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Small Deep Set Eyes Makeup Tips – Do’s and Don’ts

Have you ever wondered why certain makeup looks you’ve tried to recreate don’t exactly turn out as they appear in the picture? You could use all the exact same products and tools, follow the instructions and proper order of eye makeup tips precisely, but still, you look more “hot mess than “hot mama”? Very simply, the reason is probably because you are attempting to recreate a look better suited for another eye shape. If you’ve got deep set eyes, makeup application can sometimes be frustrating. But the good news is that all the same types of styles and lovely new makeup products can be used, very successfully, in makeup for deep set eyes. You just have to know what to do…and more importantly…what not to do.

  • DO emphasize your lashes – Nothing makes the small eyes appear bigger, and brings their appearance forward in your face, like long, lush lashes. Of course, you can apply full false lashes (Eylure and Ardell make some popular and affordable human-like fiber human hair eyelashes ; or opt for Minki Lashes if you are after the most luxurious and natural-looking faux lashes on the market made of authentic cruelty-free Siberian mink). You can also apply pieces and partial lashes to help add both length and volume while still keeping the eye looking natural. If you’d rather no fuss with any of that, but you want the look of added lashes every day, you should consider mink eyelash extensions (they may last over 2 months!)
  • DO know which colors look best on your eyes – Regardless of whether or not you need a deep set eyes makeup technique, everyone’s eyes are enhanced by wearing complimentary colors. Playing up your natural eye color will go a long way to deemphasize things like eye size, shape, or placement. Blue eyes = browns and bronzes, green eyes = purples and plums, brown eyes = navy and blues.
  • DO know where to apply those colors – Both small and deep set eyes are best to use dark shades only in moderation, and in very specific places. Dark colors recede and tend to make things appear smaller (hence the tendency to wear mostly black when trying to look slimmer)…but that’s the last thing you need if your eyes are already small and deep set.  As one of our best eye makeup tips, try lightening the lid with a pale, shimmery shadow (some of the best cream eyeshadow colors can also double as eyeshadow primer, which is a win-win). Sweep a medium shade onto the outer third of your lid. Finally, apply a darker shadow in the outer corner of the eye and along the crease (only to the mid-point) in a sideways V shape, and bring it slightly beyond the natural corner of your eye.
  • DON’T overpluck eyebrows – Small, deep set eyes are only exaggerated and made even smaller and deeper by overplucked eyebrows! In order to make the most of the deep set eyes makeup technique, your face needs well-defined eyebrows to frame it.
  • DON’T put the eyeliner in the wrong place – With small, deep set eyes makeup, liner can make or break your looks. A dark, thick line will only close in your eye. Also, lining the inner rim (waterline) with dark eyeliner can make your eyes appear significantly smaller. Your best bet is to practice applying liquid eyeliner in the thinnest line possible, close to your lashes, and only on the outer half of your eyes only. Definitely avoid lining the entire eye!
  • DON’T be afraid to try new things – Can someone with small, deep set eyes jump onto the bandwagon of new trends, like neon eyeshadow? Very, very carefully. A neon shade on the lid can decrease the look of your eye being deep set…but it could increase the small appearance of the eyes at the same time. A good rule of thumb with any deep set eyes makeup, especially concerning trends, is to research the web for tutorials tailored to your eye type and keep checking back with Minki Lashes e-magazine for more useful articles. If you have a hard time finding anything, it’s a safe bet that you might want to avoid that trend. If you are still curious, experiment at home. Snap some self-portraits to get a more objective look than the refection in the mirror. And don’t be afraid to reach out to some makeup professionals (makeup counters, web gurus, makeup bloggers, etc.) for advice.

All of these do’s and don’ts are helpful, but one of the most useful tips of all is simply to have confidence in yourself. No matter what your eye shape or size, your style is beautiful and unique. Knowing the right (and wrong) way to apply deep set eyes makeup as presented in our tips above will help give you the confidence you need to shine!


The original creator of the MINKI LASHES E-MAGAZINE that covers everything from false eyelashes and eyelash extensions, eye makeup tips and ideas for all eye colors and eye shapes, to eye makeup product reviews and eye makeup ingredients safety. Your FAUX LASH AUTHORITY and founder of the soon-to-be-launched affordable luxury BRAND of cruelty-free 100% Siberian MINK LASHES and MINK EYELASH EXTENSIONS.

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  1. I have small deep set eyes plus aging is not helping!
    I’m confused in that this article says no eyeliner under the eye at all but a little smudge of crayon particularly where the iris is helps to make my eyes look rounder and not so swinty and sunken.
    Age sinks the eye further it seems. I’m getting as depressed as my eyes

    • Hi Linda,
      The rule of thumb for deep set eyes is to avoid very dark colours because they will make the eyes appear more sunken, especially on the upper lid. However, with small eyes you *may* want to apply either a super thin line of eyeliner on the outer half (not full) of the lower lid below the lash line, or smudge crayon in the same half area (smudged/eyeshadow looks work best as evening makeup while liner is OK for daytime and evening). Liner/smudged crayon along the entire lower lid may make your small eyes look even smaller, while the half-line will add some enhancing definition. Make sure to use lighter eyeshadow on the upper lid. If you want to significantly visually enlarge your eyes, consider using a white pencil on your lower waterline and half liner as previously mentioned. I hope this helps!

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