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What Are Almond Eyes?

Many different makeup techniques work well with almond eyes.
Mascara helps almond eyes stand out.
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Almond eyes refer to a type of eye shape characterized by those who have one that is similar to the popular nut. This eye type also tends to have upswept outer corners and the shape is symmetrical. There are many variations of this eye shape, from wide set to deeper versions. Almond-shaped eyes are the most common type and they work well with different makeup techniques. When applying makeup, users should also keep in mind that the specific kinds of cosmetics that are used also depend on personal eye and skin colors.

The most common types of eyes are almond-shaped, and they are prevalent in all ethnicities. There is a common misconception that almond eyes are more common in certain countries; however, these shapes are found in men and women in all regions of the world. Some of the confusion stems from the fact that there are different variations of almond eyes.

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All almond-shaped eyes have a few characteristics in common: they all have outer corners that turn in an upward version and all kinds are symmetrical. At the same time, there might be slight differences between individuals who have almond-shaped eyes, which can give the appearance of different shapes. This eye shape can be more closed on some individuals, while others might have wider versions. The size of one’s face and nose can also impact the way that his or her almond eyes appear. Some differences include having wider set eyes as opposed to more narrow ones with an accompanying small nose.

Such eye shapes are sometimes the envy of others because they are extremely versatile in terms of trying out different make-up techniques. The symmetry of almond eyes makes them easier with which to work because they can show off cosmetics usually without impacting the shapes themselves. Many make-up artists are bold in their color choices for almond-shaped eyes, but it is important that individuals at home also consider what hues look the best in accordance with their natural irises.

Generally, there are a few make-up tips that experts recommend for almond eyes, even though such individuals have more freedom to experiment with cosmetics than others. Eye liners can accentuate the shapes of the eyes, but certain individuals with more narrow versions might consider just lining either the tops or bottoms in order to avoid making the eyes appear smaller than they are. Makeup artists also like applying multiple eyeshadow tones to give the lids more definition and character. Black mascara tends to complement all almond-shaped eyes, no matter what variation a person might have.

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burcinc
Post 3

Aren't almond eyes associated with Down syndrome? My cousin has almond eyes and has a mild case of Down syndrome.

donasmrs
Post 2

@ddljohn-- I have almond shaped eyes but I don't like them. I think the almond shape makes eyes look smaller. I adore large, round eyes.

Isn't it funny how we all want something different than what we have?

I think it's easier for someone with round eyes to have almond shaped eyes with makeup and eyelashes, than for someone with almond eyes to have round eyes.

ddljohn
Post 1

Almond eyes are beautiful. My best friend has almond eyes and eye makeup looks great on her, especially eye liner. I wear eye liner regularly too, but since I have very round eyes, it doesn't make much impact. When my friend wears eyeliner, her eyes just pop. She looks like Cleopatra!

I wonder if there is a makeup trick to give round eyes a more almond shape. That would be awesome.

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