Tips & Advice

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with Makeup

When SkinStore recently surveyed the nation, 70% of women admitted they love their eyes. And what a lovely thing that is to hear, seeing as we look at each other through our eyes everyday, and look directly at someones eyes when we communicate. The eyes are our windows to our soul, and it’s said that you can tell a lot about a person just from their eyes alone.

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So it’s a positive thing for us to obsess over them from time to time. But sometimes, our eyes can play a negative part in our beauty. Like those pesky dark circles, and how they are the first feature to tell a story – such as late nights and sleep deprivation. They also are one of the first features to show signs of aging. Fine lines, wrinkles, you know the drill…

To make sure that you wake up every morning bright eyed and bushy tailed, we’ve drawn up the top tips and products that can instantly help your eyes look bigger and wide awake.

Here is your quick nine-step plan for bigger eyes, and, frankly, it’s super easy to follow!

  1. Brighten the under eye area
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    Brighten the under eye area

    The brighter the skin under the eye, the easier dark circles can be erased and the more awake your eyes will look.

    Start with smoothing an eye balm underneath, one which encourages radiance boosting such as the Elemis Pro-Radiance Illuminating Eye Balm. Then dab a creamy light reflecting concealer underneath, which gives medium to full coverage. bareMinerals bareskin concealer glides on smoothly and provides excellent coverage.

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  2. Curl those lashes first
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    Curl those lashes first

    Curling your lashes before applying mascara gives them lift, and allows each strand to stand out more. Use a heated eyelash curler for more impact, such as the Blinc Heater Eyelash Curler. Hold it there for 30 seconds, and voila!

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  3. Add a neutral eyeshadow base
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    Add a neutral eyeshadow base

    Apply a neutral eye shadow base across your entire eyelid using a soft eye shadow brush. This conceals any redness or tiredness, and gives a blank canvas for any colors to be applied on top. Perricone MD’s No Eyeshadow Eyeshadow does the job perfectly, but if you want to use a usual powder shadow, then we love bareMinerals Ready Eyeshadow Palette in The Designer Label, which ha a range of neutrals and contrasting dark brown hues.

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  4. Line your upper lashes
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    Line your upper lashes

    To make your lashes look thicker and your eyes more prominent, utilize this makeup artist’s trick of lining right at the crease of where your lashes meet your eyelid. Use an angled liner brush dipped in an inky black eyeshadow or liner pot, and fill in the gaps to make a strong black line.

    An ideal striking black is the bareMinerals Liner Shadow in Onyx 

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  5. Shadow your lower line
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    Shadow your lower line

    To give your eye a touch of depth, line your bottom lash line with a smudgey, smouldering dark brown shade. Using a small flat shadow brush, sweep a matte chocolate eye shadow along the eye, and don’t be afraid to blend it out at the outer corner.

    This Palette Perfection Eye Quad from Lilah.B is perfect for containing the richest lining shades, but also for adding a touch of warmth to your upper lid too.

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  6. Add a white/nude shade
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    Add a white/nude shade

    For a bigger, wider eye look, you need to give the illusion of more space within the eyes, which means cleverly using a white eye pencil to create more ‘eyeball’ – enhancing the whites of your eye. Lightly trace a creamy nude liner, like Sigma’s Inner Rim Brightener, along your entire waterline to instantly fake eight hours of sleep.

    They also have a white pencil too, and both do equally as good jobs at creating wide eyes.

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  7. Highlight the inner corners and the brow bone
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    Highlight the inner corners and the brow bone

    Its our favorite, swear-by trick: apply a champagne tinted, creamy highlighter to the inner corners of the eyes and under the brow bone to visually give the illusion of further apart eyes, and a higher brow bone.

    RMS Beauty Living Luminizer Highlighter is by far one of the cult favorites by many. Just a little touch of this is enough to add brightness!

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  8. Apply mascara
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    Apply mascara

    And now for one of the most crucial steps – the mascara application! Use a plumping, volumizing black mascara, wiggling it from the root to the tip. Don’t forget a light coating on your lower lashes!

    Try TheBalm’s Cheater Mascara for the ultimate wow.

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  9. Groom those brows
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    Groom those brows

    Finish your wide eyed look with perfectly groomed, brushed up brows. You want the hairs to be upwards, smooth and groomed, giving the illusion of a neat arch.

    There are many ways of doing this, from combing the hairs upwards and finishing off with a pencil or powder swept through for fullness. We personally find Anastasia’s Tinted Brow Gel a godsend, especially when in a rush.

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