Contouring is a truly magnificent makeup hack that can instantly transform your face into a more angular version of yourself. Everything is possible when you use a contour stick that is two shades darker than your own skin tone – slim cheekbones, defined jawline, and feline features, you name it. Touch it up with a little blending and voila! Say hello to the new you.
However, you don’t need to restrict your use of contour to only your facial structure. Yes, even your eyelids could benefit tremendously with a touch of product and lots of blending.
If you have more monolid eyes, you need to use eyeshadows cleverly to create a smooth dimension.
For this purpose, you should apply darker colors as close as you can to your lash line. Apply a soft neutral color that is one or two shades lighter than your original eyelid tone. This should be done right at the center. After that, take a more shimmery formula and carefully transfer the product near your brow area.
If you have round eyes, we would suggest you apply eyeshadows that are medium to dark. These colors should be applied over the center of your eyes and then blended into your skin. Use lighter shades in the corner to have a highlighting effect. This way, you will be able to narrow the overall shape of your eyelids making your eyes pop.
If you want, you can apply eyeliner in the waterline to narrow the eye shape more. However, stick to drawing a very thin eyeliner as you don’t want to give it a wider effect.
Contouring in the case of down-turned eyes can be a bit tricky. But, this doesn’t mean that it is out of your reach. Just a little bit of practice would help you get a better hang of things.
Concentrating on your upper lash line, apply a black liner as close as you can. After this, carefully blend in a neutral eyeshadow across the lid so that it covers only the outer two-thirds of your eyes. Your aim here is to create a lifting effect to make your eyes appear more open.
Even if you have upturned eyes, it’s still challenging. Here, you’ll need to apply a dark liner or eyeshadow – black or brown – along the outer lower corner of your eye. You should try to make the outer corner look lower in order to give you a more balanced eye shape.
Taking a medium tone shadow, complete the line to the other side. Touch your brow bone with some highlighter to make the eyes pop. To enlarge the shape of your eyes even further, you only need to put the shadow along the lower lash line. We would recommend sealing the deal by creating a classic cat eye with some false eyelashes for a more dramatic and accentuated effect.
Women and men with hooded eyes only need subtle contouring and maybe some eyeliner along the waterline to enhance the eye shape.
If even you have hooded eyes, invest in some medium to dark matte colors and a highlighter to get started. Take the matte eyeshadow and lightly dust the product onto your eyelid. Don’t put too much as it will only end up overwhelming the eye shape giving you a loud look.
Finally, apply some highlighter on the inner corner of your eyes and on your brow bone. If you have bushy eyebrows, try to groom them in a thinner shape to increase your lid space.
If you have almond eyes, you already have the ideal eye shape that is compatible with nearly every eye makeup. But since there is always room for improvement, you can use a bit of contouring to accentuate your natural shape, even more, to make your eyes stand out.
Fully cover your lid with a medium brown matte eyeshadow and then work in a darker shade into the outer crease. The transition between the medium brown to dark brown should be smooth and hence, you need to blend in the product well.
One of the biggest advantages of having large eyes is that you have more surface area that gives you the flexibility to experiment more with different eyeshadow looks. If you don’t want to make your eyes look even bigger than it already is, stick to medium to dark eyeshadow shades whenever you do your makeup. This isn’t to say that you cannot use light eyeshadow shades – it’s just that they tend to have a maximizing effect on the eyes, which is something that you should avoid.
Start with lining your waterline to give it a more brightening effect. After you have applied your base, just smatter some shimmery eyeshadow across the entire lid and then blend the products in to give it a smooth, even finish. Complete the look by contouring the crease with a darker shade.
Another tricky eye shape to contour, small eyes can be accentuated by light to medium eyeshadow shades to give your eyes a brighter and larger effect. If you use dark colors, or too much mascara and eyeliner, it will only reduce the size or at least give it an illusion of the same. Apply a soft eyeshadow along the lower lash line to give it more length.
You can use soft greys or soft bronze. The idea here is to create a lighter version of the usual smoky eye.
These are some of the different eye shapes and ways in which you can contour them to give it the exact shape you want. We would also like to take this opportunity to advise you against using too much product amount and not blending it well. While you can always add more eyeshadow or liner product, it’s removing any excess that can be a solid challenge.