Whether you’re an eyeliner rookie or a winged-tip-wearing-goddess, we all know that a simple liner can dress up your eyes in the most flattering way, if done right.
Considering we spend so much time ensuring our clothing and hair style suits our body shape and face, it’s surprising how many women don’t realise that eyeliner placement can make all the difference to your eye shape and over all makeup look.
After all, eyes are the windows to the soul and should always look beautifully presented. Read on for tips and techniques for lining your eyes to suit your eye shape.
Before we get started, let’s recap on eye care. The skin around our eyes is incredibly soft and delicate, and therefore vulnerable to lines and ageing from the elements, stress and the harsh application of make up. We have some tips to help you make your eyes appear naturally radiant without much effort…
Get enough sleep!
We are told time and time again that sleep is the secret to weight loss, to increased energy levels and to help combat bad moods. So it’s no surprise that sleep is also the answer to bright eyes! A good nights rest will make sure you don’t wake up looking drawn out or have pink puffy eyes in the morning. If you aren’t getting enough sleep and spending way too much time behind a computer or phone screen, invest in some healthy eye drops to nourish those eye balls and make them sparkle.
Drink, drink and drink some more…water that is!
Rather than go by the traditional eight cups a day, make sure you always drink a glass first thing in the morning, and add a dash of lemon too. Have a drink bottle with you throughout the day so that you can guzzle down easily. A few litres a day will keep you alert and ensure that your eyes don’t droop from tiredness or dry out.
Treat your eyes like tissue paper
Eye makeup can be tough to remove but scrubbing the skin around your eyes will only tear and stretch the delicate fibres of your skin which will accelerate the ageing of your eye area. Not all Make-up removers are made equal, cheaper brands can often contain ingredients that dry out the skin and cause more damage than good. If you haven’t already heard how fabulous our makeup remover is, let me introduce you, the jane iredale BOTANICAL MAKEUP REMOVER is free from chemicals and is ultra hydrating, effective on the toughest makeup (think jane iredale Jelly Jar Gel Eyeliner – boy is it long-wearing), it’s vegan and gluten free! Yes every girl should own a bottle of this!
So, how do you determine your eye shape and the right eyeliner for you? Let’s start our eye shape & liner lesson ladies…
Round eyes are, well round large and wide with white visible above or below the iris. They may seem unbalanced because eyelids appear much larger than the brow bone area. They can also be referred to as ‘prominent eyes’.
TIP: To elongate round eyes to a more oval shape, line all the way around the eye, including the inner corner. The line should be thickest at the outside corner and slightly lifted.
Deep-set eyes sit deep into the eye socket and create a prominent brow line.
TIP: Apply eyeliner to the outer 1/3 of the upper lid, winging the line at the outer corner and lifting towards the brow. Next, line the outer 2/3 of the lower lid, leaving the line thicker at the outside edge. Blend. In some cases, it can be best to leave the eyeliner off altogether.
If the area between the eyes and the bridge of the nose is narrow, then you have close-set eyes.
TIP: Line the outer 1/3 of the upper and lower lid with complementing eyeliner and place highlighter between the brows and blend.
The complete opposite of close-set eyes, if the area between the eyes and the bridge of the nose appears visually far apart, you have wide-set eyes.
TIP: Use eyeliner around the entire eye. Lining both upper and lower lids.
Hooded eyes have a small fold of skin that droops over the crease line making the eyelid appear smaller. This usually appears when we age but you can also be born with hooded eyes. The good news is that the smoky eye suits you best. When applying eyeliner, lift the liner upwards at the outer corner and keep the lower lash line almost bare. A taupe or neutral dry eyeshadow using a small Detail Brush is best for this area. Creates a shadow and softly frames the lash line.
If you aren’t very confident applying eyeliner, especially to the top lash line, try drawing small dots along the length of your lash line and connecting them to achieve a professional look, easy to do with our Liquid Liner. And remember your eyes are delicate and cannot be replaced! Take a closer look at the products you are using and opt for hypoallergenic, clinically tested and stay clear of synthetic preservatives and other nasties. The jane iredale range of liners won’t disappoint with real staying power and designed for even the most sensitive eyes. Buttery soft eye pencils, sensitivity-tested liquid liners, soft smoky mystikol liners and water-resistant gel liners; you’ll find your perfect eyeliner in our gorgeous range!