.Make-up By Tess.

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Sep 7, 2009

What's Your Eye Shape?

Very common and excellent questions were asked by an aspiring make-up user and I thought to myself, "Hey, why don't I just post the question on here, just in case more readers have the same curiousity."

Here it is:

1). How do u apply eye make up on someone who has deep set eyes without making her look like a racoon but at the same time making her eye color pop? Lol i tried to at prom...but we ended up not putting any on her...but the lady at the store managed to do it nicely.... and

2). I have a chinese friend whose eyes naturally droop..a lot.. and is single lidded and i'm curious to know how to apply makeup to her...like enhance her eyes without making her look like a racoon too....

So along with answering Danielle's questions, I thought I would include all the other eye shapes that may be suitable for you (coming soon!):

Things to keep in mind:
Light eyeshadow: brings forward, enhances
Dark eyeshadow: recedes, pushes back, makes lid look deeper

Remember...BLEND, BLEND, BLEND (in small circular motions)!!!!

Common goal: to make your eyes look like the classic shape - almond

Deep-set Eyes
The eye lid is set back from the plane of the face which makes the eye lid appear deep and the eyebrow bone appear pushed forward.
Eyes look like they have sunk into the socket. The goal is to bring your eye lids forward.

Courtney Cox Arquette a.k.a Monica from Friends

  • Use a light shade over the entire lid to de-emphasize the entire lid space.
  • For the outter 3/4 of the eyes, you may use a medium shade from the base of the eyelashes to the crease of the eye.
  • Avoid using any dark eyeshadows especially for contouring. This will make your eyes recede and look even more deep.
  • No need to add a highlight (light colour) to the brow bone. You do not want to make the brow bone look like it appears even more pushed forward from the plane of the face.
  • When applying eye liner, apply a thin line along your lash line.
  • You may apply mascara evenly.

Hooded Eyes

Limited eye lid space. Eyes may look like they are closed especially if your eye lid droops a little or folds over your lash line or it may look like the "seductive sexy eyes" :P. The goal is to create a contour and give the illusion of a deeper eye lid and more lid space.

Blake Lively a.k.a. Serena from Gossip Girl
  • Apply a highlight colour (lightest colour) all over your eye lid
  • Apply a contour colour (darkest colour) along your upper lash line and blend the colour up and outward into your crease. This results in your eye lid looking deeper than it really is.
  • Blend a medium colour in your crease to contour your eyes. Apply the colour a little above your crease to give the illusion of more eye lid space.
  • Apply eyeliner on your upper lash line and on the outter 1/3 of your lower lash line.
  • You may apply mascara evenly.

Droopy Eyes
Your eyes slope downwards at the outer corner of the eyes. This may give the illusion of "sad eyes". The goal is to create an upward lift.

Britney Spears
  • Apply a highlight colour (lightest colour) all over your eye lid up to your brow bone.
  • Apply a medium colour on your entire eye lid.
  • Take your contour colour (darkest colour) and blend it up and into your crease. When applying the contour colour stop right before the outer corner of your eyes to create a lift.
  • Apply your eyeliner along your lash line. But when you get to the outer corner, follow through with a tick (cat-eye effect) to create a lift.
  • When applying mascara, do not apply evenly. You do not want to accentuate the outer corner lashes as it will make your eyes look droopy. Therefore, concentrate more on the inner and middle lashes.

Thanks Danielle for your questions!! I hope this helps! :D

Stay tuned for more eye shapes!
Coming soon:
wide-set eyes, closed-set eyes, round eyes . . . etc.

Feel free to e-mail me if you have any questions! :)


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