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:
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.
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.
A person with monolid eyes does not have much of or any crease. Their eyes look flat.
A person with protruding eyes has eyeballs that appear to bulge outward from the eye socket.
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 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 give the appearance of a more prominent brow bone. They are set deeper in the skull and appear larger than non-deep set 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.
Brow Shapes for Your Face
The first step to killer eyebrow game is to find your face shape. There are ways to find your exact shape using math, but I’m not very good at math. So we suggest looking in a mirror and taking a guess. Once you know what face shape you’re working with, you can get down to business.
Eyebrows for an Oval Face
Some say that people with oval-shaped faces are the most beautiful people. What’s so great about oval faces? We are attracted to symmetry and well-balanced faces. Oval faces are just that. This is the reason why most people use their eyebrows to make their face look more oval. This can be achieved through soft angles and shallow arches. Dramatic shapes will make your fabulous oval face into something else.
Eyebrows for a Round Face
People with round faces may want to use their eyebrows to create the illusion that their face is less circular. To make a round face more oval, you will need to lift that eyebrow arch and spice up that angle; this will lengthen how your face looks.
Eyebrows for a Long Face
Give yourself a face that can stop traffic. A flat eyebrow will make a long face seem shorter—don’t forget to extend their tails to create the width that you need to get that A+ look. For a rounder look, avoid any arches—arches make the face grow longer.
Eyebrows for a Square Face
Your eyebrows provide you with a path to an elegant balancing act that will reveal a drop-dead gorgeous look. A strong brow with a defined arch is what you’re looking for, but feel free to experiment with curved brows, which can soften your face shape if you’re into that. Bring attention back to those eyes.
Eyebrows for a Heart Face
High arches can give a shorter face the drama and length you need. Longer faces: a lower arch is the way to go. Don’t switch them though—high-arched eyebrows on a long face will bring attention to the forehead. DON’T DO THAT. Keep their eyes on yours.
Eyebrows for a Diamond Face
The diamond-shaped face is apparently the rarest face shape and owners may feel that their angles are just a little too spicy. They’re mainly known for strong and wide cheekbones that taper off towards their chin and forehead. If your angles are a bit more dramatic than you’d like, diamonds are only a few degrees from an oval face. To give yourself a softer and less wide look, round out your brows.