Determining eye shape is just as important as choosing the right colours for your colouring. Depending on the shape of your eyes you should choose different colours and ways of applying eye makeup. Learn how to determine eye shape and apply eye makeup for each eye shape.
Eye Makeup for close-set eyes
If the space between the inner corners of your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, you have close-set eyes. So your aim is to make your eyes look further apart. To create the illusion of width, you should emphasize the outer corners.
- Apply light eye shadow from the inner corner of your eye to the middle of your eyelid (from lashes to brow bone) to widen the space between the eyes. Keep small highlight colour in the inner corner of the eye.
- Extend the darker eye shadow to the outer corner of your eye from lash line to brow bone.
- Use the most intense colour of eye shadow in the outer corner.
- Use eyeliner to draw a very thin line along the upper eyelashes. To bring the attention to the outer edge of the eye thus making your eyes appear further apart, apply eyeliner so that it becomes thicker near the outer corner of your eyes (both top and bottom). You should draw the line as close to the lashes as possible.
- Use mascara in the outer corners of the eyes.
- Widen the space between the brows by plucking. Extend the brows with a brow pencil line at the ends.
Eye Makeup for wide-set eyes
If the space between the inside corners of eyes is wider than the width of one eye, you have wide-set eyes. So your aim is to reduce the space between the eyes to make your eyes look close together. To bring eyes closer together, you should emphasize the inner corners by using darker colours in the inner corners.
- Reduce the space between the eyes by applying dark eye shadow in the inner corner.
- Apply the lighter eye shadow to the outer two-thirds of the lid from lash line to brow bone.
- Use eyeliner to draw a very thin line from inner to outer corners on both upper and lower lids.
- Pencil eyebrows a little closer to the nose. Don't extend eyebrows out at the ends
Makeup for prominent eyes
Prominent eyes which set far forward in the face tend to dominate the facial features.
With special makeup prominent eyes can be made less obvious:
- Apply dark eye shadow over the entire lid and extend eye shadow into entire eye crease
- Use a highlighter under the brow to lighten and lift.
- Use the eyeliner to minimize the lid
- Apply plenty of mascara to emphasize top lashes.
Makeup for almond eyes
These are the most common eye shape. Almond eyes are characterized by upswept outer corner. Almond eyes considered the classic eye shape and therefore if you have almond eyes you can easily experiment with various eye makeup looks.
- Apply light eye shadow on the lid from lash to brow. Use neutral eye shadow.
- Apply dark eye shadow of the same colour on outer corner of the eyelid.
- Blend light eyeshade under the brow for highlighting.
- Use eyeliner on the upper lid to make almond eyes appear large. If you want your almond eyes look more round, stop eyeliner before the outer corner of the eye.
- Apply mascara on upper lashes with emphasis on outer corners.
- Makeup for small eyes
Makeup for small eyes
They are proportionately smaller in comparison to the rest of the facial features.
Apply light shadow on the eyelids.
- Apply medium-toned shadow in the creases.
- To give the eye more prominence, apply highlighting shade under the brow
- Line upper and lower lids with soft-coloured eyeliner to enhance small eyes.
- Apply black mascara on upper lashes.
Makeup for hooded eyes
If you can't see your eyelid, you have hooded eyes. To enhance hooded eyes:
- Apply lighter shadow in the inner corner of the eye and on the brow bone.
- Apply medium or dark shadow on the crease and hooded area.
- Line upper lid to open the eye.
- Apply black mascara to upper lashes.
Makeup for round eyes
To elongate round eyes and make them appear more almond-shaped:
- Apply medium eye shadow on the eyelid up to the crease.
- Extend the shade to the outer eye corner and continue down along the lower lid.
- Use darker liner to line top and bottom lid. Extend eyeliner out and up beyond the eyelid at the outer corner.
- Apply mascara for top lashes only, more on outer half.
Makeup for deep-set eyes
You have deep-set eyes if you can see some of your eye lid in the outer corners of your eyes, but this section of eye lid narrows as it gets closer to the inside corners of your eyes. If you have deep set eyes:
- Apply light or medium eye shadow from the inner corner of your eye to the outer to bring deep set eyes forward
- Apply dark colour on the eye crease
- Use eyeliner on upper lids
- Use mascara on top lashes only.
- Raise the brows slightly by pencilling in a little above the born