Eye Makeup Application Based on Your Eye Shape

Ideas of beauty vary widely, but there are typically a loose set of guidelines that govern basic makeup techniques within given eras. For example, blue eye shadow and red lipstick dominated the WWII era, cat eyes and nude lips were popular in the '60s, the '80s saw an uptick in punky, neon colors for makeup (not to mention bold application), and the turn of the century saw a return to the natural look in terms of makeup trends. But whether you want to adopt a retro look, take on modern trends, or simply look your best every day, there is one thing you have to consider first when choosing eye makeup, and that's the shape of your eyes. Everything from your brows down to your lower lashes will determine the makeup that suits you best. So here are a few tips to compliment every eye shape.

You may not know it, but the eye makeup you choose has the power to enhance your natural shape or even correct issues you might have with the shape and placement of your eyes. But first you need to determine your eye shape. There are three basic shapes: almond, oval, and round. But it's very rare for eyes to be perfectly spaced or placed on your face. You might have to work with eyes that are set wide or narrow, those that are deep-set or prominent, or even smooth lids or hooded eyes (those that have either less or more skin on the lid). All of these factors may call for different makeup application tips in order to make your eyes look the best.


Almond eyes, which turn up at the outer corner, are sometimes considered the beauty ideal, and for this eye shape you need do little more than apply a shadow over the entire lid with a highlight shade right under the brow and a darker tone in the crease. A little mascara will complete the look, and if you want to add some drama with a liner, you can simply apply it evenly on the upper lash line for the illusion of thicker lashes. As for other eye shapes, the makeup techniques you use can help you to emphasize what you like and downplay what you don't.

Oval-shaped eyes tend to be wide like almond eyes, but turn down slightly at the outer corners rather than up. And rounder eyes simply aren't as wide. The thing to remember with any eye makeup dilemma is that darkness is recessive while highlights stand out. Understanding this basic principle can help you figure out how to maximize the potential of your eye shape. For example, if you want to make your eyes look wider (or wider set), you can extend dark shadows past the outside corner of your eye while adding a highlight shade at the inner corner. For eyes that are prominent you would use dark shades all around the eye with a lighter color from the crease up to the eyebrow, whereas hooded or heavy lids should receive an all-over sweep with a lighter shadow and a darker contour shade on the outer corners to give the illusion that the lids have been pulled up and out.

It's not always easy to determine the best way to apply makeup in order to create a look that will work for you. But when you know the role that eye-shape plays (as well as the eye shape you're working with) you can find ways to use cosmetics to achieve the appearance you desire. Then all you need is a pair of Air Optix Aqua lenses so you can lose the glasses and let everyone get a good look at your gorgeous peepers.

(Guest Post by Carol)

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