Eye Shape Types

Written by richard dixon
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An old saying states that the eye is the window of the soul. Not only do the eyes give us the sense of sight, but they also help us express emotions and feelings. Eyes come in an array of shapes and colours.

Types of Eye Shapes

The different shapes of the eyes are given by eye placement (hooded, droopy, wide-set, close-set, deep-set and prominent), dimension (big or small) and physical shape (almond, oval and round). There are also standard eyes, that have none of the characteristics of these shapes. Non-standard eyes can have one or more of the described shapes.

Physical Eye Shape

In almond eyes have, the outer corner of the eye turns upwards. As the name suggests, the eye resembles the shape of an almond. Round eyes are large, open-looking eyes that have a round look. The oval shaped eyes, as the name suggests it, have an oval aspect.

Eye Placement

Hooded eyes have the eyelid covered by the brow line. This "hood" does not allow the crease ( the dip underneath the brow bone) to be visible. Droopy eyes slope down at the outer corners, and are also referred to as sad puppy dog eyes. The distance between standard eyes is equal to the width of one eye. Wide-set eyes have a larger the distance between the eyes, while close-set eyes have a smaller distance between the eyes. Deep-set eyes have the brow bone extended farther out than other types and the eyes sunken into the socket. Prominent eyes have full eyelids and eyes that tend to extend from the face. This shape is also called "goldfish eyes."

Eye Dimensions

In comparison with the face features, eyes can be proportionately smaller, bigger or normal. Big eyes stand out and tend to get all the attention, while small eyes are not as noticeable. Women often accent their eyes, trying to make them look bigger with make-up.

How to Determine Your Eye Shape

To determine what eye shape(s) you have, sit in front of a mirror and study one of your eyes closely, first opened and then closed. Study your physical eye shape and compare its size to other face features. Measure an eye's width and compare it to the distance between your eyes. Look at your eyelid and see if is covered by the "hood" or if it is equally visible from one corner to the other.

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