Tuesday, January 3, 2012

33 Ways To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

From erasing dark circles to lengthening wimpy lashes, we got the scoop from top-tier beauty pro's on how to troubleshoot tired eyes.

Stencil Your Brows

"Before you tweeze, use a beige pencil to color over the hairs you want to remove. This takes the guesswork out of grooming and prevents you from over-plucking," says makeup artist Charlotte Willer, whose clients include Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Moss.

Lash Out

"To get your longest-looking lashes, start by taking the tip of the mascara wand and apply formula directly to the ends of your lashes in an upwards direction," advises Madonna's go-to makeup maven, Gina Brooke. "For thickness, wait a few seconds, and continue to apply mascara to the base of the lashes using quick right-to-left strokes. This all works to coat the lashes as much as possible."

Twin Peaks

"Using two different eye shadow shades from the same color family creates instant dimension on your lids," explains celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey. "I did this for Katy Perry when she attended the Smurf's premiere, and the effect was dazzling."

Pop It and Lock It

"To appear more doe-eyed, concentrate color at the middle of the lash lines," notes celebrity makeup artist, Sarah Lucero (Katherine Heigl and Olivia Wilde are fans). "You can apply a thicker line on the top lashes and fade it out to the sides, but keep the color focused on the highest and lowest points to emphasize the widest section of your eye shape."

Get the Blues

"Experiment with blue-hued eyeliner," says QVC-regular, Laura Geller. "The cooler tones will make the whites of your eyes appear brighter."

Go for Seconds

"Doubling up on mascara coats along your top lashes will create a lifting effect for droopy lids. I like to use wands with angled bristles so I can catch every hair," says makeup artist, Daniel Martin, who routinely created the face look for this season's Chris Benz fashion show.

Curl It On Up

"When you curl your lashes, start at the root of your lash and gently pulse the curler shut three times. Then, move the curler half way up the length of your eye lashes and repeat. This will ensure that you'll get a natural curl, instead of a funky crimp," explains wedding makeup expert, Raychel Wade.

Follow the Crease

"To get the most out of the natural contour of your eye, only apply liner as far as your crease extends," explains celebrity makeup artist, Joanna Schlip (Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson are among her many clients).

Use a Top Coat

"After applying mascara, use a dermatologist-tested top coat to make your lashes look inky black and shiny," recommends Brooke.

Color Wheel (and Deal)

"As a general rule of thumb, warm sandy shades are great for women with green eyes. Pinks and golds complement brown-eyed girls. And blue hues work for everyone," says Bailey.

"Curl your lashes!

Everyone says it, but few people do it daily," Brooke notes.

Kohl It

"Try soft, kohl eye pencils if you have trouble blending other formulas. When in doubt, use a Q-Tip to feather the pigments towards your crease. This will emphasize the hood of your eye," says Wade.

Lighten Up

"Especially if you're wearing glasses, use light colors on your lids to draw attention to the shape of your eyes," Geller adds.

Go Bright

"If you think smoky eye makeup makes your eye area appear smaller, experiment with brighter shades to get an exaggerated look without the moody side effects," recommends Wade.

Try Peach

"Salma Hayek actually taught me to use peachy, pink concealers, instead of yellow-based ones, to erase under-eye circles. The orange undertones are better for camouflaging blue tones," Bailey tells us.

Splurge When Needed

"Invest in a quality eyelash curler. The extra padding and gentle hinge technology will make it harder for you to accidentally break any hair follicles," warns Bailey.

Swoop For Coverage

"After you apply concealer to your under-eye area, use a makeup sponge to lightly buff out any globs. To prevent distracting streaks, you should blend all the way out to your temples to catch any lingering foundation traces," Bailey adds.

Beam Some Light

"Don't be afraid to use a light, illuminating highlighter to open up the eye area," explains Geller. "You won't look like a glitter-happy middle schooler if you brim soft, light reflective pigments along the inner corner of the eyes and the contour of your brow bones."

Mind the Line

"Always remember to keep the majority of color and product around the lash line," says Lucero. "This creates structure and shape, which ultimately helps to enhance eye size."

Try Creams

"As colder, drier months approach, try a cream-based eye shadow to prevent flaky lids," recommends Bailey. "They don't crease as much as powders, and you won't need to prep the eye area to ensure staying power."

Go Ombre

"A great eye-opening trick is to apply a light color eye shadow on the base of your eyelid and a darker color at the crease. This adds dimension to you face," Willer tells us.

Go Natural

"To really make your eyes pop, dab a pearl-colored eyeliner along the inner corner of your eyes to illuminate the area around your nose," notes Willer. "The key is to choose a beige pencil instead of a stark, white one, because it looks more natural."

Blend Away

"When applying shadow in the crease, extend your brush strokes up towards the contour of the brow bone to illuminate the curve of your profile," Schlip says.


"Don't be afraid to try false eyelashes," recommends Lucero. "There's a reason why they're so popular."

Tidy Up

"Groom your brows!" exclaims Wade. "Even if you have a nice, natural arch, a few errant hairs can pull attention downward. Keeping a clean shape will also make your eyelids look bigger."

Warm Shades

"For more impact, sweep warm-colored eye shadow shades along your lower lashes," notes Brooke. "This draws attention to the whole contour of your eye."

Powder Power

"Shade your natural eye contour with a pressed powder two to three shades darker than your natural skin tone," adds Martin. "This trick creates the look of having larger eyes without using a lot of makeup. Plus, it always looks great in pictures."

Dot the Line

"After you apply mascara, dot liquid eyeliner between your lashes to fill in any sparse spots. This will also help to elongate the line of your eyes," Martin adds.

Let It Gel

"Use soft pops of color to draw attention to your eyes," advises Schlip. "I like gel liners in purple, navy, green, or violet, because I can smudge them easily into the crease after application."

Stick to Liquids

"Use liquid concealers instead of cream-based ones to cover your under-eye area," Bailey says. "They won't settle into lines and creases like thicker, opaque formulas."

Fill 'Em In

"The best way to look wide-eyed sans makeup is to keep your brows thick and full," explains Schlip. "If nothing else, use a pencil to fill in any bare spots along your arches before you head out the door."

The Bottom Line

"An easy way to enlarge eyes with minimal effort is to line your lower lids with a shimmering shadow," adds Lucero. "Avoid dark hues for daytime, but try mixing in bolder navy, plum, or gunmetal pigments to get a sexier look for happy hour."

Get Pouty

"Wearing a bright lip color with no mascara or shadows on your eye can also make your eyes look bigger," Martin notes. "Just be sure to cancel out any uneven tones around the eye first with color-correcting concealer."

Via Real Beauty

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