Downturned Eyes & Upturned Eyes – Makeup Tips, How Apply, Eyeliner, Eyeshadow, Mascara for Down Turned Eyes

Do you have downturned eyes and you would like to know how you could use eye makeup to create an illusion they are not down turned? Or do you have upturned eyes and you want them to appear normal? Get info on what either the two types of eyes are, makeup tips and much more.

What Are Upturned Eyes

Downturned and upturned Eyes  – Makeup Tips Tiffany Hines Upturned Eyes and Makeup use

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Up turned eyes have the form similar to that of almond shaped eyelids; however, the natural upwards lift on the outer eye corner makes them different as it is more pronounced.  This givens the lower eyelid of people with upturned eyes more emphasis and it will look much longer. So what are some of the eye makeup for upturned eyes?

Makeup tips for Up Turned Eyes

If you have upturned eyes, while applying eye makeup, your objective should be to create a downward illusion on the up turned outer corner of the eye.

  • One way of achieving this objective is applying dark eyeliner on the outer corner. Most people often turn to liquid eyeliner. This is good if you want to create dramatic looks. However, if you want subtle looks, which will perfectly reduce the upward turning appearance, you need to go for waterproof eyeliner pencil.
Downturned and upturned Eyes - Upturned eye makeup

Upturned eye makeup

  • If you want soft looks, put a brown eyeshadow on top of the dark or black eyeliner and smudge it to help create a winged or cat eye looks that is straight – not curved upwards.
  • Another way to make upturned eyes look perfect is creating the ‘V’ shape on your outer eye corner and your eyelid crease. You can use a dome shaped small eyeshadow brush to do this.

These are some of the ways you can reduce the appearance of upturned eye shape. Let us not go to downturned eye types.

What Are Down Turned Eyes

Downturned and upturned Eyes - Lady with downturned eyes without makeup

Downturned Eyes – Lady without makeup

On the other hand, downturned eyes are the opposite of up turned. Their outer corner is downward dropping. People who have down turned eye shape should be very glad since they have the greatest eye types for creating cat eye eyeliner looks.  If you do not know how correctly to apply eye makeup, they might make you look tired and older.

Downturned Eyes Makeup

Contrary to the case of upturned where you wanted to create a downward illusion on the outer eye corner, in this case, you are supposed to create a slightly upwards illusion to correct the down turned outer eye corner.

Downturned and upturned Eyes  - Downturned Eye Makeup

Downturned Eye Makeup

  • The next step for applying makeup for downturned eyes is to apply eyeshadow. Of course, you will need to apply eyeshadow base and eyeshadow primers first. Use a softer eyeshadow from the inner eye corners and as you approach the outer eye corner, make it bolder and heavier. Warm brown will be ideal for your creases.
  • You now need to apply eyeliner as it is what will help lift them. You need to apply eyeliner on the upper lash line and as you approach the outer eye corner, create a 45-degree angle just as you do when creating the winged eyeliner looks. An angled eyeliner brush will be perfect for this task and if you are using pencil eyeliner, you can also smudge and soften using this eyeliner brush. Furthermore, make the eyeliner thicker towards outer eye corner

    Downturned and upturned Eyes - Downturned with and without makeup Eye Makeup

    Downturned Eyelid looks with and without makeup Eye Makeup

  • Your eyebrows can help in reducing downturned eye looks. You need to apply eyebrow pencil making it thicker from inner eye and thinner as you move towards the outer corner.

If you follow the above steps, you will be able professionally to create sultry looks on your downturned eyes and no one will notice they are down turned. Is that not the objective of using makeup?


We have discussed what they are as well as some of the makeup for downturned and upturned eyes. For downturned eyes, you are trying to create an illusion of straight looks which means you will be trying to lift the turned down eyed while on up turned you will be trying to pull down the upturned outer eye corner.

See more on Types of Eyes

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Do you know anyone who has upturned or downturned eyes?

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