Just when you’ve figured out your face shape, you realize that your eyes aren’t as “basic” as you originally thought. Each eye has a different shape and a unique look. And although it may seem exaggerated to harp on your eye shape, like your eyebrows, your eyes emphasize your best features.
Hooded eyes, almond eyes, round eyes, monolid eyes — there are different eye shapes. And each comes with different makeup tips and tricks.
Fortunately, figuring your eye shape isn’t as hard as it seems.
What are the Different Eye Shapes?
There are different eye shapes out there but six are considered “main” eye shapes — hooded eyes, upturned eyes, downturned eyes, monolid eyes, round eyes and almond eyes. Scientifically, the most beautiful eye shape is oval, which is a combination of almond and round. But in retrospect, all eye shapes are beautiful in their own right.
Apart from the actual shape, there is a secondary description that comes with the term “eye shape.” It involves your eyes’ placement on your face. Also, know that you can teeter between eye shapes. For example, you can have almond-shaped eyes that are rounder than others.
How Do You Know Your Eye Shape, Then?
The Internet is full of eye shape charts that you can use to figure out your eye shape but one of the best ways to know is to look at the mirror. Apart from the shape of your eyes, the creases on your lid can give you a clue, too.
Here’s how to find your eye shape.
Hooded eyes are a common facial feature known for the small flap of skin under each eyebrow, hence its name “hooded eyes.” In most cases, hooded eyes are confused with droopy eyelids, but they’re different.
Droopy eyelids are a medical condition whereas hooded eyes are a normal hereditary trait.
Hooded eyes are often described by the following characteristics:
- Hooded eyelids feature an extra layer of skin that droops over your crease, which gives your lid a smaller appearance.
- They also feature a deep-set crease and a heavy brow bone.
- When your hooded eyes are open, your eyelids aren’t visible. Instead, they retract into your crease.
More people than you think have hooded eyes. In the celebrity world, Camilla Belle, Jennifer Lawrence, Emma Stone and Blake Lively rock their hooded eyes.
Makeup for Hooded Eyes
If you have hooded eyes, you know the struggle of putting on eye makeup. The mascara constantly transfers to your brow bone, the eye shadow disappears completely and the liquid eyeliner looks crooked — these are just some of the common hooded eye challenges.
Fortunately, not all hope is lost. Consider the following hooded eye makeup tips:
- Apply matte eye shadow to your eyelid and thick eyeliner to your upper lash line to balance things out.
- Do a smoky eye. Apply a darker-colored eye shadow over your lid and blend upward. To create an illusion of a crease, create a cut crease.
- Use waterproof mascara and liner so they won’t transfer. Also, add a touch of light to the inner corners and under your brow bone.
If the iris of your eyes touches white on both the bottom and the top and you see a visible crease when you’re looking at your lids, you have almond-shaped eyes. You may also have the prettiest eye shape in the world! According to NPR.org, almond eyes are considered one of the most beautiful eye shapes due to their unique shape and deep expressive look. Another plus of almond-shaped eyes: you can pull off any eye shadow look!
Also, almond-shaped eyes are often the eyes animators use for their characters. To cap it off, almond eyes are known for looking sensual or sultry.
Other traits of almond eyes include the following:
- Unlike round eyes, the irises of almond eyes touch the bottom and top of the eyelid.
- Your eye shape tapers to a point by the outer eye and the tear duct.
- Almond-shaped eyes are longer in width and have smaller eyelids.
Celebrities with almond eyes include Gwen Stefani, Mila Kunis, Kim Kardashian, Kerry Washington, Scarlett Johansson and the Queen of the Beyhive, Beyonce.
Makeup for Almond Eyes
Accentuated eyelashes work well with almond eye shapes—either real or falsies. If you have almond-shaped eyes, you can also rock a smoky eye shadow look.
Other makeup tips for almond-shaped eyes include the following:
- Make your eyeliner thicker on the lower lid to emphasize the shape of your eyes.
- Accentuate your almond eyes by applying eyeliner on the top and bottom, too. Be it a smudged, ombré or winged eyeliner look, don’t be afraid to play with all the styles.
- Apply a deeper color in the outer crease and a lighter color on the lid of your eye to accentuate the almond shape.
- Make your almond eyes pop by tight lining the upper lash line with a liner or a shadow. This will open them more and make them look brighter and larger.
- For the classic daytime look, contour your almond-shaped eyes by dusting a lighter color across the lid. Use a darker shade on the outer half of your crease. Cap off the look with a volumizing mascara.
- Do a one-shadow eye look. Fill your entire lid with a single eyeshadow shade. Depending on the color you choose, this will give your almond eyes either a bold or soft look.
- A cut crease can also accentuate your almond-shaped eyes. Cut creases are defined by the sharp shadow above your eyelids. Fortunately, YouTube has plenty of video tutorials on cut creases for almond eyes.
