How to apply pencil eyeliner

How to apply pencil eyeliner

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Probably everyone who has ever worn eyeliner looks back at photos their first year or two (or ten) and grimaces. It’s nobody’s fault, really. Eyeliners are versatile, but notoriously difficult, and learning how to apply them can be befuddling. Instead of just wax-based pencil liners, you now can choose from a range of types, including gels and liquids. This is great, and means you can find one for your particular taste—but it also means figuring out how to use each one can be overwhelming. No need to panic, though. It’s easy enough to learn how to apply eyeliner, because there are plenty of tricks that can help you. For example: If you use a pencil, set the line with eyeshadow, because penciled lines tend to melt and won’t stay put all day. Below, a few other how-to lessons in properly applying eyeliner.

Liquid Liner

To apply liquid eyeliner, line the eye from the inside of the lashes outwards, in one big sweep. If that’s hard for you, you can line the eye from the middle of the lash line outward, then finish the line from the inner corner of the eye to the middle. If even that’s difficult for you, make a line at the outside of your eye, at the inner corner, and in the middle; then simply connect each of the lines

Another liquid liner trick requires a steady hand, and will make eyes appear wider.

  • Start with a completely bare eye.
  • On the upper lashes, dot the liquid liner into the spaces between the lashes, wiggling the liner into the lashes. The result is not supposed to be a line. It’s supposed to look as if the lashes themselves are super thick at the root.
  • Apply mascara.
  • Compare eye to other naked eye.

The Basic “I’m Off to Work” Eye

When you want your eyes to pop without looking overly done, you need to apply with a light hand. The basic eye is all about appearing as natural as possible, so consider a deep brown (versus black) eyeliner if you have light hair.

  • Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, trace the upper lashes, starting at the inside of the eye with a pencil, or an eyeliner brush dipped in a dark eyeshadow. For a more dramatic look, make the line towards the outside of your lashes line a bit thicker than the inside, and extend it just beyond the lash line.
  • Once the line is set, trace over it with a liquid liner. Hand unsteady? Keep your elbow on a table. (You can skip this step, but it will hold the line longer if you include it).
  • Set liner with an eyeshadow.
  • Apply eyeshadow or an eye pencil to lower lashes. Apply a deep-hued eyeshadow or pencil along the bottom lashes from the outside in. Unless you have wide-set eyes, don’t line the entire lower lid. Instead, stop halfway across, where your eyelashes end. If you’re using a pencil, smudge the line with your finger so it looks more natural.

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The Smoky Eye

There might be no longer-running eye makeup trend than the smoky eye, which is in no danger of going out of style. The key here is to blend well, and make sure to keep all other makeup light or you risk looking overdone. You don’t want the rest of your makeup to compete with your eyes.

  • Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply eyeliner from the inside corner of the eye outward. Draw strokes into the lash line, not away from it. The middle of the line should be a bit thicker than the edges.
  • Use a cotton swap to “smudge” the liner.
  • Dab an eyeshadow brush into a deep-hued eyeshadow and apply over the eyeliner to set the line (blow on the brush first to remove any excess shadow). Layering liner with a shadow is the secret to a perfect smoky eye.
  • Blend shadow well, then follow with your standard shadow for a smoky eye.

Lining the inside of the eye, called “tightlining,” is usually done with a smoky eye. It’s trendy, but controversial. Some experts claim lining the water line of the eye can introduce bacteria, while others believe it can make eyes appear smaller and beady. Often, the makeup washes away with your tears and won’t stay put. However, if you sharpen your pencil before you apply you’ll avoid bacteria, and when done appropriately your eyes won’t disappear into your face. The best liner for tightlining is Urban Decay’s 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, $22. To make eyes appear wider, tightline the inner rims of eyes with a beige or white pencil.

