Eyelids come in various shapes, including almond, round, upturned, downturned, monolid, and hooded eyes. Just like our bodies, certain styles and techniques that look stunning on one shape are not flattering on the next. Therefore, makeup users should utilize their eye shape to apply makeup that enhances its strong points and mitigates the weaker ones. No eye shape is better than the other, but exploiting the differences, and will give you the best eye makeup looks.
Here is a closer look at the six eye shapes and makeup tips for each:
If you draw an imaginary line across the center of your eye, is the outer corner below that line? When that is the case, you have downturned eyes. Choosing false lashes for downturned eyes from Eyelure, Trish McEvoy, or Lilac St. will help you take advantage of this eye shape. Lilac St. lashes extensions are top-quality products that help users enhance their eye shape regardless of what it is. This brand’s crisscross, hand-arranged fibers are ideal for downturned eyes as they come in different lengths. Longer lashes at the eye’s center becoming shorter toward the end are flattering for downturned eyes.
Avoid blending eyeshadow too far above your eyelid crease if you have downturned eyes, and use natural colors to brighten the lid, making your eyes appear more open. Create the illusion of lift by adding a 45-degree flick of eyeliner at the outer edge of your lash line.
When drawing an imaginary line across your eye’s center as described above, the outer corner might be above that line, giving you upturned eyes. When choosing false lashes, work on increasing the length at your eyelid’s outer edges, creating a winged shape. Lash extensions are ideal as you can mix and match styles with differing lengths.
User darker eyeshadow colors out the lower lash line’s outer corner, followed by a medium tone across the lid and finished with a subtle highlight on your brow bone. If you have upturned eyes, your eyeliner use should focus on your upper eyelid.
Almond eyes are oval-shaped, with slightly upturned outer corners. A variety of false eyelashes will work for almond-shaped eyes. Almond eyes are the most common shape, and many makeup products are designed with them in mind. Most lash styles look great on almond-shaped eyes, with users able to choose any length and volume that suits them.
As with lashes, eyeshadow choices are almost limitless with almond eyes. Enhance this eye shape by creating a smokey look using matte brown and a darker shade around the crease. Create a cat-eye or wing-tip effect when using eyeliner to accentuate your eye shape.
Monolid eyes do not have a crease between their upper and lower halves. Lashes will help you create an illusion of a crease. Experts recommend using light, wispy, natural-looking lashes. Anything too dense, voluminous, or heavy will make a monolid seem droopy.
When using eyeshadow, work on creating a gradient effect, with a darker color at your lash line that gradually blends into a lighter or more shimmery tone under your brow. Your eyeliner should be worn as close to the lash line as possible to enhance your eye shape and add volume to your eyelashes.
A person with round eyes can see their entire iris without any of it being covered by their upper eyelid. Choose wispy lashes and avoid thick ones as they could make your eyes look smaller. Consider lashes that lengthen toward the outer edge as they elongate the eye’s appearance.
Draw attention to your eye’s center by applying a medium or dark shade over the eyelid’s center and highlighting its inner and outer corners with a lighter color. Apply eyeliner in a winged line that extends slightly beyond your lash line.
When the skin from your brow bone conceals your eyelid’s crease, you have hooded eyes. Any makeup you apply should aim to reduce your brow bone’s prominence. Avoid long false lashes as they will rub against the eyelid.
You will need to wear eyeshadow up to your brows, ensuring that they are in a well-defined arch. Use a tiny amount of highlighter just under the eyebrow. Applying eyeliner to the top eyelid can be tricky as it smudges when you open your eyes.