Eye Makeup Tips For Different Eye Shapes (Part 1)

The most difficult part about eye makeup application is trying to determine what your eye shape is, and how to work the makeup in such a way that it is most flattering for your own eye shape. Without a little bit of guidance and extra help, any beginner or even a novice at applying eye makeup may feel completely at a loss about how they should apply makeup for their eyes.

If this sounds like you, or if you are considering changing up your eye makeup application routine, then this article is for you.

Deep-Set Eyes

Deep-set eyes are those that seem to recede or may even appear “sunken” in appearance. The goal with the makeup here would be to help create the illusion of the eyes being brought more “forward” than they actually are. The best way to do this is to line both the upper and lower lids. Choose a soft eyeshadow color for the eyelid, such as pale pink, a beige, or a peachy tone, and then add a more intense and darker color along the brow bone. This will help give the eyes a bit more of a prominent appearance.

Close-Set Eyes

Makeup used on close-set eye is used to try and make the eyes appear a bit farther apart than they actually are. Dramatic, sultry looks work very well with this eye type. To create the illusion of having eyes that are further apart, line both the top and the bottom of the eyes with an eye liner. Try to begin drawing about a quarter of the way out from where the inner eye is. Smudge the lines, and now apply an intense or dramatic shade of shadow near the outer corner of the eyes. Take a highlighting shade of eyeshadow and dust it just below the outer corner of your lower lashes. Finish off the look by sweeping mascara on both your upper and lower eyelashes.

Wide-Set Eyes

Unlike the close-set eyes, the focus here will be to use the intense eyeshadow near the inner corner of the eyes rather than the outer. Start off by taking your eyeliner and lining the top and bottom of your eyes, right from the inner corner to the outer corner. Choose a medium-toned shade of eyeshadow and apply it to both the eyelids and to the crease of your eyes, really focusing on the inner corner of your eyes. Polish off your look by applying mascara to both the upper and lower eyelashes.

Small Eyes

Those with small eyes tend to want to make them appear larger and more doe-like in appearance. To give yourself the “larger” eyed look, use a soft colored eye liner such as taupe and apply it to both the upper and lower lash line. Extend the top line right past the end of the lash line by a tad, and the lower line should also extend just a bit from the outer corner. Select a light neutral shade of eyeshadow for the eyelids, and then choose a soft grey or blue shade and apply it to the crease. A third and more intense or dramatic shade should then be applied to the creases, and in an upwards sweeping motion to help really open up your eyes. Follow up by curling your eyelashes and applying mascara.

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