How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger March 1, 2016 18:24

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

The eyes are the windows to the soul. We’ve all heard this saying before and intuitively, we trust a person with big, honest eyes. What seemed to be just an old wives’ tale, was actually confirmed by scientific research that found that patterns in the iris can give an indication of whether we are warm and trusting or neurotic and impulsive. (If you want to find more, read this article: Scientists Discover Eyes Really Are Window to Soul.)

Unfortunately, there’s not much we can do about the natural shape and size of our eyes, as those are determined genetically. However, there are ways to create the illusion of big, beautiful eyes with makeup. I will take you through some simple tips and tricks to enhance your features and make your eyes look bigger.

1. Groom Your Eyebrows

This is a very important step to making your eyes look larger. Using slant-tipped tweezers, pluck stray hairs from beneath your brow to help elongate and slim the face. Follow the natural curve of your eyebrow. Your eyebrow should arch at a spot above the outer edge of your iris. Fill in any gaps by using an eyebrow pencil. Sheer Blends Eyeliner is a great alternative to using a special eyebrow pencil. Lightly apply colour in small, upward strokes to avoid a drawn-on look – a big no-no in my books.

2. Prep Your Eyelids

To keep your makeup looking smooth and lasting longer, apply an eyelid primer over the entire lid, right before applying your shadow.

3. Conceal Dark Circles

A soft mineral concealer won't clog your pores and will cover those dark circles or small imperfections of the skin, moving the focus to the eyes.

4. Brighten Your Eyes with Light Eye Shadow

To make your eyes look bigger, apply a shimmery or matte eye shadow that’s very light in colour over your eyelids. Apply a darker shade around the outer corners of your eyes, in the shape of a V, then blend well using a blending brush. You can also use a white eye pencil in the inner corners of your eyes. This will instantly give you the illusion of a facelift.

5. Line Your Eyes

Apply eyeliner as close to the lash line as possible, making sure you don't leave space between the eyeliner and the lash line. Your lashes will look fuller and lush. Keep the line as thin as possible. Avoid lining the inside rim of the lids. Besides making the eyes look smaller, after some time it will smear and accumulate in the inner corner of the eye, creating a messy look. Make sure that the eyeliner on the lower lash line connects with the back corner of the upper lash line. This creates a more natural, cohesive look.

6. Curl Your Lashes

Curling your lashes can produce spectacular results. Your eyes will look bigger and more wide-awake in an instant.

7. Apply Mascara

A good mascara can make your eyes look larger in no time. Apply one coat on all lashes. When you apply the second coat, focus in the center to make eyes appear bigger. Use a thin wand mascara for more precision and to avoid clumping.

8. Take Good Care of Your Eyes

This goes without saying. You need to take care of your eyes constantly and adopt a healthy life regimen to avoid having puffy and tired eyes. The swollen skin around the eyes can make them look very small. Make sure you sleep enough, reduce salt intake, exercise and reduce the time you spend in front of the computer. For home remedies and makeup tips for puffy eyes, read my blog post 6 Quick Fixes for Puffy Eyes - Home Remedies & Makeup Tips.

What do you do to make your eyes larger and brighter? I would love to know. Please leave a comment below.

Here’s to a beautiful, healthier you!

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