How to Make Eyes Look Bigger and Brighter

B ig, B old and B right eyes scream charm and beauty. Let’s face it girls, not all of us are blessed with Angelina Jolie’s dolly eyes that make guys go gaga. I, for one, long for bigger eyes that will frame my wider face. I’ve spent years trying to master bigger eyes on myself and others and would love to share some of the tips with you. Master bigger eyes when you focus on these concepts below and soon you will make your eyes look at least double their size. 

1. The Dark Eyeliner to “define your eyes”

  • Both liquid and pencil liners will do the trick.
  • When using liquid eyeliner, remember to draw a thin line on the inner corner and a thicker line as you go towards the outer corner. This will give your eyes an eye opening effect.
  • When using pencil eyeliner, remember to smudge the line in order to create a smoky effect that gives the illusion of depth in your eyes.
  • Tight line with a kohl liner to give the illusion of thicker lashes that will instantly magnify your eyes. 

2. The Light Eyeliner to “enlarge the parameter of your eyes”

  • Rim the lower waterline with an eye brightening eyeliner. 
  • If you are fair skinned, you can use white and still pull it off. 
  •  If you are darker tanned skinned, use a peach or skin colored eyeliner so it looks more natural and does not compete with the whites of your eyes.

3. The Eye shadow and highlight to “draw light to your eyes”

  • Champagne, light golden, silvery gray, light taupe, beige, light blue will draw light to your eyes so that the dark eyeliner will pop.
  •  Sweep a light dust of these colors all over the lid stopping below the eye brow bone.
  •  Choose a lighter shade and pop it right under the eyebrow bone to highlight and give definition to your eye region.

4. The Eyelashes to “open the eyes up endlessly”

  • One of the most important steps. Eyelashes instantly make eyes larger because the eyelashes extend the eyes so that the shape of the eyes are less confined
  •  Choose lashes that are longer on the outer corners because it opens the eyes up. Cut them if needed
  •  Use mascara to blend the fake lashes with your own and curl them

5. The contour to “add dimension to your eyes”

  •  Fake deeper set eyes by using a contour powder or any matte light or dark brown eyeshadow depending on your skintone.
  •  Using a wind-shield wiper motion, start with a gentle hand and create a contour from right above the outer corner of your eyes and dragging it in a semicircle to the middle of your lid.
  •  To find the natural socket of your eyes, tilt head back and look down.

To make sure your eyeliner and eyeshadow stay put all day to maintain that bigger, brighter eyes look, read my posts on 5 Ways to Make Eyeshadow Stay on All Day and 10 Ways to Make Your Eyeliner Stay Put the Entire Day .

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Eyeliners for all looks and occasions

If I were stuck on an island and I was given the choice to bring one make up item with me, it would be an eye liner. Wouldn’t you? Eyeliners are the quickest way to make any eyes look defined or sexy. Despite that, eyeliners can be tricky to work with and sometimes we end up with raccoon eyes. Whether you are an au natural girl or a smoky eyed city girl, I will list some tips, looks and some of most appraised eyeliners to make your life easier.
The Look:
Super natural
Skip the eyeliner. Use a black or dark brown eye shadow with an angled eyeliner brush, smudge it along your lash line for a barely there look. Finish off with a coat of mascara. To intensify and prolong the shadow, wet the brush before application.
My product recommendations:
Lancome color design eye shadow in new black
Clinique color surge eye shadow in color surge
Revlon Color stay 12 Hr Shadow in Sterling Rose (dark gray color)

The Look:
Use a pencil eye liner. For a smoky and more natural look, a khol works better than a wax or cream based eyeliner but keep in mind that the khol may not be as long wearing. When using a pencil eyeliner, use short strokes and keep it at the base of the lash line. To prolong the wear of a pencil liner, set the line using an angle brush with eye shadow of the same color over the line.
My product recommendations:
Gosh or Bourjois Kohl
Lancome le stylo waterproof eyeliner in black
Urban Decay 24/7 pencil in point zero

The Look:
Liquid or gel liners will give you the definition for va va voom eyes in an instant. They tend to stay on longer but also require some practice. Before using it, practice drawing several straight lines on the back of your hand. Keep a q-tip by your side in case of mess ups. Use short strokes again and for an extra kick, add a wing at the end of each line.
My product recommendations:
Lancome art liner in black
Loreal Linear Intense liquid liner
Maybelline liquid works liner (waterproof)
Bobbi Brown gel liner
Shiseido the makeup fine liquid liner

To learn how to make your eyes look bigger and brighter with eyeliner, read my post on How to Make Eyes Look Bigger and Brighter . 

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