Learning how to contour your eyes is something that many people find quite tricky, and it’s always useful to know how to do it by getting a quick tutorial from the professionals.

There are a few things you should know when learning the tricks of the trade, including the various tips for different shaped eyes, so here is a quick 101 on contouring your eyes depending on the shape.

Small Eyes

Learning how to correctly contour your eyes can be a relief if you feel that they are relatively small. Many people want to make their eyes look bigger, but it is essential not to go overboard. For smaller eyes, the colours used should be lighter because anything too heavy is going to shrink them further. 

Start with a small amount of eyeliner, don’t be heavy-handed and then add some more delicate shaded Brown eyeliner rather than heavy black. You could also use a grey colour if you do not feel that Brown works for you.

One trick of the trade is to use a small amount of a light-coloured shadow along the line of your lower lashes as this adds instant size. For your top lids use smoky shades but again keep it subtle rather than heavy-handed.

How to Eye Contour

Round Eyes

Round eyes seemed to be pretty on-trend at the moment with the various social media photo apps offering cartoon-like round eyes as a cute, beautiful look. However, if you are not totally on board with that idea but have naturally round eyes, then you can use contouring to bring them in a little bit narrower and feel more comfortable about them.

In this case, you do want to go for a slightly darker shade but only use it to the centre of your eyelids and highlight your work in the corners with a much lighter shade. Use eyeliner with care and go for the waterline as this has an ability to create a narrower eye shape illusion.

Again, there is no need to go overboard with heavy mascara; in fact, there are very few eye shapes where this would be the best look.

Prominent Eyes

If you feel that your eyes are too prominent or protruding, you want to try and contour them in such a way that you bring a little more subtlety to the finished look. Go for medium shades and start by covering the eyelid and then add a layer of something slightly shimmery over the top.

Finally, pick her dark I shadow and gently contour along the crease line. This is one category where light shades are forbidden as in that situation you are only going to create the illusion of even bigger eyes which is not what you want. Finish with a medium shade of mascara and eyeliner along the waterline.

Almond Eyes

If you have almond-shaped eyes, you are fortunate as this is the classic look that people strive for. It is also easy to learn how to contour your eyes. Stick with a medium shade in a grey or Brown for your eyelids and then once more something darker on the crease line.

You need to be careful to create a natural transition so that the colours move into one another rather than being two separate entities. This can be done with careful blending. You will find it’s very easy to get the perfect pop on almond eyes and make them really stand out.

Upturned Eyes

If you have eyes that seem to upturn, you probably want to create a more even horizontal look. To do this begin with a dark shade of eye shadow and start at the lowest corner on the outside of your eyes, this immediately begins to create the balance you need.

Switch to a medium colour shade for the rest of the eye shadow and something very light along the brow bone. Again, try and ensure that the transitions between the colours look blended and natural, not three stand-alone colours. When it comes to eyeliner, you can create a slightly winged shape in a downward direction to further straighten the balance.

Downturned Eyes

Conversely, if you have downturned eyes, you will be looking to create a lift in an upwards direction. Use something of a brown or gold shade and start with the centre of your lids. On the inner crease pick something very pale like pink or white, and as you move to the outer corners gradually get darker as this will create the lifted look you desire.

Again, you want to accentuate the brow bone as this has the natural straight line you are looking for and ensure that all colours are well blended to create a natural look.

The best advice that anyone can give is to take your time and experiment with the techniques described for your eye shape until you are happy with the finished look


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