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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—so you can rock this classic as part of your next makeup look. First, you’ll need to determine your eye shape.
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. A key indicator that you have hooded eyes is if your eye makeup gets hidden when your eyes are open.
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.
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.
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!
This one is pretty self-explanatory! But the good news is, you can make your peepers look bigger with makeup.
To avoid making hooded eyes look heavier and more closed off, stay away from using any dark eye shadow on your lids. Your eyes already look dark since your lids have an extra layer of skin over their 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 Monos Eyeshadow 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 Monos Eyeshadow in Quartz Fume, slightly above your natural crease, blending upwards. 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.
To create a 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 an even darker color, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible 24 HR Eye Shadow in Bottomless Java, onto the outer corner of your eyelid. Make sure to blend out and up!
Upturned eyes 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 of your lids. Then blend both colors together. Line the outer corner of your upper and lower lash line with the darkest shade to help enhance your eye shape.
If you have 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 L'Oréal Paris Colour Riche Dual Effects in Absolute Taupe eyeshadow palette, over your lid and brow bone. Next, use either of the medium shades on the outside corner of your crease to the inside. 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 lining your lower lids, paying particular attention near the inner tear duct.
When you have small eyes, your objective should be to create the illusion that your eyes are farther apart than they really are. 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 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.
Now that you know how to create the perfect smoky eye for your eye shape, it's time to learn The Best Eyeliner Look for Your Eye Shape.