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While you may think eye makeup application is a bit of a no brainer, did you know that changing your technique based on your eye shape can make a world of difference? Just like some jeans fit better than others for the most flattering look, the same is true when it comes to how you wear your eye makeup. Sure, you could layer on eye shadow and eyeliner in the most obvious way, but when you know your eye shape and apply accordingly, they’ll pop like never before. Sounds pretty eye-catching, right? To help you perk up your peepers for their best look yet, we’ve created this super-comprehensive guide—soon enough you’ll know your eye shape and how to accent it like a pro!
Before you switch up your eye makeup technique, determine which eye shape you have. How you apply makeup to almond-shaped eyes might differ from how you apply makeup to downturned eyes. Not sure what eye shape you have? Consult the list below.
Almond eyes. Think: oval-shaped eyes with slightly upturned outer corners that look like—you guessed it—almonds. Known for being super-symmetrical, you can think of almond eyes as the universal shape that pairs well with just about everything.
Round eyes. Look in the mirror. What do you see? If you can see your whole iris without any of it covered up by your top lid then say hello to your big, beautiful round eyes.
Upturned eyes. These are almond eyes with a twist. Instead of having slightly upturned corners, upturned eyes take it up a notch for a more noticeable angle, which makes the lower lid appear larger than the upper.
Downturned eyes. This is the opposite of upturned eyes—meaning the corners drop down for an upper lid that appears larger than the lower.
Monolid eyes. Just think of these as creaseless beauties.
Hooded eyes. Ever wondered why you can’t fully see your crease? When you have hooded eyes, the skin extending from your brow bone sags just a tad to conceal your crease.
Now that you have a better idea of your eye shape, it’s time to learn what you can do to really enhance them. Grab your favorite liquid liner and eye shadow palette and follow along!
Eye makeup (Mascara! Palettes! Colored liner!) is huge right now, so there’s never been a better time to play around with your makeup and enhance the most captivating feature on your face. There’s nothing quite like the right eye shadow technique and a little lid contouring to really accentuate—and even alter—your eye shape. See below for tips for applying makeup to each eye shape, and get to work!
If you have almond eyes…you’re one lucky woman! With your slightly lifted, super-symmetrical eyes, just about any shade and style will look fabulous. Don’t know where to start? Try a classic nude smoky eye that uses a medium matte brown on your lid paired with a slightly darker shade blended into your crease. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Brown Sugar to bring this look to life. When fully blended, this look will open up your eyes and accentuate your almond shape.
If you have round eyes…contouring your peepers can be the difference between a bulgy and defined end look. All you have to do is apply a medium to dark shade over the center of your lid, followed by highlighting your inner and outer corners with a lighter shade. When you bring the focus to the center of your eye, you narrow the overall appearance of your round shape. Want to give it a try? Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Army Camo for a colorful twist on an otherwise simple look.
If you have upturned eyes…balance out your upturned look with the help of a little dark shadow or liner along the outer lower corner of your eyes. Next, apply a medium-toned shadow along your lid and top it off with a subtle highlight along your brow bone with the L’Oréal ParIs Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Cool Ivory. Don’t be too heavy-handed, though, because you want this to look the way light bouncing off your skin naturally would.
If you have downturned eyes…there are two things to keep in mind. First, don’t blend eye shadow too far above the crease because it can look a tad messy with this eye shape. Second, the best way to perk up downturned eyes is to shade them in natural colors that brighten them up for an instant lifting effect.
If you have monolid eyes…a great way to add dimension to your eyes is to apply a gradient effect starting with darker colors near your lash line that gradually work up into a more shimmery tone under the brow. The L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude has ten shades in three different finishes so you can create that ombré effect. Just remember to blend between color transitions!
If you have hooded eyes…it can seem a little pointless to put in the effort—but trust us, though, it isn’t! You just have to get a little creative. To trick your eyes into looking like they have more lid to work with, all you have to do is keep your brows well maintained and carry your eye shadow all the way up to your brow bone in neutral colors.
Whether you want to wear it alone or layered with eye shadow, the right eyeliner technique tailored to your eye shape is a fabulous final touch to flatter your gaze. So, before you just go and line your lids with no rhyme or reason, take a peek at which liner technique is best suited for you.
If you have almond eyes…by now you know that your eye shape is pretty much the most ideal one and can pair well with various looks across the board. But, if you want to really accentuate your shape, look no further than a classic cat eye or wing-tip. Starting thinner towards the inner corner and gradually getting thicker towards the outer corner of your eye, this liner technique helps highlight the gorgeously upturned shape. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints in Black Party to create the look.
If you have round eyes…the key to applying eyeliner to make your eyes pop is to emphasize the outer corners with winged eyeliner that extends past the eyelid. This can help to play down how round your eyes really are. Be sure to start your line around the highest peak of your eye and work your way outwards. If you line all the way from your inner corner, you’ll bring too much attention to how round your eyes are. (If that’s what you’re going for though, go ahead and rock it!)
If you have upturned eyes…your eyes look best when the upper lid is exaggerated with eyeliner to even it out with the predominantly larger lower lid. Remember: It’s all about proportion. Wonder which specific technique to employ for a gorgeous gaze? Try a smudged eyeliner if you want to lengthen your upper lid or opt for a little white liner along your lash line and inner corners to give the appearance of bigger, brighter eyes.
If you have downturned eyes…add a little 45 degree flick at the end of your line for an instantly balanced, uplifted look. If you want to rock something a little less dramatic than a cat eye, use a smudging brush to lightly blend out a thin line that adds just enough definition on your upper and lower lash lines.
If you have monolid eyes…tightline, tightline, tightline. When you apply your eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible, you will be able to define your eye shape while making your lashes appear fuller at the same time. Try the L’Oréal Paris Silkissime Eyeliner in Black.
If you have hooded eyes…lining your eyes can be a little tricky, due to the way your upper lid droops over your crease. To avoid any unwanted smudges or transfer, be sure to keep your eyes open when you line them. This is especially important when trying to achieve a thick, bold wing (the most complementary liner for the shape). If you close your eye to create the wing, there’s a good chance that when you open your eye, the tail end will be in the fold. Don’t want to deal with that headache? No worries! Just trace close to your bottom lash line starting around the middle of your eye for upside down definition that looks positively radiant on this eye shape.
Whew—that was a lot! To recap, understanding your eye shape can open up a world of possibilities when it comes to applying your makeup. Whether you have almond eyes, hooded eyes, or anything in between, there’s a technique out there that will seriously help flatter your peepers.