How to make your eyes look bigger with makeup
When it comes to eye makeup, many of us have the same end goal: Eyes bigger than Bambi’s.
And while comparing ourselves to a cartoon deer may not be very realistic, achieving bigger, brighter, more fluttery eyes, definitely is. All you need is a few insider tricks of the trade...
We asked a few of our favourite makeup artist’s to spill the beans on the best hacks they know for making eyes (of all shapes and sizes) look bigger.
#1 Get yourself an eyelash curler
It’s an absolute must-have according to Carol Mackie, MAC Senior Global Artist. “There are so many little techniques to really open up the eyes, but this one simple tool will do it in a second.”
She finds it particularly useful if one eye tends to appear smaller and more closed than the other. “Simply by curling the lashes on just that eye, it will make it appear more open and balance out the eyes.”
#2 Steer clear of dark eyeshadow
If your eyeshadow collection consists of black and navy, you my friend just gained an excuse to go shopping.
“My biggest tip for making eyes appear bigger is not making the eyeshadow too dark”, says Serena Wyllie, who has over 120k followers on Instagram thanks to her breathtaking artistry skills.
MUA Marnie Avagiannis seconds this, saying “lighter shades and reflective eyeshadows will make an area appear bigger. I like to apply a light, champagne colour for a soft but glamorous look.”
#3 Swap black for brown eyeliner
Don’t worry, you don’t have to give up your beloved eyeliner too, but Carol does recommend swapping your trusty black for a dark brown instead, such as M.A.C Coffee Pencil.
“[Apply it] through the lash line from a third of the way across the eye and very softly under, then blend out with a brush to soften.”
Or if you’ve already got some dark eyeshadow in your arsenal, this can also make for a softer substitute.“Instead of liner, try taking a dark eyeshadow and placing it right on the lash line to add definition, this is far more subtle and will not make the eye appear smaller in any way”, says Serena.
#4 Try tightlining
If the technique above don’t quite work for your eye shape, tightlining could be your saviour. This is when eyeliner is applied to the top waterline, just beneath the root of the lashes (and yes, very close to your actual eyeball - not one for the squeamish).
Marnie says this method “can create the illusion of fuller lashes without taking up space on the eyelid.”
Just the same as you highlight your cheekbones for dimension, your eyes can benefit from the same kind of treatment.
Try keeping your shimmery eyeshadows targeted to the centre of the lid, and finish with a “shimmery pearl shade on the inner corner of the eye”, says Serena. “The light will reflect off this and instantly give your eyes an extra pop.”
#6 Colour correct
If your dark under eye circles are distracting from your big, beautiful eyes, you may need to camouflage with a colour corrector before applying concealer.
“I like to hide discolouration with a peachy coloured corrector”, says Marnie.”Apply it to the darker areas only and then you can apply a brighter concealer on top. Thin layers always work better than a thick coat of makeup. I love the concealers and correctors from the Bobbi Brown BBU Pro Face Palette.”
#7 Double check your concealer shade
A ‘bright’ under eye concealer doesn’t translate to going a shade lighter though...
“I often see concealer looking ashy below the eye because the colour selected is too light”, says Carol. Look for words like ‘illuminating’ instead of switching shades.
Prepping the eye area with a good eye cream can also make a big difference and will ensure the concealer glides on smoothly.
#8 Add lashes to the outer corners
Last but not least, adding some strategic falsies can also help give the illusion of larger eyes.
“Softer, wispy lashes that are longer on the outer corners and then taper in towards the inner corner will open up and reveal the eyelid area”, says Marnie.
If you’re not into strip lashes, individuals are also a good option (like Ardell's Duralash Starter Kit). “I take individual lashes and apply them to the outer third of the eye to lift and elongate the eye shape”, says Serena.
And if all else fails, curl and coat them in mascara.
Have you tried any of these hacks before? What’s your best tip for making eyes look bigger?