Oval eyes are the most common type of eye shape and most makeup tutorials will help you get exquisite looks for them, but when your eyes are different, it’s very important to know what works best for you. Discover the best makeup tricks for different eye shapes and get the most flattering look your deserve.
Almond Eye Shapes
Celebrities like Olivia Wilde and Mila Kunis have the most desirable subset of oval eyes. An almond shaped eye is perfect for most makeup techniques, but if you want to widen your eyes, draw a line with eyeliner that’s thinner at the inner and outer corners and thicker in the middle of the lid.
If you eyes are small, don’t use eyeliner on your lower lashes.
Round Eye Shapes
For a more round shaped eye, like Ashley Olsen or Penelope Cruz, you can easily create a more oval shape using a liquid eyeliner in a bright shade.
Start applying eyeshadow on the outer corner of the eyes. Stick to just half of the eyelid and blend upwards until you reach the brow bone. When you’re applying liner, you can also use a thicker line at the outer corners.
Monolid Eye Shapes
When the crease is not very noticeable, you’re dealing with monolid eyes, like Sandra Oh and Kelly Choi. The best way to give dimension to your eyes is to curl your lashes and go for an ombre effect when you apply eyeshadow.
Use darker colors at the lash line and go for lighter ones at the brow bone. Blend well with a neutral shade in the middle.
Hooded Eye Shapes
If your eyelid looks a bit droopy, either naturally or as an effect of aging, you need to extend the lid with another type of gradient effect. Use darker hues of eyeshadow over the crease and upwards toward the brow bone.
If your eyelids are hooded like Blake Lively’s, you can also try shadows with a metallic finish. If the droopy eyelids are caused by aging, like for Robin Wright, stick to a matte finish.
Upturned Eye Shapes
Almond shaped eyes with a bit of lift at the outer corners can be very sexy with the right makeup, as exemplified by Angelina Jolie and Tiffany Hines.
You can lower the outer corners of your eyes by using a darker hue of eyeshadow on the end of your lower eyelids. For a smoky eye effect, the most flattering look mirrors the upper eyelash on the lower one.
Downturned Eye Shapes
Celebrities like Eva Green and Katie Holmes can get the best cat eye makeup thanks to their downturned eyes. The secret to the most flattering look is to use a liquid eyeliner that’s extended upwards starting at the outer corners of your eyes.
Don’t go overboard if you want a sexy cat eye, a 45 degree angle works best.
Protruding Eye Shapes
When you’re looking for the most flattering makeup for protruding eyes, the smoky eye is the best look for you. Celebrities with protruding eyes like Nicole Richie and Susan Sarandon know how to blend darker tones above and below the eye to decrease the natural shape of the eye.
Another useful trick for this type of eye shapes is using eyeliner in thick lines on the top lash line.
Close Set Eye Shapes
Jennifer Aniston and Sarah Jessica Parker have close set eyes, but you wouldn’t know it because they use the best trick in the book. Try light eyeshadows at the inner corners of your eyes to create more distance.
The shimmery finish is the best look and it works wonders when you also skip the eyeliner on the inner half of your eyelids. A bit of extra mascara at the outer lashes also helps.
Deep Set Eye Shapes
The most flattering look for deep set eyes includes a warm metallic hue on the upper eyelid, for a more spacial effect. Use highlights under your brow bone in lighter shades to make your eyes pop, like Julianne Moore and Mindy Kaling do for a flattering look.
If you have long eyelashes that may touch your eyelids, stick to a waterproof mascara.
Wide Set Eye Shapes
When the distance between your eyes is wider than the width of one eyeball, you have wide set eyes, like Miranda Kerr or Jessica Alba.
For the best look, use a black eyeliner at the inner corners of your eyes, for both the lower and upper eyelids. When applying mascara, use the wand to orient your lashes towards your nose to reduce the distance.