Unique Eye Shapes

By Sarah-Jade Thorne

Below are 6 unique eye shapes. Find out which one you are (you may even be a combination) and then learn how to make the most of your unique eye shape by using specific eye makeup techniques. Contact me via makeup@esjaytee.com if you need help deciding which eye shape you have.

1. Almond Eye Shape

Definition

Almond eyes are narrow and elongated in shape. They may have an upwards slant and often Almond eyes have a little or no crease in the eyelid.

 Almond eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a highlighting shade on your brow bone, upper lash line and the inside corner of your lower lash line. Apply a mid-tone shade from your outer corner and up over the hooded area. Take this same shade and apply it along your lower lash line starting from your outer corner. Take your darker contouring shade and repeat what you did with the mid-tone shade but only go about half way across your lid. Use this same shade to define your lower lash line, starting from the outer corner and working your way inwards. With eyeliner outline your upper lash-line with a very fine line (you can even apply your eyeliner in your top water line). To make your eyes appear bigger, try applying some beige eyeliner in your lower water line. Finish off the look by applying lots of mascara.

Make-up don’ts

Never apply a dark thick line of eyeliner along your top and bottom lash line as this will make your eyes appear small. Don’t use very strong or bright colors either as this can create an unnatural look.

2. Deep-Set Eye Shape

Definition

Deep-Set eyes tend to have hidden eyelids. These eyes are quite intense as the eyebrows seem to appear quite close to the eyes.

Deep-Set eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a light shade of eye-shadow over your entire eyelid. Then use a medium shade just above your natural crease line; doing this will help your eyebrow bone recede and bring more focus to your eyes. Next apply a darker contouring shade from the outer corner of your upper lash line then up onto the outer part of your brow bone. Apply a thin line of eyeliner on your upper lash line and then use your darker contour shade to line your bottom lash line, starting from the outer corner and tapering it along into the inner corner. Lastly finish off with plenty of mascara.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply dark eyeliner inside your water line as this will make your eyes look smaller even more deep-set. Don’t apply a shimmery highlighter on your brow bone as this will make your eyebrows more prominent and therefore your eyes even more deep-set.

3. Down-Slanting Eye Shape

Definition

Down-Slanting eyes have a downwards slant at the outer corners of the eyes.  This shape is usually quite large and round (similar to prominent eyes).

Down-Slanting eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a light highlighter shade on your brow bone, eyelid and the inner corner of your bottom lash line. Apply a medium shade slightly in from the outer part of your lid then bring it across your crease right into the inner corner of your crease. Take a mid-tone shade and apply it on your lower lid (also start it just a little in from the edge). Then take a darker contour shade and apply it into your crease, starting just in from the outer corner. Then take this some shade and apply it along your lash line, again starting just in from the outer corner. Apply your eyeliner only on the upper water line and finish off with mascara, concentrating on the middle lashes and not the outer ones.

Make-up don’ts

By applying a dark shade on your eyelid with a darker shade along the crease and highlighting shade in your inner corner, you will accentuate the downwards slant of your eyes. By applying mascara on your outer lower lashes you will also create an illusion of your eye being pulled further down.

4. Heavy-Lidded Eye Shape

Definition

Heavy-lidded eyes have large eye lids that make the eye look weighed down.  This eye shape is great for experimenting with make-up as there is a lot of space to work on.

Heavy-Lidded eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply a highlighter shade on the middle of your bottom lid. Take a medium shade and apply it over the bottom lid and into your crease. Also apply this same shade along your lower lash line and extend it beyond the outer corner into a V-shape.  Press some more highlighter onto the middle of your bottom lid. Apply eyeliner inside your top water line and finish off with a light coat of mascara on your top lashes only.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply shimmery shades over your eyelid as this will make your eyes look bigger and puffy. A thick line of eyeliner on your top lash line will make your eyes appear clumsy and too much mascara will weigh them down.

5. Oval Eye Shape

Definition

The Oval eye shape can be either a perfect oval or more a rounded oval.  There are neither deep-set nor very prominent.

Oval eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Apply highlighter on your brow bone and in the inside corners of your eyes. Apply a medium shade over your whole eye area (except your brow-bone). Take a darker contouring shade and apply it in your crease, starting from the outer corner, and blend. Make sure to concentrate the darker shade on the outer edges of your eyes. Elongate your eyes by extending your eyeliner just beyond your outer corners. Meet your bottom and top eyeliner in the corner so you make a V-shape. Apply a few coats of mascara, concentrating mainly on your top outer lashes.

Make-up don’ts

Don’t apply a dark shade on the center of your eyelid as this will make them look too round and avoid heavy eyeliner and mascara on your bottom lash line as this can pull your eye shape down.

6. Prominent Eye Shape

Definition

Prominent eyes are usually quite large and round, with quite large eye lids.

Prominent eyes you may know

(Click on the celebrity’s name below to see what a difference correctly applied makeup can make)

Make-up dos

Highlight your brow bone, only, with a pale shade. Apply your medium shade over your entire lid, leaving out your brow bone. Start your medium shade from your lash line. Apply this same shade along your lower lash line starting from the outer corner and bringing it inwards. Apply your darker contouring shade in the same way you did with your medium shade but don’t go further than your crease. Apply eyeliner along your top lash line and finish off with a few coats of mascara on your top lashes. If you want to make your eyes even smaller, you can apply eyeliner around your entire eye with the same thickness.

