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Determining Your Eye Shape

Posted by Blank Canvas Cosmetics 01/01/2016 0 Comment(s)

To determine the best way to do your eye makeup, you should know your eye shape. However, many people have no idea what the different types of eye shapes even are. Here is our handy guide on how to determine your eye shape, and how to apply eye makeup to best suit your look.

Almond Shaped Eyes

To determine whether or not you have almond eyes, compare your shape with that of the tree nut. If you look in the mirror and you can see your entire iris, you do not have almond eyes; part of your iris should be obscured by your eyelid to qualify as almond. It is very easy to apply makeup to this type of eye shape. Simply follow the natural contours of your eyelid. While bold looks are great on almond eyes, avoid putting eyeshadow under your eyes, as they will look smaller.

Monolid Eyes

Monolid eyes are eyelids without a crease, so it is very simple to determine whether or not you have them: if you do not have an eyelid crease, your eye shape is monolid. You want to create a gradient effect with your eyeshadow. Start by applying eyeshadow to your upper lash line and smoothing it out towards the outer corners of your eyes. Then, take a darker color to highlight the outer part of your eyeshadow. Then, use a lighter color on the inner corners of your eye. Finish with mascara to really make your eyes pop.

Hooded Eyes

With hooded eyes, the eyelids appear smaller because a fold of skin hangs over the natural crease. If you look in the mirror and cannot see much of your eyelid, you likely have hooded eyes. Smokey eyes in particular look incredible on hooded eyes, because dark and bold colors are best for this eye shape. Apply eyeshadow on both the upper and lower eyelids. Do not highlight your brow bone because it will draw more attention to your lack of eyelid.

Downturned Eyes

Downturned eyes are essentially almond shaped eyes, but the outer corners turn down. The best look for this eye type is the cat eye. When you apply liner, extend it past the outer corner of your eye at a 45 degree angle.

Upturned Eyes

As you may have guessed, upturned eyes are the opposite of downturned eyes in that the corners of your eyes appear to turn up. If you look in your mirror and it appears that your lower lid is larger than your upper lid, you likely have upturned eyes. The goal of your eyeshadow should be to make your lids look more proportional. Apply thin, dark liner and shadow along your upper and lower lids to create a mirrored effect.

Protruding Eyes

Protruding eyes look exactly as they sound. This eye shape is large, round, and appear to bulge out of the socket. These eyes offer a lot of lid to work with. To reduce the amount of shape on your upper lid, draw eyeliner that is thin towards the corner of your eyes and thicker towards the outside of your eyes. Neutral shades will also make your eyes look less prominent.


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