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Apply Eye Makeup to Enhance Your Eye's Natural Shape

Eye makeup mascara Eye makeup can enhance your natural beauty and minimize flaws by creating illusions. For example, light eye shadow can open up a small eye, while dark shadow can downplay a large one. Using a darker color in the crease creates a feeling of depth, and properly used liner can appear to change your eye shape.

Eye makeup tips for all eye shapes and sizes

Round eyes - Apply a light color to the whole eyelid and then a darker color in the crease. Use eyeliner on both the top and bottom lids and extend the eyeliner out from the corner of the bottom lid. Mascara should be applied heavily to the upper lashes, but lightly on the lower. With another brand of mascara, you can add a second coat to the outermost lashes of the upper lid.

Almond-shaped eyes - Use light-colored shadow on your entire lid up to your brow. Add a medium color to the middle of the lid, and a dark one to the outer corner. Mascara should be applied generously to both the top and bottom lashes. Consider adding a second coat of a different brand of mascara for even fuller lashes.

Asian-shaped eyes - Use a three-layer eyeshadow effect: lightest color on the brow bone, medium on the lid, and darkest at the lash line. Add a lighter color to the middle of the eyelid and blend it out a little in both directions. Line lower lid and the outer third of the upper lid. Smudge lines with a smudge brush or your finger to soften them. Use an eyelash curler and apply mascara to both upper and lower lashes.

Close-set eyes - Apply a light shade at the inner corner of the eyelid, and blend in darker colors as you work toward the outer corner. Line both lids, but only from the middle to the outer corner. The same goes for mascara, apply it to top and bottom, but only the outer lashes.

Wide-set eyes - Use a light or medium shade from your lashes to your brow. Apply darker shadow at the inner corners of your eyes, and blend into lighter as your work your way out. Use liner on the inner half of both lids and then smudge it toward the outer corners. Use mascara on inner upper and lower lashes.

Deep-set eyes - Use light-colored shadow on your entire lid up to your brow, then add a darker color just above the crease to create the illusion of depth. Line both lids, but soften the lines by smudging with a smudge brush or your finger. Apply mascara to both upper and lower lashes.

Small eyes - Use eye makeup sparingly and stick with light colors. Heavy makeup and dark colors can make eyes look smaller. If you're using dark eyeliner, don't apply it to the inner edge of your lower lid (waterline), instead do it just underneath the lash line. Try white, off-white, or flesh-toned eyeliner, especially on your waterline, to make your eyes appear wider and brighter. Curl your lashes and apply mascara, focusing on the center and outer lashes.

Large eyes - If you want to make large eyes look smaller, use a darker shadow and dark eyeliner on both lids. (Apply it to the inner rim of the bottom lid.) Highlight with a flat color under the brow.

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