Posted on February 5, 2014
Just as important as finding shades that are flattering for your lids is to understand your natural eye shape. This will help you when applying your shadow and liner to fit your face. Here are Gabriel’s tricks for each specific eye shape to make the most of that wink!
ALMOND EYES/UPTURNED EYES (think Angelina Jolie)
Most eye shadow techniques will work on this eye shape. The lower lid can look longer than the top lid. To make them appear more proportioned apply a pencil or dark shadow along the outer lower corner to bring down the lifted effect of the outer corner. Whatever look you’re achieving be sure to “mirror” the effect by swiping the colors along your bottom lash line.
DEEP SET EYES (think Julianne Moore)
Set deeper in the skull with large eyes creates the illusion of a prominent brow bone. Brighten the lid by using a metallic peach (try ZuZu Luxe Casino) or neutral (try Gabriel Color Bone) and illuminate your brow bone with a shimmery shade.
HOODED EYELIDS (think Blake Lively)
This is where an extra layer of skin droops over the crease, which in turn causes the lid to seem smaller. Apply darker shadow over and out past the crease, drawing the focus upwards. Tightlining the top waterline will enlarge your eye shape and thicken your lash base (try using Gabriel Angle Brush).
PROTRUDING EYE (think singer Mya)
This eye shape creates projected lids in the socket area. This shape gives you lots of area to work with. To keep this lid from overshadowing your look you’ll want to blend darker shades all over your eye. Smoky Eyes work best with this shape! Apply a thick liner along the upper lash and voila!
CLOSE SET EYES (think Jennifer Aniston)
This is when you have less than one eyeball width apart. To create the look of more space, just add sparkling or frosty light shadows in the inner corners (try ZuZu Luxe Platinum). Apply an extra dab of mascara to the outer corners of lashes to pull the focus outward.
WIDE SET EYES (think singer Brandy)
Wide set eyes are when you have more than one eyeball width apart. Lessen the look of extra space by using a black liner as close to the inner tear duct as possible, on both top and bottom lash lines. Swipe all of the lashes from mid eye towards your nose with a mascara comb (try using Gabriel Brow/Lash Brush).
DOWNTURNED EYES (think Camilla Belle)
These eyes have a slight drop to them on the outer corners. This is a great shape for creating the perfect cat eye! Apply a liquid liner (try ZuZu Luxe Liquid Liner Raven) on the top lid and extend out and up at a 45 degree angle. This will create balance.
MONOLID (think model/actress Devon Aoiki)
These lids are flat on the surface with not much of a crease or no crease. You will want to create an illusion of dimension and define the brow bone with gradient eye shadows, dark to light. Start with the darkest color to the lash line, soft neutral in the middle and lightest at the brow bone. Lastly curl your lashes for the added lift.
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