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Easy on the Eyes: A Simpler Way to Apply Shadow

Beauty comes in all different forms, and that goes for eye shapes as well. Depending on the shape of your eyes, you can use eye shadow to play up your features in different ways.

With your eyes open, gaze at those beautiful peepers. Do you see the eyelid or not? Take a look at the picture to the right. Notice that the eyes on the top row have little or no lid, while the ladies on the bottom section do have visible lids. If you fall into the first category, we'll call you a contour. If you fall into the latter, you are a hooded beauty. To check out my instructions for an easy way to play up your eyes based on this principle,


  • You'll need two eye shadows. To make it simple, choose shades in the same color family, with one being two or three shades lighter for contrast. For tips on color selection based on your eye color, check out my Eyeshadow 101 series or pick neutral shades for a more natural look.
  • Lightly line upper and lower lashes with a pencil, lining top lashes from outer corner to about two-thirds of the way in, and lower lashes slightly about mid-way. Choose any color you'd like; to keep it simple, I recommend shades of black, brown, or gray, depending on shadow choice.
  • Apply the lighter eye shadow from the lashline to brow.
  • For contours: Apply the darker eyeshadow in the crease area (right around where the the upper part of your eyelid meets the lower part of your brow bone). This will create dimension and enhance the depth of your natural crease. For hooded: Apply the darker shadow from the lashline to just slightly past the upper area or your eyelid. Blend well where the light and dark colors meet. This will create a smoky effect and give the illusion of depth as well.
  • If you'd like, add an additional highlighting shade around the upper brow bone and inner corner of the eyes for an overall lightening effect. Blend out any harsh lines from the shadows and/or liner, and that's it — you're good to go!


macchiatolove macchiatolove 8 years
thanks for posting. I mostly have a problem with how to shape the darker shadow colour at the outer crease. It's always good to have instruction guides and pictures to help.
bcg1994 bcg1994 9 years
I'm in the middle of the two.
swati05 swati05 9 years
weirdy weirdy 9 years
Thanks Bella.. The picture of the eye at the bottom right looks like mine..
Advah Advah 9 years
Thanks Bella! :) Heeh jup, I definitely went too high (and probably didn't blend the colours very well either). I'll try again. :P
Beauty Beauty 9 years
Advah, Hello! It's just above the crease. Sounds like maybe you went a big too high. We've all done it! I hope you like the look.
details2 details2 9 years
great post Bella... I guess I'm closest to the upper right hand corner picture... but with a smidge of lid. I hate it when MUA's try to give me a dark crease color I think it makes me look horrible. I naturally started putting the darker color on my lids about 4 years ago and going lighter as I get closer to my brow bone - it makes such a difference... Thank god for smokey looks!!! I never really thought about how different everyone's eye shapes are until I tried to pull of different eyeshadow looks and they just didn't work for me.
Advah Advah 9 years
(^ excited *about this...)
Advah Advah 9 years
Thank you SO much Bella!! I have exactly the same eyelids as the picture in the bottom right corner, and every time I tried to use pictures for inspiration, I got all confused by the different shape. Can I just check that what you call "slightly past the upper area of the eyelid" is just above the crease, under the eyebrow? I tried yesterday and it turned out to be a complete mess :P made my dark eyebrows look insanely dark and bushy! Looks like I'll have to practice/experiment a bit with both shapes and colours (maybe a brighter colour for the 2nd eyeshadow). I'm stupidly excited with this though! :D
lizlee89 lizlee89 9 years
this is so helpful - I love applying eyeshadow...
juliarose23 juliarose23 9 years
thanks bella...i am sort of in the middle...
Beauty Beauty 9 years
If you are in between, try either. If you don't have much of a contour or lid area, just blend shadow slightly above your lid to create the illusion of depth. It looks beautiful on all shapes!
kahribar kahribar 9 years
Thanks, gonna try this out tomorrow!
brittanyk brittanyk 9 years
me too, emalove.
emalove emalove 9 years
I feel like I'm kind of in the middle of the two!
ktownpolarbear ktownpolarbear 9 years
uh, what if i'm neither? i'm korean so i don't really have the contour thingamabob . . .
Seka21 Seka21 9 years
never noticed the difference before!
mkellii16 mkellii16 9 years
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