Unfortunately, not all of us were destined to be seasoned makeup artists. But the good thing is, we can learn how to play up our peepers by taking a tip or two from the pros. Because the eyes are the windows to the soul, right? Or, uh, something like that… Anyway, here are 8 need-to-know tips for accentuating your particular eye shape with makeup.
Almond-Shaped Eyes Like Kate Moss
Top Tip: To accentuate this eye shape, use light, medium and dark eyeshadows in complementary colors, advises makeup artist and Founder & Creative Director at Vincent Longo Cosmetics, Vincent Longo. “Place the lighter shade on the inner corner of the eye, the medium shade in the half-moon (crease of the eye) and the darker shade on the outer corner of the eye.”
As far as liner goes, a gel eyeliner can be applied from the outer corner of the eye towards the inner corner, but only three quarters of the way in, says celebrity makeup artist Kimara Ahnert. “Using the darker shadow, draw a thin line of color below the lower lashline from the center of the eye out. To finish off the look, apply some mascara to both the upper and lower lashes.”
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Prominent Eyes Like Mila Kunis
Top Tip: If you have prominent peepers, you’ll want to avoid light colors and steer clear of anything too shimmery, warns makeup artist Susan Giordano. “Light shades and anything that reflects light will only serve to emphasize the eyes.” To tone it down, Susan recommends applying velvety shadows in deeper colors, such as a dark plum or soft charcoal, depending on your coloring and/or personal preference. “Use a highlighter under the brow bone to catch the light and bring the area forward. A liquid shimmer works great.”
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Deep-Set Eyes Like Cameron Diaz
Top Tip: Deep-set eyes are the opposite of prominent, so you’ll want to bring them out with a lighter color on the lid and some skillful contouring in the crease, says Susan. “Start with a shimmery nude shadow all over the lid, and then use a deeper color in the crease, blending it just slightly above the crease line.” The idea here is to create depth with shadow, which will serve to “push” the lid out and forward visually. If you apply eyeliner on the upper lid, keep it close to the lashline and smudge with a Q-tip or brush so that it’s soft.”
Wide-Set Eyes Like Amanda Seyfried
Top Tip: If you have wide-set eyes, Kimara recommends using a palette of 3 eyeshadow colors: one dark, one medium and one light (any color scheme will do). “Start by applying the dark color on the whole eyelid, then use the medium color of the palette in the crease, from the outer corner all the way in to the inner corner, blending the dark and medium colors together. This continuous sweep of shadow will help balance out the eye shape, adds Vincent. No harsh lines should be visible. Next, apply the lightest color to the brow bone to create a highlight, says Kimara.
Close-Set Eyes Like Ginnifer Goodwin
Top Tip: For eyes that are set close together like actress Ginnifer Goodwin’s, it’s best to avoid anything too dark and matte on the inner corners, advises Susan. “To create the illusion of space, do a wash of a pale shimmery shade over the entire eyelid, up to the brow bone, and then take a deeper color and shade the outer two-thirds of the lid. When you get to the outer third, extend the color slightly above the crease, past your lid and bring it around under the eye, stopping at the midway point.” This will elongate your eye, but everything should be very soft and blended with no harsh lines, says Susan. Last but not least, a pearly pencil or liquid shimmer on the inner corner of the eyes will further the illusion and add a bit of sparkle.
Monolid Eyes Like Lucy Liu
Top Tip: If you have classic Asian eyes, Vincent recommends applying a thin line of liquid liner along the upper lashline. Curl your eyelashes to define and open up the eyes, making sure to get as close to the lashline as possible for added length. “For a more layered look, create a shadow that runs from the lashline to the half moon (crease of the eye), which will give your peepers a more almond shape."
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Droopy Eyes Like Rose McGowan
Top Tip: To lift droopy eyes, trace a line from the outer third of the lashline, moving upward and outward, suggests Vincent. “Give the line a slight upward sweep at the outer corner of the eye, as this will help to both lift and balance them out.”
Susan adds that a defined eyebrow arch will also contribute to the upward illusion. “Be sure the tail end is slightly elevated and not pointing downward,” she says. “Also, pay special attention to your outer lashes by giving them an extra coat of mascara. Hold the wand vertically and, using a slight back and forth motion, coat the lashes bringing them up and out.”
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Hooded Eyes Like Blake Lively
Top Tip: For hooded eyes, Susan says to keep makeup simple and stick to darker colors in matte or satiny textures. “The best technique is to do a wash of color over the entire lid, and extend it up to where your natural crease would be. Use a lot of mascara on the upper lid, and if you use eyeliner, keep it very close to the lashline.”
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