One of makeup's special powers is its ability to enhance natural beauty. You can use this to your advantage by embracing unique features like your eye shape when you're getting glammed up. Today's topic: almond-shaped eyes. You have almond-shaped eyes if you have a visible crease in your eyelid and your iris touches both the top and bottom of your eyelid.
We reached out to celebrity makeup artist Jamie Dorman along with the artistic director of Glamsquad and makeup artist Kelli J. Bartlett to share their secrets to perfecting makeup for people with almond-shaped eyes. Keep scrolling for their advice and beautiful examples of eye-enhancing makeup that will leave you inspired.
Tip 1: Use a Lighter Color on Your Bottom Waterline
To add dimension to your eye shape, Dorman suggests using a black eyeliner on your upper lids and lighter color under your bottom lashes. It's a subtle change that will accentuate your eye color.
"For almond-shaped eyes, I like to use a lighter eyeliner on the waterline than I use on the top, as this prevents the eye from looking small," Dorman says.
"For example, if I use a Westmore Beauty Wing Effects Liquid Eyeliner in Black on the top, I will use Beauty Pie Ultra Colour Pro Gel Eyeliner in Turkish Coffee on the bottom waterline and lashline," she says.
Tip 2: Eyeshadow Underneath Will Emphasize Eye Shape
Dorman touts adding eyeshadow on the bottom lash line will instantly emphasize your eye shape. Her technique for almond-shaped eyes is to add eyeshadow to the lower lash line with more exaggeration on the outer corners of the eye, as seen in the picture below.
Tip 3: Create a Cat Eye
"I love a cat-eye look on almond eyes," says Bartlett. "Pencils, liquids, and gels are all great options here. Lightly smudged or super specific, liner on almond eyes is quick and easy to achieve."
She loves Stila's eyeliner to create the classic winged look and recommends using a jet-black shade for added drama.
Tip 4: Open Up Your Eyes With Light Eyeshadow
Another trick Bartlett implements for almond-shaped eyes is sweeping a lighter shadow over the iris of the eye, which is pretty much your entire lid, to give the illusion of a wider eye.
Try mixing a few lighter shades together from a neutral eyeshadow palette to create the exact color you're looking for.
Tip 5: Create a Winged Shadow Effect
Bartlett's final tip is all about enhancing your natural eye shape. "Accentuate almond-shaped eyes by adding a dark color on the outer half of the eye and smudging it beyond the lash line, out towards the temple," she instructs.
To try out this tip, Bartlett recommends using a smoky eyeshadow shade that has more of a charcoal hue.