Every eye shape is unique and fabulous in its own way, whether you have round, almond, hooded, upturned, or downturned eyes. If you’ve been longing for those captivating, larger-than-life eyes, you’re in the right place. In this step-by-step makeup guide, we’ll show you how to make your eyes look bigger, drawing all the attention to your mesmerizing peepers.
1. Praise Those Eyebrows
The brows are your eye’s best friend. Regularly visit the salon to keep them in top shape. Embrace the natural shape of your eyes. Thick, well-defined brows can maximize the space around your eyes, creating the illusion of larger eyes. Proper eyebrow shaping is the key to enhancing your gaze and making you look more innocent and youthful.
Pro Tip: For full and expressive brows, use clear brow mascara to brush them up.
2. Say Goodbye To Puffiness
Puffy eyes can make your eyes appear smaller. Here’s how you can reduce puffiness:
- Ensure you get enough sleep.
- Rinse your face with cold water frequently.
- Place used cold tea bags over your eyes; the tannins in tea tighten the skin.
- Reduce your salt intake.
- Incorporate eye exercises into your routine.
Quick Tip: Elevate your head with a couple of pillows while sleeping to prevent fluid from settling under your eyes.
3. Bid Farewell to Under-Eye Dark Circles
Using a brightening concealer to mask dark circles is crucial. While it won’t make your eyes bigger, it ensures that dark circles don’t draw attention away from your eyes. Color correct blemishes and dark circles with an illuminating concealer slightly lighter than your foundation. We recommend YSL Touche Eclat and MAC Pro Longwear Concealer for flawless results.
4. Light Neutral Colored Eye Shadow
Opt for neutral and light eyeshadows. Follow the contouring rule: use light colors where you want light to reflect and darker shades to create depth. Applying light eyeshadows at the center of your eyelids brings them forward, making your eyes look larger. Matte or shimmery, choose a light-colored shadow to achieve this effect.
5. Tightline The Upper Water Line
One of the most transformative steps: tightline the upper waterline with a black liner. This gives the illusion of fuller lashes and opens up your eyes. The Urban Decay 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil works wonders for this.
Quick Tip: Use an angled eyeliner brush and eyeshadow for tightlining, and hold your upper eyelid in place with a Q-tip.
6. Lay Low With The Eyeliner
When applying liner to the lower lash line, focus on the outer third. Soften it with a smudger or brush. For the eyelid, draw a line as close to the lashes as possible. Avoid ultra-thick eyeliner lines, especially near the inner corners, as this accentuates the eye’s original shape. Leave the inner corner for highlighting and start lining your eyelids from the middle for an elongated illusion.
7. Curly, Fluttery Eyelashes
Eyelash curlers are your secret weapon. For bigger eyes, curl your lashes closer to the roots. E.L.F. Studio Eyelash Curler and Sally Hansen La Cross Double Curl Eyelash Curler are fantastic options.
8. The Nude Effect
Contrary to popular belief, loading up on black kohl or kajal can make eyes appear smaller. Opt for a nude lower lash line. Try Bourjois Khol and Contour Eyeliner Pencil in a subtle shade or MAC Chromagraphic Pencil for an eye-opening look.
9. O’ Holy Mascara
Mascara works wonders. We recommend Clinique’s High Impact Mascara and Maybelline Great Lash Mascara. For extra allure, apply three to four coats to the outer corners to create a captivating doe-eyed look.
10. Contour The Crease
Contouring the crease creates the illusion of deeper-set eyes, making them look larger. Use a matte brown shade from the outer corner to the crease and blend expertly. When aiming for an intense look, contour slightly above your actual crease for added impact.
11. Shimmer In The Inner Corner
Highlight the inner corner with a shimmery light eyeshadow or a highlighter. This adds a subtle touch and helps you appear more awake. You can choose to blend it out for a natural look or leave it for a sparkling effect.
12. Intensify With The Smokey Effect
Smokey eyes can make small eyes appear larger, but opt for dark brown or gray shades instead of black. Keep the shadow lower on the lid, blending it for a gradient look.
13. Blend To The Brow
Blend the base eyeshadow shade past your crease and up to your brow bone. This creates the illusion of a bigger lid space, opening up your eyes.
- Avoid dark colors like black and gray.
- Use soft browns for the crease.
- Don’t overdo the eyeliner.
- Embrace full lashes with mascara or false lashes.
- Use eye masks and gentle massages to reduce puffiness.
- Consider contact lenses for a wider eye look.
- Combat redness with eye drops to prevent eyes from looking smaller.
With these makeup techniques, you’ll master the art of making your eyes appear bigger and more captivating than ever. Say hello to mesmerizing, irresistible peepers!
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