They say eyes are the window to the soul, so it makes sense for them to be a focal point of your makeup. One of my favourite things about makeup is how you can play around with certain areas to enhance them; making eyes look bigger and brighter in a few simple strokes. I have listed below my 5 Steps For Bigger Eyes on how to achieve bigger eyes with some tools & tips.
Embrace your eyes
Growing up I hated my eyes. Obviously I never took for granted my sound eyesight but I always felt insecure with how big my eyes were. When I was a teen I remember squinting my eyes whenever I caught sight of myself in a mirror and using thick eyeliner to make them appear smaller.
It was only when I got older and read an interview with my all-time favourite beauty icon, Mila Kunis my view started to change. Mila described how she hated how big her eyes were growing up and how she was always described as a goldfish. How on earth did this stunning woman ever think she looked unattractive with those gorgeous eyes? Since reading that interview I began to be more adventurous with my eye make-up and took inspiration from the likes of Mila Kunis who embraced her eye size as she grew older and more confident. At the end of the day there is only ever going to be one of YOU, so you might as well enjoy it!
A top tip when trying to make your eyes appear larger is to use a nude eyeliner pencil on your waterline. This will subtly mimic the whites of your eyes and add more size to the area. You can pick up one of these babies from Charlotte Tilbury in Rock n Kohl Eye Cheat. Recently Charlotte Tilbury has also launched the Bigger Brighter Exagger-Eyes quad palette, which is an absolute dream and is the perfect quick fix for enlarging your eyes.
Don’t forget the brows…
When it comes to making your eyes appear bigger the eyebrows are often forgotten. The best example to show how much difference a good eyebrow shape can make is Kylie Jenner, who looked completely different after introducing a gentle arch to her brows, which in effect made her eyes look bigger. When you create a soft arch as opposed to a straight brow this will frame your face and add more height to your eye area in general.
Make mascara your BFF
Mascara is your best friend when it comes to making your eyes open up and pop! I would recommend Lancome’s iconic Hypnose drama mascara. With its swan neck shaped brush this mascara coats each lash flawlessly and adds length and volume in one sweep. You can always apply a smidge to the bottom lashes to create a wide-eyed doll-like look. Too Faced’s Better Than Sex waterproof mascara is another fantastic mascara to add volume to your eyes but be careful as the brush is huge and can often catch your lid during application! To intensify the eyes even more opt for some false lashes like Eyelure’s Exaggerate 143 that are easy to apply once snipped to the correct size of your eye and will help to make your eyes appear bigger and bolder.
Enhance your eye colour
Last but not least, to achieve bigger eyes you have to think of the eye colour. Anything that has warm and subtle tones such as champagnes, cinnamons or creamy shades will naturally open up your eye area. You want to avoid anything with darker metallic heavy tones such as granites, blues or blacks as these will only close your eye up.
Always remember to apply a smidge of a pale gold or a cream-like hue in the inner corner of the eyes to create a wide-awake illusion. The goal is to make your eyes lighter in the inner corners and the centre of the eye but sweep some darker warmer shades in the outer v of the eyelid to create a doe-eyed eye shape. To do this use warm brown or reds such as amber or cashmere in the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette and smoke that shade out with a blending brush to add a softer definition.
This post was written by Amber – check out her Instagram here!