Did you know that there are tiny, subtle things you can do with your lower lashline eyeliner to make your eyes look more “open” and awake or more elongated and almond-shaped? It’s true! Regardless of what you do with lining your upper lashline, take a second to think about how you line your lower lashline (if at all) and your decision will tweak the way your eye looks. If you only line the center part of it, it will make your eye look more open and reinforce a rounder shape. If you only line the outer corner of the lower lashline, it will make your eye look longer and more almond shape. If you go a step further and rim the inner waterline, it will make the eye look slightly more closed but much more piercing. Let’s walk through each one:
- Your Favorite Eyeliner: This is my favorite kohl pencil ($$) and this is my favorite longwear pencil ($$). Hands down. If you’re on a tighter budget this month, this is my favorite mass market pencil ($) and this is my favorite mass market longwear pencil ($).
- Cotton Swab (optional as you can also just use your finger): these are my favorite makeup cotton swabs (used on Rachel in this tutorial).
- Trace the pencil ONLY along the center of the lower lashline. This creates the illusion that the eye is more “open” and rounder.
- Smudge it a little with your finger or the cotton swab. This step is optional but I always prefer a smudged liner unless it’s a liquid cat eye, obviously.
- Trace the pencil ONLY along the outer half of the eye. You could even do just the outer quarter or third if you wish.
- Smudge it a little with your finger or the cotton swab. Again this step is optional.
- If you want to add more drama and make the Corner Flush more piercing, rim the inner waterline the same distance (outer half, outer third or outer quarter).
I simplified everything by not lining the upper lashline, but you could also line the whole upper lashline, just the corner, or make it thicker as you progress from the inner to outer corner… there are tons of ways to change your eye shape! Which style is your favorite? For even more examples of lower lashlining, revisit my Lower Lashline Study from a couple years ago!