Determine your eye shape and position

There’s a fairly logical process of elimination you can go through to determine your eye shape. You need a mirror; any mirror would do, but a fixed bathroom cabinet mirror with good light would be ideal.

Identifying the shape of your eyes

Monolid eyes

Does your eyelid have a crease? If it does not, then you have ‘monolid eyes’. If your eyelid does have a crease, move on to the next test.

Upturned or downturned eyes

If you don’t have monolid eyes, then the next test involves the position of the outer corners of your eyes. You need a pencil or a coffee stirrer – basically anything straight – which you can hold in front of one of your eyes. You hold it so that it is horizontal (parallel with the floor). You must be able to see it clearly with the other eye. Now hold it up so that the top exactly passes in front of the very centre of the eyeball, as seen by the other eye. (The centre of the eyeball is your pupil, of course.) If the outer corner of the partly-covered eye is visible above the centreline, then you have ‘upturned eyes’. If the outer corners are definitely submerged below the centre line, you have ‘downturned eyes’. If you can’t really decide, because the outer corners are somewhere very near the centreline, then nothing is decided and you need to move on to the next question.

Hooded eyes

For the next test, look at yourself in the mirror with your eyes wide open and see if the crease of your eyelid is visible or not. If you can’t see the crease because it’s hidden by the upper part of your eyelid or your brow bone, you have ‘hooded eyes’. If you can see the crease, then – sorry – you still haven’t discovered your eye shape and you need to move on to the next question.

Round or almond eyes

Look at the iris of your eye. The iris is the coloured circular bit round the pupil. If you see any white between the iris and your eyelids, you have ’round eyes’. If you cannot see any white around the iris, because your eyelids partially cover your iris, you have ‘almond eyes’.

Identifying the position of your eyes

For identifying the shape of your eyes, you only needed to be able to see one eye in the mirror. To identify the position of your eyes, you need to be able to see both eyes in the mirror. However, please note that, while your eyes must fit into one of the shape categories, they do not have to fit into any of these position categories.

Wide-set or close-set eyes

Work out the gap between the inside corners of your two eyes. If it is large enough for you to fit an imaginary identical third eyeball into that space with some space left over, then you have ‘wide-set eyes’. If the gap is not sufficient to fit another eyeball into the space, then you have ‘close-set eyes’. If the gap is roughly the exact size of an eyeball, then you neither have close set nor wide set eyes, and you can forget about this particular distinction.

Deep-set or protruding eyes

The next issue is the depth of your eyes. Your eyes may be set back further into the socket than most people’s eyes. One way of telling is if the upper eyelid seems short and small. If that’s the case, then you have ‘deep-set eyes’. If, on the other hand, your eyes seem to bulge out from the socket and towards the upper lash line, then you have ‘protruding eyes’. It doesn’t have to be one or the other; your answer to this question may be that neither applies.

Big or small eyes

The final issue is the size of your eyes compared with the rest of your face. (I don’t have pictures for these.) If your eyes are significantly smaller than your mouth or your nose, then you may judge that you appear to have ‘small eyes’. If your eyes are larger than your mouth or your nose, you will appear to have ‘big eyes’. (You may have eyes which are neither big nor small, and can therefore ignore this distinction altogether.)