Eye Shapes & Eyeshadow Looks

January 04, 2016

Eye Shapes and Eyeshadow Looks

Hey ladies! So you wanna perfect your eyeshadow game? Well, the first place to start is to know your eye shape. Why? Because each shape calls for a different technique to bring out the best in your eyes. Smashbox has identified 6 basic shapes: Almond, Round, Upturned, Downturned, Monolid, and Hooded. Check them out below, and see the types of looks that best suit them:

1. Almond Eyes

Almond Eyes

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Almond eyes are mostly perfectly symmetrical with the outer corners slightly upswept. The eyes basically resemble an almond, and is considered the most versatile shape. You'll want to create depth and intensity if you've got this eye shape.

Day Eyeshadow Look

Almond Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light shade and sweep it across the entire lid.

For depth, use a medium shade on the outer corners.

Line upper and lower lashes with a dark shade.

Night Eyeshadow Look

Almond Eyes Night Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light shade and sweep it across the entire lid, from your lashline to your brow bone.

For a contoured look, apply a medium shade along the uper lashline and crease in a "V" shape.

Using a dark shimmer shade on the outer corner of your eye can really accentuate them.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Almond Eyes Defined Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light matte shade on your brow bone.

With a light shimmer shade, sweep it across your entire lid.

If you want your eyes to look larger, use a dark matte shade and tightly line your upper lash line.

2. Round Eyes

Round Eyes

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Round eyes are larger and rounder than almond-shaped eyes, with the whites of the eyes being more visible. The main thing you'll want to achieve if you've got this shape is to elongate them lengthwise.

Day Eyeshadow Look

Round Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light shade and sweep it across your lip up to your crease.

Apply a medium shade on the outer corner of your upper and lower lash line.

To elongate your eyes, line your upper lash line with a dark shade, extending out and up at the outer corner.

Night Eyeshadow Look

Round Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Use a dark shimmer shade close to your upper lash line and blend upwards.

Sweep a medium shade across your crease.

To accentuate your eyes, use a black shade and line your entire upper lash line.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Round Eyes Defined Eyeshadow Look

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Apply a medium shade on lid.

Sweep a medium matte shade across your brow bone.

Draw attention to your outer eye corners by tightly lining the outer corners of your upper lash line with a dark shade.

3. Monolid Eyes

Monolid Eyes

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Common among Asian eyes, this shape is charaterised by a less definded brow bone, and little to no crease. However the large lid space that comes with this eye shape makes it ideal for multiple looks. If you've got this shape, you'd want to create definition and dimension.

Day Eyeshadow Looks

Monolid Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Sweep a light shade across your entire lid.

To create an illusion of a crease, use a medium shade above your lid and contour.

For definition, use a dark matte shade to line your upper lash line.

Night Eyeshadow Looks

 Monolid Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light matte shade and sweep it across your brow bone.

Apply a medium shimmer shade on your entire lid to maximise your large lid space.

For added definition, line your upper lash line with a dark shade and blend upwards.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Monolid Eyes Defined Eyeshadow Look

(Image from Smashbox)

Sweep a light shade across your brow bone for definition.

Use a medium matte shade on your entire lid.

Line your upper lash line with a dark matte shade. Do the same with your lower lash line, but with a thinner line.

4. Downturned Eyes

Downturned Eyes

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These eyes are characterised by the slight drop at the outer corners of the eyes. If this is your eye shape, you'll want to accentuate them and enhance the outer corners.

Day Eyeshadow Look

Downturned Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Sweep a light shade across your lid and inner corner.

Use a medium shade on your outer crease to lift the outer corners.

With a dark matte shade, line the outer corner of your upper lash line.

Night Eyeshadow Look

Downturned Eyes Night Eyeshadow Look

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Sweep a light shimmer shade across your lid.

With a medium shade, apply it on your crease and blend upward.

Line your entire upper lash line with a dark shade and blend upwards at the outer corner. This enhances the outer corners of your eyes.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Downturned Eyes Defined Eyeshadow Look

(Image from Smashbox)

Sweep a light shimmer shade across your lid.

Apply a light matte shade on your brow bone.

For a "cat eye" look (perfect for this eye shape), line your entire upper lash line thinly with a dark shade, extending out and up to create the "cat eye" effect. Don't line your lower lash line.

5. Upturned Eyes

Upturned Eyes

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This shape has visible lid areas and a natural upward lift at the outer corners of the eyes. It's the perfect shapef or smokey eyes! You'll want to enhance symmetry and really emphasize the upward lift if you've got this eye shape.

Day Eyeshadow Look

Upturned Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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To enhance your lid surface, vertically divide your eyes in half, and use a light shade for the inner half, while using a medium shade for the outer half.

Use a dark shade to line the outer corners of your upper and lower lash lines.

Night Eyeshadow Look

Upturned Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Use a light shimmer shade on your lids and inner corners.

With a medium shade, line your upper and lower lash lines, and blend.

To even out proportions, use a dark shimmer shade to line the outer corner of your eyes, and blend outward.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Upturned Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

(Image from Smashbox)

Use a light matte shade on your brow bone.

Sweep a light shimmer shade across your lid.

To enhance symmetry, thinly line your upper lash line with a dark shade. Using the same shade, apply a thicker line at the outer corner of your lower lash lines.

6. Hooded Eyes

Hooded Eyes

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Characterised by a less visible lid, with a hidden crease. This eye shape is great for contouring, and the main goal with this shape is to enhance the visible eyelid space.

Day Eyeshadow Look

Hooded Eyes Day Eyeshadow Look

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Sweep a light shade across entire lid to enhance visible lid space.

Use a medium shade on crease and blend upwards.

Line your upper lash line with a dark matte shade, and blend upwards.

Night Eyeshadow Look

Hooded Eyes Night Eyeshadow Look

(Image from Smashbox)

Use a light shade on your brow bone and inner corner to give your eyes "presence".

Apply a medium shade on your entire lid, and blend upwards above the crease.

To add definition, line your upper lash line with a dark matte shade, and blend upwards at outer corner.

Defined Eyeshadow Look

Hooded Eyes Defined Eyeshadow Look

(Image from Smashbox)

Use a light matte shade on your brow bone.

Sweep a medium matte shade across your lid.

Thinly line your upper lash line with a dark matte shade to help your eyes appear bigger.

That's It!

Now that you know your eye shape, and how to really make them stand out, it's time to whip out your eyeshadow palette for some practise! Need an eyeshadow palette?

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