The Bold, Dramatic Eye

Bold eyes are a dramatic choice, typically reserved for evening. Try eyeliner shades other than deep black for a super cool look. You can use either a liquid liner or try the makeup artist’s trick, and use an angled eyeshadow brush dipped in a deep-hued eyeshadow. Skip the pencil for this look.

  • Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, apply the liquid liner from the middle of the eye to the outside corner of the eye.
  • Draw a second line from the inside corner of your eye, letting the two lines meet. The outer edge of the line should be thicker than the inside. If you have close-set eyes, avoid taking the line all the way to the inside corner.

The Cat Eye

Sexy cat eyes are a cool look for night, and the key to this look is to apply a thin line to the inside rims of the lids. Make sure to sharpen the pencil before and after lining, though, because you get styes if you don’t.

  • Holding the skin of your upper lid taut, dot liquid liner along the upper lash line as close to the eye as possible. Apply line from corner to corner of eye, extending the line upward and outward at the outer corner of eye, following the angle of your lower lid. Wait a second before blinking, and let the liner dry for a few minutes before touching.
  • Hold down the lower lid and apply liner only to the outer half of the rim. Fade out the line as you approach the tear duct.
  • To make eyes appear wider, trace the inner rims of eyes with a beige or white pencil.

For a softer version of this look, use an eyeshadow brush and sweep a taupe or brown color on the lower lash line.

A Few More Tricks

To warm up an extra waxy pencil, rub it between your fingers for a few seconds. For an uber smudgy effect, hold the pencil tip over a lighter or candle flame for a few seconds. Let it cool 30 seconds before applying. If you’re aiming for a more casual, “I slept in my makeup last night” look with your smudge, apply a pencil line only to the bottom lashes and then smudge it with your finger.

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No skills? No problem. Eyeliner, while maybe not as easy-breezy to apply as say, lipstick, is quite easy to master once you get the hang of it. The great thing is, there are so many kinds nowadays. Thick. Thin. Smudgy. Precise. Gel. Kohl. Liquid. Take your pick!

IS EYELINER HARD TO APPLY?

The trick to applying eyeliner, especially when you’re just getting the hang of it, is: expect mistakes. Roll with it, don’t get discouraged, and always have patience and q tips on hand!

Newbies should apply eyeliner before mascara and eyeshadow, to allow for smudges and mistakes, which are harder to fix if you’ve got on other makeup that you don’t want to mess with. Don’t worry about creating a perfectly smooth, straight line—bumps and uneven lines are easily fixable with a dash of makeup remover on a q-tip.

HOW TO PROPERLY APPLY EYELINER?

Get close to the mirror and trace a line from the inner corner of the eye to the outer corner. Always keep the line as close to the root of your lashes as possible.

HOW DO YOU APPLY NATURAL EYELINER?

For a natural look, keep the eyeliner line thin and in a subtle color, like brown eyeliner.This will define the eye without screaming “I’m wearing eyeliner!”

WHICH EYELINER IS BEST FOR BEGINNERS?

We’re big fans of smudgy eyeliner and precise eyeliner looks, and think everyone should be equally adept in both. Smudgy eyeliner is rocker-cool and so easy to apply, since all mistakes will get blended away into said diffused, smoky line. Softer, easily blended formulas like eyeliner pencils are perfect for this look.

Precise eyeliner can be a thick line like a cat-eye, or a subtle line that blends right into your lashes. Certain formulas lend themselves better to this look, like liquid liner. It’s transfer-proof, aka less prone to smudging and melting, and will stay fresh-looking and clean-lined all day.

SHOULD EYELINER GO ON THE TOP OR BOTTOM OF EYES?

Lining the upper lash line simply defines your eyes, and draws attention to them. It also gives the impression of more eyelashes. Eyeliner is basically meant to mimic a lush, thick fringe of eyelashes, and that fantasy falls flat when there are tell-tale flesh colored gaps between your eyeliner and your lashes.

