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How to Get TikTok’s Viral Siren Eyes in 5 Easy Steps

A little bit of eyeshadow and liquid eyeliner is all you need to elongate your eyes.
October 16, 2023

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 uses nude eyeliner on the tightline to fake the illusion of bigger eyes. On the opposite end of the spectrum, the sultry siren eyes trend uses winged eyeliner and smoky eyeshadow to elongate and lift your eyes. 


The amount of TikTok trends emerging seems never ending, but siren eyes have remained consistent amongst beauty trends on and off the app. If you want to learn how to recreate the look, here’s how to get viral siren eyes in a few easy steps.


What Do Siren Eyes Look Like?

Think of siren eyes as a smoky take on winged eyeliner. The look sports the slightest flick in the outer corner with a subtle downward flick in the inner corner and a little bit of smoky eyeshadow that helps widen and elongate your eye shape.


Those with almond-shaped eyes have a bit of an advantage with recreating 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 toward lengthening your eye shape in the outer corner with liner. 


Are Siren Eyes Seductive?

Siren eyes are naturally seductive, and that’s thanks to smoky blending and the way they naturally lift the eyes. Like bedroom eyes, they’re alluring and a bit mysterious, especially compared to doe eyes, which spotlight a bright, wide-awake gaze.

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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 this step-by-step guide to nail the viral look in only 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 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 smoky eyeshadow is going to dial up the sultry element and lift your eye.

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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 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, where it won’t be seen. 

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 blur the lines and 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. 

4. Line the Inner Corner of Your Eyes

Next, you’re going to use the aforementioned liquid eyeliner to line the inner corner of your eyes, sort of like you’re creating 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. 

5. Apply Mascara

Choose a mascara that is going to lengthen and define your lashes like L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable 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 further highlight the lifted shape you just created with eyeshadow and liner. 

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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

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