Using Eyeliner to Change the Shape of Your Eye

by mehak on April 21, 2013

in Makeup Tutorials

People say eyes are supposed to be  the window into your soul….umm…im sorry but i kind of think that job is done by your facebook profile . I mean, my eyes don’t say im a SUITS addict, or that i love Peanut Butter & Chocolate Popcorn….all they say in the morning is “I need more sleep & more food before you poke me with any black liner thingies missy” . Anyway , window or no window …here are some ways in how changing your eyeliner can change the shape of  your eye (They arent going to turn triangular no matter how hard you try ok. Lets keep it real now).


1. To Elongate your eye from left to right: Thicker at the outer corner, thinner on the inside


If you have eyes that are small in width, i.e they are relatively close set and smaller from left to right, then apply eyeliner so that its thicker on the outer edge and thinnest on the inner edge. This gives an illusion of a longer eye shape. My natural eye shape on the left is pretty elongated from left to right itself so this is not how i usually apply eyeliner.


1. To Open your eye from top to bottom: Thickest in the middle


If you see my natural eye shape, you will notice that though they are pretty long from left to right, proportionally they are much smaller from top to bottom. How i apply eyeliner to open up my eye for a doe eyed look usually is to keep my liner thickest in the middle and tapering at either ends. This balances out the longer width and gives an appearance of a wider eye.


 3.To make your lashes appear thicker: Closest to the lash line

Peachesandblush114If you dont like wearing eyeliner that looks obvious but just want the illusion of thicker lashes, draw a thin line just at the edge of your lash line and use a kohl pencil to fill your upper rim .

4. To Lift up Droopy eyes: The Winged out liner


If your eyes curve slightly downward at the edges, almost given you a slightly sad expression, then this kind of flick will lift them up and make them the center of attention. For large eyes like miner, this kind of eyeliner becomes too dramatic , but for smaller droopy eyes the flick at the end lifts up your eye and makes it stand out!


4. For Dramatic Eyes that Stand Out: Line Upper and Lower Rim But Different liner techniques for small and large eyes

Lining both the upper and lower rim will definitely put your eyes into focus. But how you line them makes all the difference.


For small eyes:



Notice how not only there is a gap, but the liner on the bottom rim has not been joined with the liner on the top rim?

– For smaller eyes, if you want to line your eye on the bottom, dont line it inside the waterline. Leave that inside edge blank and line it just below it , where your bottom lashes grow from. Also do  not join your lower liner to the upper liner on the outer edge if you have smaller eyes. Instead, sweep up the upper liner and let the lower liner be a clean line.You will still get a dramatic  eye but without closing your eye up.

 For large eyes like mine, using  a thick line on the upper lash line and lining the lower rim on the inside edge works . This is because lining the lower rim on the inside waterline, tends to make you eye appear a tad bit smaller, so those with bigger eyes can take that risk and still make their eyes stand out .

For Large Eyes:


I used the Maybelline Hyper Sharp Eyeliner for all the looks created in this post!



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{ 23 comments… read them below or add one }

Preeti Kaur April 21, 2013 at 6:00 pm

nice post Mehak :) I have tried almost all these techniques and ultimately tight lining my eyes worked best for me


Anshita@Vanity No Apologies April 21, 2013 at 6:52 pm

d large eyes wala tip helped :D


Shikha April 21, 2013 at 7:25 pm

nice tips.. liners application looks flawless.. spl that thin line close to lashes.. it draws a really thin line.. and finally you are enjoying experimenting with poky things.. :-)


sahar awan April 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm

yes it helps, i think kajal on waterline instantly changes eye shape


khad April 21, 2013 at 8:29 pm

the gap and no gap thing is and “eye opener” … figuratively i mean ! :) thanks for the tip


Rima April 21, 2013 at 9:34 pm

nice post,thanks for the tips.


kRITHI April 21, 2013 at 10:03 pm

informative Post!


jyoti April 21, 2013 at 10:45 pm

hi mehek.. this post is really interesting, useful and simple to understand.. would love to read more articles like this one.. abt eye shadow shading, colors to be used and their effect, blush and the shape of face, its effects, rules of makeup.. how to match makeup with outfit, choosing right shades for skintone, or… haircut / hairstyles according to face shapes…
err… basically.. an idiot’s guide to looking better :D


Madhu April 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm

Exactly! I would love to see more such posts too! :-) I would also love to see a post on how to make hooded small eyes (I’ve them :( ) appear larger :-)


Mehak April 22, 2013 at 1:03 am

Thanks jyoti and madhu . Some of what you have mentioned Are definitely in the pipeline … Will take note and plan more such ones !


Debashree das April 22, 2013 at 12:02 am

I am gonna try it


Smriti April 22, 2013 at 2:40 am

I almost always do a winged liner if I’m lining my upper lids. Otherwise I just stick to kajal on the waterline. I will surely try out the other tips you have mentioned, thank you!


Abhi April 22, 2013 at 8:17 am

EYE OPENING!! to say the least…it is so helpful when you see all the techniques together and all the before and afters…super..


mily April 22, 2013 at 11:07 am

hey mehak..can you tell us how you prepped your eye area for this post? the under eye area looks amazing..


mehak April 22, 2013 at 11:50 am

Hi Mily,
I just used the Kiehls Under Eye Cream in Avocado, and after tha used Inglot Concealer and Mac Face & Body Foundation.
i think it was just a day when i slept well


shivangi April 22, 2013 at 12:09 pm

Loved the tips! and loved the liner too!


Ikya April 22, 2013 at 8:39 pm

Ooh so very well explained!
I have tiny, hooded eyes and I do the thin in the inner corner and thicker in the middle and thickest in the outer third.


Sukanya April 23, 2013 at 9:35 am

Thanx Mehak for doing this tut ! Since I have small eyes i kinda mix steps 1 &2 and also lining eyes for the small eyes wala tip ! I recently got hold of the maybelline hypersharpe liner..cant wait to use it now !!


RK April 23, 2013 at 4:17 pm

heya, i am new to your blog n like all the sections especially the bridal diaries one.. so very well written..
cudnt help complimenting that ur eyes look amazing without make up, though with make up also they look really gorgeous..


Heena April 23, 2013 at 10:26 pm

It’s an Awesome Tutorial, Mehak! :D


Sneha Guha April 23, 2013 at 10:44 pm

Very nice post Mehak…. Just love ur eyes and ur creativity… I couldnt miss noticing ur hands holding the camera for clicking the pic which i could see in ur eyes :)


philamazan April 25, 2013 at 7:05 pm

cat eyes is my go-to technique


Cosmetics Online Shopping April 29, 2013 at 11:58 am

Nice post Mehak..Me and My Sister is using Maybelline Hyper Sharp Eyeliner and its really a awesome products


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