Lining the lower lashes is so cool—a real glamour look. The goal is to line right along the waterline. The waterline is that sliver of exposed skin between the eye and the lashes. It’s a sensitive area, so always be gentle and use only the cleanest tools here. For this look, an eyeliner pencil is the best option, the softer and more pigmented the better. Kohl formulas are fantastic here, too. It will deposit a gorgeous, saturated line of color on the lash line and not bleed into the eye like a liquid liner will. Take a clean, freshly sharpened pencil and gently glide it along the waterline, from the inner to the outer corner. Line the entire waterline, not just the outer corners. Don’t expect color to last as long as it does on the upper lash line. You’ll most likely have to re-apply eyeliner throughout the night to keep that intense, highly defined line, but such is the price of beauty!

DOES BOTTOM EYELINER MAKE EYES SMALLER LOOKING?

If you have smaller eyes, you’ll want to avoid lining your entire eyes, since doing so can make them look even smaller. Instead, apply eyeliner on the outer half of your eyes, making sure to blend in the starting point.

It feels like it should be simple to draw a straight line, but when it comes to eyeliner, the process is just a little bit harder than it looks! I can’t tell you how long it took me to really figure out how to apply pencil eyeliner correctly, but that’s why I’m giving you all the tips I wish I’d had. It doesn’t need to be difficult to give your eyes that definition, so let’s get started.

Table of Content

Before You Start

Before you even get started, immediately make sure that your pencil is sharp enough. This will let you get the pencil as close to the lash line as possible. You may also have oily lids like me, so consider dusting some loose powder on your lids or using some foundation as a base to give yourself matte lids. This’ll prevent smudging and make your liner last longer.

Finally, and this may seem obvious, but before you start, make sure any traces of old makeup are removed. Any old smudges or residue will really disrupt your process and interfere with the precision you’re looking for.

Applying Your Pencil

After you’re completely prepared with your sharp pencil, then you can grab your eyeliner. Start from the center of the lid and move outwards. Keep the pencil slanted to move the liner easily on your lids. Make short strokes too in order to prevent mistakes. You don’t need to draw it all at once, especially if your hand is a little shaky!

Then you go outwards and come back inwards. Keep the outer corner just a little thicker, and retrace the liner to get that thick appearance. As you go inwards, make sure you go a little thinner. To do this, point the pencil straight on the lid and take your time until you adjust to the process. Just connect the two lines and trace over them to darken, especially near the lashes.

Lower Lash Line

You might have just a little more difficulty with the lower lash line, but start slowly again. Place your liner on the very edge on the outside of your eye, almost where the upper lash line ends. Move inwards in short strokes until you hit the inner third of the eye and go back to thicken. Smudge the lower line just a little with your finger or a pencil brush and you’re done!

Added Definition

If you want a little more definition to your eye, take the liner all the way to the lower inner corner. This will give you a more dramatic effect, and may make your lashes appear fuller as well. For thicker liner, go over it one more time.

The Dash Trick

If you have some trouble keeping your hand still when you’re drawing your line, take it slow and apply dashes along the lid. Then all you’ve got to do is connect them for one straight line!

Fixing Mistakes

If you happen to smudge your eyeliner by mistake, there’s no need to worry. Grab a tiny dab of primer or concealer and smear it on softly before covering it up with just a little powder. If you have a messy line, you can even clean it up with just a little petroleum jelly on a cotton swab. Clear lip gloss work as an emergency smudge remover as well!

Common Problems

You know the tips and tricks when it comes to applying your pencil liner, but you’re probably a little more familiar with some of the common mistakes! Luckily, many of these issues I’ve found can be solved with ease.

Shaky Hand Struggles

When it comes to applying pencil eyeliner like Butter London, one of the biggest difficulties is when people can’t keep their hand still. To fix this, take a seat and make sure your elbow is on a flat surface. Rest your pinky on your cheek to stabilize yourself as much as possible.

