#makeupgoals — to make my eyes look SO big that even good-natured, wide-eyed anime characters start talking mad smack…with jealously, of course!
TURBO THE GLITTERY RAINBOW PEGASUS: “Did you see Karen’s eyes today? GURL, I don’t even know. I like big eyes, but hers are HUGE.”
CHICI THE COTTON CANDY KITTY: “I know, right!? I mean, where does she get off making her eyes look bigger than ours? We’re professional anime characters, for crying out loud! We’re supposed to freakin’ dominate that doe-eyed sh*t!”
It’s true, though.
Making my eyes look as large as possible is one of my top makeup priorities, because I feel like I look spunkier, younger (at least that’s the idea) and generally more alert and awake when my eyes appear bigger.
It’s all an illusion, of course, but illusions can be cool, and this one is easy to create. 🙂
Here are five things you can do on their own (or together) to make your eyes look bigger.
1. “Tightline” your upper water line
Darkening your upper water line by placing a dark eyeliner along the base of, and between, your lashes, also known as “tightlining,” makes the line look thicker, which appears to lift, brighten and enlarge your eyes.
The key is to really get down there with liner (waterproof works best for me) as close as possible to the base of your lashes. Just run it along your upper water lines, really getting in between the lashes at the roots, and repeat until you’re happy with the line.
2. Curl your lashes
If your lashes naturally stick out straight or point slightly downward, they might cast a slight shadow under your eyes, which can make them look a little smaller (my lashes do this!). If this happens to you, steal your cat’s favorite lash curler. 🙂
But seriously, curled, lifted lashes don’t cast the same annoying shadow under your eyes, and they draw attention up, up and away!
Curled lashes can also appear to sort of fold over on themselves, which can make your lash lines look thicker, which also enhances the whole “tightlining” effect.
3. Apply mascara to your top AND bottom lashes
By darkening, thickening and lengthening lashes, especially curled lashes, mascara can also make your eyes look bigger.
To really maximize the doe-eyed effect, look for a mascara that lengthens AND thickens, especially at the roots, and apply it to both your upper and lower lashes.
4. Line your lower water line with a white or beige eyeliner
OK, so you’ve thickened your lash line and stretched out your lashes — now what? Well, grab a white or beige eyeliner, and line your lower water line with it.
Yup, this one’s another illusion, but it works! Lining your lower water line with white or beige liner makes the whites of your eyes (also known as the sclera) look like they extend below your lower lash line, creating an illusion of MORE white space, which then makes the eyes look bigger.
NOTE: If you tightlined your upper lash line with black eyeliner in step one, some of the eyeliner may have transferred down onto your lower lash and water lines. Just in case (and because you don’t want your white/beige liner to mix with black and turn into a funky, murky gray), you might want to gently run a Q-tip along your lower water lines to clean them up.
Basically, you want that lower lash line to look as bright as possible.
5. Highlight the inner corners of your eyes and just beneath your brow bone
Now, grab a shimmery or satiny beige eyeshadow that goes well with your skin tone, and pat and blend it into the inner corners of your eyes and just beneath your brow bone. This way, as light reflects off the eyeshadow in these areas, your inner eye area looks brighter, and your brow arches look higher, both of which contribute to eyes that look wider, bigger, brighter and lifted.
Here are some of my top picks for eye-opening products…
- For tightlining — Chanel Waterproof Eyeliner in 88 Noir Intense. Make sure to sharpen your pencil beforehand to really get between those roots!
- For lash curling — Shu Uemura Lash Curler. An old standby, and the best one around.
- For mascara-ing — Estee Lauder Little Black Primer, Chanel Le Volume de Chanel, Paul & Joe Mascara and MAC Extended Play Gigablack Lash.
- For lining the lower water line — MAC Eye Kohl in Fascinating and MAC Chromagraphic Pencil.
- For highlighting — MAC Shroom and MAC Ricepaper. BECCA’s Shimmering Skin Perfector in Opal is great too.
What are your favorite tips and tricks to make your eyes look BIGGER? Inquiring minds want to know.
Your friendly neighborhood beauty addict,