Hey guys! Sorry for the lack of posts this past week. It was All-Star break so the hubby and I took the 4 days he had off to hit up the casino and the outlet mall north of Manhattan. If you ever have a chance to go to the Woodbury Commons Outlet I strongly recommend it! Anyways, back to the post.
Not everyone may realize this, but we all have different eye shapes, each as beautiful as the next. But eye shapes are like hair texture, the girls with the straight hair want curly hair, and vice versa. If you are a makeup artist, determining the shape of a client's eye is huge. When I was a singer I had a lot of makeup artists. Some were great, some were....terrible. The terrible ones stood out for one reason, they did the same makeup application on every client, because their focus was if the makeup looked good, not if the client looked good. I have hooded, close set, small eyes, so being a girl, I naturally want what I don't have. Large, wider set eyes, concealing the slight hood. If a makeup artist, or yourself, doesn't take the eye shape into consideration then your choice of application could be actually making smaller eyes look smaller, or close set eyes appear as if they are sitting right on top of your nose. Here I will help you find your eye shape, and give you the best application tips to achieving the look you desire.
Know Your Eye Shape
This shape is pretty basic, your eyes are shaped like an almond. This is considered to be the prettiest eye shape, but whatever.
Though your eyes might not be obviously wide set, if they are further than one eye length apart, they are considered to be wide set.
The opposite of wide set eyes, your eyes would be considered close set if they are less than one eye length apart.
Deep set eyes sit further back in the socket than the average eye, the lid covering your eye will be smaller as well as a result. It is harder to determine if you have deep set eyes. To do so, take a pencil and place it vertically against the brow bone leaning against the cheek. If your eyes are not against the pencil and are noticeably back behind the pencil, than you have deep set eyes.
More common in older women, hooded eyes, have a small fold of skin that hangs over the socket and slightly over the lid. It sounds worse than it actually is.
Protruding eyes sit further out from the eye socket than most eyes. The crease from socket and the eyeball itself is very deep creating a slight bulging look. Again, sounds worse than it actually is.
If the outer corner of your eyes sits lower than the inner corner, you have down turned eyes.
Makeup Tips For:
Well you've hit lottery! This eye shape is considered the most proportionate so every makeup look, looks great! Nothing I can say will help you!
If you have wide set eyes and would look them to appear closer together, its all about contouring and highlighting. Contouring, or adding a darker shade, brings the focus point to the darker area. So if you apply a darker shade to the inner corner of the eyes, it will bring your eyes closer together. You don't have to use a black or super noticeably dark shade, just use something subtle maybe 1 or 2 shades darker. If you prefer to use one shade across your lid and still like the look of a highlight in the inner corner of your eyes, then pull your eyes closer together using eyeliner. Lining all the way to the inner corner of the eye will bring the eyes in, just skip a thicker outer edge as that will bring the eyes out and defeat the purpose!
If you have close set eyes and want to bring your eyes out, you would use the opposite technique as wide set. You want to use a lighter colour on the inner corner of your eye and a darker shade on the outer corner. The darker shade will bring the focus outwards, pulling your eyes figuratively away from the nose. The lighter colour will brighten the inner corners pushing the focus point out even more. To add extra oomph, use eyeliner to pull your eyes out even more. Make sure to focus on the outer corners of your eyes. Start the application in the center of your lid and work your way out, creating a thicker line as you go.
With deep set eyes, the goal is to make the eyes appear as if they are coming towards us and not disappearing away. To do this you want to use a brightening eyeshadow across your lid, preferably with a hint of shimmer. This will bring the lid outwards while brightening the shadow that is being caused from your eyes sitting behind the brow bone. If you want a more dramatic look then wear a darker shade on the crease and outer corners, but make sure to always use a brightening shadow on the lid itself.
Hooded eyes sound gross, but they're actually not bad at all. However, If you have a severe hooded eye there is always one thing to remember, never use ultra shimmery shadow across the crease and hood itself, because this will only bring attention to the hood, stick to a matte formula shadow. If you want to counter act the hood there's not A LOT you can, but brightening the inner corner of your eye, or the inner area of the lid, with a highlighting shade opens up the eye so much that it draws attention away from the hood.
If you have protruding eyes and would like to conceal this, never use a dark shadow in your crease. With protruding eyes you already have a natural deep shadow in this area, and adding a dark shadow here will only accentuate the "bulge" of your eye. Use the darkest shadow more towards your lash line pulling up towards the brow bone, without creating a perfect crescent along the crease. Then use a lighter shade on your brown bone and blend the two together. This will conceal the shadow and "bulge" between the eye and brow bone.
If you have down turned eyes you are in good company! Marilyn Monroe is a perfect example of a woman with this eye shape. The goal here is to bring the outer corner of your eyes upwards. To do this apply a darker shadow to the outer corner of your eyes and blend upwards and out creating a type of cat eye. Also, skip a dark colour on the outer lash line on your lower lid, this will only pull the eyes down more. You can also use eyeliner to pull your outer corner up. Depending on if your eyes are average, wide, or close set, start your eyeliner application accordingly and apply it thicker towards the outer corner.
*If you guys would like to see a video demonstration on each of these eye shapes and application techniques let me know in the comments section below!