How to determine your eye shape

It’s actually fairly easy to determine your eye shape as long as you have a mirror and a few spare minutes. Aside from eye shape, you may also want to pay attention to the position of your eyes on your face, since this can affect the overall appearance of your eyes just as much.

Identify the shape

#1 Look at your eyes in a mirror.

Head to a well-lit location with a mirror. Bring the mirror as close to you as possible so that you have a clear view of at least one of your eyes.

A magnifying mirror is ideal, but any mirror will work well enough as long as you can clearly see your eyes in it. This includes stationary mirrors, like those hanging on a wall or cabinet, as well as movable mirrors, like those included in a small compact.

Natural light often provides the best lighting, but as long as you can get a clear view of your eyes, artificial lighting can be just as good.

#2 Ask yourself if your eyelid has a crease.

Look at your upper eyelid. If this eyelid does not have a crease, you have monolid eyes. On the other hand, if your eyelid does have a crease, you will need to continue on before you can identify your eye shape.

Note that the eyelid crease does not need to be visible to be counted. True monolid eyes completely lack a crease.

The monolid counts as a basic eye shape, so if you have one, you do not need to progress through the remaining steps in the “Shape” section of this article. You can, however, move onto the “Position” section.


#3 Note the position of the outer corners.

Imagine that there is a straight, horizontal line extending through the centers of both eyes. Ask yourself if the outer corners of your eyes lie above or below this center line. If the corners are above this line, you have upturned eyes.

Similarly, if the corners are below this line, you have downturned eyes.

Imagining a center line might be difficult, so if necessary, you can place a disposable coffee stirrer or thin pencil across the horizontal center of one eye. Use your unblocked eye to examine the outer corner position of your blocked eye.

If the outer corners of your eyes fall near the center line, you will need to progress further to identify your basic eye shape.

If you have upturned or downturned eyes, you can stop sorting through the steps of the “Shape” section and move onto the “Position” section.


#4 Take a closer look at the crease in your eyelid.

With your eyes wide open, ask yourself if the crease of your eyelid is visible or hidden. If the crease is hidden underneath the upper part of your lid or your brow bone, you have a hooded eye shape.

Stop here if you have identified your eye shape as hooded. This is your basic eye shape, so you can skip the rest of the steps in this section and move onto the “Position” section of the article.

If the crease of your eyelid is visible, you will need to progress through the last part of this section.


#5 Examine the whites of your eyes.

More specifically, look at the whites around the iris—the colored portion of the eye. If you can see any white around the top or bottom of your iris, you have round eyes. If you cannot see any white above or below the iris, you have almond eyes.

Both round and almond eyes are basic eye shapes.

If you have no other identifiable shape features, as indicated by the previous steps in this section, your eye shape can only be round or almond.

This is the last quality you can take into consideration when identifying eye shape. The only other thing to take into consideration after this is the position of your eyes on your face.


Identify the position

#1 Look into your mirror again.

Just as you did when you identified your eye shape, you need to look at your eyes closely using a mirror while in a well-lit location. Unlike before, however, you should make sure that both eyes are visible in the mirror. One eye will not be enough to accurately determine eye position.

#2 Examine the inside corners of your eyes.

More precisely, examine the gap lying in between the inside corners of both eyes. If this gap is less than one eye length in size, you have close set eyes. If this gap is larger than one eye length, you have wide set eyes.

There is also the possibility that this gap is roughly the length of one eyeball. In this case, gap length is inconsequential and does not need to be taken into consideration.

This step only identifies your eye width. It does not influence depth or size, so you will still need to move onto the remaining steps in this section even if you have wide or close set eyes.


#3 Consider the depth of your eyes.

Most individuals do not need to take depth into consideration when determining the position of their eyes, but some do have either deep set eyes or protruding eyes.

Deep set eyes appear as though they are tucked further back into the socket, causing the upper eyelid to appear short and small.

Protruding eyes, on the other hand, literally bulge outward from the socket and toward the upper lash line.

Since this step only identifies eye depth, you will still need to continue with the remaining step of this section to determine eye size.


#4 Compare your eyes with the rest of your face.

Compare your eyes with your mouth and nose. Average eye size will be similar to that of your mouth or nose, if not a little smaller. If your eyes are significantly smaller, though, you have small eyes. If they are larger than your other features, you have large eyes.

As with depth, most people will not need to pay attention to the size of their eyes.