Transfer to the Eyelid

Sometimes eyeliner can transfer to your eyelid by mistake, especially for women with monolids. To fix this, increase the height of your eyeliner so the line is still visible when the eye is open. When your skin folds as the eyes open, it won’t transfer.

Too Much Color

Using too much colored liner can give you a harsh look. Accentuate just the upper or lower lash line rather than both.

Too Thick

If you accidentally thicken one side more than the other, start out with thin lines and build them up to match. If it’s too thick on both sides, use a precision tip with a cotton swab to thin it out.

Lash Problems

You might be in the habit of curling your lashes after applying your liner, but that actually disrupts your liner application. Curl those lashes first and then apply the liner so there won’t be any messes.

Liner Gap

One of the most common problems I’ve had is the gap between your lashes and liner. Make sure you line your eye as close as you can to the lash line and then slightly pull up on the lower half of your upper eyelid to see any bare spots.

Smudging Too Low

When you apply liner like Jane Iredale on your lower lash line, it can be difficult to make it thin, and if it’s too thick, you look like you’ve got a black eye! That’s why you need to line your eye as close as possible to the lash line as possible, and why you’ve got to smudge it. This won’t make your eyes look quite so intense, but will still provide them with definition.

Conclusion

It can be fairly difficult to apply your eyeliner pencil if you’re not used to it, especially if you’re in a rush and need to get going quickly. Luckily, I’ve managed to find a few tips that should help, and have isolated the problems that lots of us experience all the time! After a little practice and a few tips, you should have your eyes looking defined and beautiful in no time.

It feels like it should be simple to draw a straight line, but when it comes to eyeliner, the process is just a little bit harder than it looks! I can’t tell you how long it took me to really figure out how to apply pencil eyeliner correctly, but that’s why I’m giving you all the tips I wish I’d had. It doesn’t need to be difficult to give your eyes that definition, so let’s get started.

Table of Content

Before You Start

Before you even get started, immediately make sure that your pencil is sharp enough. This will let you get the pencil as close to the lash line as possible. You may also have oily lids like me, so consider dusting some loose powder on your lids or using some foundation as a base to give yourself matte lids. This’ll prevent smudging and make your liner last longer.

Finally, and this may seem obvious, but before you start, make sure any traces of old makeup are removed. Any old smudges or residue will really disrupt your process and interfere with the precision you’re looking for.

Applying Your Pencil

After you’re completely prepared with your sharp pencil, then you can grab your eyeliner. Start from the center of the lid and move outwards. Keep the pencil slanted to move the liner easily on your lids. Make short strokes too in order to prevent mistakes. You don’t need to draw it all at once, especially if your hand is a little shaky!

Then you go outwards and come back inwards. Keep the outer corner just a little thicker, and retrace the liner to get that thick appearance. As you go inwards, make sure you go a little thinner. To do this, point the pencil straight on the lid and take your time until you adjust to the process. Just connect the two lines and trace over them to darken, especially near the lashes.

Lower Lash Line

You might have just a little more difficulty with the lower lash line, but start slowly again. Place your liner on the very edge on the outside of your eye, almost where the upper lash line ends. Move inwards in short strokes until you hit the inner third of the eye and go back to thicken. Smudge the lower line just a little with your finger or a pencil brush and you’re done!

Added Definition

If you want a little more definition to your eye, take the liner all the way to the lower inner corner. This will give you a more dramatic effect, and may make your lashes appear fuller as well. For thicker liner, go over it one more time.

The Dash Trick

If you have some trouble keeping your hand still when you’re drawing your line, take it slow and apply dashes along the lid. Then all you’ve got to do is connect them for one straight line!

Fixing Mistakes

If you happen to smudge your eyeliner by mistake, there’s no need to worry. Grab a tiny dab of primer or concealer and smear it on softly before covering it up with just a little powder. If you have a messy line, you can even clean it up with just a little petroleum jelly on a cotton swab. Clear lip gloss work as an emergency smudge remover as well!