Make-up don’ts

Never highlight your eyelids as this may give your eyes a bulging look. Applying mascara on your top and bottom lashes will give you a doll like look.

56 Responses to Unique Eye Shapes

  • Jane says:

    I have heavy lidded eyes but whenever I try to look up make up tips heavy lidded eyes are lumped in with hooded eyes, which really seems like the complete opposite to.me. I have deep set, heavy lidded, almond eyes. I have a ton of lid space and a ton of lid space before my crease, and a lot of space between my crease and brow, with all.that space it’s hard for me to recreate the more sultry eye shadow looks that seem to capitalize on the short distance between the lash line and crease. I DO NOT HAVE HOODED EYES IN ANYWAY. Is there some more specific or just different terminology I can use to get some make up looks that suit my eye shape specifically? Also thanks for the celebrity references,I thought I was the only person with excessive lid.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Jane, you are right, heavy lidded eyes are very different to hooded eyes. When you look at the pictures and the definition under Heavy-Lidded eyes in my article, would you say that it describes your eyes? If so, follow the corresponding makeup tips and let me know how it works out.

  • kim says:

    I don’t know what’s my eye shape. It’s round, don’t know if deep set or hooded. And my pupil is not touching the waterline when i’m in my serious face.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Kim, you are welcome to email me a portrait photo of yourself (with no makeup). Make sure that your eyes are relaxed but open and that you’re looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape). My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

      I have many requests to get through but I will reply as soon as I can :)

  • Vanessa says:

    Hey! So sometimes my eyes look big and prominent and at other times it doesn’t . I have been told I have big eyes and for some reason I don’t feel all that confident about them. Plus I love using eyeliner. I was wondering if I show you my eyes you can tell me if I’m applying it right for my eye shape.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hey Vanessa,if your eyes are big and prominent, you will be able to get away with lots of eyeliner :) But if you want to double check what your eye shape is, you are welcome to email me a portrait photo with your eyes relaxed but open and looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape).

      My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Beth says:

    I have round and deep set eyes. Should I follow steps for both or just pick one?

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      It would be best to combine the steps for both Beth, so that you can highlight and correct (if need be) the uniqueness in both shapes. Let me know if you need help. My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Linda says:

    I need help too. I sent you an email this morning. Hope that is ok.

  • Madeline says:

    Hi, I’m still not completely sure about my eye shape could I send you a picture? I think it might be almond.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Sure Madeline, just send me a portrait photo with your eyes relaxed but open and looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape).

      My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Tanja says:

    Hi Sara

    Can I send you a picture of me too so you can tell me what eye shape I have? :) I’ve Been trying to find out for a couple of days and I find this article very helpful, But I’m still not quite sure which one I have.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Tanja, not a prob! Just send me a portrait photo with your eyes relaxed but open and looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape).

      My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Andrea says:

    Hi Sara
    Can I send you my picture so you can tell me what’s the shape of my eyes? it would really help me. Please let me know.
    Thanks.

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Andrea

      You are welcome to send me a profile pic with your eyes relaxed but open and looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape).

      You can email me you picture to makeup@esjaytee.com

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Sorry Andrea, meant to say a portrait photo and not a profile photo :)

  • Tika says:

    This is a super helpfull article, but I still can’t quite figure out what shape my eyes are.
    Most people say they have a bit of an almond shape and are a bit deep set. After this article I’ve come to a (in my opinion) weird combination of deep set almond eyes which may also be a bit hooded or is this because they are deep set…
    Eye shapes really are a puzzle for me I guess, but I can tell the eye shapes of pretty much al my friend xd

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Tika, if your need any help you are welcome to send me a portrait photo with your eyes relaxed but open and looking straight on at the camera (looking up or down at the camera won’t give me an accurate idea of your eye shape).

      You can email your picture to me at makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Jasaia Katia- Aziz says:

    I’m not sure what eye shape mine are.
    When I smile, the outer corners of my eyes turn downwards and it creates a sort of arch.
    When I’m not smiling, the outer corners don’t turn downwards.
    I have eyelid creases which are visible, but they’re not huge.
    Like the oval eye shape, my eyes aren’t deep set or prominent.
    I am mixed as well.. Mainly Vietnamese and Yugoslavian, but I’m also Egyptian and French if that helps.
    What shape are they?

    • Sarah-Jade says:

      Hi Jasaia, in order for me to be able to give you an accurate description of your eye shape I would actually need to see them. You may either have oval or down-slanted eyes or a combination of the two. What I usually advise, for people who are not sure, is to email me a picture of their eyes (open and without any makeup) looking straight on at the camera. You are welcome to do this. My email address is makeup@esjaytee.com

  • Lisa says:

    I would love to see a demo of the almond shape eye makeup. I have almond hooded eyes.

  • lele rivera says:

    OMG SO HELPFUL THANKS!!!!!

  • Sarah-Jade says:

    Hi Linda. I’m glad you found this article helpful! I’m guessing you have the stunning heavy-lidded eye shape :)

  • Linda says:

    Very informative. I never know how to apply my make-up, let alone my eye shadow. I am told that I have bedroom eyes, puppy dog eyes with lots of lid!

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