How to Contour Your Eyes

Shonagh Scott
by Shonagh Scott
6 Materials
10 Minutes

Today, I will show you how to achieve a pretty and simple eye contour in a matte finish.

If you're going to take time to contour your face, you'll want to do the same with your eyes if you don't want to wear a ton of makeup because it will accentuate them in the same way that contour accentuates your face.

Tools and materials:

  • Matte eyeshadow
  • Makeup brushes
  • Eyeliner
  • Mascara
  • False lashes
  • Tweezers
Applying eyeshadow

1. Apply eyeshadow

First, take a matte eyeshadow in a neutral-toned light beige shade and apply it on the mobile lid from the inner corner and halfway across.

Use a very fine brush to apply the eyeshadow to get a precise finish.

Applying eyeshadow

Then take a very warm-toned light peach shade and place it in the middle of the eye, going back towards the outer corner.

Applying lighter tones to the mobile lid makes the most of this space.

So even if you have hooded eyes, go in with a lighter shade on this area, even over the fold of your hood, and it will make the most of that space.

Applying eyeshadow

Now take a warm-toned light brown eyeshadow with a slightly yellow undertone to it and work it into the eye socket.

Again, even if you have hooded eyes, you still have an eye socket, and you can work that in. A pointed brush will do all the work for you because it will sink into that socket and just work the bristles backward and forwards.

I like to pull my colors out slightly on the outer edge to create a bit more of an almond shape, but if it's not that suitable to your eye shape (for example, if you have a fold on the outer corner), you can keep it more rounded. 

Applying eyeshadow

Next, take a medium brown shade, also very warm-toned, use the same brush and work into that socket, building up that contour color. 

Applying eyeshadow

Take that same shade underneath your lower eyelashes and then soften everything with a blending brush. 

Applying eyeshadow

Going back to the pencil brush, very softly, blend a bit more of that brown just into the socket on the outer edge.

Again, if you're keeping it slightly rounded, just pat it where you need it.

Remember, dark matte shades will push things back so if you are trying to disguise a bit more of a hooded eye, be strategic with your placement. 

Applying eyeshadow

2. Define the bottom of the lids

Using the point of a pencil brush, dip it into a neutral-toned dark brown. Use that to smoke out the eyelash line on the outer third of the lid to make the lash line look fuller.

Softly work it up to the V shape. You really want the lightest sweep on the skin with this. 

Applying eyeshadow

Go back in with your pencil brush and a very light amount of the same eyeshadow, look down into a mirror and softly run that close to the root of your eyelashes.

Applying eyeshadow

3. Apply eyeshadow to the brow bone

Take a flat shader brush and go back in with the first, lightest shade that you used.

Run that over the brow bone to mattify this area. It will match the rest of the eyelid and just looks a lot cleaner.

Applying eyeliner

4. Apply eyeliner

This step's completely optional, you can apply cream eyeliner, I'm applying a coffee-colored eyeliner, and take it halfway across.

That way, we're not going to make the eye appear any smaller, but it adds a very soft sultry finish.

I also like to blink onto the tip of the pencil and run that along my top waterline.

Otherwise, once you apply your mascara, if you can see the pink tones, the eye just doesn't look quite as finished.

Applying mascara

5. Apply mascara

If for you this is a daytime event and you don't want to apply any false eyelashes, you can leave it with a couple of coats of mascara. 

Apply false lashes

6. Apply false lashes

I added some individual false lashes. I really love a spiky lash, especially if you're wearing a minimal amount of makeup on the lid. Sometimes something too fluffy can almost overtake the eye.

Then I apply a light coat of mascara, just to darken my natural eyelashes so that they don't look lighter against the individual false lashes.

Eye contour

Eye contour

I hope you found this useful. It's great for those of you that don't like to wear a lot of makeup but want to wear something that makes it look like you've made an effort.

Not everybody wants to wear a shimmer, especially if it's a daytime look or a special occasion that's in the day, and matte shades are the best for creating a subtle finish. Sometimes it's the simplest of makeup that makes the biggest impact. 

If you enjoyed this tutorial, let me know in the comments down below!

Products used:

By Mario - Master Mattes Eyeshadow Palette

UK & Global - Sephora:

US - Sephora:

rephr 02 Brush


rephr 03


rephr 26 Brush


rephr 27 Brush (not 15 as mentioned in the tutorial - oops!)


MAC Cosmetics - Coffee Pencil (Costa Riche for US)

UK & Global - Look Fantastic:


US - Ulta:


MaxFactor 2000 Calorie Mascara - The Full Volume

UK - Amazon:

UK - Superdrug:


SHEIN - Eyelash tray as shown and used:

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