Some say large eyes are a sign of innocence; others say they are the mark of fertility. Small eyes, on the other hand, are seen as shifty, or as having poor eyesight. Regardless of the myths surrounding eye size, the reality is that large eyes are simply viewed as a thing of beauty. Even if your eyes aren’t naturally large and beautiful, there are a number of techniques that you can try to enhance the beautiful eyes you do have. As a cosmetologist and beauty expert, here are my favorite eye-enhancing tricks.
Well-groomed brows. An untamed brow will look heavy, frumpy, and might even make you seem grumpy or headachy. The first step to opening up the eye area is to get those brows groomed. If you’ve never had it done before, go to a professional to get them shaped properly. You want to reflect the natural arch of your eyebrows, while plucking or waxing away any unwanted growth. A larger space between your eyebrows can make them seem a little bit wider apart. Don’t make eyebrows super skinny, because they’ll look harsh, especially against aging skin. And always remember to darken them with brow powder.
Tinted eye primer. Bluish veins, skin discolorations, and even wrinkles can make eyes seem smaller. Apply a tinted eye primer to hide these unsightly problems and wake up the eye area. This will also give a great base for your eye shadow to adhere.
Eye contouring. This is an important step in making your eyes seem larger. First, apply a light, sheer, shimmery color all over the lid and gently fade away towards the brow bone. Next, sweep a light colored shadow in a pretty color from the inside corner of the upper lid to the outside corner, blending it up and out. Take a deeper color and apply from the outside corner of the eye and fade it in to the middle of the eye. Extend the shadow in the outside corner out past the edge of your eye, blending well. This will add width, weight, and depth to your eye.
Lighten the inner corner. Apply a tiny bit of light eye shadow in the inner corner of your eye. This will brighten up any shadows in your eye area, as well as visually push your eyes apart. Eyes that look wider also look bigger.
Eye liner. I prefer to line the eyes all the way around, making sure to contour as I go. Don’t neglect the inner corner, it brings balance to the eye. As you line your upper lid, keep the line thin in the inner corner, thicker in the middle of the eye, and thinner towards the outside edge. You can wing the outside edge out in a cat eye shape to further enlarge the shape of your eyes.
Curl. Another way to open up the eye is simply to curl your eye lashes. This will further widen your eyes, making you look refreshed and awake.
Mascara. Thick, lush mascara will also make your eyes look larger. Apply two coats of your favorite volumizing or lengthening mascara for the widest, most beautiful eyes.
Practice finding the right balance of contour, color, and style to make your eyes pop.