How different styles of eye makeup look on you has a lot (if not everything) to do with the shape of your eyes. Knowing your eye shape is without a doubt THE secret to flawless eye makeup.
Think of it like you would clothing. If you’re a size 10, you’re not going to try to wear size 2 jeans. And if you have hooded eyes, you’re not going to highlight your brow like you would almond shaped eyes. You’ll know what I mean after you read this blog post, so keep reading to determine the shape of your eyes.
1. Close Set Eyes
The exact opposite of wide set eyes, these are, well, you guessed it: eyes that are closer than one eye width apart. You’ll typically want to make your eyes appear farther apart.
Tip: Use shimmery (a frosty white, pink, or nude color) in the eye’s inner corner. This will catch the light, making your eyes look bigger and farther apart. Also be sure you apply multiple layers of mascara on outer lashes and lightly apply mascara on lashes closest to the inner eye.
2. Wide Set Eyes
If you’re one of the lucky people with wide set eyes, count your blessings. These are one of the easiest eyes to work with because you can line or contour them in a surplus of ways. The trick is to make the nose look more angular and interesting. Contouring your nose bridge will benefit in adding definition to the wide space between your eyes. To further bring the space together, you might want to avoid that shimmery eyeshadow in the tear duct tactic to avoid emphasizing the amount of space.
As a general rule of thumb, reduce the space between the eyes by operating darker colors in the inner corners. Another easy way to make the distance between your eyes appear narrower is by elongating your brows at the inner corners. When it comes to eyeliner, keep your kitty flicks intentionally shorter and more vertical. A sweeping cat eye will stretch your eye shape to look wider.
3. Monolid Eyes
Do your eyelids have a crease? If not, then you have what’s referred to as a monolid. Flat eyelids result in a less defined brow so, you’ll want to create somewhat of a gradient effect with your eyeshadow. And be sure to appropriately blend to give definition and dimension to your eyes. Tight lined liner will have you turning heads whenever you walk into a room.
Tip: You can get away with using a defining shadow brush for your “crease”. You’re going to create a gradient effect by applying a taupe or smokey beige shadow on your upper lash line and brush out toward the outer part of your eye, in a “sideways V” shape . Since you don’t have much of a crease, if any, you’re going to brush this shade almost all the way to the brow bone, stopping right below. Next, use a flatter shadow brush for a precise application of your darkest color. Brush your darkest color on the outside corner of the “V” shape as well as the lash line and blend. Then, shade a neutral color in the middle and blend with a soft shimmer color toward the inner part of your eye, lifting to the brow bone to create a highlight. Most importantly, ALWAYS remember to curl your lashes to create even more dimension.
4. Hooded Eyes
These types of eyes can be considered as a cousin to the monolid and will know all too well the struggle of smudged eye makeup. You proudly fashion a masterpiece with 30 coats of mascara, and in one blink, it’s all over your browbone. With hooded eyes, an extra layer of skin will completely diminish your eyelid, making it appear to dissolve seamlessly into the brow bone. This means people perceive your eyes horizontally, so it’s crucial to apply eyeshadow vertically to minimize puffy hoods. Highlight the lids with a light, shimmery shade to accentuate, and to create even more dimension, extend a dark matte eyeshadow above your eyelid’s crease to emulate a double eyelid. Contour a shimmery hue on the base of your brow bone and blend it up to the eyebrow.
When it comes to eyeliner, define the upper lash line with an eyeliner pen option; employing pencils and gel liners can smear due to friction caused by the lid overlap. To prevent looking like a raccoon, utilize waterproof makeup. Keep the liner as close to the lash line as possible to create a thick winged cat eyeliner effect. Be wary of smoky eyes, as they can often swallow your natural recesses. Instead, promote lift by utilizing mascara with a heavy hand on the top lashes, light on the bottom. Fiber mascaras are great because they have a smaller tendency to smudge, but can still be effortlessly removed at the end of the day.
5. Deep Set Eyes
Deep set eyes are exactly what you would think: eyes that are set farther into the skull. Typically very large and set back, they give the illusion of a very prominent brow bone.
You can easily determine if you have deep set eyes by placing your index finger vertically over your eyelid. Touch the tip of your finger to your brow bone, with the palm resting on your cheek. If your eye remains open without you touching it, it’s likely have deep set eyes.
Tip: Since you have a prominent brow bone, you will want to use a beige or pink shadow (depending on your undertone) on your lid to brighten and diffuse the natural shadow caused by your brow bone. Also, be sure to apply a highlighting shade under the arch of your brow (on your brow bone).
6. Protruding Eyes
If you have big, round eyes that people often relate to cute anime, you most likely have protruding eyes. They are generally characterized by appearing to project from the eye socket. With so much white space around the pupils, you look best with minimal makeup and don’t require much to appear awake and refreshed. Choose matte colors over shimmers, and dust the entire lid with a nude shadow to neutralize shadows and redness.
Using a liquid liner, draw a thin line as close to the lashes as possible. Feel free to use eyeliner on your bottom line and waterline to help balance the bulge. In order to make the most of your strong features, gently drag a flesh-tone pencil across the waterline to exaggerate the whites of eyes and make them appear brighter. Elongated cat eyes can also help minimize the bulge, but ease up on the mascara by only applying furthest from the tear gland; toting super long lashes can thrust your look overboard.
7. Upturned Eyes
Okay, it’s getting a bit redundant now, and I doubt I even need to explain what upturned eyes are, but just in case, they are the opposite of downturned. With upturned eyes, the lower lid appears larger than the upper lid.
Tip: Use your eye shadow to make the upper and lower lid more proportional. Apply a thin line of dark shadow and liner (often referred to as the “mirrored effect”) on the lower part of the eye to combat the lifted appearance.
8. Downturned Eyes
If you have downturned eyes, you’re among some of the most beautiful women in history. If you have almond shaped eyes that tilt downward then you got it: You have downturned eyes.
Tip: You were meant to rock a “cat eye”. Use liquid eyeliner to create a thick, bold line and pull outward. When you extend the liner to the outer corner of the eye, shift your liner at a 45 degree angle to create the perfect winged liner.
9. Almond Eyes
If you can effortlessly pull off winged eyeliner, chances are you’ve got almond eyes. If you have almond shaped eyes, then you’re in luck. You have a shape that’s been linked to a standard of beauty for centuries. Hello… remember Cleopatra, anyone? How do you know if you have almond shaped eyes? Well, look in the mirror. If they’re shaped like almonds, well… Note: If you look straight into a mirror and you’re able to see the entire iris of your eyes, then you have round eyes. If part of your iris disappears under your lids, then you have almond shaped eyes. Lots of people have characteristics of other shapes and almond or round shaped eyes (i.e. “downturned round” or “upturned almond”). However, much of the application tips are similar regardless, which is why we’re going to focus on almond.