Common Problems

You know the tips and tricks when it comes to applying your pencil liner, but you’re probably a little more familiar with some of the common mistakes! Luckily, many of these issues I’ve found can be solved with ease.

Shaky Hand Struggles

When it comes to applying pencil eyeliner like Butter London, one of the biggest difficulties is when people can’t keep their hand still. To fix this, take a seat and make sure your elbow is on a flat surface. Rest your pinky on your cheek to stabilize yourself as much as possible.

Transfer to the Eyelid

Sometimes eyeliner can transfer to your eyelid by mistake, especially for women with monolids. To fix this, increase the height of your eyeliner so the line is still visible when the eye is open. When your skin folds as the eyes open, it won’t transfer.

Too Much Color

Using too much colored liner can give you a harsh look. Accentuate just the upper or lower lash line rather than both.

Too Thick

If you accidentally thicken one side more than the other, start out with thin lines and build them up to match. If it’s too thick on both sides, use a precision tip with a cotton swab to thin it out.

Lash Problems

You might be in the habit of curling your lashes after applying your liner, but that actually disrupts your liner application. Curl those lashes first and then apply the liner so there won’t be any messes.

Liner Gap

One of the most common problems I’ve had is the gap between your lashes and liner. Make sure you line your eye as close as you can to the lash line and then slightly pull up on the lower half of your upper eyelid to see any bare spots.

Smudging Too Low

When you apply liner like Jane Iredale on your lower lash line, it can be difficult to make it thin, and if it’s too thick, you look like you’ve got a black eye! That’s why you need to line your eye as close as possible to the lash line as possible, and why you’ve got to smudge it. This won’t make your eyes look quite so intense, but will still provide them with definition.

Conclusion

It can be fairly difficult to apply your eyeliner pencil if you’re not used to it, especially if you’re in a rush and need to get going quickly. Luckily, I’ve managed to find a few tips that should help, and have isolated the problems that lots of us experience all the time! After a little practice and a few tips, you should have your eyes looking defined and beautiful in no time.

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Call us crazy, but doesn’t it often feel like the simplest of products are the hardest to find? Take black eyeliner for example. It’s a go-to item in everyone’s makeup bag, and there’s no shortage of options out there (take a quick trip to the drugstore beauty aisle and you’ll see what we mean) but finding the best formulas is no easy feat. A lot of them crease and smudge easily, a nightmare scenario for anyone trying to master a fierce cat eye. So, to help you sort through all the choices, we weeded out the poor picks.

Read on to discover the top eyeliner pencils out there that’ll glide like a dream and make all of your eyeliner looks a long-lasting reality.

Best Overall: Pat McGrath Labs Permagel Ultra Eye Pencil

How to apply pencil eyeliner

True to its name, Pat McGrath’s Labs Permagel Ultra Glide Eye Pencil glides on smoothly, thanks to its infusion of silicone, making it easy to play with. You can keep the line super precise, or smudge it out before it dries for a smokey eye look. The highly pigmented color is bold and beautiful, creating dramatic definition. It comes in three matte shades and two shimmer finishes, and each color gives off high fashion vibes.

Best Budget: Rimmel Scandaleyes Waterproof Gel Eye Liner Pencil

How to apply pencil eyeliner

Rimmel’s creamy kajal liner belies its price tag. Packed with pigment, you can build the color for as much drama as you’d like, and blend away as you please. The waterproof formula truly doesn’t budge and will stand up to sweat and humidity, even on the steamiest summer days.

Plus, whether you should use liquid or pencil liners.

When it comes to who gets credit for doing the heavy lifting of waking up the eye, concealers always win. However, eyeliners deserve a lot of credit, too. Whether they’re liquid eyeliners, gels, or pencils, different types of eyeliner looks can give the illusion of bigger, elongated, and lifted eyes. But, eyes come in many shapes, so application isn’t one-size-fits-all. To learn some of the best ways to apply eyeliner for different eye shapes, we asked five celebrity makeup artists who gave us the best tips. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Eyeliner for almond eyes.

