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A classic technique for prominent eyes

One for the prominent eyes! Since such eye shape can handle a lot of makeup, we went for a more intense, night-out look that compliments blue eye color and effectively balances out the protruding eye shape. Read on for detailed instructions and pro tips!


Our model in the video tutorial has prominent, downturned blue eyes which means we have these 3 features to take into consideration when doing the eye makeup.

Pro tip: Prominent eyes are the opposite of deep set eyes, the main difference being that the latter are set deep under the brow bone, whereas the former are protruding from under the brow bone, making it hardly noticeable. What you want to focus on with an eye shape like this is pushing the eyes back under the brow bone – visually. Refrain from using any kind of shimmery eyeshadow, because it brings the eyes forward. Instead use matte shades and darker colors.

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Start by lining the upper and lower lash line with a black kohl pencil, from the inner to the outer corner.
On the upper lid, blend this line a bit upwards with a soft flat brush to create the first element of the color gradient.
Do the same on the lower lid, but instead of upwards, blend slightly downwards.
Next is a chocolate brown matte eyeshadow which you apply with a soft blending brush predominantly over the blended black pencil, and lightly blend the remainder of the color over the (upper/lower) lid. This serves as the second part of the gradient.
The scary part has come – the red eyeshadow! In order to make blue eyes pop, you need to use an eyeshadow that is the opposite of blue in the color wheel. We went with red, but we used it in combination with dark brown to make it look warmer and to counteract the effect of sickly red eyes. As long as it's matte, you're good to go. Apply it high enough, so that you leave only a hint of black at the lash line, and brown above it, and blend the red into the crease.
full-makeup-7 On the lower lid, you can afford to make a dramatic statement by creating a wider band of red eyeshadow under the lower lash line. (If you overdo it, don't worry, you can cover it with a concealer later.)
Create a quick flick with just a brown eyeshadow (the same as before) in the outer corner to lift the eyes.
Swipe a skin-colored beige eyeshadow over the brow bone to the inner corner to bring the brow bone forward.
Now intensifying the look and pushing the eyes deeper into the socket, line the upper lid tightly along the lash line with black gel eyeliner.
With a flat brush, blend that line downwards into the lashes with tiny precise movements.
Use a black waterproof pencil to fill in any spaces between the lashes that are left uncolored, taking the color into the lower and upper waterlines, as well.
Fake eyelashes are a tricky thing for prominent eyes, because on such eye shape they tend to look, well, even more fake than they are. We suggest curling your eyelashes instead, and applying a few coats of a good volumizing mascara.


After prepping the skin with moisturizer and primer, apply your foundation of choice with a brush, beauty blender, finger... Whatever floats your boat, as long as it melts the foundation seamlessly into the skin.

Pro tip: If you deal with redness on your face, invest in a green neutralizing corrector. As the name suggest, it will cover the redness more effectively due to the green color pigments that cancel out the redness of your skin.

Use a brightening concealer under the eyes and tap it into the skin with your fingers.
Give some dimension (back) to your face with contour and blush. Apply a cream contouring product at the top of your forehead and at the base of your cheekbones, blending it well into the hairline, so that it leaves nothing but a shadow behind.
Put a few dots of a liquid/cream blush in a peachy color on the apples of the cheeks and tap it into the skin with your fingers.
To seal in the contour, you can use a contouring powder under your cheekbones, as well.
Applied with a fan brush it will give you the chiseled look of a model.

If your skin has oily areas, lightly press some mattifying powder with a fluffy brush onto them to prolong the wear of foundation.

Brows and lips

Brows are the frame of your face, but even so they don't need to be super structured and precise, especially if the eye makeup is already intense. Fill them in lightly with a brow pencil, following your natural brow shape, and comb them through with a spoolie for a more natural effect.
Lips are not the star of this show, however, giving them a bit of definition will round off the look nicely. Line them with a nude lip pencil and use a similarly nude or brownish shade of a gloss or a creamy lipstick on top.

Products list


  • Lancome Le Crayon Kohl in blac
  • Dior 5 coleurs eyeshadow palette no. 777 exalt
  • YSL Dessin Du Regard waterproof eye pencil
  • Bobbi Brown Long Wear gel eyeliner
  • i-Envy by Kiss eyelashes
  • L'Oreal False Lash Superstar mascara
  • Lancome Teint Miracle foundation no. 010
  • Sleek 716 light eyebrow stick
  • YSL green color corrector
  • YSL Kiss & Blush no. 12
  • Misslyn Beach Please bronzer
  • Bourjois Radience Reveal concealer no. 1
  • MAC Boldly Bare lip pencil
  • Kryoline High Gloss
  • Kevin Aucoin contouring powder
  • ZAO Poudre Compacte no. 302