How to bring out deep set eyes – Tutorial

how to bring out very deep set eyes with makeup

how to bring out deep set eyes

In this post I will show you how to work with deep set eyes. When the brow bone is prominent and the eye is deep in the skull, it can look small. With makeup you can bring out the eye and actually make it look at least twice as big.

As I’ve said before – we all have unique eye shapes and usually they’re a mixture of different eye shapes. Even the same eye shape can look totally different on a different face. I have done a post about my eye shape, which is deep set and just slightly hooded. Now here is my friend Suvi’s eyes: they are deep set too. But our eyes are still very different. My eyes are not as deep set and there’s slightly more visible lid space showing – with Suvi’s eyes the lid is more hidden.


If you have hooded eyes, you can use the same tricks. Deep set eyes and hooded eyes are kinda similar, when it comes to makeup application.


How to bring out deep set eyes

Here’s what we’re gonna do:

small eyes bigger with makeup

Before & after.

concealer deep set eyes


Concealer is important for anyone, but especially for deep set eyes. The eye shape already creates shadows on the eyes and emphasizes the dark circles. If you’re not sure how to conceal properly, check out this helpful post about it.

My absolute favorite concealer is *NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, It’s pigmented, easy to blend, it doesn’t look dry and it lasts well on the skin. If you want something more affordable, *Catrice Liquid Camouflage Concealer is a good dupe for that (but I wouldn’t recommend it for dry skin).

Read my post: How to conceal dark circles under eyes

how to eye shadow crease colour for deep set eyes

Crease colour | How to contour deep set eyes

Here is where you should contour your eye. Definitely above the actual crease – almost right under the brows, but do leave a small gap there. I used a slightly warm peachy colour. A warm colour works well, when you want to soften the area and not draw too much attention to  it. Use a matte shade!

Use matte shades to sculpt the eye

Here is the area, you want to contour with matte shades. You don’t want to bring shimmer to the area, you’re trying to ‘hide’.

very deep set eyes eyeshadow application

Play with colors on your lid

In this particular makeup I applied the lid colors as shown. I think you can play with colors here as much as you like! Even though it’s not that visible when the eye is open, there is room to surprise your audience every time you blink. The only important thing here is to bring the eyeshadow high enough, so that some of it shows, when the eye is open. Make sure the line between your crease color and lid color is nice and blended.

Leave the lower lashline light

If you use a dark shade on your lower lashline, the eye sinks a bit deeper. So keep it quite light – or at least lighter than the lid colors. But don’t leave it completely bare. Applying the same color on your lower lashline, that you used on your lid and crease, will make the makeup look more put together.


+ Lashes are important

They just really, really make a difference in bringing out the eye.

deep set eyes makeup

Now to the pictorial. I used purple and gold to bring out Suvi’s blue eyes and to make the look more fun.


Purple & gold eyeshadow tutorial for deep set eyes

very deep set eyes makeup tutorial

Before getting to the tutorial, an important thing to note is that using an eyeshadow primer with deep set and hooded eyes is crucial! It helps to keep the eyeshadow in place, especially since the lid folds. The iconic *Primer Potion by Urban Decay is my go to and I warmly recommend that.

And then to the pictorial:

1. I basically followed my own rules and first contoured the eye above the crease and slightly under the brow with a peach colour.
2. Then I used purple shade all over the lid and blended that high enough, so that some of it shows when the eye is open. The purple shade is matte.
3. I added a pop of colour in the inner part of the eye and blended that with the purple colour, so that the transition is subtle. Same goes to the lower lash line.
4. I added a highlight to the inner corner, lined the eyes, applied mascara and finally some big lashes.

how to bring out deep set eyes

Isn’t she gorgeous? There was some serious model material on my camera after this session. Thank you Suvi for being my model! 

Product recommendations

Eyeshadow palettes I love:
*Illamasqua Unveiled Nude Artistry Palette (US,CA) *Illamasqua Unveiled Artistry Palette (UK)
*NYX Perfect Filter Palettes
*Too Faced palettes

Makeup brushes I use:
*Coastal Scent Brush Set ($)
*Zoeva rose gold brush set ($$)

The key products I used were the concealer, the best ever eyeshadow primer and a bunch of products from Zuii Organic

For affordable eyeshadow palettes, I would recommend NYX Eyeshadow Palettes. They are easy to work with and come with lots of colors. My favorite palettes are their Perfect Filter palettes. I also love Too Faced’s and Illamasqua’s eyeshadows.

