Eye & Brow Shapes

What are the Different Eye Shapes?

When it comes to applying cosmetics and making aesthetic selections about eyeglasses, eye shape is crucial. But did you realise it also has an impact on your vision?

There are six different types of eyes, with various variations within each group. Your visual ability is also affected by your eye positioning.

The following are the various eye shapes:

Almond Eyes

A person with almond-shaped eyes has an iris that touches the eyelid on both the bottom and the top. They have a visible crease on the lids and the ends of their eyes taper at the tear duct and the outer point. Almond eyes are wider than other shapes and have smaller eyelids. 

Round Eyes

A person with round eyes has visibly noticeable creases. The whites on the top or bottom of their irises are visible. Their eyes appear more circular and/or larger and more prominent. The outer and inner corners of their eyes do not taper or pull inward or outward. 

Monolid Eyes

A person with monolid eyes does not have much of or any crease. Their eyes look flat.

Protruding Eyes 

A person with protruding eyes has eyeballs that appear to bulge outward from the eye socket. 

Downturned Eyes

A person with downturned eyes has eyes that taper downward at the outer corner. The eye appears to have a slight drop toward the cheekbone.

Upturned Eyes

Upturned eyes are the opposite of downturned eyes. The eye shape is usually almond-like, but at the outer corner there is a slight lift and the bottom lashes turn upward. Some people call this eye shape cat eyes.

Close Set Eyes

This refers to the location of the eyes on the face more than the shape of the eye. Close-set eyes have less space between the eyes. There is very little space on either side of the bridge of the nose.

Wide Set Eyes

Wide set eyes are the opposite of close-set eyes. The space between them (across the nose bridge) is further apart.

Deep-set Eyes

Deep-set eyes give the appearance of a more prominent brow bone. They are set deeper in the skull and appear larger than non-deep set eyes.

Hooded Eyes

Someone with hooded eyes has eyelids that appear smaller. The hood is caused by an extra layer of skin that droops down over the crease.

How to Determine Your Eye Shape

It might seem like determining your eye shape is as easy as looking at your eyes. However, people can have a blend of different eye shapes. There are also endless variations of these shapes. 

Everyone’s face is unique, so just a slight difference from the standard definition of one’s eye shape can make things confusing.

Start by determining if you can see a crease. If you cannot see your crease, you have monolid eyes. If you can see the crease, consider the following:

  • Does the colored part of the eye have any white showing? This is the case with round eyes.
  • Does the eye’s outer corner turn down? This is the case with downturned eyes.
  • Does the iris touch the bottom and top of the eyelid? This is the case with almond-shaped eyes.
  • Do the outer corners flick upwards? This is the case with upturned eyes.
  • Is the crease blocked by a skin flap? This is the case with hooded eyes.

In some cases, drooping eyelids are confused with hooded eyes. Drooping can be a sign of medical concern and you may wish to consult your doctor to discuss rectification options.