If you’ve ever followed a YouTube makeup tutorial to a T only to look in the mirror and realize it’s a straight-up no-go on you, your eye shape might have had something to do with it. Sure, the individuality of every human’s face is part of what makes each of us so supremely beautiful in our own ways, but those differences sure do make it more difficult to identify the best makeup for any given person.
Identifying your eye shape and employing makeup techniques that complement it might be the only thing standing between you and A1 makeup application. In truth, makeup artists agree that subpar eye makeup that doesn’t take into account the nuances of your eye shape could actually be weighing down your eyes and prematurely aging you. In the same way that face shape comes into play when trying to figure out everything from the best haircuts to the most flattering eyebrow shape, eye shape has similar implications when it comes to deciding what kind of eye makeup looks best.
To help us make sense of this conundrum, we called in Mai Quynh, a celebrity makeup artist who’s painted the faces of such diverse clientele as Tessa Thompson, Gemma Chan, Emma Stone, Katherine Langford, and many more. She’s worked with more different kinds of eye shapes than we even knew existed over the course of her career, so we knew she’d be the perfect resource to tap to help us figure out how to get eye-popping makeup for all.
Ahead, Quynh lays out her best advice for achieving fresh, youthful-looking eye makeup for every eye shape. Read on for her pro tips.