Do Eye Know You? Know Your Eyeshape


I watched a ton of Youtube videos when I first got heavily into makeup.  I tried (unsuccessfully) to recreate some eye looks from my favorite MU Gurus.  I couldn’t figure out why their look didn’t look good on me.  I did notice how some people had a larger or smaller amount of lid space than I did, a more prominent crease, deeper skin folds (hood), but I didn’t think it mattered.  It’s just makeup, right?

Good grief no! The differences in eye shape, size and placement changes where you place color on your eye that will make you look your best.  Knowing these details will also help you avoid the frustration of a recreation not turning out as planned.  Unless your eye is the same in all three categories as the person you’re viewing, there is no point in trying to ‘recreate’ it.  Use their color combination or technique to your advantage and make it work for you.  Once you know your eye shape, you can easily make adjustments to perfect your Eye of the Day!!


Do you have round or almond shaped eyes?  You can give the illusion of elongated eyes by winging your eyeliner and extending out your outer V.  What is the size of your eyes; small, big or average?  What is the placement of your eyes?

Down Set (Moon-shaped) eyes droop down toward the outer corner.  To disguise this, keep the outer edge of your makeup to a 45 degree angle.  Thicken and smudge your eyeliner towards the outer corner.

Your eyes are Wide Set if the distance between your eyes (inner corner to inner corner) is wider than the width of one eye.  Concentrate the darker shades on the inner third of your eye blended toward the nose and fading down toward the outer corner.


Your eyes are Close Set if the distance between your eyes (inner corner to inner corner) is smaller than the width of one eye.  Concentrate the darker shades on the outer third of your eye and extend your eyeliner further out.


Deep Set eyes are set deeper into the eye socket and have a prominent brow bone.  Keep lighter shades all over the lid concentrating the darker shades in the crease and blended up.


Prominent eyes bulge from the socket to the lash line.  Keep lighter shades above the crease and apply the deeper shades on the lid.


Hooded eyes have no visible crease with skin fold covering (partially covering) the eyelid.  Apply darker shades to the outer corner and where the crease would be – just below the eye socket bone and blend a little further up.


Mono lid eyes have no visible crease or eye lid fold.  You can apply darker shades where your crease would be (following along your eye socket bone) and to the outer corner.  You can also apply darker shades to your lid and blend up or smoke up with lighter tones.


Average eyes don’t have any of the placement characteristics listed above.  Concentrate the darker colors in the outer V and in the crease.

These are just guidelines.  Do your own research on your eye shape and practice, practice, practice.