Whether your eyes are naturally on the smaller side or you just happen to wake up with puffy eye syndrome (word), everyone can appreciate a good eye-widening beauty trick—and lucky for you, we’ve got five. Don’t have doe eyes? Fake ’em with makeup. Ahead, you’ll find five of the best eye-opening makeup tricks we’ve picked up from celebrities and makeup artists alike. Word to the wise: You may want to pick up a fan brush on your next Sephora run.
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This is the oldest trick in the book—to make your eyes look instantly more awake, trace a nude eyeliner, like Tarte’s Lights, Camera, Lashes Inner Rim Liner ($20) in Nude along your bottom waterline (and top, too), then gently blend. If you’re wary about poking yourself in the eye with a foreign object, not to fear—we’ve got a visual guide on exactly how to make your eyes look bigger.
We’re currently in the throes of the contouring craze—and why leave your eyes out of the equation? To create the illusion of more of a crease and bigger, shapelier eyes on hooded lids, take a neutral matte eye shadow and shade the area slightly above your natural crease. Overshooting the crease will give more definition, since any color applied directly onto the crease will just disappear when you open your eyes. Click to shop some of our favorite eye shadows for contouring your eyes.
Repeat after us: Give black eyeliner a break. We all love our trusty black liners, but they can actually make small eyes look more closed. Instead, MAC Cosmetics makeup artist Gregory Arlt says you should opt for multidimensional jewel tones. Think chocolate brown, blackened plum, or slightly shimmery navy. “Whenever you lighten something, it stands out,” he says. “Reflective textures add dimension to the eyes and make them stand out even more.” Click to read more game-changing makeup tips for girls with small eyes.
Pictured: Chanel Stylo Yeux Waterproof Eyeliner ($32)
Kristen Bell clued us in on this genius trick. The actress, who refers to her own eyes as “small and ferret-like,” says she applies mascara with a fan brush so it’s darker at the roots and lighter at the ends. Just sweep a fan brush across your favorite mascara, then wiggle the brush vertically from the roots to the tips of your lashes for a lifting, eye-opening effect.
Pictured: Make Up For Ever 200 Eye Fan Brush ($22)
We picked up this tip from our friends at The Beauty Department. They say that tracing a chocolaty brown eyeliner only along the center third of your lower lash line is the key to creating a rounder, more open eye shape; see the technique in action!
Have you tried any of these makeup tricks? What’s your favorite way to make your eyes look more awake? Sound off below!