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Eye Makeup Tricks: Make Small Eyes Look Bigger


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How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger
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No one is born with a "perfect face." If you asked your friends most of them would say they felt their eyes were too close together, too far apart, too beady or... well you get the picture.

Thankfully we live in a day where makeup can create all sorts of optical illusions. A few simple techniques using eye makeup can make your eyes appear larger, closer together, further apart and much more.

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

Eye makeup can work like magic, making your eyes appear twice as large just by virtue of its (correct) use. The key to making eyes bigger is to focus on light shades. Dark ones will make eyes recede even further. You'll need an eyeshadow palette of at least 4 colors: a lid color, a darker shade for the crease, a highlighter and a really dark shade for the eyeliner.

  • First, clean up your brows. Scraggly, bedraggled brows will ruin your look. Clean, well-manicured brows can be your secret to a flawless look, with or without makeup. Just don't go overboard and over-tweeze, big brows are beloved.
  • Once your browline is cleaned up, fill in any thin spots with a brow shadow that's just a touch lighter than your brows.
  • Apply concealer over the bluish bits at the inside corner of your eye. You may notice that the addition of concealer makes your non-made up eyes look even tinier because you've erased the flaws which gave your eyes dimension. But this is just temporary, I promise.
  • Prime lids with an eyeshadow primer. This will keep your shadow in place for hours.
  • Sweep a light eyeshadow shade over lid, then shade the outer corner of the lid and the crease with a darker shade. Keep the darker shade to the outer corners only. If you aren't comfortable with shading, skip it and just go with a lovely light main shadow over your lids.
  • Line the outer upper lid with eyeliner making sure to taper a bit outside the eye (elongating it). If you have a steady hand, you can use liquid liner. I like to take an eyeliner brush and dip it first into water and then in the darkest shade of an eyeshadow palette to draw in my lines
  • For the bottom lid, use a soft pencil to draw in a line just at the hairline. Never, ever fill in your water line. This will make small eyes appear beady. Smudge the penciled line with your pinky finger.
  • Curl the upper lashes with an eyelash curler, then apply a couple coats of a lengthening or thickening mascara in black or brown, if you are super pale.
  • Take your pinky and dip it into the lightest color of your eyeshadow palette, then press the color in the inside corner of your eyes. The subtle white helps brighten eyes. Of course you can skip this step if, by this point, you're thinking, "Too much makeup! Too much makeup!"
  • Lastly, a dab of white or cream shadow in the middle of the browbone will make eyes pop. (A word of warning: make sure brows are perfectly plucked, otherwise stray hairs will stand out as if lit by klieg lights).

Next: How to Make Your Eyes Look Closer Together

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