How to make small eyes look bigger

I am lucky enough to have been blessed with gorgeous eyes.  They’re the perfect shade of bright, clear blue, with a fringe of dark, naturally curled lashes.  Another thing I like about my eyes is their size: they’re neither too big nor too small.  In spite of not wanting to have permanently huge peepers, there are some days when I want to highlight my eyes, and enhance their size.  Over the years, I’ve come up with quite a few little makeup tricks to make your eyes look like you’ve swiped them from a Disney princess.  Here are my best tips for making small eyes look larger.



Light colours are your friend

Dark coloured eye shadow will shrink the appearance of your eye in much the same way that a black dress will make you look more slender.  Switching to lighter shades will make your eyes appear larger and more open.  Choose eyeshadows in shades of apricot, white, pearl, pink and silver.  Even pastel shades like lavender, mint and baby blue will make your peepers look bigger.  Using a formulation with a slight pearly sheen will attract the light, and give your eyes extra sparkle.


Avoid dark liners

If you want to make your eyes look bigger, steer clear of dark, heavy liner.  Dark liner will harshly define your eye shape, and make them look even smaller.  In particular, avoid lining your lower lash line, and don’t line inside the lash line.  This will cut down the appearance of the size of your eyes dramatically.  If you must line your eyes, use a liquid liner in a dark brown shade to draw a very fine line along your upper lash line.


White is alright

White eyeliner will make a huge difference to the appearance of your eyes.  Pop a very thin line of white liner in the inner rim of your lashes to open up your eyes and make you look wide awake. 


Shade the crease

Defining the crease of your eyelid will give your eyes more depth and definition, and make them look larger.  To do this, simply apply a light-coloured shadow to your entire lid with a brush.  Then, take a slightly darker colour in a neutral shade, such as taupe or grey, and carefully blend it along the crease where your eyelid meets your brow bone.  Apply the product in an arch shape, and blend it carefully to create the illusion of shadow.  If you want, you can make your eyes look even larger by shading slightly higher than the natural crease of your eye. For best results, use neutral, natural colours and blend well.


Do you have any tricks for making your eyes look larger?


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