Eye Makeup Tricks To Make Small Eyes Look Bigger and More

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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 in 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 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. If, by this point you're thinking "Too much makeup! Too much makeup!", then you can skip this step.
  • 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).
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How to Make Your Eyes Look Closer Together

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Most eyes look better when the emphasis is on the outer corner of the eye (or the 'v'). But emphasizing the inner corner will make eyes look closer together.

  • Start by sweeping a light shadow over the whole eye area.
  • Dust a medium color on the inner half of the eyelid and blend outward to create a natural finish.
  • Next, line from the inner corner of the eye to the middle and then blend outward.
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How to Make Your Eyes Look Further Apart

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If your eyes are less than an eyes width apart, you can create the illusion of being wider set by keeping the inside corners of your eyes light and the outer edges darker.

  • To do this, sweep a concealer one shade lighter than your skin at the inner corner of the lids. Blend well and don't forget the gray shadowy areas on the side of your nose.
  • Take a matte eyeshadow in a medium-to-dark shade and stroke it outward and slightly upward from the middle part of your lid to the outer half of your lid.
  • Take eyeliner and start the line just a bit in from the inner corner of your eye, tapering the line up and out, just a bit past the outer corner of the eyes.


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How to Eyes Eyes Look Less Droopy

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You can lift down-turned eyes with makeup.

  • Apply shadow to the outer corner of the lid, extending color up and out like a feline shape.
  • Add a light highlighter color to brow bone and skip the eyeliner -- it will only accentuate the 'droopy' contour.
  • Apply mascara, concentrating on the inner corner of the eye.
  • Lastly, you can try smudging a silver show on the inner corners of the eyes to help 'lift' them.
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How to Apply Makeup on Asian Eyes

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Here is a great eyeshadow and eyeliner trick for Asian eyes.

  • Since the eyelids of Asian women can seem to disappear when the eyes are open, you can add definition by sweeping a medium-toned shade across the lid and browbone.
  • Dust under the brow with a light highlighter shade to accentuate the brow bone.
  • Use a pencil liner to line the upper and lower lash lines. Make sure ​the line is very fine and natural looking.
  • Consider getting fake lashes, which can look wonderful on Asian eyes. You can have them done in a salon or apply your own individual lashes.

Learn more in my article, Makeup Tips for Asian Women.