As the saying goes, eyes are the windows to the soul and everyone has their own unique eye shape to call their own. Figuring out your natural eye shape is just as crucial as knowing your face shape. While there are no strict rules as such to follow for makeup, there is however a theory. It’s always a good idea to understand the reasoning behind makeup techniques, that allow you to up your makeup game. The great thing about eyeshadow is its versatility. You can play around with colours, textures and blending styles, where there is no limit to creativity or creating amazing new looks and following trends. But your eye shape isn’t the same as your sisters or friends, so why apply a smoky eye the same way as they do? Lousy eye makeup can weigh your face down or even make you look a lot older than you are. That’s why recognizing your eye shape and the techniques to flatter or enhance them with your choices can make a major difference.
While your eye shape can fall into multiple categories, we’ve listed the most common shapes below with some easy beginner-friendly tips to help you get started. And remember, just because a certain style might not match your eye shape it doesn’t mean you can’t wear it. It’s all about making it work for you.
When it comes to the round eye shape, it’s pretty straight forward. Round eyes are generally large, prominent and noticeably more circular. Rather than being pulled inward or outward, the inner and outer corners are rounded with the cornea surrounded by white. If you have this eye shape you’re in luck as it’s a pretty versatile feature that can carry off most looks depending on what you’re going for.
You might have almond-shaped eyes if your eyelid is smaller but longer in width. Just like almond with a rounded centre, the eye tapers to a point towards the inner and outer corners. Often mistaken for round eyes, this shape also has a visible crease. A cool trick to differentiate between the two is by looking straight ahead in the mirror. If your iris touches both, the top and bottom lid and you can only see white to the left and right sides, you have almond-shaped eyes.
A hooded eye is most recognizable from its heavy or sagging brow bone on top of the lid. They have lids that seem to disappear once the eye is open creating a hooded appearance. Not to be confused with monolids that protrude with no crease, the hooded eye creases too much with a lack of depth. The main struggle with this shape is its issue with light reflection placement and creating much-needed depth.
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Mostly common in men and women of Asian descent, a monolid eye features a less apparent crease. It’s a shallow eyelid that barely has a crease and doesn’t reveal much of the eyelid, even less so than a hooded eye shape. The monolid is a beautiful smooth canvas that is very flexible and allows you to experiment with so many looks. Another great thing about this eye shape is you can follow most of the advice given for the other shapes as well! So if you’ve got monolids, embrace it wholeheartedly. There’s no limit to what you can do.
Opposite of the upturned eye, which is essentially any eye shape where the outer corners are lifted, the downward eyes outer corners are lower than its inner corner. The upper lids also generally slope down to meet the lower lash line. In this case, lifting your eyes is the main focus, as the downward turn can sometimes make you look sleepy.
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