Creating bigger, brighter eyes can give your face new life and dimension. Open, beautiful eyes are a common beauty goal. Whether you are blessed with naturally large eyes or would just like to fake it, there are several makeup tips that can help you make the most of your unique features.
1. Go heavy on the mascara
Mascara is the most powerful tool for making eyes look bigger and brighter. Start by curling your lashes, then apply a single coat of deep black mascara. Start at the base of the lashes and wiggle the wand as you go. Follow up with a second layer of mascara focusing on the outer lashes. Make sure not to clump.
2. Line the outside of your eyes with a dark pencil
Using an eye pencil to line the outside of your eyes makes them look bigger by exaggerating the shape. A deep black or brown liner, depending on your eye colour, gives the effect of darker, bigger eyes. Start at the lash line and draw a thin line around the outside of the eye. Make sure it’s somewhat gradual and fades by the end of the eye.
Create a smokey eye by blending black eyeshadow along the lash line and the corner of your eye. Choose black, dark brown, or charcoal eye shadow, and blend the transition between the colours. You can also line the waterline of the eyes with a soft, black pencil to create a bigger impact. The goal is to keep the eyes looking soft and smokey, and to fade the transition between the colours.
4. Highlight the inner corners
After creating a smokey eye, use a white or light eye shadow to brighten and widen the eyes. Highlighting the inner corners of the eyes is a sure-fire way to make big eyes look brighter. Using a small brush, apply a light shimmery shadow, slightly above the centre of the eye. This will make the eyes look bigger, but only if applied lightly.
For a brighter, wider opened eye look, try adding a light coloured liner, white or champagne, below the lash line. Apply the colour along the water line and smudge any harsh lines. This will make the eyes look bigger and brighter. The whites of the eyes will be more visible, creating the illusion of larger eyes.
5. Forget eyeliner above the lid
When you’re creating a look for big eyes, avoid using eyeliner or shadow along the top lid of the eyes. This will actually make the eyes look smaller. Creating a smoky eye will help draw attention away from the lid, helping to keep the focus on the bottom lash line.
Finally, the use of false lashes is the most dramatic way to enhance those big eyes. However, if you want to avoid false lashes, try buying mascara with lash-building polymers. Be sure to start with a nice, even curl so your lashes can look their fullest.
There are tons of tricks to make your big (or small) eyes look as bright and wide open as possible. With the right techniques and products, you’ll be able to define and enlarge your eyes however you choose.