Morning! So remember awhile back when I did a post about finding your face shape, and then using that to find your most flattering eyebrow shape? You're gonna think I'm shape-obsessed, but I'm back at it! I really want to cover eye shapes as kind of a prerequisite to some smokey eye and basic eye makeup tutorials because your eye shape will determine how you "should" apply your shadow and liner ("should" of course, meaning "may want to consider" since I have a rather rigid "no rules up in herrre" policy).
The five main shapes I'm talking about here are:
There are probably other eye shapes, and it could be that you fall into two categories—like dowturned and round—but these are pretty much the basics.
You may already know your eye shape, but if you need a little bit of help or think you could be between categories, I've put together a little Cosmo-esque quiz that's going to double as our sorting hat here.
First step: Go check your fine self out in the mirror, please. Give yourself a cutesy little wink and a "damn, I'm lookin' good today," and then look at your eyes straight on and answer the following questions:
The reason I made you do that is because I really want to get into smokey eye execution and assorted makeup looks, and the placement is really dependent upon your eye shape. I don't want to be advising you to do something that you're going to look at when you're finished and be like "aww hail naw."
To illustrate my point, have you ever tried on something that looked incredible on your friend, but then you check yourself out in it, and you feel like it emphasizes ALL the wrong features? That's because shape is important, and it's the same story when it comes to dressing up your eyes.
This is the look I did on myself today to enhance my almond eyes. I look really tired, I know. Hence, my crazy, lazy hair day. Don't judge.
Keeping darkness in the outer V really elongates your almond eyes and shows off the symmetry, and I've kind of found out that applying dark liner in your water line really accentuates the SHAPE of your eyes (while white liner in your water line makes them look bigger).
This look is actually pretty easy. In fact, Kyle called me when he was 10 minutes away, wanting to go on a little lunch date today, and I went from totally bald-faced to this in like 12 minutes (he can wait for two minutes, right?). And to make it even easier, I'm resurrecting this little paint by numbers that I did awhile ago to really illustrate and reiterate placement for almond-shaped eyes. I'm starting with almonds because I've got a pair of my own so it's pretty convenient :)
Here's that pictorial from May that I did.
Remember that this applies primarily to almond-shaped eyes. As a general rule of thumb, find your crease while your eyes are open, and only apply the light shade/main color to the part of your lid beneath the crease that's visible with your eyes open. I'll post some more graphics of the other eye shapes when I can get my paws on some new faces. :)
Also note that if you have deep-set eyes, stick to lighter shades with your smokey eye, and if you have protruding eyes, darker colors on the top lid work well, along with a THIN defined liner on the bottom lash line.
By the way, just a random side note (which is why I justified it to the left side like so:) for you: don't go too heavy on the eyeliner if you can't see much of your lid with your eyes open. It'll make them look smaller and heavier and just generally drag them down, which isn't really what we're going for.
Would you guys be down for some video tutorials? I'm thinking I need to start getting in that ballgame or my posts are going to continue to be three miles long every day. I'll work on that. Regardless, I hope you enjoy!