When it comes to eyeliner, there isn’t a winged shape that is going to make your eyes look bad, but there are certain tricks that you can use for different eye shapes — they can even bring symmetry to asymmetrical eyes. Rimmel’s makeup artist Jo Baker created six looks for six different eye shapes that will help you replicate, thanks to this handy chart!
Scroll on for step-by-step instructions on how to do each look. And don’t be scared to try one that isn’t created specifically for your eye shape. Like I said, it’s really hard to go wrong with winged eyeliner.
With wide-set eyes, the key is to make them appear as though they’re closer together, which Baker achieved by lining the inner rim of the eye into a pretty, sharp teardrop shape. Try Sisley So Intense Liquid Eyeliner — the felt tip is razor-sharp, which makes it easy to create a precise line. For the rest of the liner look, trace your lash line close to your lashes and wing it out slightly at the outer corner to balance out the inner liner evenly.
If your eyes have any puffiness surrounding them or if they’re downward-slanting (or both), it’s best to balance out your eye shape with a bold, flattering feline flick. This shape helps create the illusion of a less puffy and more upward-turned eye. To get the look, use a black cream eye shadow and slant-tip brush to create a thick cat-eye. Try MAC Cosmetics Fluidline in “Blacktrack.“ If you have a shaky hand, use the edge of a triangular makeup sponge as a guide to create a precise thick wing that’s symmetrical on both sides. Finally, keep the edges of your shape soft by blending around the outside of the winged liner with a clean shadow brush. This will help it look sexy instead of startling, Baker said.