Beauty Matterz #1: How to Know what eye shadow technique suits your eye shape

I guess some of us ladies dunno  that we each  have distinct and different eye shapes. Have you ever wondered why the way your BFF applies her eye shadow never works for you? Or the way you’ve seen eye shadow and eye liners applied on YouTube videos never seem to gave the same effect when you try it out?

Well thats because your eye shape was probably different from that in the tutorial.

Here’s a guide to knowing your eye shape and what makeup technique works for it…you can thank me later



Deep set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. When applying your eye shadow,  brighten it up by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid (think peach!) and highlighting under your arches with an illuminating crayon. Be  sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges.



Monolids are flat on the surface and don’t have a defined crease. Create definition and the illusion of dimension on your flat surface with a gradient of eye shadows, dark to light. Shade the darkest color closest to the lash line, the soft neutral hue in the middle, and the shiny color at the brow bone.  Always curl lashes for a lift.



Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller.  Eyes have a fold above the lash line that is only visible when the eye is open. To draw the focus upward, diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease.  Tight line the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape, and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.



Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. To bring your peepers closer together, Rim your top and bottom lash line with a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible. Use a mascara comb to swipe all of your tiny lashes from mid eye to nose.



The upturned eye takes the form of a classic almond shape, with a natural lift at the outer corner so that The lower lid looks longer than the top lid.

To even out the upper and lower proportions,  applymdark shadow or pencil along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect. Whether you’re creating a standard smoky eye or a vibrant masterpiece, always use the mirror effect by swiping the colors along the bottom lash line.



Protruding eyes create the appearance of projected lids in the eye socket area. Luckily, the bulge gives you plenty of lid space to play with!

To keep the lid from overpowering your look, blend darker tones all over your eye. Because dark tones recede space and size, smokey eyes work great with this eye shape! Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.



Downturned eyes have a slight dropping on the outer corners. This is the perfect shape for creating a sexy cat’s eye shape.

Apply a liquid liner along the top lid and extend outward and upward at a 45 degree angle. This effect will create symmetry.



Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. Creating the illusion of more space is simply a matter of using light eye shadows in the inner corners. Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.”

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