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Mastering eye makeup looks is all about taking your eye shape into consideration. And if you have upturned eyes, you’re in luck, as learning to flatter your shape is pretty simple. From a classic cat eye to intricate eye shadow trends, pretty much any look you can imagine is doable with upturned eyes. Of course, it holds true that with practice comes perfection—upturned eyes are no different from other shapes in that respect.
If you’re wondering how to create an easy eye makeup look for upturned eyes, you’ve come to the right place. Keep reading for a step-by-step tutorial on eye makeup for your shape—the sooner you start practicing, the sooner you can become an ace at upturned eye makeup.
It’s only right that we give you the 4-1-1 on upturned eyes before diving into a makeup tutorial. First things first, upturned eyes are pretty common. While they have a classic oval shape, upturned eyes offer a unique twist thanks to a natural upward lift at the outer corners of the eyes. Because of this lift, the lower eyelid appears much longer than the upper eyelid.
It’s inspection time! Grab a mirror and examine your eyes closely. Picture an imaginary horizontal line that extends through both of your eyes. Do you notice the outer corners of your eyes sitting above the line? If so, you have upturned eyes. For more help, check out our article, How to Determine Your Eye Shape in 2 Easy Steps.
With upturned eyes, it’s always best to flaunt makeup looks that emphasize and balance your beautiful shape. In this case, a natural eyeshadow look featuring dark shades will help to create balance. Now, let’s create some makeup magic.
The key to making your eye makeup looks go the distance is an eye primer. Formulated to provide an even and smooth base for makeup application, a makeup primer will keep your eye shadow pigments vibrant for long-lasting wear.
Start by applying a neutral brown or nude eyeshadow on your lid and crease. Choose a shadow from the L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche La Palette Nude that is only a shade or two darker than your skin tone and build until it’s blended evenly.
In this step, it’s all about adding dimension to your look. Use another neutral shadow, this time choosing a color two to three shades darker than your base. Blend the color onto your outer corner and into your crease until it transitions to your first eyeshadow seamlessly.
To really play up your eye shape, you can also blend this shade outward, for feline like-eyes. Either way, carry a bit of the color to your lower lash line for a coordinated look.
It’s time to give your upturned eyes a gorgeous shimmer! Select an illuminating shade, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Crushed Stone, and apply it around your inner corner to open up your eyes.
If you have upturned eyes, you don’t want your eyes to look smaller, so you’ll want to be careful with your eyeliner application. A thin line of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner in Black across your upper lash line will be just enough to make your lashes look full without shrinking your eye size.
You’re almost at the finish line! No look is complete without a set of volumized lashes, and the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous X Fiber Waterproof Mascara will get the job done. Brush on a few coats for a flirty look.
Now that your gorgeous eye look is complete, you have to seal it in place. Use the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray for all-day staying power.
Need to know more about applying eyeliner to upturned eyes? Follow these tips to line your eyes like a pro.
With every eye makeup look, it’s always essential to prime your lids. Use an eye makeup primer or your favorite foundation or concealer to give your eyes an even base.
There is no better way to enhance the symmetry of your eyes than with eyeliner. While you may want to get creative with your eyeliner style, your best bet is to thinly line your upper and lower lash line. Apply a thicker line at the outer corner of your eyes for a nice and even finish.
Spice up your look by extending your eyeliner on the upper lash line, so it passes your outer corner for a soft winged eyeliner look.
Ask any makeup lover, and they’ll tell you that your eyebrows can either make or break your makeup look. The thing is, the best brows for you may not be what works for someone else—that can differ depending on your eye shape. For upturned eyes, this is what you’ll want to do:
Start with tweezed, waxed, or threaded eyebrows. For the most part, you’ll want to keep your natural shape, only removing stray hairs to clean things up a little.
Now that you have your brows shaped to perfection, you can start shading them in. We recommend using a brow pencil like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil to create hair-like strokes wherever you have any sparse spots. Then, use the pencil to soften your arch—a straighter brow shape can be super flattering when paired with upturned eyes.
To keep your brows looking natural, flip the pencil over and use the spoolie to blend the pencil and brush your brows into place.
Almost down! Brush on the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara in Clear in short, upward strokes to help set your brows.
Next up: Ready to take a stab at other eye makeup looks? If you’re looking for new trends to put to the test on your upturned eyes, look no further than our article, Best Eye Makeup and Eye Shadow Trends for 2020.
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