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 jeans meant for your body type can offer a more flattering look, the same is true when it comes to coordinating your eye makeup with your eye shape. 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!
HOW TO DETERMINE YOUR EYE SHAPE
Before you switch up your eye makeup technique, you’ll need to 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 which 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 being 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. These are 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.
THE BEST EYE SHADOW TECHNIQUE FOR YOUR EYE SHAPE
Eye makeup is huge right now and 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 flatter your eye shape. See below for tips on applying eye shadow to each eye shape, then get to work on highlighting your beautiful eyes!
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR 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 Colour Riche Quads in Cupa Joe to bring this look to life. When fully blended, this look will open up your eyes and accentuate your almond shape.
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR ROUND EYES
Contouring your peepers it the key to creating a stunning, 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. This will draw attention to the center of your eye for an ultra-flattering look. Use the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quads in Army Brat to put a colorful twist on an otherwise simple look.
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR UPTURNED EYES
Complement your upturned eyes with the help of a little dark shadow or liner placed on the outer corner of your lower lash line. Next, apply a medium-toned shadow on your lid before topping things off with a subtle highlight on your brow bone—all using the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Boudoir Charme. Just don’t be too heavy-handed with your highlight, as you want it to have the same (subtle) effect that light bouncing off your skin naturally creates.
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR DOWNTURNED EYES
There are two things to keep in mind if you have downturned eyes: First, don’t blend eye shadow too far above the crease because it can look a tad messy on your eye shape. Second, the best way to perk up downturned eyes is to shade them with natural colors that brighten and open the eyes.
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR MONOLID EYES
A great way to add dimension to your eyes is to apply a gradient effect on your lids. Start with darker colors near your lash line and gradually work upward 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 have a variety of options for creating that ombré effect. Just remember to blend between color transitions!
THE BEST EYE SHADOW FOR HOODED EYES
Don’t assume your eye shape rules out any eye makeup looks! You just have to get a little creative. To trick your eyes into looking like they have more lid space 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.
THE BEST EYELINER TECHNIQUE FOR YOUR EYE SHAPE
Whether you want to wear it alone or layered with eye shadow, the right eyeliner technique—aka one that’s tailored to your eye shape—is a fabulous final touch for flattering your gaze. So, before you go ahead and line your lids with no rhyme or reason, take a peek at which liner technique is best suited for your eye shape.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR ALMOND EYES
By now you know that your eye shape 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 your gorgeously upturned shape. Use the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise™ Liquid Eyeliner in Black to create the look.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR 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. We recommend starting your line at the highest peak of your eye and working your way outwards to balance your rounded features. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party to create your sharpest wing before sweeping on a coat of mascara.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR UPTURNED EYES
Upturned eyes look best when the upper lid is exaggerated with eyeliner. Wonder which specific technique to employ for a gorgeous gaze? We have two options for you! Try a smudged eyeliner look if you want to lengthen your upper lid or opt for a little nude liner along your lash line and inner corners to give the appearance of big, bright eyes. Try using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Nude.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR DOWNTURNED EYES
Add a little 45-degree flick at the end of your lash line if you’re going for a lifted look. If you want to rock something a little less dramatic than a cat eye, use a smudge brush to lightly blend out a thin line that adds just enough definition to your upper and lower lash lines.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR MONOLID EYES
Tightline, tightline, tightline. When you apply your eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible, you’ll be able to define your eye shape while making your lashes appear fuller at the same time. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Black for this technique.
THE BEST EYELINER FOR HOODED EYES
Eyeliner for hooded 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 your 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 hidden 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 hooded eyes.
Phew—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 eyes! Next, let us fill you in on The Best Makeup Colors for Every Skin Tone.