The Power Flick: Winged eyeliner for four different eye shapes
Whether you have lots of lid space, little lid space, uneven lids or just the one, we have you covered with our comprehensive eyeliner guide.
We all come in different shapes and sizes, and the same goes for our eyes. With Euro-centric beauty tutorials dominating the YouTube sphere and very little exposure for the vast variety of eye shapes that exist among the Asian demographic, we've taken it upon ourselves to cater to that! Behold, our comprehensive guide to the evergreen Power Flick™ for four different Asian eye shapes.
First on the roster, here are some tips on how to choose your liner:
There are tons of formulations and types of liner available, from pencil to liquid to gel and more. Generally, pencil liners (not including kohl liners) tend to be the best for beginners as they are the most user-friendly and forgiving (you're less likely to smear it all over your face or make it smudge with your tears), while liquid and gel liners generally give the best results in terms of lasting power and colour intensity.
If you're planning on using a liquid liner on monolids or hooded eyes, you'll want to find one that is quick drying, so that you skip the struggle of waiting for it to dry before you sneeze, blink or exist. Either way, whether you use pencil, liquid or gel; your best bet is to try a few different types of eyeliner out to see what works best for you.
Oh, and if your attempts end up a little messy, rather than removing it all and starting from scratch, use a Q-tip and makeup remover to clean up the lines.
Secondly, here are a few words for the glossary:
Monolids: This particular eyelid shape means that there is no visible crease below the brow, resulting in a single eyelid.
Double lids: This eyelid shape means that there is a visible crease in the skin below the brow, resulting in two eyelids. There are many variations in shape depending on the size of your crease and how deep set it is. For example, round eyes typically have large amounts of lid space, whereas hooded eyes have a deeper set crease resulting in smaller lid space as the excess skin folds over itself.
Uneven eyelids: This eyelid shape basically means that the two eyelids do not match, and there are many variations. Either, one side will have a monolid and the other a double lid, or both sides will have double lids of different sizes, or in some cases one side may have a triple eyelid.
Tightlining: This is a technique in which you line the upper waterline (where your lashes grow) to add subtle definition to your eyes, as well as to make your lashes appear fuller. It's a staple in no-makeup makeup looks and great for monolids and hooded eyes.
Finally, onto the tutorials...
- Draw a flick outwards from your lashline
- Form a triangle at the outer corner of the eye and fill it in
- Tightline the eyes
- Look straight ahead to help judge how long you want the line to be
- You can thicken the line to your liking at the outer corner of the eye
- The line can be as thick as your crease, but a thinner line makes for the most flattering look when your eyes are closed
- Draw a flick straight out from the bottom lashline
- Bring the liner in towards the centre of the eye
- Tightline the eyes
- Thicken the line to your liking
- Only pull gently on the outer corner of your eye to make it easier to draw
- Use your pencil to help you angle your flick slightly upwards in the direction continuing from the lower lashline as opposed to the upper lashline (diagonally up rather than straight out)
- For a more lengthening effect and to give the illusion of more lid space, try to keep the line as thin as possible towards the inner corner of your eye (by tightlining!)
- Look straight ahead while you bring the liner in towards the centre of your eye so you can see where your crease falls – that way you can make sure that the line isn't thicker than your crease
- Draw a flick out from the bottom lashline
- Draw a line from the inner corner of the lid outwards
- Fill in the wing
- Thicken the the line to your liking
- The longer the flick, the thicker the line – this will help balance everything out
- Pull gently on your lid to make it easier to draw
- Position your mirror so that you're looking down – this is the prime position for you to get an idea of where the liner needs to go
Start with the monolid:
- Look straight ahead and mark 3 dots where your crease falls
- Connect the dots to form the outline
- Clean up any messy lines
- Fill in the blanks
Move on to the double lid:
- Draw an outline to match the monolid
- Fill in the space
- When drawing the matching outline for the double lid, look straight ahead to get things even
- Don't worry if one side is thicker than the other - they may look a little crazy when you're looking down but when you look straight on they'll look even!
- If you're not feeling the eyes-closed asymmetry, you could instead opt to make both lines equally thin - like in the monolid tutorial earlier, simply tightlining the eyes and adding a flick on both sides would balance out both side from dead-on as well as with your eyes closed. Alternatively, you could also make both lines equally thick to give your double lid the appearance of a monolid.
- Finally, if you're up to it, eyelid tape is a great way to temporarily turn your one monolid into a double lid. From there, just follow the instructions for hooded or round eyelids!
So, there you have it! The foolproof guide to doing a cat-eye on 4 different eye shapes. Try them out and get your #PowerFlick on!
Our favourite liquid, gel and pencil eyeliners ahead:
Videography: Octopost Studios
Creative direction and styling: Redzhanna Jazmin and Wei Yeen Loh
Art direction: Calleigh Yap
Makeup: Ling Chong
Talents: Rachel Au, Redzhanna Jazmin, Stephanie Boey and Joan Kong