Determining what shape your eyes and how your eyes are positioned is easy and could help you make the best of your features. Here’s how to do a quick check.
Find a room with a lot of natural light (preferably) and a good mirror (magnifying mirror if possible).
Look if your eye has a crease, if not you have a ‘monolid’ eye shape, which is the most basic eye shape and also has tricks and tools to make the most of this shape.
Look at the outer corners of your eyes. Do the point upwards? In this case you have ‘up-turned’ eyes. If they point downwards, you have ‘down-turned’ eyes. It could also be that your eyes do not point upwards or downwards.
Look at the crease on your eyelid again. If the crease is hidden behind your eyelid, you have a ‘hooded’ eye shape.
Look the whites of your eyes around the iris—the coloured part of the eye. If you can see any white around the top or bottom of your iris, you have ‘round’ eyes. If you cannot see any white above or below the iris, you have ‘almond’ eyes.
Looking in the mirror again, make sure that both your eyes are visible. Look at the inside corners of your eyes, if there is less space than one eye size between them, you have ‘close set’ eyes and if there is more than one ‘eye-space’ between them, you have ‘wide set’ eyes. It could also be that the space between is exactly the size of one eye, making it equal.
Determine the depth of your eyes. ‘Deep-set’ eyes are tucked further back into the eye socket and ‘protruding’ eyes bulge outwards.
Compare your eyes with your mouth and nose. Average eye size will be similar to that of your mouth or nose. If your eyes are significantly smaller, you have small eyes. If they are larger than your other features, you have large eyes.
Makeup Tips for Eye Shape and Position
Apply makeup according to shape. For most women, the shape of your eye will determine the best practices to follow when applying eye makeup.
•For ‘monolid’ eyes, create a gradient of eye shadows to add dimension. Apply dark colours close to the lash line, a soft neutral toward the
middle, and a shiny colour near the brow.
•If you have upturned eyes, apply dark shadow or liner along the outer lower corner of the eye, thereby making the outer corner look lower.
•If you have down turned eyes, apply liner close to the upper lash line and blend the shadow across the socket, but only on the outer two-thirds of the eye. This “lifts” the overall appearance of the eye.
•For hooded eyes, use medium to dark matte colours and apply as little as possible to avoid overwhelming the eye.
•If you have round eyes, apply medium to dark shades over the center of the eyes and use light shades to highlight the corners. In doing so, you “narrow” the overall shape of the eye.
•If you have almond eyes, you have what many consider to be the “ideal” shape. You can try just about any look with your eye makeup.
Take width into consideration. If you have notably wide or close set eyes, you may want to consider that quality, as well, when you decide how to apply eye makeup.
•For close set eyes, use light colours on the inner corners and dark colours on the outer corners. Line the outer corners with mascara, as well. Doing this extends the outer corners of the eye.
•For wide set eyes, apply dark liner as close to the inner corner as possible and use mascara on the lashes from your mid-eye to your nose. As a result, your eyes will look closer together.
Consider eye depth, as well. Eye depth does not necessarily play a huge role in the application of makeup, but there are a few things worth considering.
•If you have deep set eyes, apply light colours on the upper lid over your eyes and a darker colour and just above the socket line. This redirects the shadows of your eye, drawing it further out.
•If you have protruding eyes, use medium to dark colours around the top and bottom of the eye, extending the colour no further than the creases on either side. Using a little more colour than normal adds more shadow to the eye, making it appear further back in the socket.
Note peculiarities involved with small or large eyes. The amount of eye makeup you should use may vary if your eyes are sized outside of the traditional norm.
•Small eyes tend to be overwhelmed when you use dark colours, so stick with light to medium shades and avoid weighing down your lash line with too much liner or mascara.
•Large eyes give you a larger palette to work with, so you can play around with a variety of looks. Medium to dark shades tend to look better, though, since light shades can make the eye look even larger than it already is.
Spruce up your appearance and experiment with these new tips! Annique Day Spa stock all Annique Colour Caress make-up products and offer professional make-up applications and workshops, as well as image consulting and wardrobe planning.
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