What is your Eye Shape?


Determining your natural eye shape is just as important as finding the most flattering colors for your lids. Knowing how to apply eye shadow and liner will help you find better techniques to fit your face.

Here are some tricks for each specific eye shape:

Deep Set Eyes

Deep set eyes are large and set deeper into the skull, creating the illusion of a more prominent brow bone. 

Brighten up the natural shadowing by dusting on a beige or warm metallic hue on the lid and highlighting under your arches with an illuminating crayon. Because the ends of your lashes likely graze your lids, be sure to apply waterproof mascara to prevent smudges. 


Monolids or Asian eyes are flat on the surface and don't have much of a crease, if any. The brow bone is less defined.  

Create definition and the illusion of dimension 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.  Curl lashes for a lift.

Hooded Eyelids (This is me)

Hooded eyes feature an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease, causing the lid to appear smaller. 

To draw the focus upward, diffuse darker shadow over and out past the crease.  Line the top waterline to intensify and enlarge your eye shape, and thicken the lash base, which also can disappear under the lid fold.

Protruding Eyes

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. Dark tones draw back space and size, smoky eyes work great with this eye shape. Apply thick liner along your upper lash line to further diminish some of the space.

Upturned Eyes ( Sorry I couldn't find a picture to use of this one)

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

 To even out the upper and lower proportions, apply dark 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.

Downturned Eyes

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

Close set eyes are less than one eyeball width apart. 

Creating the illusion of more space is a matter of using light eye shadows in the inner corners. Try frosty white or sparkling nude hues. Dab extra mascara or add individual lashes to the outer corner to pull the focus outward.

Wide Set Eyes

Wide set eyes are more than one eyeball width apart. 

To bring your eyes 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.

Here are some ways to help you determine what eye shape you have:

  • Take a magnifying mirror and sit in a room with good lighting. Make sure the mirror is big enough so that you can have a clear view of your eyes.
  • Now focus on your eyes properly especially on the space between the inside corners of each eye. For instance if the space is shorter than the width of one eye then you have close-set eyes and vice versa.
  • Next have a close look to your eyelids. Close one eye and touch the bone located between the eye lash and the brow line. This bone line will tell about the crease on your eye lash. This will help in telling whether you have hooded or Asian eyes.
  • Keep your eyes open and notice the visible eyelid skin between your lash line and your brow bone. This space will tell you whether you have deep-set eyes, close set eyes or standard almond shaped eyes.
  • Have a close look at your eyes and your other facial features. If your eyes are larger than the other facial features then you have large eyes and your eyes are shorter than the other facial features you have short eyes. 


Important Point:

Always pay attention to the eye shapes of other people around you and try to determine your own eye shape. This way you can know what types of eye makeup suits a particular eye shape. You can always ask a friend to evaluate your eye shape and ask for her suggestion. A second opinion never hurts.
The basics of eye makeup application begin with determining the shape of your eyes. This way you can stand apart from the crowd.