Just like different styles of clothing look good on different body types, different eye makeup applications look good on different eye shapes.
When you think about it, eye shapes can vary greatly. Owing to things like ethnicity and face shape, eyes can be oval, round, almond-shaped, or hooded. Which type of eyes do you have? Once you’ve located your eye shape, learn how to make your peepers as beautiful as possible with these tips:
- Round Eyes. If you have this eye shape, start by applying eyeliner from the inner corners of your eyes all the way to the outer lashes. End it in a straight line or a small cat eye (turning the end up). Use a creamy highlighter just under the brow bone to make it pop. Finish everything by applying a dark eyeshadow along the crease of your eye. Blend it from the outside towards the middle of the eye for added dimension.
- Almond-Shaped Eyes. This is the easiest eye shape to work with, so lucky you! To make these eyes beautiful, apply a creamy eyeshadow along the natural curve of your eye. Finish with eyeliner and mascara for a natural look.
- Hooded Eyes. People with hooded eyes have an extra layer of skin below the brow that covers the crease. This makes the eyelid seem smaller. To make this eye shape pop, apply a light shadow only on the inner corners of your eyes. Next, apply a medium colored eye- shadow to the hooded lid. Top off everything with dark eyeshadow around the crease to give the illusion of rounder eyes. You can also use eyeliner for extra drama.
- Prominent Eyes. If you have prominent eyes, you won’t need much eyeshadow, since your eyes are already the focal point of your face. Instead, shade your eyes with a medium-colored eyeshadow. Apply eyeliner from the inner corners of your eyes to the outside edge. You can opt for a small wing eye or a simple straight line.
- Mono-lid Eyes. Common in people of Asian heritage, this eye shape is exotic and easy to color. To make it pop, start by highlighting the inner corners of the eyes to the center of the lid. Take your medium color and blend from the crease from the outside of your eye. The goal is to create a round shape. Use your dark eyeshadow to lightly define the eye shape. When applying eyeliner, do a thin line that gets a bit thicker as it nears the outside edge of your eye.
- Deep-Set Eyes. For deep-set eyes, use the same technique as you would for round eyes. The only difference is you don’t need that much dark eyeshadow to make yours pop.
- Close-Set Eyes. To make close-set eyes look wider apart, highlight just below the brow bone and inner lid. Use a medium-colored base shadow and shade a bit further out, to create a wide, round shape. Take a darker color and shade from the outside of the top lid for more contrast. Line your eyes starting at the middle of the lid to just beyond the outer corner.
- Down-Turned Eyes. Use a highlighter and shade the same way you would for an almond eye shape. This eyeliner is the most important tool for this eye shape. Line your eyes from the inner corners to the outside edge. You can do a flirty wing eye or a simple straight line, depending on your preference. You can also apply eyeshadow in the outer corner, so the eyes look lifted.