Eyes are the most prominent feature of one’s face. Knowing your eye shape can level up your makeup game ! If you know the eye shape, you are able to place eye shadows in a manner that enhances the eyes. It can help correct features you wish to change and accentuate the ones you like.
So let’s break down the different eye shapes and eye shadow applications.
1.Almond Eyes: Almond shaped eyes are the most symmetrical and ideal eye shape. They are perfectly placed on one’s face.
This beautiful eye shape can be accentuated with the Gradient Eye Shadow look. It’s an easy yet gorgeous look.
How to do Gradient Eyes:-You begin from the outer corner of the eye with a dark matte eye shadow and blend it inwards, you can use lighter tones of the same colour as you reach the mid lid and inner-v. For the inner-v to mid lid region, bright shimmer eye shadows can be used and a winged liner can be added.
2.Protruding Eyes: These eyes look extremely prominent on one’s face. This is a feature that actually stands out.
These eyes can be made to look less protruding by doing a Smokey Eye Shadow look. Doing so, makes the eyes look more proportionate with the other facial features.
How to do Smokey Eyes:- Smokey eyes have always been in fashion. This is a quick and bold eye look. Usually people wear matte black or brown shades. For the one’s that are ready to go all funky and cool can opt for bright, vibrant hues of blue, pink, parrot green, orange and yellow. All you have to do is pick your eye shadow, place it on the upper lash line for it to be the darkest at the base then blend, blend, blend upwards, towards the crease line. Do not forget to place a transition shade in the crease line area.
The distance between two eyes should be equal to the width of one eye.
3. Close-set Eyes: Close-set eyes are placed closer to the width of one eye. So, here we try to do an eye shadow look that makes the eyes look wider apart.
Close-set eyes can be made to look a bit more wider apart by doing a Gradient Eye Shadow look. Using a bright matte or shimmer shadow on the inner-v of the eye and towards the mid lid will make the eyes look wider apart.
How to do Gradient Eyes:-You begin from the outer corner of the eye with a dark matte eye shadow and blend it inwards, you can use lighter tones of the same colour as you reach the mid lid and inner-v. For the inner-v to mid lid region bright shimmer eye shadows can be used and do a winged liner.
4. Wide-set Eyes: Wide-set eyes are placed further than the width of one eye. Here, we try to do an eye shadow look that makes the eyes look closer to each other.
Wide-set eyes can be made to look closer by doing a Halo Eye shadow or a bold Runway Eye Shadow look, that has some eye shadow even towards the sides of the nose. Using a dark matte or shimmer shadow on the inner-v of the eye and towards the mid lid will make the eyes look wider apart and a lighter shade can be used for the outer-v.
How to do Halo Eyes / Bold Runway Eyes:-The Halo Eyes are a favorite of many, in this look you begin by placing a dark matte or shimmer shade of colour on the inner and outer-v and only the mid lid has a light/ bright shimmer tone. Resembling the aura of a Halo! For the Bold Runway look, you can choose any vibrant, bold colour and after you place it on the inner-v, blend it towards the sides of the nose and upwards to the brows.
5. Down-turned Eyes: These eyes have their outer-v turned downwards and are not aligned the same as the inner-v. Thus, making them look down-tuned.
Down-turned eyes can look aligned by doing a Cat Eye Shadow look and made more dramatic with a cat eye liner. Doing a cat eye look makes the outer-v look lifted and creates an illusion of a well aligned eye.
How to do the Cat Eye look:-It is one of the trending eye looks, it gives a beautiful dramatic, uplifted look. Cat Eyes can be done by picking bold/ vibrant colours from your palette, placing it on the outer-v and across the crease line and blending it inwards, making sure the outer eye shadow has a sharp line that goes upwards from the lash line. It can be further exaggerated with a bold cat eyeliner.
6. Up-turned Eyes: These eyes have their outer-v turned upwards and are not aligned the same as the inner-v.Thus, making them look up-tuned.
Up -turned eyes can look aligned by doing an Inverted Halo Eyeshadow look or a Gradient Eyeshadow look. An Inverted Halo is the opposite of the eyeshadow application of Halo eyes.This eyeshadow placement makes the inner-v look lifted as well, making them look more aligned.
How to do the Inverted Halo Eye look:- It is an unusual and attractive look. For this look, we do bright colours/ shimmer eyeshadows on the inner and outer-v and a dark matte shadow for the mid-lid (basically, light sides – dark mid). This will create an illusion of the inner-v being lifted too.
7.Deep-set Eyes: These eyes are set deeper in to the eye sockets,which creates an illusion of a more prominent brow bone.
Deep-set eyes can be made to look norminally set by doing a Cut-crease Eyeshadow look. The creaseline eye shadow cut makes the lid more prominent and noticible taking away some attention from the brow bones.
How to do a Cut-crease Eye look:- This is an all time favorite for makeup lovers.This technique is used to define the crease by cutting across it with a contrasting eyeshadow colour and is blendid just a little. It is usually topped with an elegant winged liner and false lashes.
8.Hooded Eyes: These eyes have excess skin folding down from the brow bone to the lash line.
Hooded eyes can look smaller because of the skin folding on the lids. For the eyes to look more prominent, the Cut-crease Eye shadow look or the Shimmer eye shadow look, these will brighten the eyes and make them look open.
*How to do the Cut-crease look is mentioned above.*
How to do a Shimmer Eye look:- This is super easy and elegant eye shadow look. All you need is a shimmer eye shadow for the inner and mid lid and a neutral to dark matte shadow for the outer-v. The eyes can be made to look more open by doing a bold hue liner and putting on false lashes.
9.Monolid Eyes: These eyes do not have a crease line. Monolids are a typical feature of the East Asian people. However, some other races may also have this eyelid shape.
Monolid eyes can look smaller because of less eye lid space. And the corrective makeup for such eyes is a Smokey or Cut-crease Eye shadow look. That bring more focus on to the eyes, that are a very important feature.
*How to do the Cut-crease & Smokey eye look are both mentioned above.*
10. Round Eyes: These eyes usually appear large, prominent and look more circular than any other eye shape. Such eyes always appear big and bright.
Round eyes appear circular, very prominent and can look protruding as well, to tame this emphasized feature an Inverted Halo Eyeshadow look can be created. By placing a dark matte eye shadow on the mid lid, will create an illusion of the eye looking less protruding and balance it better with other facial features.
*How to do the Inverted Halo Eye shadow look is mentioned above.*
Author: Heer Nayyar -Makeup Trainer and Artist, Hairstylist & Skin Therapist