Downturned eyes are one of the common eye shapes. They are depicted by a downward slant at the outer corners of the eyes. Having downturned eyes can make the upper lid appear quite larger than the lower lid, this makes you have more space to work with when it comes to eyeshadow application. You should know how to effectively make use of that space for you to be able to create a more lifted makeup look for your eyes. Here are a few steps to take to create a natural look for your downturned eyes.
Step 1: Prime your eyes
To ensure you have a seamless natural eye makeup look, you need to begin your makeup by applying a primer on the area of your eyes. This helps in creating a smooth surface for the eye makeup and it also helps it stay longer. You can do this by applying a dot on the lid and blend it in. Once the primer dries up, apply concealer to even out any discoloration around the eyes, it also allows the eye shadow to stay better on the skin.
Step 2: Select Your Eye Shadow Shade
It is important to choose the right color of eye shadow for your natural eye makeup look. You can choose a three-toned eye shadow palette, this would add depth and dimension to your slanted lids. After selecting the colors of your preference, applying it the right way is also important.
- With a flat eye shadow brush, begin by applying a nude eye shadow on your lid, making sure it covers the entire lid. Extend the shadow from your lash line to your brow bone, extending all the way to your brow would give your lid a lifted appearance.
- Starting from your lash line, apply a medium shade from your palette over your light shade stopping right above your crease.
- Finally, buff the darkest shade into your crease and blend it slightly towards the outer corner of your eyes to create the semblance of a more lifted outer corner.
- Make use of a fluffy brush to get rid of any lines between the eye shadow shades by blending in the colors properly.
- It is best to avoid dark colors when creating a makeup look for downturned eyes as it weighs down the eyes.
Step 3: Apply Eyeliner
Applying eyeliner can add a more lifted effect to your downturned eyes but you should be very careful not to use heavy colors to avoid weighing down your lid, it’s best to choose light colored eyeliner. You should also avoid applying eyeliner thickly on your lids.
- Begin applying your eyeliner thinly from where your crease breaks in the outer corner; continue downwards making sure the upper lid along the upper lash line is tightly lined.
- You should not exceed half or one-third of your lash line as going all the way to the inner corner of your eyes would not flatter the shape of your eyes.
- Softly fill in the line by using a small flat brush to blend the eyeliner so it would appear crisp.
Note: It is important to make sure the inner corner of the eyes is not totally dark by creating a gradient towards the inner corner and blending the part into the lash line.
Step 4: Rim Your Bottom Lid with White Pencil
A way to also downplay the slant effect of your eyes is to rim your waterline with a white eyeliner or pencil. This will help obscure the line between the whites of your eyes and your skin thereby increasing the definition of your eyes.
Step 5: Apply Mascara
This step is optional but it also helps redefine the eye shape. Lightly swipe one or two coats onto the outer corner of your lashes, be sure not to smudge your lashes thickly with mascara as you are creating a natural look.