As its name implies, this eye shape looks like an almond. When deciding if you have almond eyes, celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons advises looking for the whites of your eyes, which are located below the iris. If you can’t see them, you probably have almond eyes.

For maximum definition, Parsons recommends almond shapes create a layered look by using both a gel and liquid liner. She loves to begin with Maybelline’s Tattoo Studio Gel Pencil, followed by the brand’s Hyper Easy Liquid Pen. “I always like to sketch first—which is why I use the pencil. I find this takes the anxiety out of using a liquid liner. Now that you’ve sketched the line, you go in with a liquid liner,” she explains. Just draw along the upper eyelid and lightly wing it at the outer end.

2. Eyeliner for hooded eyes.

Those with hooded eyes usually have a pronounced brow bone and “a deep-set crease,” making eyes appear smaller than they seem, says makeup artist Mai Qunyh. “When the eye is open, the inner eyelid typically disappears,” she adds.

Qunyh says hooded eye types should always use a liquid liner paired with eyeshadow, but recommends avoiding a dark color scheme: “Because the eyes already appear smaller, adding too much dark shadow or liner may make them look even tinier,” she explains. Instead, she suggests using a medium or bright shade above the crease of the eye. That way, when you open your eyes you’ll be able to see the color.

Pro tip: “Look straight on in a mirror while doing eye makeup because when you’re looking down or your eyes are closed, you end up putting most of the color on your eyelid, but when you open up your eyes, most of the color will disappear,” Qunyh says.

3. Eyeliner for round eyes.

Pinpointing if you have round eyes is the opposite of identifying almond-shaped eyes—you should be able to see the whites of your eyes beneath your iris, explains makeup artist Terrell Mullin.

Due to their versatility, round eyes can pull off any look, regardless of the eyeliner they choose to use. “If you want to elongate the eye, you can simply go with a traditional cat eye and apply eyeliner upward when doing so and extend to the corner of the eye for [a bolder] effect,” he says. Mullin cites Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Eyeliner Pencil as his liner of choice for round eye types as it goes on silky smooth and is good for smudging and softening lines.

4. Eyeliner for downturned eyes.

Mullin says to turn your attention to the outer corners of your eyes when looking for signs of downturned eyes. “If [they are] pointed down, you have downturned eyes,” he says.

He says that eyeliner for this shape should focus on elevating the eye, which is why Mullin recommends applying only a thin line of liquid liner on the top lid. To create a lifted look, he recommends using Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Lacquered Liquid Eyeliner. “It’s water-based and long-lasting, so you never have to worry about reapplying.”

5. Eyeliner for monolid eyes.

Monolid eyes are characterized by having little to no crease on the lid, in addition to a full, round shape, notes makeup artist Michael Anthony. Unlike with other eye types, Anthony says that monolid eyes should apply liner on both the top and bottom lash lines, with a thin line on top. “Smudging a pencil or eye kohl into the lower lash line in a multitude of shades can give so many different effects. For example, a shimmering medium brown-gold will give you definition and some twinkle to the eye without looking too heavy or overdone. A colorful blue or periwinkle shade in a graphic blunt shape can be extremely eye-catching and defines the eye in a bold and unique way,” he explains.

While any kind of eyeliner fares well on this eye shape, Anthony prefers using waterproof eyeliners. “In my experience, waterproof liners are the way to go with this eye shape. I like the security in knowing that the shape I create will last and not transfer to other parts of the eye or eye area,” he says.

Plus, whether you should use liquid or pencil liners.

