How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger


The power of makeup is truly amazing. Want sculpted cheekbones? Contour. Want fuller-looking lips? Overline them. Want eyes that appear large, awake and more open? There are plenty of clever tips and tricks to make that happen. Keep reading for our favorite ways to accentuate your eyes.


REDUCE PUFFINESS: It’s so important to take care of the delicate skin around your eyes. If you wake up with puffy eyes, nix any sign of tiredness. For nearly instant results, pop on some under-eye masks. Talika Eye Therapy Patches are incredible – they reduce the appearance of dark circles and puffiness in just thirty minutes. If you’re in a pinch, just splash your face with ice cold water – this will increase the circulation around your eyes, leading to a major reduction in puffiness.


ELIMINATE DARK CIRCLES: In addition to making you appear tired, dark circles give the illusion that your eyes are smaller than they are. To combat this, find the right concealer that will cover up any darkness and brighten your undereye area. Concealers with pink and salmon undertones cancel out darkness and cover up circles well – learn more about concealers and color correcting, HEREMaybelline’s Fit Me Concealer has great coverage, is easy-to-blend and it’s affordable. I apply some of that to cover up any darkness, then go over it with Maybelline’s Instant Age Rewind Concealer, to brighten. Make sure to set it with a translucent powder (like Laura Mercier’s) to avoid creasing throughout the day.


CURL, CURL, CURL: Everyone needs a good lash curler in their life. If you have straight lashes especially, curling your lashes before applying mascara will completely transform your look. It takes just a few seconds, but a strong curl will make your eyes appear wider and more awake. When your lashes are straight, it casts a subtle shadow over your eye area, making eyes look small. My number one curler is Shiseido’s – the huge band catches every single lash at once.


GET LONG LASHES WITH MASCARA: Ask any woman what’s the one beauty product she can’t live without, and odds are she’ll say mascara. If you want eyes to appear wider, go with a lengthening formula. With a special curved brush, Clinique’s High Lengths will give you your longest lashes ever. If you want to add some extra oomph to your lashes, go over it with a volumizing formula like Too Faced’s Better Than Sex Mascara. Another fantastic option is IT Cosmetic’s Tightline Mascara. It has the tiniest wand that allows you to get in right at the root and truly grab every single lash – this is a must for clump-free lashes.


FALSIES ARE KEY: If your lashes got still use some help post-mascara, pop on some false lashes. For me, falsies take my look to the next level. Even the most natural-looking ones, like Ardell’s Demi Wispies, work wonders. My eyes completely open up, look wider and more awake. Pick a pair that suits your style. If your want that false lash look all the time, consider lash extensions. Read about Pampadour founder Jennifer’s lash extension experience, HERE.


Before we get to the eyeliner section, use the photo, below, as a guide to eye makeup placement:



TIGHTLINING: Tightlining is arguably the most necessary step towards making eyes look bigger. It’s the act of applying liner to your top inner eyelid. There’s nothing more distracting than a strange gap of bare skin between your eyelid and eye. By applying liner, generally black makes the biggest impact, you instantly open up the look of your eyes. To prevent smudging or fading, it’s best to go with a black gel liner. I like to use a pencil (like Essence’s Gel Eye Pencil) rather than a pot, simply because it’s quicker, but this is something that’s a personal preference. Use what works for you. To make sure it won’t budge, go over the line with a dusting of black eyeshadow to set it in place.


LINE – SOME – OF YOUR WATERLINE: Nothing makes eyes look smaller than lining your entire waterline, but I find that my eyes always look ‘incomplete’ or undefined if I don’t apply at least some liner on my lower lash line. I like to take a bit of eyeliner pencil and apply it solely to the outer half of my lash line – this adds subtle definition without closing up my eyes. Urban Decay’s 24/7 Waterliner is formulated specifically for the waterline – it won’t smudge or fade!


BRIGHTEN UP! A surefire way to make eyes look bigger and wider is lining your waterline with a white or nude pencil. There are some liners that are made specifically with this purpose in mind – like Tarte’s Inner Rim Liner and NYX’s Wonder Pencil.


THE POWER OF HIGHLIGHTING: Highlighting is not just for your face. Strategically applying light eyeshadow to certain areas of your eye can have a majorly eye-opening effect. Take a shimmery, bright and light shadow and apply it to your inner corner, on your brow bone and the center of your eyelid to make your eyes look wider and more awake. I love using ColourPop’s Girly – the pearly shadow works with nearly every look.


GROOMED BROWS: Brows have the power to frame your entire face. Groomed, well-maintained arches have the ability to make eyes appear larger. Whether you tweeze, thread or wax, always be on top of your brow game. Don’t know which method is best for you? Check out this handy guide. If your brows are looking a little sparse, go in with a natural-looking pencil. My holy grail is Anastasia’s Brow Wiz – it’s so easy to work with and buildable, so it’s nearly impossible to go overboard, even if you’re a brow beginner.


For some more helpful tips to make your eyes look bigger and brighter, check out the video by EMAN, above.

Photos via Miss-and-Missis and Nerdy Girl Makeup

Will you try these tricks the next time you want to accentuate your eyes? Let us know in the comments below!

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