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.
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.
Celebrities with deep set eyes: Taylor Swift and Cameron Diaz
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).
Wide Set Eyes
Eyes that are more than “one eyeball width” apart are considered wide set eyes. Side note: this is one of my favorite eye shapes. You can easily tell if you have wide set eyes by looking in the mirror, but you can also measure to be sure. The best thing about wide set eyes? They make you look younger!
Celebrities with wide set eyes: Jackie O and Michelle Pfeiffer
Tip: To create the illusion of closer eyes, you will need to master the art of liner application. Use a dark liner and line the top and bottom lash line as close to the inner eye as possible. Do not create a heavy line all over the lid, but instead start with a thin line close to the tear duct, pull it toward the outer eye and create a thicker line as you pull. And don’t forget to apply mascara to the baby lashes on your inner eye!
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.
Celebrities with close set eyes: Rachel Bilson and Jennifer Aniston
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.
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.
Celebrities with almond eyes: Jennifer Garner and Janet Jackson
Tip: Depending on the occasion, when it comes to jet black liner, you can go as bold as your heart desires. This shape is the easiest for applying eye makeup and following the natural contours of your eyes is the best way to go. NOTE: You will want to avoid putting liner on your lower lid. If you want to put liner on your waterline, that’s fine, but avoid any shadow under, as this will make your eyes look much smaller.
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.
Celebrities with monolid eyes: Kim Yuna and Sandra Oh
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.
Check out this blog post for some amazing eye makeup tips for monolid eyes.
I guess this would be the exact opposite of a monolid. This shape has a fold of skin that “droops” or hangs over the natural crease, making the eyelids appear smaller. While most people experience this as they age, some people have hooded lids from birth. Look into the mirror and determine how much of your eyelid you can see. If it’s not much, it’s likely you have hooded eyes. By the way, the smokey eye was made for you.
Celebrities with hooded eyes: Blake Lively and Lucy Liu
Tip: Bold eye makeup looks best on this shape. Unlike most other eye shapes, hooded eyes should use darker shades on their lids. Lighter colors will draw attention to your lid, making the bagginess of your lid more apparent. Don’t neglect your lower lid! Be sure to pull your darker crease shadow out and slightly under your lid. Also, try not to over-highlight the brow bone. Doing so will only accentuate the hooded eyelid. Another key to opening your eyes up is white eyeshadow in the inner and outer corners. Consider something like eye bright from benefit if you’re turned off by the idea of white eye shadow.
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.
Celebrities with downturned eyes: Marilyn Monroe and Katy Perry
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.
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.
Celebrities with upturned eyes: Tiffany Hines and Angelina Jolie
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.
Ramona Singer, is that you? Just kidding. Again, protruding eyes are just what you think they are. These eyes are typically large, round and stand out. They also give you plenty of space on the lid to play with. If your eyes appear to bulge from their socket, then it’s likely you have protruding eyes.
Celebrities with protruding eyes: Nichole Richie and Christina Ricci
Tip: Apply your liner thicker toward the outer lid/upper lash line, and thinner toward the inner eye. This will reduce the space on your projected lid. Blend neutral medium and dark shades on your lid to make it appear less prominent.
I’ll be sharing my “everyday” eye makeup tutorial this weekend on my YouTube, so be sure to check back.
For now, tell me: What’s your eye shape? Do you have any helpful tips for your specific eye shape?