Monday, August 12, 2013

Finding Your Eye Shape, and What to Do With That Information When Applying Makeup

A friend of mine recently asked me for some more information on the various eye shapes. Each eye is shaped differently and there are good and not-so-good ways to enhance your naturally beauty depending on your shape. The best information I have found on the various eye shapes is a video posted on Youtube by GossMakeupArtist. Not only does he show photos and help you decide what shape your eyes are, he also makes makeup suggestions for each type. I love this guy, he's the real deal.

If you don't have time to watch the video, here's a synopsis:

Standard Eye: Lucky you! You've won the eye shape lottery. Go ahead and style your makeup anyway you want.
Natural Hooded Eye: You, too, are a fairly lucky lady and can handle almost any type of eye-shadow application. That said, Goss recommends shimmer shadows as the best way to open up a hooded eye.
Aged Hooded Eye: Unlike the natural version of this shape, a more mature hooded eye won't do well with metallics, as they draw attention to sagging. Instead, opt for a matte-finish shadow.
Close-Set Eyes: Avoid dark colors near the inside of the eye—instead, focus on the outer corners, pulling the colors away from the nose.
Wide-Set Eyes: For this type of eye, do the exact opposite of the above, applying darker colors on the inner corners, and pulling everything inwards, toward the nose.
Downturned Eyes: In the case of so-called 'droopy eyes', Goss advises to end your eyeliner application a bit before the outer corner of your eye, so as to avoid highlighting the 'sad' nature of the shape.
Deep-Set Eyes: Unless you’re doing a smoky eye, avoid dark shadow on the lid as it pulls the eye back even further. Try a light shimmer shadow instead.
Prominent Eyes: If you want to add a bit of subtly to your large eyes, contouring and matte shadows are your friend.

Professional makeup artist advice or not, just remember the key to looking beautiful is to do whatever makes you feel most beautiful with your eye-makeup. If you believe dark shadow on the outer corners of your wide-set eyes makes you look like Audrey Hepburn, please continue to wear it.Then strut your beautiful unique stuff all over town.

Without further ado...

And from my favorite Irish woman I give you "Finding Your Eye Shape":
For more in-depth tutorials on different eye shapes check out Type F's composium of beauty tutorial articles. There's enough to keep you busy there for a very long time. 
Thanks for reading, and stay beautiful!