When it comes to who gets credit for doing the heavy lifting of waking up the eye, concealers always win. However, eyeliners deserve a lot of credit, too. Whether they’re liquid eyeliners, gels, or pencils, different types of eyeliner looks can give the illusion of bigger, elongated, and lifted eyes. But, eyes come in many shapes, so application isn’t one-size-fits-all. To learn some of the best ways to apply eyeliner for different eye shapes, we asked five celebrity makeup artists who gave us the best tips. Here’s what they had to say.

1. Eyeliner for almond eyes.

As its name implies, this eye shape looks like an almond. When deciding if you have almond eyes, celebrity makeup artist Erin Parsons advises looking for the whites of your eyes, which are located below the iris. If you can’t see them, you probably have almond eyes.

For maximum definition, Parsons recommends almond shapes create a layered look by using both a gel and liquid liner. She loves to begin with Maybelline’s Tattoo Studio Gel Pencil, followed by the brand’s Hyper Easy Liquid Pen. “I always like to sketch first—which is why I use the pencil. I find this takes the anxiety out of using a liquid liner. Now that you’ve sketched the line, you go in with a liquid liner,” she explains. Just draw along the upper eyelid and lightly wing it at the outer end.

2. Eyeliner for hooded eyes.

Those with hooded eyes usually have a pronounced brow bone and “a deep-set crease,” making eyes appear smaller than they seem, says makeup artist Mai Qunyh. “When the eye is open, the inner eyelid typically disappears,” she adds.

Qunyh says hooded eye types should always use a liquid liner paired with eyeshadow, but recommends avoiding a dark color scheme: “Because the eyes already appear smaller, adding too much dark shadow or liner may make them look even tinier,” she explains. Instead, she suggests using a medium or bright shade above the crease of the eye. That way, when you open your eyes you’ll be able to see the color.

Pro tip: “Look straight on in a mirror while doing eye makeup because when you’re looking down or your eyes are closed, you end up putting most of the color on your eyelid, but when you open up your eyes, most of the color will disappear,” Qunyh says.

3. Eyeliner for round eyes.

Pinpointing if you have round eyes is the opposite of identifying almond-shaped eyes—you should be able to see the whites of your eyes beneath your iris, explains makeup artist Terrell Mullin.

Due to their versatility, round eyes can pull off any look, regardless of the eyeliner they choose to use. “If you want to elongate the eye, you can simply go with a traditional cat eye and apply eyeliner upward when doing so and extend to the corner of the eye for [a bolder] effect,” he says. Mullin cites Giorgio Armani’s Smooth Silk Eyeliner Pencil as his liner of choice for round eye types as it goes on silky smooth and is good for smudging and softening lines.

4. Eyeliner for downturned eyes.

Mullin says to turn your attention to the outer corners of your eyes when looking for signs of downturned eyes. “If [they are] pointed down, you have downturned eyes,” he says.

He says that eyeliner for this shape should focus on elevating the eye, which is why Mullin recommends applying only a thin line of liquid liner on the top lid. To create a lifted look, he recommends using Giorgio Armani’s Eyes to Kill Lacquered Liquid Eyeliner. “It’s water-based and long-lasting, so you never have to worry about reapplying.”

5. Eyeliner for monolid eyes.

Monolid eyes are characterized by having little to no crease on the lid, in addition to a full, round shape, notes makeup artist Michael Anthony. Unlike with other eye types, Anthony says that monolid eyes should apply liner on both the top and bottom lash lines, with a thin line on top. “Smudging a pencil or eye kohl into the lower lash line in a multitude of shades can give so many different effects. For example, a shimmering medium brown-gold will give you definition and some twinkle to the eye without looking too heavy or overdone. A colorful blue or periwinkle shade in a graphic blunt shape can be extremely eye-catching and defines the eye in a bold and unique way,” he explains.

While any kind of eyeliner fares well on this eye shape, Anthony prefers using waterproof eyeliners. “In my experience, waterproof liners are the way to go with this eye shape. I like the security in knowing that the shape I create will last and not transfer to other parts of the eye or eye area,” he says.