Open your eyes to the different eye shapes

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  • Monday, February 11, 2019
Open your eyes to the different eye shapes
Open your eyes to the different eye shapes

Applying makeup is an art. It’s creative, but at the same time, there are some basic rules that underpin it all. To make the most of your makeup (whether for a night out or daily wear), you need to know what you’re working with: your tools, makeup products, and the unique features that make you who you are. Eye makeup is truly magical when it comes to enhancing your peepers – you can make your eyes lighter, darker, more sparkly… and you can tailor your technique to suit different eye shapes.


Almond eyes

Congratulations! You won the eye shape lottery. Almond eyes are perfectly symmetrical, which leaves your eye makeup options wide open. Many darker skinned girls have almond eyes – it’s a common Asian and African eye shape. Experiment at your leisure – especially with smoky eyeshadow and eyeliner wings. Create a stunning smoky eye with the Urban Decay Naked Smoky Eyeshadow Palette that features 12 matte and shimmer neutral shades, from highly-pigmented charcoal to the palest peach. 


Downturned eyes

Downturned eyes are slightly angled downwards at the outer edge. Cat eye makeup styles are a great option to create the illusion of an upward tilt. Liquid eyeliner is a must-have. Our top pick is L’Oreal Paris Superliner in Superstar Black. This eyeliner pen provides precise application for cat eye wings, and its smudge-free formula lasts up to 24 hours.


Close-set eyes

If the distance between your eyes is smaller than the width of one eye, you have close-set eyes. To create a sense of increased space, dab a touch of highly-pigmented NYX Professional Makeup Hot Singles Eyeshadow in Whipped Cream to the inner corners of your eyes. Apply dark eyeshadow colours only to the outer corners and focus your mascara on the outer corners. 


Wide-set eyes

The space between wide-set eyes is greater than the width of one eye. This is quite versatile to work with, as you can apply dark shades of eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes without worrying that they’ll look too close together.


Hooded eyes or deep-set eyes

With hooded eyes, the issue is that very often your eyeshadow artistry disappears under your brow bone. Use a good primer and apply shadow up past your natural crease and onto your brow bone, so that it is visible when your eyes are open. 


Protruding/prominent eyes

Protruding eyes have a larger-than-usual lid that protrudes from the eye socket. The good news is that protruding eyes are generally quite big and round, so even though the shape is not technically perfect they are great for eyeshadow experimentation. If you want to try and reduce the size of your lid, use heavy black eyeliner.


Small eyes

Dark eyeliner will make your eyes look even smaller. For an open eye effect, go nude or choose a light shade for your lower lash line. Shimmery, light-catching eyeshadows are a must for your makeup kit. Try the Maybelline Total Temptation Eyeshadow + Highlight Palette – including 8 light and airy eyeshadow hues and 2 highlighters to complement any facial makeup look.


Whatever your eye shape, it’s important to wear makeup that makes you feel confident and beautiful. Try experimenting with different makeup trends – you never know, maybe you’ll discover a new look to fall in love with!

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