Today I am explaining exactly which makeup jargon applies to what when it comes to the eye area. This may be utterly obvious to most (if not all) of our readers, but I would like it to serve as a good reference point for anyone not in the know. I would have appreciated something like this when I was first learning about makeup.
I thought labelling everything on one diagram would look too cluttered, so I drew both an open and a closed eye to space the labels out.
1 Lashes (top and bottom) The hairs which protrude from the eyelid edges to protect the eyeball from debris. We curl (top only) and apply mascara to lashes to add definition to the eye.
2 Lashline (upper and lower) The line of eyelash follicles running along the edge of the eyelid. Eyeliner is often applied using this line as a guide, intended to make the lashes look thicker.
3 Waterline (upper and lower) The sensitive edge of the eyelid, named so because it is naturally wet. It is not recommended to apply powders or liquids to the waterline (they usually irritate), but soft kohls are often used. Lining the waterline can often appear sharper and therefore harsher than lining the lashline. Using dark colours on the waterline can make the eye appear smaller, but also more dramatic.
4 Crease The natural recess in the top eyelid caused by the eyeball meeting the eye socket. Medium depth, matte colours tend to be applied here to simulate a deeper crease and therefore a larger eye.
5 Mobile lid The section of the top eyelid which moves when you blink, hence ‘mobile’. It is the area extending from the upper lashline to the crease. Most of the mobile lid tends not to be seen when the eye is open. It’s fun to use iridescent and glittery shades on the mobile lid, because they are only seen when you blink or look downwards.
6 Brow bone The area extending from the crease to the bottom edge of the eyebrow. Naturally-toned, light colours and highlighters tend to be applied here to emphasise the bone structure.
7 Inner corner The section of the mobile lid closest to the nose (and sometimes the tear duct area). Lighter colours tend to be applied here to reflect light and make the eyes seem further apart, which is seen to be flattering.
8 Tear duct The meeting of the top and bottom eyelids closest to the nose (or more simply: the skin over the tear duct). This area can be naturally dark, so often light, shimmery colours and highlighters are applied to brighten it.
9 Outer corner or ‘V’ The section of the mobile lid furthest from the nose. Darker colours tend to be applied here to add definition to the eye. The meeting of the lashline and the crease in this area looks like a sideways ‘V’, hence the name ‘Outer V’. This ‘V’ can be exaggerated, using dark colours, to create a feline shape to the eye.
I hope you found this useful, or at least would pass it onto someone just getting into makeup.
Enjoy the rest of your week!
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