• Michelle Houghton

Eye Shapes And Eye Shadow

Updated: Jan 14, 2019


Are you applying your makeup to help your eye shape? Did you know that there is a right and wrong way to apply eye shadow for different eye shapes?

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Click here to watch my YouTube video tutorial

Links to products I used is at the bottom of the page


You have probably watched those YouTube videos and tried to do what those girls are doing on their eyes and it's not working out for you. It could be because your eye shape is different than theirs. Let's try to narrow down what your eye shape is and how to apply shadow and highlights to YOUR eyes.


The main goal in eye shadow or any makeup application is to give the illusion that your face has perfect proportions. No one does however, so this is impossible...unless you have some tricks to use! The goal is to apply your makeup so your face looks proportionate and well placed on your face. Shadowing and highlighting the correct places makes a huge difference.


Here are the different eye shapes and tips on how and where you should shadow your eye. Nobody's eyes are the "wrong" shape, we just want to apply shadow and makeup in a way that makes things look more proportionate. Like a piece of artwork.



Close Set Eyes

Eyes narrower than one eye width are regarded as close set. Use light colors on the inner corners and extend the outer corners using darker colors. Line the outer corners as well.


Wide Set Eyes

The focus for this eye shape is to shade inward. You want the look that your eyes are closer together. Curling lashes and applying mascara can also help to lift the eyes.


Monolid Eyes

This eye doesn't have an eye fold. You really want to shadow the outside of the eye, trying not to darken too much of the lid. Adding a winged eye liner and lashes would be the best.

Hooded Eyes

A fold of skin hangs over the socket line (often due to aging skin). Use matte colors in medium to dark and keep eye makeup simple.


Deep Set Eyes

This eye is deep into the socket, with a small mobile lid. Apply light colors on the lid, with a deeper color on and just above the socket line. Be sure to blend up and out.

Protruding Eyes

This eye shape has a bulge from the socket line to the lash. The best way to shade this eye is to use medium to dark matte color to shadow and hide the whole lid.


Upturned Eyes

I would suggest not doing a wing liner, because your outside corners are already up. But you can still apply eye liner or shadow to the lining of your lashes. You could even shadow more inward and closer to each other.


Downturned Eyes

Shadow on the outside and higher to make your eye appear higher. Wing the eye liner up and lashes will also help.


Almond Eyes

Considered to have “perfect” proportions meaning any eye technique will work.


What eye shape are you? If you can't tell, ask a friend or family member to take a guess for you.


Let me know in the comments what eye shape you have!


Here are the links to all the products I used in the video.

Maskcara Eye shadow

Maskcara brushes

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Pomade

Tarte Lash Curler

Loreal Mascara

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Michelle Houghton