How to apply eye make up for deep-set eyes

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How to apply eye make up for deep-set eyes
Make deep set eyes pop with contoured eye make-up and dark liner. (belchonock/iStock/Getty Images)

Make-up for deep-set eyes is in many ways the opposite of standard eye shadow application. While many eye-make-up looks call for light, shimmery colour under the brow bone and darker, smokier shades at the lash lines, just the reverse is true for deep-set eyes. Women with deep set eyes have very prominent brow bones, which can sometimes cause the eyes to appear sunken, so the lids should be highlighted in light colours and a darker contour added above. Deep-set eyes are often large and luminous and can look beautiful with the right make-up tricks.

Things you need

  • Eye shadow primer or concealer
  • Three shades of coordinated eye shadow: light, medium and dark
  • Black or dark brown eyeliner
  • Shimmery white eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • Eyeliner brush
  • Smudging brush

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  1. 1

    Smooth an eye shadow primer or a bit of creamy concealer over clean eyelids. This will help the shadow and liner to glide on smoothly and last smudge-free through the day.

  2. 2

    Trace your upper lash lines with a dark brown or black pencil eyeliner. Get as close to the lash lines as possible.

  3. 3

    Use a small eye shadow brush to pat a light, shimmery eye shadow. Pat it just up to the crease of your eyelid. Shades of pale gold, champagne or very soft pink work well.

  4. 4

    Dip a brush into a medium-darkish colour. Use your fingers or the brush to feel for where the upper socket area of your eye begins. Apply the medium-darkish colour right beneath the socket from the outer corner to the middle of your lid, stopping before you reach the inner corner. Do not go over the lighter lid colour. The darker colour creates the illusion of a shadow, contouring deep set eyes and making them pop.

  5. 5

    Use a blending brush to blur the edges between the lighter lid colour and darker contouring colour.

  6. 6

    Dip a smudge brush into the darkest eye shadow colour. Draw a V-shape at the outer corner of your eye, from upper lash line to lower lash line. The dark V-shape should begin right where the medium contour colour ends. Blend it in.

  7. 7

    Use your eyeliner pencil to trace along your lower lash lines, starting at the outer corners and stopping right at the middle. Use your smudging brush to blend and smudge the line as much as possible; when you are done, it should not look like a defined line but more like a smoky, hazy blur of colour. This disguises the separation between your eye and the skin surrounding it, making your eyes appear less deep set.

  8. 8

    Use a shimmer white liner to colour the inner corners of your eyes. This makes them appear more wide-open and awake.

  9. 9

    Take your black eye pencil and line your upper and lower waterline. To do this, first use your finger to raise your eyelid, then trace the inside of your lash line while holding the liner in your other hand. Then gently pull down your lower lid to trace the lower waterline.

  10. 10

    Curl your lashes to make eyes look more wide open. Then apply several coats of black mascara. Apply the mascara thickest at the roots. Too much at the tips makes deep-set eyes look droopy.

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