Parts of the Eye


The following diagrams break the eye up into different parts to show the various places you can apply eyeshadow.  It is really useful to know the different parts of the eye where you can place eyeshadow.  You can create a multitude of different looks by using different eyeshadow placement combinations.  You can keep eyeshadow very simple and apply only a lid and highlight colour.  Alternatively, you can experiment with applying shades to various places to create different types of looks.

The two diagrams below (with coloured key table) show the various parts of the eye.  The two photos at the end of this article show a made-up eye which has eyeshadow and eyeliner applied to the places indicated in the first two diagrams.  You can use these diagrams in conjunction with the looks on this site to see exactly where to place your colours.

Parts of the Eye - Diagram

Inner Corner

This is the very inner corner of the eye, just next to the nose.  You can apply a lighter colour to the inner corner to brighten your eyes and make them ‘pop’.  It is also really nice to apply a lighter colour which contrasts with other eyeshadow colours you are wearing to create interest and make the look more eye-catching.


When you close your eye, your lid area is the whole closed area, from the base of the lashes, to the line you get when your eyes are half-open.  You can locate your lid area by gently placing your finger on your eyelid; the end of your lid area is where it hollows out.  The lid area includes the outer lid as well.

You can place eyeshadow in a number of ways on your lid, by using it as your main colour or also by adding in other colours to the inner corner/outer lid to create interest.  Light, medium or dark colours can be applied to the lid, depending on the effect desired.  Lid colour can be applied first or it can be applied after a crease colour (if using this) to create a different effect.


Your crease is at the end of your lid area, in a circular sweep from the outer corner of your eye, in to the middle of the eye, just above the lid area.  Placing eyeshadow in the crease gives the eye definition and dimension, making it stand out more.  How far you take your crease colour depends on your eye shape and your own personal preference.

Light, medium or dark colours can be applied to the crease, depending on the type of look you are creating.   You can define your crease after applying eyeshadow to the lid area for a more diffused look or before lid colour, creating a slightly more defined and structured look.

Outer Lid

Your outer lid is the outer edge section of your closed lid area.  Applying a darker colour in the outer lid can add extra dimension to your look.  You can also use a contrasting colour on the outer lid to give some added interest to a look. 

Outer V

The outer v is in the lower outer section of your eye lid, from the outer corner and slightly up where the eyelid folds in a ‘v’ shape.

Placing eyeshadow in the whole of the outer v can add more definition to the eye, creating a more shaped look and also making the eye more smokey.  Using a dark colour in the outer v can add wonderful emphasis to an eyeshadow look.  Alternatively, a similarly toned eyeshadow can be placed lightly only in the eyelid ‘v’ fold to add softer definition, whilst a contrasting colour can give a wonderful ‘pop’ of colour.

Upper and Lower Lashlines

Your upper lashline is the area directly above your upper eyelashes, whilst your lower lashline is the area directly under your lower lashes.  You can apply eyeshadow to your upper and lower lashlines to emphasise your eyes and provide soft definition.

Lashline colour can be applied in various ways to create different looks.  For example, a light colour can be applied to the upper lashes and/or the lower lashes to brighten the eye, whilst a medium or dark colour can be applied to the same areas to define the eye.  Also, a light colour can be applied to the inner lashline (upper/lower) and a medium or dark colour to the outer lashline (upper/lower) to brighten and define the eye at the same time.


Your highlight area is the section directly under your eyebrow and just above your crease colour.  This section is sometimes also referred to as the ‘browbone highlight’.  When wearing eyeshadow elsewhere on the eye, highlighter on the browbone is very important, in terms of helping to finish the look off, tying everything together and making it look polished.

You can also take the highlighter colour into the inner corner to tidy up eyeshadow edges and brighten the eye.  Light colours, such as creams, whites, beiges, pale golds tend to work best as brow highlighter colours and work with most other eyeshadow colours.


The following two photos show a made-up eye which has eyeshadow and eyeliner applied to the places indicated in the first two diagrams and the areas discussed above:

Parts of the Eye - Completed Eye Photos

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