Making Faces

Making Faces: How Eyeshadow Can Alter the Shape of Your Eyes

What I Used:

under eyes: Make Up For Ever HD Concealer in 325

eyeliner: NARS Liquid Eye Pen in Black, NARS Eye Pencil in Hollywoodland, MAC Kohl pencil in Fascinating (white).

eye shadow: MAC Eyeshadow in Satin Taupe

eyebrows: MAC Eyebrow Pencil in Fling

eyelashes: Lancome Hypnose Drama

For each of these looks, I used the exact same makeup.  As you can see the placement of your shadow can dramatically change the shape of your eye and thus the proportions of your face.  By shading the right areas, you can make your eyes appear closer together or farther apart. Here’s how:

Look 1: To create a wide set eye, you want to concentrate shadow pigment on the outer corners of your eyes while simultaneously lightening the inner corners.

I used a white eye pencil mixed with NARS Hollywoodland pencil and applied this wrapping around the inner corners of my eyes.  By lightening this area, you create distance between the eyes.

To contrast this lightness, I applied the shadow only to the outer corner of the eyes and crease, being careful not to bring the shadow in to far to the inner corners of the eyes.

If you have close set eyes, this is a good trick to make them appear farther apart.


Look 2: On the other hand, concentrating shadow around the inner corners of the eyes creates a heavier brow bone and also diminishes the space between the eyes.

I still applied a highlight in the eye corners here, but I brought the shadow into the space between the eye and the inner corners of the brow, extending completely into the brow.

Shadow in this area brings everything down and slightly closer together in an a 1920s style.

This is great for a nighttime look and also if you have naturally wide set eyes.

Experiment with both looks to see how it changes your face. I promise you’ll be impressed!

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