Thursday, June 28, 2012

How To Apply Eyeshadow To Compliment Your Eye Shape

We all love eye shadow. Some of the packaging is irresistible, not to mention the colors! Unfortunately, one application technique DOES NOT fit all! Since the are different shapes of eyes, I have put together a tutorial to explain how to correctly apply eyeshadow to compliment your eye shape.  For the most basic of applications, three eye colors are used. 

Chart of various eye shapes
What makes this even more interesting is that some people have a combination of these shapes shown here!

This shape is considered to have the 'perfect' proportions, therefore any application technique will work.

Close Set...
The space between the two eyes is narrower/smaller than one of the eyes. Use light and/or shimmery colors on the inner corners to 'open-up' the eye area,  creating the illusion of the space between the eye appearing wider than it actually is. Extend the outer corners using dark colors. 

Deep Set...
This eye is set deep into the socket. Use light colors on the lid, and a medium one just above the socket and blend up and out. The already deep natural crease needs no definition in this case.

Hooded Eyes...
This shade has a fold of skin over the socket line. This sometimes happens as we mature. Matte colors in medium to dark shades are best to use if the eyes are more mature. Apply the darker color on the lid, and the lighter one above and up to the brow.

Droopy/Down-Turned Eyes...
The focus for this eye shape is apply colors up and out. Apply liner thinly and close to the lash line and blend shadow upwards and along the socket line in the outer 2/3rds of the eyes. Curling lashes and applying mascara can also help to created the illusion that the eyes are more 'up-turned'.

Protruding/Prominent Eyes...
Sometimes people call this eye shape 'bulging' eyes. The eyes 'bulge' from the socket to the lash and has a lot of lid. Matte colors are the best texture type to apply. The brightest of all colors chosen to be used, should be applied to half of the lid only and the medium and darker colors blended into the crease.

Asian/Smooth Eyes...
This eye shape has very little lid, if any at all. To create the illusion of more eyelid, darker shades in a matte or satin texture should be applied from the lash line all the way up to the socket. Create the illusion of a crease by blending a darker color than what has been applied to the lid into the socket area from the outer corner of the eye. Blend a light color under the brow.

Round Eyes...

To elongate the eye to give it a more almond shape apply a medium shade to the corner of the outer eye, and continue down along the lower lid. Sweep the color to just under the center of the eye. Apply liner extending beyond the outer corner of the eye. This is also called 'winging' the eye shadow.

Small Eyes...
To open up eyes, apply a frosted pastel or light color on the entire eyelid, and up to the brow. Use a darker color in the crease, sweeping color from the outer corner into about ¼ of the eye using a small blending brush. Use light/frosted colors on the waterline as well as under the bottom lash line. It also helps to shape the brows by removing some of the bottom hairs, this will increase the eye space.

I hope that this was able to help you, and remember - practice makes perfect!


  1. Wonderful, wonderful post sis. I don't know what shape my eyes are considered I was thinking almond. What do you think?

  2. Thank you. :) I am glad that it helped you. Oh yes honey, you definitely have perfect almond eyes! As well as a lot of eye space for eye shadow! So you want to make sure that you blend your colors well, and use different textures at the same time to give the shadow depth.

  3. Thank you sis! I'll try my best. Like you said practice makes perfect lol:-)

  4. LOL! Yes it does, and you will do just fine :)

  5. Wow, so interesting! I'm not sure my exact eye shape either( suggestions? lol), but I've been told I have almond shaped eyes. Looking @ the pictures, some of them look so similar, like the almond and deep set. You are so knowledgeable on this stuff sis! Cool post:-)

    1. Thanks. Most people have a combination of almond shaped eyes and one of the other shapes. Not sure if you were able to watch the video, but I tried to explain that as well. :)