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Which Makeup Techniques Best Suit Your Eye Shape?

Have a look at yourself in the mirror without any makeup on. Can you see which eye shape in the chart below most closely resembles your own eye shape? If you are unsure, ask a friend or family member.

Knowing your eye shape will help you know which eye shadow techniques are most suited to you. In my YouTube tutorials I demonstrate many eyeshadow techniques, and even though all techniques will work for all eye shapes, there are subtle differences for each of us depending on our eye shape.

Makeup artistry techniques aim to give the illusion that all eye shapes resemble the almond eye shape.  In truth all eye shapes are equally beautiful, and the tips below are merely a guide.

 

EYE SHAPE

EYE SHADOW TIPS

MASCARA TIPS

Upturned eyes

Upturned eyes are when the outer edges are higher than the inner most point of the eye lid.  Create the illusion of lowering the outer edge by using a lighter eyeshadow from the centre to outer edge of your lids, and a darker eyeshadow on the inside edge.  Use a highlighter above your cheek bone.

Use on top and bottom lashes, and avoiding the outer most top lashes

Downturned eyes

Downturned eyes are when the outer edges are equal to or lower than the inner most point of the eye lid.  Create the illusion of lifting the outer edge by using a darker eyeshadow and eyeliner from the centre to outer edge of your lids, and a lighter eyeshadow on the inside edge.  Use a highlighter below the outside edge of your brow

Use on top lashes only

Round eyes

Extend eyeshadow and eyeliner slightly out beyond the outer corner of the eye, and use a light eyeshadow on the upper lid.  Place highlighter at the arch of your brow.

Top lashes only from the centre to the outer edges

Close set eyes

This is when the gap between your eyes is less than the length of your eye.  Draw attention away from the centre of your face and towards the outer edges of your brows, lashes and eyelids.  Achieve this by creating a slightly larger space between your brows, using darker eye shadow eyeliner and mascara on the outer edges of your eyes, and filling in the rest of your eye lids with a lighter eyeshadow to emphasise space.

On the top and bottom lashes, outer two thirds only.

Wide set eyes

Draw attention towards the centre of your face by applying a dark eyeshadow colour to the inner area of your eyelid and a light eyeshadow on your outer eyelid.  You can experiment by taking your darker eyeshadow above your socket line on the inner half of your eye only.

Both top and bottom lashes but avoid your outer most lashes

Almond eyes

In the makeup industry almond eyes are considered the ideal eye shape and no ‘correcting’ techniques are used.  People with almond eyes have a gap between their eyes that is equal distance to the length of their eyes.

Both top and bottom lashes

Monolid eyes

If you have Monolid eyes there are no visible crease lines on your eyelids.  Apply a light-coloured eyeshadow over your entire eyelids.  Use a mid-toned eyeshadow colour in and just above your socket line up to where your lashes would be touching when you open your eyes.   Intensify your lower lid by using a dark eyeshadow colour from your lash line, blending up to the mid-toned colour.

Top lashes only

Protruding eyes

Sometimes called prominent eyes, protruding eyes is another name for big beautiful eyes.  Best to stay away from party lashes and highlighter because you can look ‘surprised’ if your eyes stand out more, and use a single eyeshadow colour from your lash line to just above your socket line.

Light on the mascara

Hooded eyes

Hooded eyes can be ’lifted’ by using highlighter below your brows.  Shade your over hanging skin with a dark-toned eyeshadow, and use a dark eyeliner on your upper lids.  Use a light eyeshadow colour on your upper lids, which you can also place under your lower lashes

Top lashes only

Small eyes

Give the illusion of larger eyes by using a highlighter under the brow to ‘lift it up. Apply thin sweeping eyeliner slightly above and below the eye line but do not let the lines meet at the outer edge. Apply a light colour eye shadow across the lid.

Both top and bottom lashes

 You may like to refer to this table when attempting some of my makeup tutorials!.

Megan x

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