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What The Different Eye Shapes Mean For Your Makeup (And Your Personality)

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Why is it that a smokey eye looks so smoulderingly sexy on your friend, but muddy on you? Personally, when I attempt the smokey eye, I look like a raccoon.

What should we do if a particular eye makeup look, instead of dazzling, makes us look, well, dazed?

It all comes down to knowing the different eye shapes and learning what techniques work for you. Eye makeup is all about highlighting what you like and downplaying what you don’t like. But sometimes we don’t realize we’re enhancing a part of the eye that we shouldn’t be.

If you can narrow down what type of eye shape you have, this will allow you to pinpoint what techniques and looks to use. 

With these tips, you’ll be ready to avoid any mishaps. 

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The Different Eye Shapes: Which One Are You?

They say that eyes can also indicate personality, but don’t take us too seriously, this is all in good fun! Once you recognize your eye shape we’re going to get into some handy tips that will help you master eyeshadow once and for all. 

How to tell what eye shape you have

It’s time to take a look in the mirror and study the shape and positioning of your eye. Is the space between your eyes less than one eyeball width apart? You may have close-set eyes. Or are the corners of your eyes slanting upwards slightly? You might have upturned eyes. 

There are many variations, so the below guides will help you go in-depth for what to look for. 

  1. Almond eyes
  2. Hooded eyes 
  3. Downturned eyes 
  4. Monolid eyes  
  5. Close-set eyes 
  6. Wide-set eyes 
  7. Upturned eyes 
  8. Protruding eyes 
  9. Deep-set eyes   

Now that you know your eye shape, we’re going to get into some tips (and personality traits) to make the eyeshadow process a little easier. But first, you want to prepare the rest of your face.

Eye Makeup Before Tips

Moisturize and hydrate your skin: The first step to any good makeup routine is to moisturize so that your makeup goes on smoothly. You don’t want dry, flaky skin ruining your makeup. Taking care of your skin with a routine will ensure you always have a beautiful canvas to work with. You can learn about implementing a skin care routine here.

Always use primer: Primer helps your shadow go on flawlessly. If you don’t have a base on your lids, it’s highly likely your shadow will move about or fade more quickly. 

Have the right tools: The first step to achieving the right look is to make sure you have the right tools to begin with. Have at least 1 brush to apply the shadow and 2 others to use as the blending brushes. No matter what eye look you go for, blending is key and can mean all the difference between a successful, chic look and a messy eye. 

Tips And Tricks For The Different Eye Shapes

1. Almond eyes

If you have almond eyes, lucky you – this symmetry makes most eye makeup looks work on you. You have a certain mystique about you, great empathy for others and a balanced outlook on life.

Apply eyeshadow on the lower lash line to emphasize your almond eye shape. You can apply more of the colour on the outer corners of the eye, as you’ll see in the below photo.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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2. Hooded eyes

Hooded eyes are a characteristic of big thinkers. When your eyes are open, your upper lid covers most of your mobile lid, which means the eye colour can disappear when you open your eyes.

Try placing a dark colour with your eyes open to ensure it’s visible. Then, close one eye and blend the colour in the ‘v’ shape on the outermost corner of the eye. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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3. Downturned eyes

If you have downturned eyes you take life seriously – you don’t have time for fluff. For your everyday eyeshadow look, it’s vital you keep the direction of your eyeshadow going upwards as opposed to downwards.

Downturned eyes tend to look droopy, particularly if the eyeshadow application is not applied upwards. To avoid accentuating the downwards slant, apply light, shimmery shades to your lid. Apply shimmer at the inner corners too. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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4. Monolid eyes 

Your monolid eyes will have little or no crease, making them perfect palette for the artist in you. As well as being creative, you’re logical, practical and chic.

If you have monolid eyes, you want to create definition on your lash line. You can use an eyeliner to line the bottom lash line, and use smoky, dark shades on the inner corners of the eyes. You will suit dark, shimmer shades on the lid too. 

 

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5. Close-set eyes  

If you have close-set eyes you have incredible discipline and posses a laser focus. If your eyes are closer together, the main priority is to create the illusion of the eyes being set wider apart.

To create this illusion, choose lighter shades and a hint of shimmer/highlighter on the inner corners of the eye. Be selective with dark eyeshadow colours that might make your eyes look smaller.

If you’re using eyeliner, stick to liner on the upper eyelid for the same reason. Highlight your eye beneath the brow bone with a white or light shade to make the eyes appear bigger and brighter. Check out below to see an example. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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6. Wide-set eyes

Having wide-set eyes means you’re open to new ideas and experiences. To keep the balance, try a little eyeshadow in the inner area of your eyes. To create the illusion of closer eyes, use line the top and bottom lash line starting with a thin line close to the tear duct.

 

 
 
 
 
 
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7. Upturned eyes

Upturned eyes means your eyes turn up a little at the outer corners. You’re a fun-lover. You need a cat-eye, winged eyeliner look.

First off, put a neutral shade all over your lid. Then use a warmer tone above to make a gradient look. Next, apply a medium-brown shade to the outer corners of the eye. Use a blending brush to smoke out the corners. Apply the same dark colour on the inner corners leaving a space between that inner corner and the end of the eye. In the middle area apply a light shade.

The fun part – for the wing, start from the outer corners and draw a line as close to the lash line as possible towards the inner corners of the eye. But first, put a little dot for where you envision the wing ending. Then simply connect the wing to the lash line, making the tip pointed. 

 

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8. Protruding eyes

Protruding eyes are when you have big, round eyes – like doe eyes. It signifies someone with a sensitive and compassionate nature. Experiment with feminine colors like pinks, violets and creams and finish with a shimmery eyeshadow on top.

Try a sweet, soft glam look as the perfect accompaniment for girl next door vibes. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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9. Deep-set eyes

Deep-set eyes have been likened to pools and wells, indicating great emotional depth. Deep-set eyes usually have a strong brow bone which reveals great strength and persistence.

Sweep a light to medium neutral shade over your lid, bringing the colour upwards beyond the crease. over the crease, Use a light to medium neutral eyeshadow. Go over your crease with more product to intensify the effect.

You want deep-set eyes to look brighter and more awake, so a very light shade under the brow bone will open up the eyes. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Final Thoughts On The Different Eye Shapes

Knowing your eye shapes allows you to know what make-up styles will flatter you best. Keep in mind, if the product is being transferred from your eyes to other areas of your face, try using an adhesive eyebrow patch to stop product from spreading. A piece of paper or even some tape will work as well, and you can use this technique when you’re doing your winged eyeliner too.

Lastly, an eyelash curler before applying mascara or falsies is going to give your lashes extra dimension, which will bring together the whole eye look perfectly. 

Have fun experimenting. Let’s keep in touch? @kiseu