A flawless complexion and a bold lip might help in achieving the perfect look, but the eyes always steal the show.

When it comes to the perfect eye look we all want the same thing: brighter, bigger, more awake eyes. But getting to that point might be a little harder than we think.

How many hours have you spent watching Youtube tutorials attempting to recreate those beautiful looks and then proceeding to fail miserably?

So why is it so hard? You follow step by step instructions, you try time and time again, and your eyeshadow never looks like the tutorials you are trying to recreate!

It’s not your fault.

What many of us forget or don’t notice, is that we all have different eye shapes! What works for one person might not work for the next.

If your eyeshadow struggle is real, follow these tips to highlight, shade, and line eyes of every shape and size like a pro!

Round eyes:

You want to start by applying eyeliner from the inner corner of your eyes all the way outside ending in a straight line. Then highlight below the brow bone and inner corner of your eye with a light eye shadow. To show contrast between the highlighted parts of the eye, take a medium eye shadow color and with a light hand apply it above your lid. Then apply a darker color shadow along the crease of your eye without going overdoing it. Finish by blending the shadow from the outside going towards the middle of the eye to add dimension.

Almond-shape eyes:

These are the most symmetrical of all the eye shapes, a symmetry that we’re all trying to achieve with makeup. For my almond-shaped eye gals, this one is an easy one.  All you have to do is follow the round eye application technique and mimic the shape of your own eye!


Hooded eyes:

Those with hooded eyes have an extra layer of skin below the brow that covers the crease and makes the lid seem smaller. They don’t need much highlighting, so start by applying shadow only on the inner corner of your eyes. Then apply a good amount of a medium shadow to the hooded lid. Go heavy with the dark shade around the crease to give the illusion of a rounder eye and extend your eyeliner further out in order to balance the look.

Prominent eyes:

If you have prominent eyes use a light color to highlight just under the brow bone.

Just like hooded eyes you should heavily shade with a medium color and shade heavily under the crease as well. Finish by applying heavy eyeliner from the inner corner of eye to the outside with just a straight line.

Monolid eyes:

Begin by highlighting in the inner corners of the eye, going up and out to the center of the lid. Create a round shape by taking a medium shade and going above the crease from the outside of the eye. The dark shade should be used in the same motion very lightly to define the shape, but be careful not to go further in than the center of the eye. When applying liner, create a very thin line that gets a bit thicker on the outside.

Deep-set eyes:

For deep-set eyes use the same application techniques as you would for a round eye, but apply the dark shadow with a light hand.  You want to accentuate the highlighted parts of the eye to give the illusion of roundness, but not overpower it with dark shadow.

Close-set eyes:

To make close-set eyes appear wider apart, start by highlighting below your brow bone and inner lid the same as you would for round eye; the difference is the base eyeshadow. Use a medium color and shade a little farther out than the width of the eye in a wide, round shape. Then take the darker color and shade from the outside on top of the crease to give it more contrast. Start your eyeliner at the middle of the lid and extend it out further than your eye in a straight line.

Down-turned eyes:

Start by using your shadow to highlight and shade the same you would for a round or almond-shaped eye, the difference here is that your eyeliner should be much heavier. After applying the shadow, apply your eyeliner starting at the inner corners, and extend all the way to the outside.

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