Five years ago, I remember when I had seen Kristen Stewart on the cover of this issue of W magazine, I had thought to myself, “Wow, this is the best I have ever seen her look.” Getting over the reality that this was also probably heavily photoshopped, let us give props to where props are due, her makeup artist. The makeup artist who created this look truly transformed her and knew how to enhance her features with the right makeup placement to make her look strikingly captivating. Which leads me to a great point (and inspiration for this post I might add): Isn’t it amazing what a little makeup can do?
What are close-set eyes? Close-set eyes are when the eyes are distanced closer towards the center of the nose and visually do not look proportionate. I will go ahead and make a true makeup artist confession right now–that as a highly visual person, this is a visual turn-off for me. However, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as this can be visually corrected with the right makeup techniques! Makeup can actually make the eye distance look more balanced.
The best way to offset close-set eyes is with a dramatic winged liner. As seen on the cover, her winged liner is overly extended and exaggerated. Although for most people, this can look too over the top and garish in which I would not recommend it as an everyday look necessarily, it actually works wonders for anyone that has close-set eyes. Reason being that the defined black winged liner is visually pulling the eyes away from the center of the face and away from the nose. If you look at the images of Kristen Stewart closely, you would never really even know she has close-set eyes to begin with thanks to a dramatic black winged liner.
I also want to add in that it is best to avoid adding lighter colors (such as a white shimmer eyeshadow which is most often done to brighten the eyes and make them pop) towards the inner corners as this would only bring more visual attention again towards the center of the face when the main focus is to change the focal point by bringing more emphasis towards the corners of the eyes to pull the eyes away from the nose.