Tuesday, March 20, 2012

What's Your Eye Shape?

Determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colors for your lids. Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner will help you better translate trends and techniques to fit your face. Discover tricks for each specific eye shape—so you can make the most of your peepers!


Deep Set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more
prominent brow bone. Brighten 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 lashed are likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.

Down turned 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 a a 45 degree angle. This effect will create symmetry and add va-va-va-voom!

Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. To bring your peepers closer together, rim your top and bottom lash lone with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible. Use a mascara comb to swipe all your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose. 

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. Tight line the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.
Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. creating the illusion of more space is simply a matter of using light hue shadow in the inner corner. Try frosty white or sparkle nude hues. Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.

Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Luckily the bulge give you plenty of lid space to play with! To keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend darker tones all over your eye because dark tones recede space and size, smokey eyes work great with this eye shape. Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.
Mono lids are flat on the surface and don't have much of a crease if any. The Brow bone is less defined. Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. Shade the darkest colour the closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle and the shiny colour at the brow bone. Always curl lashes for a lift

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. To even out the upper and lower lid portions apply dark shadow or pencil along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect. Whether your creating a standard smoky eye o a vibrant masterpiece, always use the mirror effect by swiping the colour along the bottom lash.

1 comment:

  1. great post! simple yet informative!