In the fabulous world of eye makeup, eye shape matters. Greatly. There are specific looks meant to flatter each eye shape, so no more willy-nilly application when it comes to eyeshadow. We’ve got a guide based on your unique eye shape and the ideal eyeshadow look to frame your eyes and make them pop.

Eyeshadow for different eye shapes:

Hooded eyes

If you have hooded eyes like Selena Gomez and Blake Lively, you can make them stand out noticeably by applying your eyeshadow on your lash line and highlighting the outer corner of your eyes to give an illusion of lifted eyes.

Upturned eyes

Kerry Washington is another celebrity who sports this eye shape. suggests that this is the best eye shape for the smoky eye. The outer lid has more emphasis and looks a bit longer than the top lid. To even this out and bring a lifted effect, apply a dark shadow or pencil liner along the outer lower corner.

Wide set eyes

American singer, Brandy, has this eye shape - and knows how to work it. The trick here is to minimise the big gap between the eyes and pull the eyes closer, so whether you are going natural or using shimmery colours, blend everything inwards.

Deep set eyes

If you are like Kim Kardashian and have deep set eyes, we suggest you create an illusion of a more prominent brow bone. Try brightening up your natural eyeshadow with a brighter colour (think peach) and highlighting under your arches using an illuminating crayon.

Monolid eyes

Janet Jackson has this eye shape. To give your eyes more dimension, go from darkest to lightest upwards, you can smoke out your eyes with any eyeshadow colour. And what I love the most is that you can also define your eye socket with darker hues.

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Close set eyes

If you have close-set eyes like Michelle Obama, start by using a light eyeshadow in the inner corners and dark eyeshadow in the outer corners. This is helps create an illusion of more space between the eyes and make your eyes stand out.

Downturned eyes

This eye shape has a slight dropping on the outer corners - perfect for creating a sexy cat-eye shape. Increase the symmetry by lifting the corners of your eyes with a bold cat-eye. Blend up and out and kill it, just like Angelina Jolie.

Almond eyes

Beyoncé and Lupita Nyong'o both have the same eye shape, and guess what? Almost any kind of eyeshadow look works with it. Why are we not surprised? It is the most symmetrical and you can play around with your natural or shimmery colours and still create a defined look.

Protruding eyes

Just like Nicole Richie, always opt for matte eyeshadow colours and avoid shimmery ones (unless they have a matte finish). Do combine them with darker colours, otherwise its effect will be too severe.

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