Let's get one thing straight: eyeliner can absolutely make or break any look. So if you want to get it right, here's what you should know.
There are some makeup basics, and then there are those things that you can't (or you shouldn't) compromise. Eyeliner is one of those things. Why? Simply because they define your look. How many times has it happened to you that you were already looking amazing and then a minor mistake on your eyeliner ruined the whole look?
If this sounds familiar, here are some hacks that will help you get your look right depending on the shape of your eyes.
Although often confused with round eyes, they are not the same. The good thing about almond eyes is that almost any eyeliner shape will flatter them, so play around freely. Makeup guru Emily Oliver suggests “taking a pigmented liquid liner, like the Lancôme Grandiôse Liner, and pressing into the lash line, following the natural shape. Since almond eyes generally go upward at the ends, keep the liner close and clean with a tiny upward flick.”
Often confused with monolid eyes, they are also not the same. Ideally, for this shape, you should avoid fine liner, as it won't be easy to see. Instead, go for a bold and thick liner to add extra definition. Oliver recommends you to “push the liner into the lash line to keep the product from going too far on the lid."
The trick for downturned eyes is faking a lift. According to Oliver, you should “start the line much higher than you would think—try leaning your head back, and making a line that goes 45 degrees from the middle of the eye outward toward the temple." Remember to add an upward flick at the outermost part of your eyeliner!
They are very similar to almond eyes, but the lower lid is a bit more prominent than the upper lid. Oliver says "the key is to enhance the natural symmetry and shape of the eyes." To accomplish this, line the upper and lower lash line, and apply a thicker line at the outer corner of your lash line. Then smudge it a little bit and voilá!