For some people, their ritual isn’t complete unless they’ve created an entire face of makeup from the skincare to their setting spray. Casual makeup users typically focus on an area of their face they’d like to accentuate, and that area is usually the eyes.
Creating a perfect eye is a fun and rewarding experience, but it’s important to note that something that looks incredible on one person may not be well suited to another person. An amazing eye look starts with considering your eyes, and finding the things that will work best to perfectly suit you.
Consider the Shape of Your Eye
Eyes come in many shapes and sizes. There are round eyes, almond eyes, hooded eyes, monolids, wide set eyes, and close set eyes. The same eye look that looks perfect on Miley Cyrus won’t look nearly as beautiful on Awkwafina, Amanda Seyfried, or Kate Moss. These women all have drastically different eye shapes and eyelids.
Wide set eyes do well with well defined inner corners. Close set eyes look better with bigger, brighter inner corners to maximize the appearance of distance. Hooded eyes and monolids are better suited to smokey, blown out looks, as the lower eyelid shade won’t be very visible with the eye open. Round eyes can be made to look a little more feline with a sharply defined outer corner, and almond eyes can be balanced with a light shade on the waterline.
Properly Groom Your Brows
If your eyes are a painting, your eyebrow is the frame. If your brows are too thin, too thick, or unkempt, their appearance is going to overshadow or interfere with the appearance of your eye makeup. If you aren’t sure how to get the length, shape, and thickness of your eyebrows right, you can always go to a professional waxer or threader. If you have a few minutes, you can do it at home.
There is a basic formula for brow shape that will work well for most people. The inner portion of the eyebrow should be made level with the edge of the nostril. The arch of the eyebrow should be level with the pupil of the eye when the eyes are looking straight forward. The tail of the brow should be slightly past the outer corner of the eye.
Choose the Right Shape
There are dozens of different shapes for eyeshadow application, but they all fall into the same three categories – sharp, round, and soft. Soft eyeshadow looks don’t have much of a shape. They’re generally light washes of color that don’t provide much definition to the eye. These are easy, gentle, minimalist looks that are perfect for people who are new to makeup.
Sharp eyeshadow shapes utilize angles, winged liner, or pointed inner corners to create a feline shape to the eye. These are dramatic and glamorous shapes that change the way our whole face appears by adding new dimensions.
Round shapes, like smokey eyes, change the way the depth of our eyes is perceived. They’re deeper, moodier, and a little more sultry. Effortless punk and grunge looks utilize round eyeshadow shapes to create a controlled sort of mess – they’re a little less than perfect, and that’s what makes them so special.
Work with The Right Color Palette
The final part of creating an amazing eye look comes from the colors you choose. If you have a knack for pairing colors together on your own, you can work with individual shadows to create your perfect palette. If you’d rather let the pros sort that out for you, start with a trusty eyeshadow palette. Eyeshadow palettes are already curated to assure perfect pairings of color. Just work with the light, medium, and dark shades within the palette to create the depth and dimension to perfectly accentuate your unique eye shape.
When all is said and done, what constitutes an amazing eye look is the way you feel. Are you happy with bright, bold pops of color? Do you prefer a shimmery, soft, neutral look? Does an all-matte look make you feel chic and sophisticated? Use your makeup to empower yourself, and be your own version of amazing.