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When it comes to eye makeup, there are a few key looks you probably find yourself going back to over and over again—and the classic smoky eye is surely one of them. Want to take your smoky eye to the next level? It’s all about tailoring the look to your particular eye shape. Consider this your guide to nailing the perfect smoky eye according to your eye shape.
How to tell if you have hooded eyes: You’ll know if you have hooded eyes if your eyelids are covered up by skin on the brow bone. Hooded eyes are very similar to monolids in that they both have a lack of lid space, which can make it hard to apply eye makeup. Also, when your eye makeup gets hidden when your eyes are open.
How to get the perfect smoky eye for hooded eyes: To avoid making your eyes look heavier and more closed off, stay away from using any dark shadow on your lids. Your eyes already look dark since your lids have an extra layer of skin over the natural crease. Swap out your regular black eye shadow for a medium shade like a light brown, such as the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Pain Au Chocolat. Brush it from the outer corner of your eye, bringing it up and over the entire hooded area. Then, brush the same shade along your lower lash line. Layer a contour shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow in Quartz Fume, on top of the medium one. Follow up with a highlighter shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Eye Shadow 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 can make your eyes appear wider.
How to tell if you have downturned eyes: Downturned eyes are almost almond-shaped but with a slight downward tilt at the outer corners. This downward tilt can actually make your upper eyelids look much longer than the lower lids.
How to get the perfect smoky eye for downturned eyes: Start by applying a light highlighter color to your entire lid, the inner corners of your eyes, and your brow bone. Try the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Endless Pearl. Then, using a brush, apply a medium shade, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Amber Rush, from the middle of your lid all the way to the outer corner. Blend up an even darker color, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Continuous Cocoa, to the outer corner of your eyelid. Make sure to blend out and up!
How to tell if you have upturned eyes: Once again, this is another eye shape that is similar to almond-shaped eyes because they are oval in shape. 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.
How to get the perfect smoky eye for upturned eyes: Upturned eyes also happen to be the ideal shape for smoky eyes since they already have a natural lift at the outer corners! The trick is to emphasize the lift even more by dividing the lid surface in half. Use the L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Quad in Cookies & Cream for this look. Apply the lightest shade to the inner half and the deep gray shade to the outer half. Then blend both colors together properly. Line the outer corner of your upper and lower lash line with the darkest shade to help enhance your eye shape.
How to tell if you have 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!
How to get the perfect smoky eye for round eyes: Your goal for a smoky eye should be to visually “pull” your eyes closer by blending your shadow inward instead of out. Start by brushing on a super-light eye shadow color, like the lightest shadow featured in the dual-ended L'Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eye Shadow in Cool Ivory, over your lid and brow bone. Next, use a medium shade on the outside corner of your crease to the inside. Apply a darker 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 lining your lower lids, paying particular attention near the inner tear duct.
How to tell if you have small eyes! This one is pretty self-explanatory! But the good news is, you can make your peepers look bigger with makeup.
How to get the perfect smoky eye for small eyes: When you have small eyes, your objective should be to create an illusion that they are farther apart. You can do this by 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 in from the middle of your lid outward. Use the darkest color on the outer edges of your eyes. Try the L'Oréal Paris Pocket Palette Eye Shadow in Silver Couture to create the look.