How To Contour Your Eyes Based On Eye Shape

Have you always wanted to learn how to contour your eyes? There’s no better time to learn than now! Check out our guide on eye contouring for the different eye shapes.

How To Contour Your Eyes According To Your Eye Shape

Contouring isn’t for just getting that chiseled Kim K. cheekbone. It can be used to enhance our cleavage, shape our jawline and recreate our eye shape! Eye contouring is using makeup to change or enhance our natural eye shape and, if you have downturned, monolid, or small eyes, this will be your next favorite beauty hack. You’ll learn how to contour your eyes and look more fabulous! Check out the infographic below:




The most common eye shapes include almond, round, hooded, down-turned eyes, small, close-set, wide-set, deep-set, monolid eyes and protruding. Before you get started on contouring, figure out what shape category your eyes fall under by reading this.

Primer is the first step and key to holding your eye shadow in place, preventing creasing and enhancing pigment. In other words: Don’t skip this step! Try an anti-creasing formula like L’Oréal Paris De-Crease.


Contouring can be done using a range of color combination options from neutral tones, to neon and glitters! Just keep in mind the general rules of highlighting and shadowing, and your eyes will be mesmerizing!

Personally, I like to use palettes, because they are compact, and contain colors that are designed to work together. An ideal nude palette perfect for everyday contouring is Urban Decay Naked Basics. It contains every shade you need to create custom nude looks. Make sure you have some great eyeliners on hand as well, starting with a basic brown and black (try NYX Cosmetics Slide On Pencils).

Before I get into the variations of contouring for your individual eye shape, let me preface by saying there are no set rules, simply guidance. Like any art form, there are no hard and fast rules with eye makeup — that would take all of the fun out of it! I am simply offering suggestions to help you figure out what works best for you. You are then free to put your personal spin on it to make it your own. Alright, let’s get to contouring!


For the beauties with monolid eyes, create a gradient effect with your eye shadows to add dimension. Apply darker colors close to the lash line, a soft neutral in the center and a shinier or more shimmery tone near the brow.


Apply dark shadow or liner along the outer lower corner of the eye, thereby making the outer corner appear lower and balance out the eye shape. Continue on the lid with a medium-toned shadow, and then highlight your brow bone. You can also bring the shadow along the lower lash line to enlarge the shape. If you prefer to accentuate your upturned eye shape, add winged eyeliner.


Apply a black or brown liner close to the upper lash line, and blend a neutral shadow across the lid, but only on the outer two-thirds of the eye. This creates a lifting effect.


To the girls with the hooded eyes, use medium to dark matte colors and dust them lightly (emphasis on lightly!) on the lid to avoid overwhelming the eye. Highlight the inner corner of your eyes and your brow bone. Make sure your brows are well-groomed to give you as much lid space as possible. With hooded eyes, you can also line the waterline to enhance your eye shape.


If you have round eyes, apply medium to dark shades over the center of the eyes and use light shades to highlight the corners. In doing so, you narrow the overall shape of the eye. Eyeliner in the waterline can also narrow the shape a bit.


If you have almond eyes, you have what many consider to be the ideal shape. You can try just about any look with your eye makeup. Try a classic contouring technique that involves washing the lid with a medium, matte brown or gray shade (not too dark) and working a darker shade into the outer crease to accentuate your almond shape and make it stand out. Blend the look well so your color transition looks natural.


These eyes tend to be overwhelmed when you use dark colors, so stick with light to medium shades and avoid weighing down your lash line with too much liner or mascara. You can use a soft lighter shadow along the lower lash line to expand the eye area and give a smoky look depending on color choice.

I recommend using softer versions of greys or bronzes. There are so many beautiful lighter versions of the smoky eye, and they can look just as sexy as the darker ones.


These pretty peepers provide more working space, so you can play around with a variety of looks. Medium to dark shades tend to look better, though, since light shades can make the eye look even larger than it already is.

Again, you may want to line your waterline, because lucky for you, it will only enhance your eyes. For large eyes, after applying your base, you can go with a shimmery shadow across the entire lid. Follow by contouring with a darker shade in the crease.

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