When it comes to eye makeup, there are a handful of key looks you probably find yourself going back to over and over again—and the smokey eye is likely one of them. It’s a surefire way to give your eyes some drama and to try a sultry look when you want to switch things up. You can take your smokey eye look to the next level by tailoring it for your particular eye shape. Consider this your tutorial for nailing the perfect smoky eye—according to your eye shape—so you can rock this classic as part of your next makeup look.
For Hooded Eyes
You’ll know if you have hooded eyes if your eyelids are covered by skin on the brow bone. A key indicator will be if most of your eye makeup ends up hidden when your eyes are open. That lack of lid space can make it hard to apply eye makeup.
DIY Smokey Eye: To avoid making hooded eyes look heavier, stay away from using any dark eyeshadow on your lids. Your eyes already look dark since your lids have an extra layer of skin over their natural crease. Swap out black eye shadow for a medium brown shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Pain au chocolat. Brush it from the outer corner of your eye, bringing it up and over the entire hooded area. Layer a contour shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in meet me in Paris, slightly above your natural crease, blending upward. Follow up with a highlighter shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Paris beach, in the inner corners of your lower lash line and brow bone. This can help create a break between your eyes and eyebrows, which will make your eyes appear wider.
For Downturned Eyes
DIY Smokey Eye: Start by applying a light highlighter color to your entire lid and the inner corners of your eyes. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in endless pearl. Then, using a brush, apply a medium pink shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in glistening garnet from the middle of your lid all the way to the outer corner. Blend an even darker color, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eyeshadow in eternal black, onto the outer corner of your eyelid. Make sure to blend out and up.
For Upturned Eyes
This eye shape is similar to the almond-shaped eye because the eyes are oval. The difference is that they have a natural upward lift at the outer edges, and the lower lids are more prominent and appear much longer than the top eyelids.
DIY Smokey Eye: Use the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in petite perle to highlight the brow bone and inner corners of the eye. Then swipe on a light grey color to the inner half of your lid. We love the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in argentic. Then blend out the outer corners with the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in noir cest noir. Line the upper lash line with the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in black to enhance the eye shape.
For Round Eyes
If you can see the whites around the top and bottom of your iris and your eyes are well, circular, then you have round eyes.
DIY Smokey Eye: Your goal for a smokey eye should be to visually “pull” your eyes closer by blending your shadow inward instead of out. Start by brushing on the lightest shadow featured in the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eyeshadow in silver couture, in the inner eye corners. Next, use either of the palette's medium grey shades on your lids’ middle and outer corner and blend upwards into the crease. Apply the darkest shade along your upper lash line working from the outside in, and pull the color up into the crease of your eye slightly. Finish off by sweeping the dark shade under the eyelids.
For Small Eyes
This one is pretty self-explanatory! But the good news is, you can make your peepers look bigger with makeup.
DIY Smokey Eye: Your objective should be to create the illusion that your eyes are farther apart than they really are. You can do this using light colors on the inside part of your eyelid and darker colors on the outside. Start by dividing your eye into thirds and apply the lightest shade to your lid first, concentrating on the inner corner. Then, apply the medium shade from the middle of your lid outward. Use the darkest color on the outer edges of your eyes and the outer lower lash line. Try the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in boudoir charme to create the look.