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December 23, 2015

How to apply eye shadow for your eye shape

Are your eyes small, round, monolid, upturned or downturned? Eyes come in all shapes and sizes and our makeup should be adapted to each. Here are the best makeup techniques to use based on your eye shape.

Almond eyes

As the name suggests, this eye type resembles an almond. Almond eyes are symmetrical with slightly upswept outer corners. You want to use your eye makeup to give them more depth.
To do so, start by applying a light shade to the entire lid, followed by a medium shade to the outer corners. Then, use a dark colour to line the upper and lower lashes.

Round eyes

Round eyes are large and the white part of the eyes is more visible. What you want to do here is elongate the eye.
Begin by sweeping a light eye shadow over the entire lid surface. Apply a medium shade to the outer corners, right at the base of the upper and lower lashes. Then, to make the eye look elongated, line your upper lashes with a dark shade, extending up and out.


Monolid eyes

With monolid eyes, the crease is not very visible and the brow bone is less defined. Eye shadow is used to add dimension and definition.

To create the appearance of a crease, sweep on a light shade over the entire lid. Use a medium shade just above the crease, from the inner to the outer corner of the eye. To add definition, line the upper lashes with dark matte eye shadow.


Hooded eyes

Hooded eyes are not just an issue for women over 45. Depending on the shape of your face, you can have hooded eyes at any age. With this eye shape, makeup is used to make eyes look bigger and add definition.
 
To accentuate the eyelid, sweep a light shade over the entire surface. Apply a medium shade to the crease in a slight upward movement and blend. Finish off by lining the upper lashes with a dark matte colour, once again blending upward.

Downturned eyes

With their slight drop at the outer corners, downturned eyes are perfect for most eyeliner looks. Your makeup mission is to lift up those outer corners.  

Begin by adding a light shade across the upper lid and in the inner corner of the eye. Then, lift the outer corner by using a darker shade in the outer crease, moving outward. End by lining the outer corner of your upper lashes with a dark matte eye shadow.

Upturned eyes

Upturned eyes feature very visible lids and a slight upward lift at the outer corners – the perfect canvas for a smokey eye.
For greater symmetry, you want to apply a light shade from the inner corner of the eye to the centre of the lid. Follow with the application of a darker shade to the outer half of the eye lid. End by lining the outer corner of the upper and lower lashes with a dark shade.

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