They say that the eyes are the windows to your soul. The eyes say it all! Just a swipe of mascara and some eyeliner and most of us already look that much more awake, having our eyes on display for all to see. But, not all eye shapes are alike. You may hear how some people have “wide-set” eyes or “almond-shaped” eyes, but which eye shape do you have? Here at BeautyStat, we wanted to find out once and for all the different types of eye shapes in order to help you readers know how to apply your makeup accordingly. We got in touch with celebrity makeup artist Susan Posnick — who has painted the faces of Cindy Crawford and Diane Lane — to give us tips on how to apply eyeliner, shadow and mascara to our unique and different eye shapes. Read on to find out more!
Penélope Cruz has prominent eyes; photo courtesy of BellaSugar.com
1) When it comes to applying makeup to certain eye shapes, what are the number one rules for each shape?
Deep-set eyes: Keep the eyelids light in color
Close-set eyes: Keep your lightest color on the inside of the eyes, deepest color to the outside
Prominent eyelids: Keep your shadow color neutral, avoiding noticeable eyeliner
Anna Paquin has close-set eyes; photo courtesy of Flare.com
“Droopy” eyes (that slant down at the outside corners): Keep light color to the very outside of the eye on the lid and under the bottom lashes
Hooded eyes (happens more as we age): Use the lightest color from where the iris of the eye is, all the way to the arch of the brow; it shifts the attention upwards rather than across.
Almond-shaped eyes: The most exotic eye shape. Use liner — winged, cat eye — extended past the outside corner of the eye; can also use on the inside rim of the eye on the waterline
Blake Lively has hooded eyes; photo courtesy of TheGloss.com
Wide-set eyes: Anything you do will work
2) How should you apply eyeliner, shadow, etc. to the certain eye shapes mentioned?
Zooey Deschanel has almond-shaped eyes; photo courtesy of Self.com/Getty Images
Deep-set eyes: Keep lighter color on the lid. Use a smudged liner close to the lash line
Close-set eyes: Avoid using liner in the inside 1/3 of the eye and let it get thicker as you move to the outside. extending it past the eye. Do all you can to focus the attention away from the center of the face. Think of using your shadows in the same way.
Brandy has wide-set eyes; photo courtesy of Fashionbombdaily.com
Prominent eyelids: Keep your deepest color close to the lashes in a smudged line and use neutral colors on the lids. Try using some bright color underneath the bottom lashes, especially as they are so on trend right now.
Droopy eyes: Stop your eyeliner before the outside corner or better yet, wing it up! Also, use liner or shadow at the outside corners of the bottom lashes, extending up and out.
Hooded eyes: Bring eyeshadow color above the crease to create more shape to the eye, highlighter under the brow bone and use the trick mentioned above of shooting a light color up at an angle — it shifts the way one sees the eye.
Britney Spears has droopy eyes; photo courtesy of Sheknows.com
Almond-shaped eyes: Use liner from the inside corner past the outside. Upper lids and lower lids, inside rim
Wide-set eyes: Rules don’t apply
3) Should every eye shape apply eyeliner to the inner rim?
“If your eyes are small, often the case with hooded eyes, skip liner on the inside rim (waterline), unless it is a bright color.”
Kim Kardashian has deep-set eyes
4) Which products work best for certain eye shapes?
“Powder shadows work best on deep-set eyes, droopy eyes and hooded eyes, as they are less likely to crease. Liquid liner or liner gels are best on all eye shapes, except prominent eyes, because of their staying power. On most eye shapes however, I usually use a liner pencil or deep shadow color to soften the line.”
5) What type of look can every eye shape pull off?
Every eye can pull off bright color, which is so popular right now. Whether you make a bold statement by using a lot of color on the lid, or simply open small eyes and brighten eyes, with turquoise liner in the inside rim or line your eyes in amethyst, think color!
With these simple and effective steps, anyone can make their peepers stand out regardless of the occasion. What do you ladies think about your eye shape? How do you make your eyes really pop? Let us know by commenting below, which will automatically be posted to our Community Forum (click here to check it out!) where you can find other beauty related discussions! Don’t forget to also submit a photo to our Photo Of The Day (click here!) feature, where a new photo will be picked daily. Your photo just might be selected, so get going!
– Theresa Romano
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