A couple of months ago, when I’d done the Sephora Marsala Palette review, I’d gotten into a conversion with Elizabeth I think, about eye shapes and how they affect the way you apply shadow, how long said shadow is likely to last, as well as whatever transfer may or may not happen. People have all types of eye shapes, some come in one flavour, others in a mixture.
Personally, my eye shape is a mixture of about three different types. I have deep set eyes that are almond shaped. The deep set of my eye sockets, makes shadow transfer and muddy looking colour very common. Certain brands of eye shadow like Too Faced, Coastal Scents or Tarte work best for me because they rarely transfer from my lower lid to the upper, and don’t become muddy. The almond shape and the small size of my eyes, makes liquid liner very hard to apply, and because of the height of my cheekbones, my eyes are also slightly upturned at the corners. I’ve come up, over much trial and error, with ways of making things work for me, knowing what I can and can’t do, and ways of accentuating, because I feel that my eyes are my best feature.
I started doing some research as to what are the best tips and tricks for different eye shapes, and since Beautylish is my Beauty JStore, I started there, and well, ended there too. Because the best compilation of tips was found at Beautylish, I contacted them and asked if I could re-blog this article, they said an enthusiastic sure, and so it’s anchors away!
Bear in mind that not all tips will work for everyone, so think of these as a starting point from which you can branch out and create your own routines that work for you.
Reposted with permission from Beautylish.com (with updated creative commons photos).
What’s Your Eye Shape?
by CINYA BURTON
Determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colours for your lids. Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner will help you better translate trends and techniques to fit your face. We turned to makeup guru Jeffrey Paul (who has worked with Christina Applegate and Zooey Deschanel) to discover tricks for each specific eye shape—so you can make the most of your peepers!
Deep Set Eyes-Julianne Moore
Deep set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. Jeffrey suggests brightening up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid (think peach!) and highlighting under your arches with an illuminating crayon. Because the ends of your lashes likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.
Monolids are flat on the surface and don’t have much of a crease, if any. “The brow bone is less defined,” explains Jeffrey. Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. “Shade the darkest colour closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle, and the shiny colour at the brow bone,” says Jeffrey. Always curl lashes for a lift.
Hooded Eyelids-Jennifer Lawrence
Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller. “To draw the focus upward, diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease,” says Jeffrey. Tightline the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape, and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.
Protruding Eyes-Lala Vasquez
Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Luckily, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with! “To keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend darker tones all over your eye,” says Jeffrey. “Because dark tones recede space and size, smoky eyes work great with this eye shape!” Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.
Upturned Eyes-Tiffany Hines
The upturned eye takes the form of a classic almond shape, with a natural lift at the outer corner. “The lower lid has more emphasis and looks longer than the top lid,” explains Jeffrey. To even out the upper and lower proportions, he suggests applying dark shadow or pencil along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect. Whether you’re creating a standard smoky eye or a vibrant masterpiece, always use the mirror effect by swiping the colours along the bottom lash line.
Downturned Eyes-Camilla Belle
Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. This is the perfect shape for creating a sexy cat’s eye shape. “Apply a liquid liner along the top lid and extend outward and upward at a 45 degree angle,” says Jeffrey. This effect will create symmetry and add va-va-voom!
Close Set Eyes-Jennifer Aniston
Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. “Creating the illusion of more space is simply a matter of using light eye shadows in the inner corners,” says Jeffrey. Try frosty white or sparkling nude hues. “Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.”
Wide Set Eyes-Brandy
Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. To bring your peepers closer together, “Rim your top and bottom lash line with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible,” says Jeffrey. Use a mascara comb to swipe all of your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose.
Hope this article is and will be helpful to anyone looking to master the terrain of their lids!