There are no rules when it comes to makeup 一 that’s part of what makes it a fun, creative outlet. However, creating makeup looks that are flattering to your unique features requires a true understanding of your facial structure, especially your eyes.
If you’re hoping to up your eye makeup game and create looks that will complement your distinct looks, knowing your eye shape will go a long way. If you’re not sure what you’re working with, keep reading to learn how to determine your eye shape — you can actually do it in just three simple steps.
How Do I Know My Eye Shape?
Monolid eyes don’t have a defined crease, and they don’t reveal as much of the eyelid as other eye shapes do.
If you have a visible crease in your eyelid and your iris is surrounded by just a touch of white, disconnecting it from your top and bottom eyelid, you have round eyes.
Your eye shape is almond if you have a visible crease in your eyelid and, unlike those with round eyes, your iris touches both the top and bottom of your eyelid.
Your eye shape is downturned if the outer corners of your eyes turn downwards. If you can’t quite tell, imagine drawing a straight line across your eye. If your outer corners turn down beneath the line, your eyes are in fact downturned.
If you have upturned eyes, the outer corners of your eyes flick upwards. Use the same approach as you did when checking for downturned eyes to test it out. If your outer corners turn upwards above the line, then you have upturned eyes.
Your eye shape is hooded if you have a crease, but it isn’t visible because it’s hidden beneath a flap of skin. While hooded eyes regularly occur as you get older and your skin begins to lose its elasticity, it’s also common to be born with hooded eyes.
How to Determine Your Eye Shape
When determining your eye shape, start by looking at yourself in the mirror, making sure you have no makeup on and nothing is obscuring your eyes. Then, follow these three steps:
1. Assess how much of your eyelid and crease you can see. If you see little to no crease, you likely have a monolid. If your crease is hidden, you likely have hooded eyes.
2. Pretend to draw a straight line across your eyes, or you can grab a credit card or ruler to visually “mark” the line. Look at the corners of your eye and see where they fall. If the corners go above the line, you have upturned eyes, and if the corners fall below the line, you have downturned eyes.
3. Then, take a look at your irises and the whites of your eyes. With round eyes you can see the whites around the top and bottom of your iris.
Makeup Tips for Each Eye Shape
While we believe that every eye shape can wear any eye look, there are some eye looks that are more complementary for certain types.
Makeup for Monolid Eyes
To define monolid eyes, you’ll want to apply your eyeshadow in an elongated shape to enhance the shape of your eye. Grab the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow, and to apply the shadow on both your eyelid and lower lash line. Extend the shadow outward and upwards in a triangle shape to make your eye space look bigger. Top with the L’Oréal Paris Bambi Eye Oversized Eye Washable Mascara Instant Volume to stretch your lashes and complement your eye look.
Makeup for Round Eyes
Round eyes often have a lot of eyelid real estate to work with, meaning you have the space to create intricate eyeshadow looks like a halo eye. Apply a neutral color eyeshadow to your eyelids as a base, then grab the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow and pat on the deepest of the palette’s four hues blending it out. Tap on the bright shade to the centers of your lids, then blend again to make sure the two shades have a natural transition. Go back to the deep shade and gently add the color to your lower lash line.
Makeup for Almond Eyes
Most eye makeup looks will look great on almond eyes, including a classic smokey eye. Start with a light brown eyeshadow base from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude, then apply a slighter darker transition shade. Apply your darkest shade in your crease, then smudge that same shadow along your lower lash line
Makeup for Downturned Eyes
No matter how great your eye look is, downturned eyes can sometimes need a bit of lift, so an easy way to give your eyes a more wide-open appearance is to use a lifting mascara. First curl your lashes, then apply the L’Oréal Paris Telescopic Instant Lift Washable Mascara to draw attention upwards.
Makeup for Upturned Eyes
Upturned eyes already have a lifted appearance, so the best beauty look for your eye shape will complement instead of compete with your eyes. Try creating a winged eyeliner with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Grip Precision Felt Waterproof Eyeliner. The longwear liquid eyeliner has a felt tip for precise application, so you can get very close to your lash line without the fear of irritating your eyes.
Makeup for Hooded Eyes
The key to doing makeup on hooded eyes is to ensure your products don’t smear or transfer due to the fold on your eyes. To ensure your mascara doesn’t smudge against your top eyelid, opt for a waterproof mascara like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara, which adds volume and length to the lashes and stays put all day.
Photographer: Chaunte Vaughn
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