Of all the makeup products out there, none are quite as transformative as eyeshadow. Between the colours, textures, and blending capabilities, the sky is the limit when it comes to creating cool, new looks with shadow. But keep in mind that a smoky eye that works for you may not work for someone else – and the difference often comes down to eye shape.
When applying eyeliner, most people tend to draw lines and use specific techniques to correct their eye shape, making it appear more symmetrical or almond-like. But when it comes to applying shadow, the fun of it is in complimenting and enhancing your eye shape with unique colours and techniques.
So, to help you compliment your beautiful eyes, Get The Look is showing you how to enhance them with shadow based on your shape. Keep in mind that just because a certain shadow style doesn't correspond with your eye shape doesn't mean you can't wear it! The world (and makeup bag) is your oyster!
Those with downturned eyes typically shy away from exaggerated flicks, since those can highlight their sloped lids. But rather than offsetting your downturned eyes, apply two different shades of shadow, one shade on your lid and in the crease, and one shade on the bottom lash line and upper lids, to draw attention to the eyes. The complementary colours will make it more dynamic.
Women with monolid eyes have natural cat-eye shapes. To accentuate this shape, layer different three bold shades of the same colour (like blue!) on your upper lids and in the crease, drawing the colour slightly outwards. For a more dramatic effect, start by drawing a coloured liner along your upper lashline. This will add a base to the look so that you can build a shadow of the same colour on top. Blend a lighter colour above the other two colours, extending it past the first flick. Apply a shimmery white shadow to the rest of the lid and all the way up to the brow bone.
If you have almond eyes, consider yourself lucky; just about every shadow style looks good on you. But bronzy, smoky eyes are at the top of that list. To get bronzed, smoky eyes, you'll need two shimmery, cream bronze eye shadows and a deep-brown liner. Start by swiping the darker of the two shadows along the lid, and then layer the lighter shadow from the crease to the brow. Rim your entire eye lid with the brown liner, and use a shadow brush to blend. Pair these eyes with a sultry, nude lip and you've got the ultimate bronzed goddess beauty look!
To make round eyes stand out, rim them with one single shade – the colour will appear balanced and not too over-the-top. Opt for a colour of your choice and start by sweeping it over your entire lid, and then use a slightly lighter shade of the same colour on the centre of the lids as a highlight. This will accentuate the round shape of the eye.
Rim the lower lash line with the same shadow, making sure to connect it at the corners of the eyes. Skip the liner and give your lashes a coat of black mascara.
Those with hooded eyes often complain about smudging. Whatever is on their lids tends to wind up on their browbones. So, the trick is to opt for something that would only look better smudgy – like a banana-shaped smoky eye.
Using an eyeshadow brush and a windshield-wiper motion, blend a coloured shadow of your choice into a banana shape on the upper lids. Make sure the pigment goes all the way up to your browbone. Next, sweep a lighter shade of the same colour along your lower lashline, and blend it into the inner corners. Make sure that the pigment along the lower lashes is significantly lighter than the shade on the top – this will brighten and open up your eyes. And if the pigment smudges, it will just add to the look!