Make-up based on their eye shape is something that more and more people are becoming aware of. Knowing your eye shape can make it easier for you to know what shape your eyeshadow can have to best flatter your features.
But how do you find out?
In this makeup school, we will teach you how to see the difference in different eye shapes and what distinguishes them. Remember that you can always have a combination of several eye shapes and that of course, you can make up your eye shape just the way you want!
What you should think about
What you should first look for is whether you have an eye fold or not. A fold is the place where your eyelid meets the brow bone and creates a crease. If it is visible then the next step is to check if it is visible when you look straight ahead in the mirror. Sometimes the fold, together with the lid, may be completely or partially hidden by the skin above. You may need to take that into account when you are makeup.
This eye is often seen as the easiest to make up, since one does not have to think much about the shape of the eye and how the skin wraps around it. It has no particular slope in any direction, the lid is visible and there is no skin that hides the line anymore, either on the outside or on the inside. It does not sit far in the face, but does not stand out either.
This eye fits in most forms, and there is nothing special to take into account. In our opinion, this is not the most common eye shape. Most of us have some kind of variation, even though the basic form goes towards almond.
You have eyes with a hidden glossy line if the space between the brow and the lash line is smooth, without being divided by a line on the lid. This is called “mono-lids”, but it is then believed that the crease lies deeper under the skin that conceals it.
When you make up: Powder properly, otherwise products may slip around on the lid. Feel free to let your eye shadows go higher up the eye so that they are visible even with the eye open.
Occasionally, the cap may be diminished or completely obscured by overhanging skin. The brow can also come forward and contribute to this. This is usually called “hooded eyes”.2 and many with this type of eyes find it a little harder to make up. But of course it doesn’t have to be!
When you do your make up: Powder well and dab a lot of pigment so that your eye shadow is in place! Place your shadows higher up on the lid so that they are clearly visible above the glossary. Go further up the further out on the eye you will come to reduce the impression that the globe fold is hidden.
You have a negative line if the brow forms a slope on your eye shape. The highest point on your globe line is usually at the inner part of the eye, and then slopes downward. These kinds of eyes are often called droopy eyes because they can look somewhat drop shaped.
Important when you make up: Focus the shadow in the glove line on the outer part of the eye, and let it go higher up to the outer edge where you really want the glove line to continue. Feel free to apply a darker shadow on the outer edge to smooth out and lift up.
If the angle of the outer part of the eye pulls downwards or upwards you have inclined eyes! Here, the focus is usually on either highlighting or smoothing out the shape of the eye. However, it all depends on your personal preference. Generally, on a downward eye, one usually tries to balance and lift the shape, while on an upward one either dampen or reinforces the slope.
When you make up: Adapt to the shape of the eye! Try to either reinforce the shape or even it out. You reinforce it by following the shape as it already looks. You do dampening by doing the opposite – for example, you can lift a downward eye with upward shadows. Or attenuate an eye that has its slope upward with lower-lying shadows.
If you have more space at height and maybe even some visible white eyes under the iris, you have round eyes. On round eyes, one usually focuses on either enhancing the roundness or narrowing the eyes with different techniques.
When you make up: Have a plan – do you want to make your eyes look rounder or do you want to make them look longer? Experiment with different shapes on your eyeshadow and eyeliner. On round eyes, it is your own taste that applies. An eyeliner with a wing can taper off, while an eye shadow that follows the shape of the eye reinforces the round shape.
A pair of deep-lying eyes have a clearer brow that often casts a shadow over the eye. It may then appear that the eye sits deeper and further into the face.
On a prominent eye it is the other way around – the eyes sit further ahead and often create a slight elevation of the skin around. Here, too, more of the white of the eye can be seen around the iris, just like on round eyes.
When you make up: In deep-lying eyes, you can avoid dark shadows in the line as it enhances the depth. A prominent eye can be suppressed by using a slightly darker color over the entire lid, so that the eye does not appear as clearly.