In the world of makeup, there are six basic eye shapes to work with. It is imperative that you know how the best makeup technique for your eye shape can make your eyes look more stunning than ever!
Different Eye Shapes | How to Apply Eye Makeup
We are all made beautifully different and that’s the reason why is each makeup look is unique from each another. With that said, there is no be-all end-all formula to beauty. We all have different eye shapes, face shapes, skin types, and skin tones. This is precisely why we also have to learn how to properly apply makeup based on our qualities. If you already know the proper makeup technique for your eyes, then good for you! But for those who are still at a lost, our eye makeup application guide should be of big help to you.
Check out this eye shapes infographic below and determine which eye shape you have:
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How to Apply Makeup for Your Eye Shape
Get your eyeshadow palette and brushes ready as we will start going through the different eye shapes and the proper makeup technique for each one.
1. Round Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
For women with round eyes, you can apply eyeliner starting from the inner corners of the eyes working your way out. The edge of the line can either be straight or a small cat eye, whichever you prefer. It is important that you highlight the brow bone as well as apply light eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eye. Now that you’ve highlighted, add a medium shade eyeshadow above the lid to add contrast. Finish off with a darker shade of eyeshadow applied along the crease. Make sure to blend from the outside to the middle of the eyes.
2. Close Set Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
For those with close-set eyes, you’ll start off with highlighting below the brow bone and the inner lid. Once done, use a medium shade eyeshadow and apply on the lids going a little farther than the width of your eye… think a wide and round shape. Now use a darker shade and apply on the lids starting from the outside and on top of the crease. As for applying eyeliner, start in the center of the lid and work your way outside the eye forming a straight line.
3. Wide- Set Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
Women with wide-set eyes will not need to worry about eye makeup because this eye shape is incredibly easy to work with. There are just key points that you need to remember. First, you must contour the bridge of your nose to add definition in the space between the eyes. Next, avoid shimmery eyeshadow because this emphasizes the space. Third, using darker eyeshadow in the inner corners of the eye helps reduce the space. Fourth, elongate your brows at the inner corners as this can make your eyes look narrower. And lastly, when doing a cat eye, keep the liner short but more vertical.
4.Deep Set Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
Applying eye makeup on deep set eyes is pretty much the same as the technique used for round eyes. However, for this eye shape, you will have to go easy on the dark eyeshadow. Apply it lightly as you want the highlight to brighten up the eyes and create the appearance of rounder eyes.
5. Almond Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
If you have almond eyes, then you’re one lucky lady! Almond eyes are the most symmetrical of all eye shapes. It means that you can put less effort in achieving symmetry on the eyes, which is actually the goal of eye makeup. You can experiment with different looks as it will be hard to make a mistake with this pair of eyes. Nonetheless, if you want a guide, the round eyes eye makeup technique is a great start.
6. Hooded Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
Hooded eyes make the eyes appear smaller because of the extra layer of skin that covers the crease. For this eye shape, you can do away with highlighting and focus on achieving a rounder eye instead. Start by applying light eyeshadow on the inner corners of the eyes, then apply a medium shade on the hooded lid. Next, apply a dark shade to the crease to create the appearance of rounder eyes. Finish off with eyeliner and make sure to extend the line further out.
7. Protruding Eyes or Prominent Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
Applying makeup on protruding eyes can be a bit tricky because you don’t want the eyes to look too bright or awake as it is. Hence, the key to this look is keeping it minimal. Just apply a nude eyeshadow on the entire lid to drown out the redness and shadows. Always pick a matte shadow over a shimmer one. For the eyeliner, tight lining is the best way to go. You can also apply eyeliner on the bottom lashline to balance out the bulge from the eyes. Another good tip is to make the eyes appear brighter by applying a flesh-tone eye pencil along the waterline. And please, go easy on the mascara and falsies.
8. Downturned Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
For downturned eyes, follow the technique for round eyes. Except for this eye shape, you will need to go heavier on the eyeliner. So after applying the eyeshadow, apply the eyeliner starting from the inner corner of the eye and extend all the way out. Winged and cat-eye looks are great to lift up the eyes. Also, curling your lashes and applying mascara will also add that extra eye lift you need.
9. Monolid Eyes | Different Eye Shapes
Small and monolid eyes are very common in Asian women and if you have this eye shape, it is important that you learn how to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter. Start by highlighting the inner corners of your eye and extend the highlight to the center of the lid. Use a medium eyeshadow above the crease starting from the outer corner of the eye. This should create an illusion of rounder eyes. Next, use dark eyeshadow lightly to define the round shape but don’t go beyond the center of the lid. And of course, your best friends are eyeliner and mascara. Apply a thin line of eyeliner but go thicker towards the outer corners of the eye.
If you need visual guidance on how to apply makeup for the different eye shapes, check out this helpful tutorial from NewBeauty Magazine:
As they say, the eyes are the windows to your soul. And in the world of makeup, the spotlight is on the eyes. There’s really just no excuse not to work on your eye makeup game! It is important to know what eye shape you have and then keep practicing on the perfect eye makeup for you. Remember, the eyes should look bigger, brighter, and fresh all the time. Additionally, mastering your eye makeup technique won’t happen overnight. But as long as you keep practicing, you’ll be your own eye makeup pro in no time!
Did this eye shapes guide help you determine which eye shape you have? Also, have you tried applying the proper makeup technique? Please share your experiences with us in the comments section below!
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