Eye Makeup Map

This eye makeup map shows the different areas of the eye where eye shadow (and eye liner) can be applied.

I took a picture of my eye without any makeup and used Photoshop to paint in the areas of the eye that I refer to in my Looks and Techniques pages.

For the lid section, it refers to the entire lid area colored in light pink (it can also extend to the outer V area). Sometimes I have looks where I apply one color to the “center lid” only, which is also called the “ball of the eye”. If you look straight in the mirror, the center lid will be as wide as your iris (the colored part of your eye).

For several of my looks, when I apply a color to the outer V, I usually blend the same color inwards along the contour/crease with a fluffy blending brush.

The sections labeled upper lashline, waterline, and lower lashline are areas where you can line your eye with an eye pencil, gel liner, or even eye shadow.

The inner corner and tear duct are great places to put a white shimmery color to brighten up the eyes.

Study this map and learn the different terms, and it’ll be easy to follow along with the Looks I post on this site! :)


[…] Apply the bright color to your lower lids. Bring it out to the inner corners and to the outer V area. (If you are not yet familiar with these terms, take a look at my eye makeup map!) […]

LeAn R. ArmasMarch 17th, 2010 at 9:09 am

hi wycee , i really love your site… mwahh

WyceeMarch 17th, 2010 at 10:58 pm

thanks! :D

kitiMay 3rd, 2010 at 10:44 am

i love your eyes blue color .. it goes beautiful with the different eyeshadows :)

WyceeMay 3rd, 2010 at 10:58 am

Thanks Kiti! Welcome to my site! :)

[…] This is an everyday gray look that you can wear to give your usual natural brown looks a break during the week. The beached blonde “Retrospeck” MAC eyeshadow helps soften the darker gray color on the outer V (if you are not yet familiar with this term, take a look at my eye makeup map!). […]

Dotty WatsonJune 6th, 2010 at 6:33 pm

I’d like to know how I can purchase the grey shadow! :)

[…] an eye primer to your entire lid and highlight area (see my eye makeup map if you’re not yet familiar with these terms). For this neutral look, I recommend a colorless […]

LollyAugust 11th, 2010 at 10:25 am

This map is so helpful :-)

AnnieDecember 11th, 2010 at 6:32 pm

i just discovered your site and LOVE it. this map is SO helpful. you don’t know how many times i’ve struggled with my outer-V and trying to get it just right but never being happy with it. thank you! =)

WyceeDecember 12th, 2010 at 1:33 am

Hi Annie! Thanks, and welcome to my site! :)

NilaMarch 30th, 2011 at 1:36 am

Hey Wycee! I came across your site when googling how to nose contour… But I stayed for your awesome techniques! Keep up the great work! *subscribes*

WyceeMarch 30th, 2011 at 10:16 pm

Hi Nila! Thanks! Glad you like my techniques! :)

ana maeJuly 7th, 2011 at 6:53 pm

hi wycee i love your site … it is so helpful..

WyceeJuly 8th, 2011 at 9:48 am

Thanks Ana Mae! :)

diary of a beauty junkieJuly 19th, 2011 at 7:50 pm

This is extremely helpful, I was always confused on what the lid was. I thought it was the whole eye part that wasn’t the crease, and I thought the crease was the lid. D:

WyceeJuly 26th, 2011 at 6:42 pm

Hi Diary of a Beauty Junkie,

I’m glad you found this helpful! Sometimes in my Look posts I refer to the lid as “lower lid”, meaning the bottom half of the entire eye area (that includes the highlight/brow bone). “Lid” or “lower lid” is just the area under the crease. When I apply eye primer, I usually just say that I put it on my “entire lid”, which just means I put it on the entire eye area including the highlight/brow bone. :)

Styling ClassesAugust 30th, 2011 at 12:52 am

Wow Wycee! I approach across your site when googling how to nose contour… But I stayed for your awesome technique! Keep up the great work.

WyceeAugust 30th, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Thank you! :)

MelissaSeptember 7th, 2011 at 5:47 pm

Your site is fabulous!!! As a fellow makeup junkie I am constantly in search of fun informative makeup sites and I’m so glad I found yours. The step by step pictures and techniques are awesome as well as the Eye Makeup Map.You make it easy for anyone to recreate the looks. Love it!!! Def a fan.

WyceeSeptember 7th, 2011 at 11:12 pm

Aww thanks Melissa!!! :)

White, Gold, and Purple EOTDSeptember 12th, 2011 at 12:03 am

[…] your highlight, use a matte cream color like Inglot E/S Matte in “351″ (see my eye makeup map if you’re not yet familiar with these […]

JessMay 27th, 2012 at 5:22 pm

Love this site! and I love that you have monolids! I am always searching for makeup tutorials on monolid eyes and the girls are never monolids! Thank you! thank you! I can now use eyeshadow without looking cray cray! hahaha

EskimommaflJune 3rd, 2012 at 1:59 pm

I am 42 years old and of mixed Filipina-Puerto Rican descent so my skin is medium olive. Doing eye make-up more complicated than eyeliner and mascara has always been a mystery to me, but your map FINALLY helps me to understand where to put eyeshadow to use some more creativity! Thank you!

KiereJune 14th, 2012 at 4:30 pm

I love your site! I needed help with The Naked Palette and you were a big help.

WyceeJune 15th, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Thanks Kiere! :)

[…] Use windshield wiper motions to apply the light brown into eyelid crease, until it is blended […]

MahiDecember 26th, 2012 at 1:08 pm

Hi, Wycee
Your site is awesome and u r doing great job Keep It Up Dear :)

WyceeJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 10:52 pm

Thank you, Mahi! :)

How to Do a Smokey EyeMarch 21st, 2013 at 12:39 pm

[…] an eye primer to your entire lid and highlight area (see my eye makeup map if you’re not yet familiar with these […]

Drugstore Makeup Look (REQUEST)March 21st, 2013 at 12:44 pm

[…] highlight/brow bone and lower lid (if you are not yet familiar with these terms, take a look at my eye makeup map). This will act as an eye shadow base that will help make the colors more vibrant. If you already […]

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