for you!
We will always encourage you to try all makeup looks and then decide for yourself if it is a good look or not for you. Take a selfie and post it on instagram and get others input. It will make a great social media topic and forum! We also urge you to ask your friends for their opinion as well. It helps to have a consensus. If more thumbs up then down and vice versa, you will have your answer on that “eye” look!
If you have hooded eyes there is not always a lot of lid space and it tends to get lost when your eyes are open. So, we suggest keeping your top eyeliner thinner and applying the actual eyeliner into your lash line. This will help your eyeliner from bleeding into your upper eye lid which is not always a good look. It can make your eyes look messy and we prefer the clean eye makeup look. When applying your eyeliner try using a pencil eyeliner or gel based eyeliner. This will give the appearance of more eye lid space and keep your eyeliner from smudging. And don’t worry, you can still have that perfect cat eye shape using Beth Bender’s Cat Eye Liner stencil. Just make sure you place it closer to your lash line so that it stays on all day long! Your eyes shape will stand out more if you follow our suggestions.
What is a monolid? That is the million dollar question. The answer is, “a single eyelid instead of a double lid. There is no crease.” So, when lining an eye that has a monolid shape, we suggest creating a thicker eyeliner. You will not want it to smudge or disappear so use a liquid eyeliner or waterproof formula to keep it from smudging. For the perfect application for an upper eyeliner, use Beth Bender Beauty’s “upper eyeliner stencil.” There is no guessing at the correct width for your eye shape when you use her stencil. And it can also be used to create a cat eye for monolid shaped eyes.
Almond eyed peeps can use most eyeliner styles which definitely makes for a more creative look. For a simple and great eyeliner look, Beth suggests following the natural curve of your eye creating a thicker line more towards the outer corner of your eyes. She also suggests adding a slight winged look at the outer corners. Feeling “sultry,” then why not smudge an eyeliner pencil into your lash line and into the rim of your eyes.
Downturned eyes are quite common. They are almond shaped with a slightly downward tilt. Celebrities with downturned eyes include: Marilyn Monroe and Katy Perry. So you are amongst some “hot” ladies! When applying eyeliner on downturned eyes you will want to focus on creating a lift at the outer corners of your eyes. This will keep the inner corners open and make your eyes look more upward and bright. Your eyeliner should be thin and subtle. Otherwise your eyes can look sad and droopy.
If you look into a mirror and can see your entire iris, (the thin circular structure in the eye), then bingo, you have round eyes. Lucky!!! You always look wide awake with your big eyes. When applying eyeliner to round eyes, you will want to elongate your eyes. Best way to do that is by emphasizing the outer corners. One of the best eyeliner shapes for round eyes are cat eyes. The line extending past your eyelids gives it an illusion of length. You might want to start your eyeliner after the highest peak of your eye and create a thick winged cat eye at the corners first. You can also use Beth Bender’s Cat Eye Stencil to get a more precised eyeliner shape.
If you have close-set eyes you will want to create more space between them to make them look wider apart. Apply eyeliner to both your upper and lower eyelids from the outer corners to midway of your iris. Use a lighter eyeliner color on your inner corner of your eyes to make your eyes look more awake and not so close to each other. You can also use blue or any other colored eyeliners to help make your eyes pop. We suggest avoiding lining the inner/waterline of your eyes. If you simply can’t live without doing so then use a white eyeliner pencil to emphasize the inner corners of your eyes:)
For wide-set eyes you will want to create the illusion that your eyes are closer together. The exact opposite of close-set eyes. Line your top lash line without extending past the outer corners of your eyes. If you extend it past the corners of your eyes or make a thicker line at the end of your eyes, it will make your eyes look further apart. Beth suggests to her clients with wide-set eyes to smudge eyeliner pencil on their lower lash line for a “sexy” night out look. Smudge pencil along the bottom for a night-out look.
For this type of shaped eye you will need to cheat a little. Make your eyeliner line extend beyond the outer corners of your eyes and on the eyelid itself. You’ll want to apply a wider line from the end of your iris not the center of your eye, and a very thin line on the rest of your eyelid mainly above your iris. Beth suggests going a little higher then your natural line when applying eyeliner in your inner corners. This will make your eyeliner look more straight instead of round. At the outer corners Beth suggests keeping your eyeliner straight and not lifting it slightly up.
Hope that helped!
te-see bender xo
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