TikTok’s doe eyes versus siren eyes debate shows just how powerful makeup is and the way a subtle change in technique can transform your entire look. The bright and wide-eyed doe eyes makeup look puts nude eyeliner to good use to fake the illusion of bigger eyes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the sultry siren eyes trend uses winged eyeliner and smokey eyeshadow to elongate and lift the shape of your eyes.
Sure, TikTok trends are never-ending, but the allure and seductive upgrade that siren eyes offer makes this viral trend extra enticing. If you want to recreate the look, here’s how to get the viral siren eyes in a few easy steps.
What Do Siren Eyes Look Like?
Siren eyes are a smokey take on winged eyeliner that helps to widen and elongate your eye shape. The look sports the slightest outward flick in the outer corner with a subtle downward flick in the inner corner and a little bit of smokey eyeshadow.
Those with almond-shaped eyes have a bit of an advantage on this trend, simply because they already have the given eye shape that this makeup look tries to replicate. If you don’t have almond-shaped eyes, your application should be geared towards crafting a lengthened, slender eye shape with eyeliner.
How to Get Siren Eyes in 5 Simple Steps
The difference between a cat eye and siren eyes is all about the placement of your eyeliner. Check out our step-by-step guide to nail the look in five easy steps.
1. Line the Upper Lash Line with Brown Eyeshadow
This first step is really going to help shape and elongate your eyes if you don’t have naturally almond-shaped eyes. Take a matte brown eyeshadow such as the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte it Up or Matte-ison Avenue and a small blending brush and drag it across the upper lash line.
Don’t worry about making a perfect line, rather focus on smoking out the upper lash line, extending the eyeshadow past the outer corner of your eye with the slightest upward curve. Essentially, you’re creating a base for your eyeliner and the smokey eyeshadow is going to dial up the sultry element and lift your eye.
2. Apply Eyeliner on Your Upper Lash Line
Like the smoked-out eyeshadow, the correct placement of your eyeliner is key to nailing the siren eyes look. If you don’t get the correct placement, it’s just going to look like a typical cat eye. Unlike the eyeshadow, the eyeliner should begin in the middle of your eye and should flick outwards with the slightest pull upwards. The line should be thin and sharp.
To create the outward flick, you’ll need a pigmented liquid liner with a precise felt tip like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner. If you have almond eyes, follow the shape of your eyes when you create your wing.
If you have round eyes or downward-facing eyes, draw the wing like a straight line, mimicking the shape of the eyeshadow you just applied. This technique also works well for hooded eyes because the straight line allows you to avoid placing the wing in the hooded part of your lids.
3. Use an Eyeshadow Brush to Blend Everything Together
Once your eyeshadow and liner are applied, use a clean fluffy brush and lightly blend the two together. This will help to blur the lines and further smoke out your eyeshadow, emphasizing the elongated shape you just created. You can also take the same eyeshadow brush and lightly smoke out the lower lash line. After all, siren eyes are meant to be sultry and a bit smokey.
4. Line the Inner Corner of Your Eyes
To accentuate the shape of your lifted outer corners, you’re going to use the aforementioned liquid eyeliner to line the inner corner of your eyes, sort of like a reverse cat eye. Trace the liner in the inner corner of your eyes with a slight downward point, connecting it to your lower lash line. The goal is to keep the line as thin as possible.
When you’re finished, the wings on the inner and outer corners of your eyes should give your eye area a slightly slanted and upward-pointing shape.
5. Apply Mascara
Choose a mascara that is going to lengthen and define your lashes like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara. Apply one coat of mascara all-over your lashes, then a second coat of mascara on just the outer corner lashes. This will help to further highlight the lifted shape you just created with eyeshadow and liner.
Written by: Reece Andavolgyi, Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn, Art Director: Hannah Packer, Associate Creative Producer: Becca Solovay, Production Assistant: Jason Parigian, Digital Tech: Sam Kang, Photo Assistant: Hannah Lewis-Lopes, Makeup Artist: Jonet Williamson, Hair Stylist: Akihisa Yamaguchi, Wardrobe Stylist: Melina Kemph, Wardrobe Assistant: Kayla Martinez, Prop Stylist: Katrina Rozeville, Prop Assistant: Zach Molina, Model: Alexandra Cunningham