Facial analysis is applied in a variety of fields of cosmetology and is an integrated set of characteristics that can be enhanced based on their shape, including the eyes. The form of the eyes is determined by the eyelids, the visibility of the white of the eyes, and the position of the eyes in relation to the bone structure. Although the eyes can have multiple characteristics, recognizing their overall shape will help in creating a balanced, symmetrical, and ideal look.

When applying eye makeup, it's important to consider the eye shape as it can make or break the look. Knowing the shape of the eyes is just as crucial as knowing the skin's undertones. Understanding the eye form is the first step in mastering everyday eye makeup, and it will undoubtedly help to enhance the feature.  There are multiple different eye shapes, such as hooded eyes, downturned eyes, upturned eyes, monolid eyes, almond eyes, and round eyes. Some people are unaware of their specific eye shape, but it is definitely possible to determine it on their own.

1. Use a mirror.

Place a mirror at eye level to get the greatest view, then take a step back to gain a better perspective. Always keep your eyes open when looking forward to assessing the shape.

2. See if there is a crease evident.

Pay attention to the upper portion of the eyelid. If there is no crease at all, this eye form is referred to as monolid in most instances. A hooded eye, on the other hand, is defined as a crease that extends across the entire lid or most of the lid and covers the entire lid.

3. Make a straight line across your eye with an invisible line.

Pretend to draw a straight line across the eyes, with a pupil in the centre, and see if it works. Check the outer corner to determine if they are pulling up above the line or down below the line and, if so, adjust accordingly. If the corners of the eyes rise above the line, the eyes are upturned; if they fall below the line, the eyes are downturned.

4. If you are not sure, your eyes may be round or almond-shaped.

Those who have round eyes have an outer corner that does not truly pull in either direction, and there is visible white above or below the iris. If there is no white present, it is almond-shaped.

What Types of Eye Shapes are There?

When defining the shape of the eyes, there are six primary shapes to consider: almond eyes, upturned and downturned eyes, hooded eyes, monolid eyes, and round eyes. The most common type of eye shape is almond-shaped. Almond-shaped eyes have an iris, which is the coloured and most visible part of the eye. It looks like it touches both the top eyelid and the bottom eyelid. Another thing that makes the eye shape unique is that the top of the eyelid has an obvious crease. There is also a slight taper at the inner and outer points of the eye, as well.

What is the Most Common Eye Shape?

The most common eye shape is the almond-shaped eye. When it comes to eye forms, almond eyes are usually often described as huge, brilliant, and excellent. The eye is shaped like an almond on its side, with the outside section being wider and rounder and the inner corners being narrower. This is a common eye shape since it works well with a range of makeup looks. Almond eyes are almost usually well-proportioned, and they are frequently described as seductive or sensuous. Wrinkles in the corner of the eyes are a common problem with almond eyes, and they may appear sleepy at the same time.

What are the Makeup Tips for Each Eye Shape?

Listed below are the makeup guide to applying eye makeup for different eye shape.

  • Monolid Eyes: Smoky eyes and creases can be achieved by those with monolid eyes. Apply a deeper eyeshadow shade that reaches up to the brow bone to achieve this look. On the lash line, start with a darker shade and work all the way up to a shimmering tone.
  • Hooded Eyes: A highlighter beneath the brows can be used to elevate a hooded eye shape. Dark-toned eyeshadows should be used to shade the overhanging skin, and dark eyeliner should be used on the upper lids. On the upper lids, choose a light makeup colour that may also be used under the lower lashes.
  • Upturned Eyes: Apply a light matte shade to the inner corner of the eyelid and a medium-matte shade to the opposite half of the eyelid, blending nicely to emphasise tilted eyes without diminishing them.
  • Downturned Eyes: The goal with this eye shape is to utilise makeup to create the illusion of a lifted eye. This eye shape is ideal for a furious cat eye, which can be achieved by lining the upper lash line and then drawing a flicked line.
  • Round Eyes: To enhance the eyes of round eyes, wing the shadow from the outer corner with deeper colours. Apply a soft line to the upper lash line and a bold line to the outer corner while lining the upper lash line.
  • Almond Eyes: Apply a shimmering colour to the centre of the lids to make the almond eyes appear larger and brighter. For the iconic cat-eye style, a thick flick is a way to go.