Make My Eyes Bigger!

Create the appearance of bigger eyes with these easy makeup tips

My problem is with making my eyes look bigger. I follow what the makeup artists say, but it always feels like I'm wearing too much makeup. I have tried lining my eyes every way imaginable, but it always seems wrong. Do you have any tips for dramatic eyes?

When you say dramatic eyes, you mean you want your eyes to appear more prominent, right? Well, unless you have large eyes to begin with, heavy lining will only make eyes appear smaller. Instead, try extending your eye shadow outward at the sides to create the look of bigger eyes. I'll walk you through this subtle but effective technique:

STEP 1:  First, choose a soft, neutral shadow color. I recommend walnut browns and heather grays for light skin and honey browns or medium-dark browns for darker skin. You don't want to use a color that is too deep or striking or one that contrasts too much with your natural skin tone. (Darker, brighter colors make eyes look smaller.)

STEP 2:  Look in the mirror; now place your pointer finger horizontally against your eye where the crease meets the brow bone (the inside of your finger should be touching the side of your nose). This will be your guideline for shadow placement.

STEP 3:  Using an eye shadow brush with a longish flat head (about the size of your pinky nail), place the eye shadow horizontally across your eye, at the crease and below the brow bone, following the line you made with your finger as a guide.

STEP 4:  Continue to extend the color outward in the same horizontal way, just about half an inch or so beyond the ends of your eyes, blending outward.

STEP 5:  Ideally, the ends, where you've extended the color should fade out and finally, entirely diminish. Think of the way a cloud of smoke disappears into nothingness.

Done correctly, this technique gives the illusion of lengthening and widening eyes, creating the appearance of larger eyes.

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