Oh the lure of having big wide eyes!!! We would do anything to emulate the look of having bigger eyes that draw people in and leave them entranced! Well, even if this is not our main objective who wouldn’t want to be able to emphasise their eyes well. There are a few makeup tips and hacks that you can apply now even if you’re in a rush to help you achieve that sought after wide-eyed look. So read below for some of the tips that can help you emphasEYES your most expressive feature!
1 || Shape Up Your Brows
This is probably an obvious one; full, well groomed and arched eyebrows will create the needed framing for your eyes. Even if arched eyebrows aren’t your thing but it is believed that the wider the space is between your eyes and brows the bigger that your eyes will appear. But even if you don’t have that space, you can create the perfect framing by cleaning up any stray hairs, filling sparse spaces with an eyebrow pencil and most importantly you need to brush up your eyebrows.
2 || Smooth Things Out
If you happen to have five extra minutes (I hear ya ….but I said IF) indulge your eyes by applying eye patches that de-puff and calm inflammation. You can also apply a bag of ice to reduce any swelling.
3 || Curl It Up
Another obvious point for some of you but believe me when I say that you have to curl your lashes. I should probably remind myself the most but these extra few seconds will work wonders. And remember that straight lashes cast shadows that make your eyes appear smaller.
4 || Primer Is Essential
Dab a silicone-based primer to crow’s feet if you have any, to soften and fill the lines out prior to applying concealer.
5 || Conceal It
Don’t fall prey to dark circles for they make your eyes appear smaller. Illuminate your entire eye area by wearing the right concealer in terms of shade and coverage. Try choosing a shade that is a little lighter and warmer than your normal skin tone. Actually most people have two shades of concealer in their stash; one for their under eyes and another for the rest of the face. Apply concealer all around your eyes and don’t forget your eyelids. Blend well with a sponge or your fingertips so the product doesn’t settle into any lines.
6 || Draw It Tight
A skinny strip of liquid black eyeliner on your upper lids does wonders. A tiny flick at the end will also do so much for your eyes.
7 || Don’t Forget The Bottom Line
Create the coveted almond-shaped eye by drawing your eye liner on the bottom lids starting from the middle of the eyelid and going outwards. Make the line thicker as you go outwards, be careful though, if it’s thicker in the center you will end up with panda eyes. Smudge it away with a cotton swab or an eye-shadow brush.
8 || Define Your Crease
Apply a medium brown eye shadow along your crease line with a fluffy brush for more definition. Make sure the color is matte and blend it well so you won’t exactly see where it starts and ends.
9 || Color It
Certain eyeshadow and eyeliner colors can create a world of difference. Consider using navy eyeliner for instance. As for shadows, vibrant shades such as pink, purple, silver and gold will definitely brighten and open up the eyes. Don’t forget to use a lot of mascara. Using dark eyeshadow colors for the night will also enlarge your eyes granted you blend them into the outer corners. And shimmery shades work better than matte if you’re looking to enlarge and emphasise.
10 || Water Line
Apply a white or, better yet, a cream-colored eyeliner to your waterline for an immediate widening effect. Take it a step up by extending the liner outside the eye just under where you would normally apply a cat-eye.
Apply highlighter or a bright eyeshadow to the following areas for another instant pick-me-up. Dab highlighter on the inner corners of your eyes using your pinkie, you can also dab some on the center of your eyelids, and underneath your brow bone. Some even dab a dot to the center of the lower eye lid.