How do you know if your eye shape is upturned? Check at the outer corners of your eye to see if they tilt up or down. If your eyes tilt upward, you’re part of the upturned eye squad.
Other traits of upturned eye shapes include:
- Also known as “cat eyes,” upturned eyes tilt upward, which gives you an exotic appearance. It’s almost as if you have a natural eyelift.
- Upturned eyes have a bottom lash line that curves upward to meet your top lashes.
Celebrities with upturned eyes include Rihanna, Kendall Jenner and Taylor Swift.
Makeup for Upturned Eyes
You can’t ever go wrong with winged eyeliner! Also, well-defined brows set the tone for people with upturned eyes.
- Create a more balanced look by using eyeliner on the lower and upper lash line but avoid going past the outer eye.
- Add an extra coat of mascara to your lower lash line. You can also apply mascara from the middle of your lashes towards the outer corner. This gives your upturned eyes a rounder look.
- Apply a deep eyeshadow shade on the outer corner of your eyes to open them up. Blend the shade outwards, following the shape of your eyes and your crease.
- Give your face symmetry by adding a liner to the bottom outer corner of your eyes.
- Always go for rounded eyeshadow and eyeliner looks so you won’t overemphasize your upturned eyes. This also keeps your eye shape balanced while still showing off your ‘upturned’ charm.
The easiest way to see if you have downturned eyes is to look at the outermost corner of your eye. Does it lift downward or upward? If the outer corner points down, you have downturned eyes.
- Also called “descending eyelid,” downturned eyes have upper eyelids that dip to meet your lower lash line.
Famous celebrities with downturned eyes include Anne Hathaway, Charlize Theron and Katie Holmes.
Makeup for Downturned Eyes
Balance your look by playing with shadows. Lift the outer corner of your eyes with shadows and eyeliner. Extend them to create an illusion of a lifted look.
- Falsies are your new best friends. Apply your false eyelashes in a pushed-up manner in the outer corner. Double up the last lash by applying more mascara. Push it up with your lash curler.
- You can’t go wrong with cat eyes. Create an illusion of a lifted eye by drawing out the eye shadow in a pointed and lifted shape towards your eyebrow’s tail.
People with round eyes have visibly noticeable creases. Also, the whites on the top or bottom of their irises are visible.
- Round eyes are also prominent and look more circular.
- The outer and inner corners of round eyes are rounded and not pulled outward or inward.
Celebrities known for their beautiful round eyes include Zoey Deschanel, Katy Perry and Ashley Olsen.
Makeup for Round Eyes
Round eyes are versatile so you can different liners and shadows in different colors. You can also rock different eyebrow looks, like eyebrow slits.
- Apply a deep contour in the crease and a deeper shadow at the end of your eyes.
- Also, go easy on the lashes. Extra lashes may make your eyes look bigger. Instead, add a coat or two on the outer lashes.
An eye shape often associated with Asian descent is the monolid eye shape. If you don’t have any (or much of a) crease where your lid meets the skin below your eyebrows, your eye shape is a monolid one. Your creases aren’t visible even when you open your eyes.
Celebrities known for their monolid eyes include Lucy Liu, Lana Condor and Sandra Oh.
Makeup for Monolid Eyes
Don’t be afraid to play with your makeup! Since monolid eyes have less space above the eye, you can experiment with a smoky eye look or other fun colors in the waterline.
- Create dimension. Use light-reflective and shimmery eye shadows in the corner of the eye. Emphasize!
- Don’t skip on the primer. Shadow fallout and oily lids are the top enemies of monolid makeup. Keep your eye makeup in place with a great primer.
- Keep your eyeshadow minimal. Adding more shadow won’t emphasize your monolid eyes. Instead, just keep it simple.
- Use gel instead of liquid eyeliner. Gel liners can be easily applied compared to their liquid counterparts. Plus, you can do so much more with the angled brush that comes with a gel eyeliner.
Universal Tips For All Eye Shapes
Whether you have almond-shaped eyes, hooded eyes or oval eyes, there are still a few makeup tips that apply to any eye shape. Here are some tips applicable to all eye shapes:
- Light eyeshadow shades emphasize, brighten and bring forth an area. On the other hand, darker shades can recede and define an area. Keep these in mind if you’re trying to expand the space (e.g. hooded eyes) or create more definition (e.g. round eyes).
- Open up your eyes by using nude eyeliner to tightline your waterline. This trick makes your eyes appear brighter and larger.
- If you want to achieve the doe eye look, curl your lashes before applying mascara. This is especially applicable to downturned eyes since those lashes droop if you don’t curl them properly.
There are many eye shapes out there and some of them are combinations of two types. But no matter what your eye shape is, yours is beautiful. Don’t stress out! A little makeup can help you enhance the natural beauty of your eyes.