Beauty Tips & Tricks


Clever Insider Tips on How to Make Your Eyes a Lot Bigger

09 Nov, 2017
By Andie Reeves
Everyone has a different aesthetic when it comes to eyes - some like to keep it minimal with just a slick of mascara while others like to go all out with three sets of Kardashian-level falsies. Whatever your personal style everyone agrees that bigger and brighter eyes are always in fashion.
The reason big eyes are so coveted is because they make you look younger (this is why toddlers with their big eyes are so cute!). Even if you're already blessed with doll-like eyes making them look even bigger is never a bad thing. And if you've always wanted to swap your small beady peepers don't stress; there's a make up trick for that:

#1. Banish Dark Circles

Any darkness around your eyes is going to contribute to them looking smaller so it’s crucial to eliminate dark under-eye rings. Use a concealer in the same shade as your foundation. We’re often tempted to use a lighter shade to really lighten the area, but this will look unnatural and draw unwanted attention to the area.  We love the fact that Catrice Retouch Light Reflecting Concealer deflects the light away from the offending area.
Next apply your concealer in an upside-down triangle shape under your eye instead of simply dotting it over your dark areas. You will look like a weird clown for a bit but once it’s been blended your whole face looks much brighter. If your circles are really dark, then try the magic of colour correcting to get rid of those shadows.
Read More: Valuable Tips on How to Use Concealers to Really Conceal

#2. Get Rid of The Puff

When we talk about making our eyes look bigger we mean the whites of our eyes, not our eyelids. Puffy eyes can be brought on by a number of elements, including a lack of sleep or allergies, and when your lids are big and puffy it makes the prettiest part of your eyes look smaller.
Take the time to cool your eyes down before applying make up. Use slices of cucumber or teaspoons that have been chilled in the freezer to remove any puffiness. For another quick fix try Skin Republic's Brightening Eye Mask (which will also help with dark under eye circles).

#3. Rethink Your Waterline

A lot of women like to line the waterlines of their eyes with black eyeliner because it makes their eyes pop or adds definition. This might be true but this is also the quickest way to make your peepers look tiny.
Ditch the dark shade and use a white or nude pencil. This will create the illusion of your waterline actually being part of your eyeball, making them look much bigger! Essence has a great Long Lasting Eye Pencil in Silky Nude as well as the very convenient two in one Contouring Eye Pencil in Caramel Meets Frosting.

#4. Don’t Forget the Frame

Making your eyes pop isn't only about focusing on your actual eyes. Your brows are literally the frames for your eyes so don't neglect them. If the area between your brow and eye is untidy it makes your eye area seem over crowded and busy, which leads to your eyes looking smaller.
Keep them well-groomed and pluck any stray hairs in between waxing/threading appointments. Try the tweezer from Mavala - a straight one with gold tips.
Read More: Here Are 5 Easy Steps to Shaping the Most Amazing Brows

#5. Lengthen Your Lashes

Everyone loves the va-va-voom that comes from using a volumising mascara but when specifically trying to make your eyes look bigger you might want to try something different. Bold and thick lashes weigh your eyes down.
Use a lengthening formula to elongate and open-up your eyes rather, and don't neglect your bottom lashes. Use a waterproof formula here to prevent smudging as looking like a panda isn't going to do your eyes any favours. For both long wear and two-in-one benefits, we love Rimmel GlamEyes Day 2 Night Volume & Length Mascara.

#6. Just Wing It

The winged cat-eye look is the best way to widen your eyes with eyeliner. Begin the wing from the middle of your eye and not the inner corner as this can make your eye look narrower.
Remember to angle your flick upwards towards the tip of your brow, not outwards. This lifts your eye; perfect for those with down-turned eyes. Our go-to product is LA Girl Mark My Eyes Fineline Liquid Liner.

#7. Curl Your Lashes

Most peoples’ lashes are naturally pretty straight and stick outwards from your eye. This casts a shadow on your eyes, making them look smaller than they really are. For this reason, you should never skip the most neglected step of everyone’s make up routine: using your eyelash curler. Curling your lashes upwards and away from your eyes makes you look wide-eyed and your lashes appear longer.
Don’t make the mistake of curling them after you apply your mascara though. You always curl first because otherwise you risk breaking your lashes, plus your curlers get covered in mascara.
Read More: Secrets on How to Create Blockbuster Lashes - Without Going Fake

#8. Contour Your Eyes

You use contouring to change the shape of your face, and you can use this same technique to switch up the shape of your eyes too. The area to focus on is the crease. Use a darker shade right in your crease and blend well. This adds depth and dimension to your eyes.
Highlighting isn't just for your face either. Use a pale and shimmery shade on the inner corner of your eyes to make them appear wider (like Catrice Highlighting Eyeshadow in Ray of Lights). The slight shimmer will catch the light and deflect away any darkness that might be making your eyes seem smaller. Use the same shade just under the arch of your brow too to really open up your face.
One of our faves for both contouring and highlighting is the stunning Catrice The Precious Copper Collection Eyeshadow Palette in Metallux.
Read more: How to Make Your Eyes Really Pop by Totally Changing Their Shape

#9. Colour It Up

Don't be afraid of colour when it comes to your eye make up. A good colour for everyone is blue as it makes the whites of your eyes seem much brighter. To make your eyes pop use a shade in a complementary colour to your natural eye colour. Just remember to use the same tone in one shade darker in your crease.
Always use colours that are light and bright and preferably have a bit of shimmer to them, as matte colours won't reflect light. We absolutely love Essence's Next Stop Summer Wet or Dry Eyeshadow & Eyeliner Palette in Ready for Take Off.

#10. Get Doe-Eyed

False lashes are a must for super big and doll-like eyes, but it's not as simple as gluing a strip on and heading out the door. A full and thick strip of falsies will actually weigh your eyes down more than anything, and we want to lift our eyes.
Use individual lashes like the ones from Eylure that will blend in with your own lashes. Apply more strands in the centre of your eye for a wide-eyed doll look (this includes a few on your bottom lashes!). Or if you want to widen your eyes outwards glue more lashes on the outside corners of your eyes.


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