Because not all falsies were created equal.
Wearing false lashes can you give you the longer, fuller eyelashes you’ve always dreamed of, but did you know that certain lashes will look better on you than others? Just like choosing a hairstyle to match your face shape, different false eyelash styles can enhance your natural eyes, or even change the shape of your eyes completely.
Understanding your eye shape will help you work out the best make-up to suit your face, but how do we determine the shape of our eyes? Get a mirror to look at the overall eye and assess its profile.
1.Can you see the whole iris (the coloured bit around the pupil) or is part of it obscured by the lid?
2. Consider if your eyes slant upwards at the sides and how much space rests between them in the middle.
3. Finally, look at the crease of your eyelid and observe if it’s visible with the eyelids open.
Knowing your eye shape is just the first step, now you need to choose your false lashes. With a growing range of falsies available (Eylure alone have over 100 products to choose from), picking the best lashes can be confusing. Should I choose volume over length? Will fake lashes look natural?
These are the questions people.
Avoid a false lash fail by following these rules and you’ll be fluttering a fuller looking lash in no time.
Queen Bey has almond eyes – slightly pointed at the ends, with a wider centre where the curve of the iris is hidden by the upper and lower lids. Almond eyes are the eye equivalent of an oval face shape, so most lash styles look great. Show off the shape of your eyes by adding volume with full lashes that are evenly distributed.
Celebs: Katy Perry, Zooey Deschanel, Nicole Richie
If you can see most of your iris, then you have round eyes. This shape should use curly lashes to lift and enhance the curve of your top lid. Avoid heavy, voluminous lashes that make your eye look smaller and flatter.
Celebs: Eva Chen, Liu Wen
Most commonly found among Asian eyes, mono lids (or epicanthic folds as they’re technically termed) are where the skin covers the upper eyelid and no crease is visible. Mono lids can wear top heavy styles and especially fluttery, multi-layered lashes to open the eye.
Celebs: Kristen Stewart, Michelle Obama, SJP
If the distance between your eyes is shorter than the width of one eye, then your eyes are close set. With this eye shape, leave the inner corners free and concentrate on the outer corners to lengthen and lift eyes outwards.
Celebs: Blake Lively, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicole Kidman
Hooded eyes have a crease with a prominent brow bone so the eyelid is not clearly visible when the eye is open. The wrong lashes can pull hooded eyes down and make them look small. Try a fluttery mix with long lashes directly above the pupil to really open the eye at the centre.
Celeb: Zoe Kravitz, Taylor Swift
Ladies with upturned eyes, where the outer corners point higher than the inner corners, are the perfect candidate for a cat eye. No wonder this is one of T-Swift’s fave eye looks. For an easy feline flick in seconds, try a flared half lash in the outer corner.
Celeb: Olivia Palermo
When she’s not giving us serious outfit goals, we’re always looking at what Olivia does with her make-up. With beautifully protruding eyes which recede deeply into the face, eyes like Olivia’s should always be the main event. Enhance their dreamy, romantic nature with a dramatic, feathery false lash like the Mac 35.
Celeb: Natalie Portman
Ladies with elegant deep set eyes that sit under the brown bone should accentuate their large eyes. Look for extra length lashes that curl up and away from the eye – this avoids unsightly mascara smudges on the brown bone too.