10 Tricks For Faking Bigger Eyes
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All Eyes1 of 11
By Morgan Olsen
If the eyes are the windows to your soul, then squinty, beady peepers won't do. To help you achieve a doe-like effect, we asked makeup pros to share their ten best eye-opening secrets.
Crease Up2 of 11
Your eye crease dictates the shape and depth of your eye. Faking a higher crease is a shortcut to making eyes appear bigger. Start with a taupe shade on a rounded crease brush. "Look into the mirror with your eyebrows relaxed and do a semi-circle above your lashes," says LORAC pro artist Elizabeth Mendelzon. "Go right above where your natural crease is, not too high." Apply a vanilla shade under your brows and blend the colors together for a natural look.
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Get the Blues3 of 11
When choosing an eyeliner, reach for blue hues. "The blue will make the whites of your eyes appear lighter and brighter," says Mendelzon. "If you take it right along the top lashes, really close to the lash line, but make it thicker toward the outside of the eye, it gives the illusion of a bigger eye as well."
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Lash Out4 of 11
Mix and match mascaras to create a multitasking formula. First, apply two coats of lengthening mascara, followed by two coats of volumizing mascara. Concentrate the application in the center of your lashes to pull them upward and make your eyes appear rounder. Experiment with different brands until you find the mixture that works best for your lashes.
False Move5 of 11
If you're going for a more dramatic look, "Apply false lashes so the longest part of the lash is at the inner corner of your eyes," says MAC Cosmetics senior artist John Stapleton. "Most lashes have the longest parts at the end of the eye." While applying false lashes, the normal way makes your eye appear longer. Flipping them pulls your eye out vertically, creating the illusion of a bigger, rounder eye.
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Golden Touch6 of 11
"There's no greater gift than lining the inside of the eyes with a gold or metallic pencil," says Stapleton. Reflective shimmer not only draws attention to your eyes, but also opens them up and makes them appear more awake.
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Holy Smoke7 of 11
Smoky colors are typically reserved for eyelids, but applying a subtle smoky effect under your lower lash line can add major dimension to your eyes. This trick naturally expands the shape of your eye and makes your whites appear whiter. "Use a soft brush to smudge," Stapleton says. "Start with a shadow close to your skin tone and line thickly. Then, smudge a darker shade closer to the lash line for more depth."
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Connect the Dots8 of 11
After applying mascara, dot a fine-tip liquid eyeliner directly between your lashes. This technique makes up for any missing lashes and helps define the top of your eyelid without constricting the shape of your eye.
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Keep It Simple9 of 11
Maxing out your eyes doesn't always mean packing on product. "Sometimes the most dramatic eye looks are the most simple," says makeup artist Katie Robinson. "I believe that using the right products, with rich pigments, is the best solution for bigger, bolder eyes." The essentials? White eyeshadow on your lids, a coat of mascara and nude lip gloss.
Brow Wow10 of 11
Full, well-groomed eyebrows frame your eyes and face. To give the illusion of lifted eyelids, perfect your brow arch. "Wax, shape and arch your brows—arching will open up the eyes," brow expert Kelley Baker says. "Typically arches should start on the outside corner of your eyes, above the iris." For daily upkeep, use a gel to brush your brow hairs up and out.
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Disappearing Act11 of 11
Use a cream-colored eyeliner on your waterline and apply brown eyeliner directly under the bottom lashes. "This layering will give depth by erasing the waterline and opening the eye—effectively moving the bottom of the eye below the lash line," Baker explains. Add mascara to your bottom lashes for a Brigitte Bardot effect.
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