Eyeshadow application is no doubt my favorite part of doing makeup! Not only can you create different looks through the use of different colors, you can also use eyeshadow to alter the shape of your eyes and correct your flaws. For the next couple of entries, I will be focusing on the use of eyeshadows. But first, let us look at the different ways on how to correct the shape of your eyes.
To make wide-set eyes appear closer together, blend a taupe or brown shadow from the beginning of the brow down the sides of your nose to draw in the eyebrows. Use a darker color in the inner half of the eyelid and blend close to the corner of the nose to “pull” your eyes together. Save the lighter color for the outer half of the lid. When applying eyeliner, start from the inner corner of the eyes and stop right at the outer corner. Do not extend the line upwards or past the outer corner.
Like-wise, to make close-set eyes look wider apart, use a darker color on the outer half of the eyelid. Extend it above the eye and under the brow. Use a lighter color on the inner half and line your eyes starting from the middle and extend it up and out.
Avoid using a dark color on the eyelid which will only make your eyes look more recessed. Instead, opt for a lighter color and place a darker color only under the brow bone. Line your top and bottom lash lines and extend the line past the corner and upwards.
Blend your eyeshadow from the center of the eyelid and deepen it at the outer edge of the eye, extending it beyond the outer corner. Elongate your eyes by extending the liner past your outer corner for about 1/4 of an inch.
To give droopy eyes a lift, use a light color from your lashline all the way to the browbone. Line your upper lashes, extending the line diagonally upwards at the outer corner. Apply a darker eyeshadow from the extended liner to the crease. Blend inward and upward from the outer corner. Avoid lining your lower lashes but if you must, make sure the line is thin.
On smaller eyes, apply a light color on the lid and a darker color on the crease. Highlight the inner corner of your eyes with a shimmery color to open them up and remember to curl your lashes and apply mascara on both top and bottom.
Need help figuring out your eye shape? Check out this helpful video by Smashbox’s Global Pro Lead Arist Lori Taylor.