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Downturned eyes mean that the outer corner of the eye is slightly lower than the inner corner. This shape also tends to have a classic almond contour and plenty of space on the top lid. Pair these striking eyes with playful eyeliner, smoky color and full lashes.

Apply an eyelid primer over your entire lid for lasting eye makeup. Dip an eyeshadow brush into a cream or ivory matte eyeshadow. Sweep the color over your entire eyelid and up to your eyebrow. This single color creates a strong foundation and draws attention up to the top of the eye.

Sweep a rose gold or gold-flecked eyeshadow along your bottom lash line with an angled brush. Apply this color as close to the lashes as possible using small dash strokes to create a fresh, wide-eyed brightness along the bottom of your eye.

Sweep a blending brush across a medium brown, gray or purple matte shadow. Blend the color into the crease at the outer corner of the eye. Keep the color focused on the outer edge of the crease to create subtle dimension and pull attention up.

Dip an angled brush into a dark brown or black matte eyeshadow and apply to the outer half of your top lash line with small dash strokes for a soft lined look. Finish this daytime look with a couple coats of black mascara, focusing extra attention on the outer lashes for lift and definition.


If you don’t have eyelid primer, apply a dab of cream concealer on each eyelid and blend in for a smooth palette.

Cat eyeliner suits downturned eyes because it draws attention upward with the simple flick of a brush.

Apply black liquid or gel eyeliner to your top lash line as close to the lashes as possible. Start the line next to the inner corner of the eye, and keep it thin and even, using small dash strokes.

Start to draw the line up at an angle toward the outer end of your eyebrow when you reach just beyond the outside edge of your iris. Extend the line just beyond the outer edge of your eye and fill in the line with black liner for the classic cat eye.

Finish a glamorous evening look with a short strip of lashes on the outer corner of each eye. Then apply volumizing mascara to the top lashes. Don’t line the bottom lash line or add mascara. This technique opens up the eye for a fresh, strong look that emphasizes your eye shape and draws attention to your top eyelid.


For a dramatic evening look, use a slightly shimmery champagne color instead of the matte cream shadow. Build up the crease shadow for a smokier effect.

Since winged eyeliner is a such a major beauty statement, keep the rest of your makeup fresh and simple. Apply a rose or coral blush to the apple of your cheeks for a natural, balanced glow.

Keep your lips neutral with a vitamin E lip gloss or opt for a sandy-toned nude lipstick to keep the attention on your eyes and the top half of your face for daytime. If you want some added drama, opt for a berry or pink lipstick for a bold evening look.