As for brushes, I can warmly recommend Coastal Scents 22 brush set. It’s what I bought for myself as my very first brush set and still use it. Great price-quality-ratio. If you’re willing to invest a little, the best brushes I’ve found are from Zoeva.

makeup for very deep set eyes

Full product list for Suvi’s makeup:
*Urban Decay Primer Potion
Makeup Geek Eyeshadow, Peach Smoothie
Zuii Organic Eyeshadows, Blackberry,
Alima Pure Kajal, Ink
Ardell Lashes, Wispies
*NARS Radiant Creamy Concealer, Custard & Vanilla
Zuii Organic Makeup Powder, Creme
Zuii Organic Blush, Melon
Zuii Organic Lipstick, Sheer Peach
+ a clear gloss on top


Hopefully you learned something new here! What do you think of this look?



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  1. Nena Sofia

    Aivan upea meikki, jossa silmät todellakin korostuu! Postaus on myös ihanan selkeästi toteutettu, tästä irtosi hyvin vinkkejä itsellekin vaikkei omat silmät ihan näin syvällä olekaan 🙂

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Kiitos! Ihana kuulla <3

  2. Tosi kiva postausaihe ja hyvin toteutettu! Tästä on varmasti iloa monelle! 🙂

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Kiitos! 🙂

  3. Yiota

    This post is for me!! I have hooded eyes and I need some tricks on how to do my eye look. No matter how much eyeshadow I use, it looks as I haven’t used any and it gets on my nerves haha! I know lashes are essential but I haven’t got around to using them, I guess I will try and use them more often. Beautiful post Charlotta xx


  4. Nina

    Great tutorial,she looks amazing.

    Nina’s Style Blog

  5. Greek eyes

    Thank you very very much. I pretty much did similar, out of instinct, but is great to see it in detail. Am still having trouble keeping the shadows intact, because the lids touch each other, since the eye shape is such, and I have oily skin.
    However, I am immensely grateful for the info. This is actually the first tutorial I came across where the model has truly deep set eyes, and that alone makes the description much-much more helpful.
    Thanks again. Greetings from Greece.

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Glad you found it useful! Have you tried eyeshadow primers? I have quite oily lids and Urban Decay’s Primer Potion works for me. And they even have a matte version, I think called Eden. Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment <3

  6. Lise

    Kiitos for this! Both my sister and I have deep set eyes. If you can get rid of the blue tint under the eyes and bring them out a bit, deep set eyes can be very soulful looking. Thanks for the tips. Plan to spend the afternoon practicing.
    Many thanks from Texas.

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Ole hyvä! You’re welcome! 🙂 I definitely agree – deep set eyes are a beautiful feature. Let me know if it works out for you <3

  7. Sam

    Great tutorial , she resembles faith Hill

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Thanks! Now that you said it, yes she does resemble her a bit.

  8. Some guy

    I must be the weird one who likes deep set eyes. Might not suit all of us, but looks very attractive on some people. Picture #1, with deep set eyes – natural and very attractive. Picture #2 – just another glam doll(no offense meant)

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Deep set eyes are beautiful. As are all eye shapes and humans in my opinion. 🙂 Many people with deep set eyes do want to make their eyes stand out more though and make them appear bigger, hence the post. I love glam looks and no-makeup looks both. My model Suvi is gorgeous, makeup or not. It’s okay to have an opinion. Thanks for commenting!

  9. Tina

    Hi Charlotte. I feel the same way as “Some Guy” posted above and love the look of my deep set eyes. I would like to know your recommendation on how to enhance that look (not to make my eyes “stand out” as you say, and look like “just another Glam doll” like Some Guy said). Any thoughts on this? Thank you!

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Hi, Charlotta here.

      In that case, you could try the makeup looks in this post: 🙂 Basically you should just apply a darkish color straight across the lid.

  10. Olya

    These are definitely more hooded eyes then deep set, deep set eyes are not as hooded but deep down.

    1. Charlotta Takkula

      Thanks for commenting! As I said, deep set eyes and hooded eyes have similarities. And usually one’s eyes are a mix of different types. Since Suvi’s eyes are so deep set, they obviously also appear a bit hooded. The brow bone is so prominent and the lid is not visible, as the eyes are so deep.

  11. Renee

    I love how she looks and can’t wait to try your tips on myself, since I have very similar eyes!!

    1. Charlotta Takkula



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