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Magic Eye (Liner)

A little eyeliner can go a long way. From the eye-opening impact to the numerous application techniques, there is no shortage of ways to create captivating eyeliner looks. But, understandably, eyeliner can be a bit overwhelming. Where to begin? What looks the best on each eye shape? Here are a few guidelines to begin..

Shape Up!

When eyeliner is applied just right, it can help correct and complement the eye shape. For downturned eyes, line the eyes starting from the inner corner, working towards the outer corner. Begin to wing the eyeliner before reaching the outer corner. The line from the inner corner to the center should be very thin, building thickness from the center to the outer corner. The direction of the winged line should point to where the outer edge of the bottom eyelash line meets the end of the eyebrow.

For close set eyes, begin at the center, follow through working towards the outer corner. Following the natural shape, extend the eyeliner past the edge of the eye. Repeat this on the bottom, bringing the top and bottom lines together at the outer corner. Finish by adding a light, shimmering shadow to the inside corners. Remember to always apply eyeliner with the eyes open. IF they are closed, the shape could point downwards.

If you have wide set eyes, start at the inner corner of the eyes, following the eyelash line to the outer corner. Neck, build the line thickness around the center of the eye. One the bottom, line from the inner corner, stopping just shy of the iris. Always keep color on the inner corner of the eye. Avoid bold colors above the crease on the outer corners.

Many eyeliner techniques complement the almond-shaped eye. Try lining the upper eyelash line from the inner to the outer corner. Repeat on the bottom eyelash line from the center of the eye to the outer corner. If using a pencil, smudge the eyeliner to soften and bland it into the eye and crease color. Go bold by lining the waterline with a waterproof pencil.

From Dermascope; Linda Tawil, president and creative director of Morphe LLC