Hello, darling:) I always see tips on how to make your eyes appear bigger and brighter, but I often feel like one list left out this tip and another list left out another tip, and so I decided to create kind of a master list AND include a side-by-side to show how different techniques create different effects. Hopefully, this will help show you what to avoid and what to start doing if you want to achieve the doe-eyed look.
First, I'm going to start off with what not to do. As always, rules aren't welcome here, so these are just tips and suggestions on things to avoid because you'll see how they shrink the eye.
- The white shimmer all over and under the eye thing. Yes, pale shimmer is your friend when it comes to enlarging the appearance of your eyes, but the all-over deal is no bueno.
- Tight, black liner. I'm a firm believer in black liner. I use it every day. If you want bigger doe-eyed looking peepers, though, don't do the "I'm just going to line my exact eye shape and put this in my water line," thing. Applying it to your water line (the inner rim of your lower lash line) especially is a no-no for the doe-eyed look. It accentuates the SHAPE of your eyes, but it is probably my number-one technique that SHRINKS your eyes. Black liner can be your friend here if you just use it on the top and create a cat-eye, starting from the tear duct and extending it out past your corner. More on that in the "Do Eyes" section.
Below is a little bit of evidence that you may recognize as the ever-kooky-but-beautiful Katy Perry and her self-proclaimed "wonky eyes."
On the left side, she's got black liner in her water line. On the right side, she's got white liner in her water line (or at least she definitely does on the bottom right, and I THINK I can detect some on the top right). Either way, left is black water liner, right is not.
I'm not saying I don't like her makeup in the left column, but see what I mean about how much wider her eyes look without the black in the water line?
Okay, onward with the don'ts . . .
- Unkempt brows. If they're sloppy and patchy, they're distracting. If they're too thin, they're distracting. If they're too thick and ungroomed, they're distracting. If they're shaped like tadpoles running toward each other for a water-hug, they're distracting. And drawing attention to your eyebrows means your eyeballs take a back seat.
- Barely-there lashes. Fanned out lashes really help give the illusion of big eyes. Don't neglect them or only focus the mascara at the base of the lashes. Like the tight, black liner, this just gives the appearance of tight, beady eyes.
All of those "don't" rules kind of make me feel a little bit like . . .
. . . so let's get back on that friendly little Tricks Train for a more proactive approach:)
The formula for bigger, brighter, wide eyes?
- Pale shimmer in the right areas. Apply a pink- or yellow-hued pale shimmer to your tear duct area, on your brow bone, and in the center of your lid where it juts out the most. This is just like the HAC-ing philosophy—lighter colors make that area protrude and darker colors make that area recede.
- Contour. And on that note, don't forget to contour your eyes! It doesn't have to be as dramatic as mine above. You can just use a taupe or brown shade that is slighter darker than your skin tone and apply it in the recesses of your eye socket (definitely make sure it's blended well or it will just be distracting and messy-looking).
I find that this tidbit is often left off of similar lists, and I'm not sure why because, by accentuating where your eye sockets are, you're showing off how big your eyes actually are PLUS you're creating a little bit of a backdrop for your eyelashes. The contour will darken that area up a bit to give the illusion of fuller lashes, and seriously, who doesn't want that?
- Extended liner. I'm a big cat-eye fanatic. Again, there's no need to go as dramatic as I did, but starting your liner at the tear duct and gradually thickening it as you drag it to the corner will create a fullness to your lashes and a lifting effect to your eyes, and starting at the tear duct accentuates the LENGTH of your eyes. Then extending that line out past your outer corners a bit creates a bigger, wider effect.
- Concealer. I'm sure I won't have to sell this one too much because NOBODY wants bags or discoloration under their eyes. It's distracting, and the puffiness and swelling makes your eyes look smaller. Apply a shade of concealer that's slightly lighter than your skin tone to ONLY the area with the shadow. If you apply it all over, it just makes it lighter under your eyes, and you will still have a shadow, and it'll just look distracting. I will be doing a tutorial on exact placement in the very near future.
- Lashes. When it comes to the big, bright doe-eyed look, lashes are a big component.
- Make sure they're curled. Hit them with the curler by either giving them three good squeezes each or curl them lightly for five seconds each.
- Fan them out. Wiggling your mascara wand from side to side while you're pulling the wand up through the lashes helps to separate them AND get all the little twiner lashes between the big guys.
- Bottoms up. Make sure you apply a generous coat of mascara to your bottom lashes as well, as this will help accentuate the height of your eyes from the bottom point of your bottom lashes to the top point of your top lashes.
- White or nude liner. Applying a white liner to your water line will REALLY help with the doe-eyed deal. It makes your eyes like nice and sparkly white AND it blends in with the whites of your eyes, making them appear larger.
- Groomed brows. I've said it before, and I'll no doubt say it a million more times. I LOVE a good bold brow. But just make sure they are combed and filled so they balance the face instead of distracting and detracting from your lovely eyeballs.Well-groomed brows will FRAME your eyes and balance your face, and this allows your other features to shine. :)
A bit long-winded, but I hope you found this helpful! Now go rock your sockets. ;)