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How your eye shape is defined in the beauty world featuring suitable eye techniques By Elizabeth Charters

I’ve always had this fascination with eyes and each and everyone of us has a unique shape and a distinct iris colour. My eyes are the colour of melted caramel chocolate. They turn amber in the light and are a regular soft brown.

This obsession of eyes didn’t begin with me, in fact, my brother loves eyes so much that he previously worked alongside an optometrist. My mother also loves eyes, she comes from a generation which has huge eyes. But this piece isn’t about my family or our eye obsession. In fact it is a piece about how to figure out what eye shape an individual has and suitable eye techniques which work great alongside their eyes.

My fascination with beauty doesn’t end with the eyes, in fact this was only the beginning. I can remember the day when I was a child and I invited my primary school best friend over. We would pretend we were already adults and would wear my mother’s clothes and apply makeup on each other’s face. (Don’t worry, mum’s permission was always asked first!!) We thought our application of makeup was grade A perfection. In my teenage years, still not having enough knowledge of makeup application, I can recall wearing vibrant eyeshadows which did not compliment my eyes, but instead made them standout. Later on in life, I learned through studying the art of beauty at makeup school, that eyeshadow colours should be a natural colour representation of the iris, unless for going out occasions where a two-three blend of eye shadow colour is used. The smoky or glamour eye look would be a suitable technique for this. Makeup school has taught me multiple things about beauty and when it comes to eyes. Another tip is when an individual would like a look to intensify their eyes, opt for a colour which is opposite the eye colour. For example with my brown eyes I choose bronze eyeshadows with hints of green to pop open the eyes.

Before I started my makeup course, I didn’t know much about eyes, their shape and which eyeshadows matched nicely for each eye colour. Mastering an eye look can be very tricky and I still get individuals walking up to me saying, how do i blend the colour on my eyelid to produce a vivid effect? To master the art of makeup application on the eye, keep in mind that the eye shape and spacing determine the placement of colour on the eyelid. Having almost completed my course, I’ve learned that eyes are one of the most prominent features of the face. There are multiple eye types, including: almond eyes, protruding, hooded, deep set, wide set, and close set.

In order to distinguish which eye shape an individual has, remember to keep these tips and tricks in mind.

Almond-is flat on the surface and hardly has any crease for the eyelid. Using a white eye pencil on the water line of the eye will open up the eyes. A three colour blend will provide dimension to the eyes and a lash curler is essential to lift the eyelashes up and make the eyes appear fuller.
Protruding-is defined as eyes which are big and one who has a large lid space, which is great for eye colour techniques. Individuals can use a dark colour to blend all over the eye. This technique will help to reduce the size of the lid.

Hooded-features an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease. Blend darker eyeshadows and apply mascara for a full eye appearance.
Deep set-
brow bone is prominent. The eyes are often large and they also are set deeper into the skull. Brighten this eye look by applying a warmer shade to the eyelid.
Wide set-
more than one eyeball width apart. Black mascara and eyeliner will be your best friends if you have wide set eyes. This will have the appearance of making your eyes seem less apart.
Close set-
less than one eyeball apart. For close set eyes use a lighter colour in the inner corner of the lid to make the eyes appear wider and spaced apart.


A good eye application will enhance your eyes providing them with added definition to be glamorous. Keep in mind with the eye types, there are warm and cool eye shadow tones which look best on the eyes. In case you are struggling with what eye shadow to place on your eyelids, separate them into two distinct categories:
Lighter colours-which include shimmers and which stand out more.
Dark colours-help a person’s features to look smaller.

Depending on the look an individual chooses to display on their eyes, these tips will help you confirm the right colour matching skills required. So now you know the different eye types and how they are defined in the beauty world plus the techniques which match best. Remember whether you’re young and experimenting with colour, (like once upon a time I did) or you are looking for a new eye technique, keep in mind that practise makes perfection! It is the key to achieve optimum results.


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