Learning how to apply makeup for deep set eyes is all about working eye shadow to the right places to balance out the eyes. The idea here is to create depth with shadow, which will serve to “push” the lid out and forward visually, for a more flattering look.
Makeup for Deep Set Eyes: Eye Shadow Primer
An expert makeup tip is to use an eye shadow primer all over your lids, as it will make application smoother and your eye makeup will last all day long. Some of the best primers we recommend are: Urban Decay’s Eyeshadow Primer Potion, Sue Devitt Microquatic Fortifying primer or – for a bit of brightness – the Tarte Clean Slate brightening primer.
Makeup for Deep Set Eyes: Eye Shadow Tones
To bring out the eyes, use a light color eye shadow that has a slight shimmer to it and apply all over the mobile lid, under the brow bone and the inner corner of the eye. Then follow with a taupe or brown eye shadow and apply into the crease. Try the Smashbox Photo OP eye palette in Muse which comes with 6 beautiful and very wearable eye shadow colors.
Also, you'll need to invest in a good eye shadow blending brush. Look for small blending brushes with soft tapered bristles. Blend the colors just above the crease and slightly upwards onto the brow bone, this shading will draw back the brow bone and will make the eyes appear less deep set.
Makeup for Deep Set Eyes: Eyeliner for Definition
A good makeup tip for deep set eyes is to use a fine or slanted eyeliner brush with a cream or gel liner as this will last longer than a kohl pencil. Look for a liner that glides on easily with rich color intensity. Apply the eyeliner so it's touching the lash line and take it up slightly at the outer corner of the eye.
Makeup for Deep Set Eyes: Lash Curlers and Mascara
Curl the eyelashes if necessary, then apply two coats of black volume enhancing mascara. If you want a more dramatic look to your lashes, you could use individual false lashes just on the outer corners.