How do you know your eye shape?
Eye shape is an important facial feature that is typically overshadowed by the color of the eye it’s framing. While there are many types of eye shapes, including monolid, downturned and almond-shaped, people rarely know how to categorize their particular eye shape.
Below, the different types of eye shapes are listed, along with celebrity examples and makeup tips to accentuate your beautifully unique eyes.
Round eye shape
According to psychological research, round eyes (often mistaken for “big” eyes) are seen as more trustworthy than other eye shapes.
Celebrities with round eyes
Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
How to know if you have round eyes
To determine whether you have round eyes, check to see if your eyes have the following characteristics:
The inner and outer corners of the eyes are rounded, not slanted upward or downward.
The eyes themselves appear large and circular.
The whites of your eyes are visible around the edge of the iris.
Makeup tips for round eyes
If you’re looking for a way to emphasize or compliment your round eye shape, here are a few makeup tips to achieve the look you want:
Blend eyeshadow from the middle of the eye outward, to the end of the eyebrow. This adds length and dimension to the eye.
Use lighter eye shadow shades near the tear duct in the inner corner and use darker colors as you move toward the outer corner of the eye.
Keep eyeliner and eyeshadow minimal on the bottom lash line. Use softer shades and only apply along the outer third of the eye.
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Monolid eye shape
Monolid eyes are commonly associated with Asian eye shapes; however, it’s important to understand that not all Asian people have monolid eyes. Eyelid anatomy varies among different Asian populations, all of which are beautiful.
Celebrities with a monolid eye shape
How to know if you have monolid eyes
Someone with monolids will have eyes with these features:
Little to no crease in the lid
Smooth or shallow eyelids
Makeup tips for monolid eyes
Use an eyelash curler before applying mascara to lift the lashes. Dust some translucent setting powder under the eyes to avoid mascara smudging throughout the day.
Layer eyeshadow colors vertically instead of horizontally. Rather than applying light colors near the inner corner and working outward, this technique begins at the brow bone and works downward toward the lash line. Apply the lightest color all over the lid, then gradually apply darker colors as you move down the eyelid, with the darkest color placed along the lash line.
Rock a subtle cat eye using a thin eyeliner. Begin the wing at around one-third of the way from the inner corner of the eye, then flick it outward toward the end of the eyebrow.
Almond eye shape
People with almond-shaped eyes will have a visible crease in the lid, and the iris will touch the top and bottom eyelid. Almond-shaped eyes also appear longer in width than in height.
Celebrities with almond-shaped eyes
How to know if you have almond-shaped eyes
Unsure whether you have almond-shaped eyes? Look for these traits:
The eyes taper to a point at the inner and outer corners.
The eyelids are relatively small and have a noticeable crease.
The iris touches the top and bottom eyelid.
Makeup tips for an almond eye shape
To play up your gorgeous almond-shaped eyes, try these makeup recommendations:
Apply the same eyeshadow used on the top eyelid along the bottom lash line to create a sultry, smoky eye.
Use a lighter color on the inner portion of the eyelid and a deeper color in the crease and outer half of the lid.
Go a little heavier with the eyeliner on the lower lid to highlight the almond shape of your eye.
Downturned eye shape
For people with a downturned eye shape, the outer corners of the eyes will be lower than the inner corner of the eyes.
Celebrities with downturned eyes
How to know if you have downturned eyes
To find out if you have downturned eyes, try these helpful tips:
Imagine drawing a horizontal line through the middle of your eye. If the outer corners of your eyes fall below that imaginary line, you likely have downturned eyes.
Your upper eyelid dips to meet the lower lash line
Makeup tips for a downturned eye shape
Rocking a dramatic cat-eye look will help lift the outer corners of your eye and balance the natural downturn. You can achieve this with a liquid eyeliner or using eyeshadow to create a smoky cat eye.
Downturned eyes can benefit from a pair of false eyelashes added to the outer corner for a little oomph.
Upturned eye shape
On the opposite end of the spectrum from a downturned eye shape, upturned eyes have a natural lift in the outer corners. Also known as the cat eye shape, upturned eyes give an exotic appearance.
Celebrities with upturned eyes
How to know if you have upturned eyes
Use the same method suggested for downturned eyes. If the outer corners of the eyes are higher than the imaginary horizontal line, you have upturned eyes.
The lower lash line curves upward to meet the top lashes in the outer corner of the eye
Makeup tips for an upturned eye shape
Accentuate your eye shape by extending eyeliner past the lashes on your upper lid.
When applying eyeshadow, use darker colors on the outer corners of the eyes. This will open up the eyes and make them pop.
Let the eyes be the star of the show by keeping other features muted. Opt for a nude lip or a natural blush and highlight.
Hooded eye shape
Those with hooded eyes have a strong brow bone with a deep crease that makes it difficult to see the eyelid.
Celebrities with hooded eyes
How to know if you have hooded eyes
Your eyelids have a deep crease that isn’t visible when the eyes are open.
Skin from your upper eyelid (closer to the brow) appears heavy and covers the lower part of your eyelid.
Makeup tips for hooded eye shape
Play up the eyebrows since they are a strong feature of hooded eyes.
Avoid using dark colors on the hood of the eye to avoid a “sinking” effect.
Use white eyeliner to make the eyes appear bigger and brighter.
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Other common eye features associated with shape
While the following characteristics don’t have to do with eye shape, they are common features related to the appearance of the eyes.
People who have close-set eyes will have less than one eyeball’s width of distance between their eyes.
Celebrities with close-set eyes
Sarah Jessica Parker
Tracee Ellis Ross
People who have wide-set eyes will have more than one eyeball’s width of distance between their eyes.
Celebrities with wide-set eyes
If you have a prominent brow bone and your eyes seem to sit further back in the skull, you have deep-set eyes.
Celebrities with deep-set eyes
Eyes that appear to bulge slightly from the eye socket, causing the eyelids to project outward, are known as protruding eyes.
Celebrities with protruding eyes
The effect of eye shape on vision
However, a condition called ptosis — characterized by a drooping eyelid — may sometimes interfere with vision. Ptosis may affect one or both eyes and varies in severity.
Though most cases are mild and are barely noticeable, serious instances of ptosis can cause the eyelid to droop so that the pupil is covered, which affects one’s ability to see. Treatment for ptosis depends on several factors including age, cause and severity.
READ MORE: Celebrities with ptosis
Page published in June 2021
Page updated in January 2022