8 Steps To Make Small Eyes Look Bigger
There are a few questions that I repeatedly get while working with clients or via DM’s on my social media accounts. One of them being, “How can I make smaller eyes look bigger?”. I love questions like this because they remind me of why I went into this industry. My ultimate goal is to help every woman I work with or interact with, whether it is a client or a social media follower, feel beautiful and comfortable in their skin.
The real magic of makeup is that it not only allows you the opportunity to minimize troublesome flaws but it, more importantly, allows you to enhance the features you love or want to bring attention to. As the old saying goes, the eyes are the window to your soul. It is no surprise that so many of you want to enhance your natural beauty and make your eyes pop. I am here to help.
1. Eliminate Eye Bags
The first step you will want to take to achieve the appearance of having bigger eyes is tackling your undereye, aka, de-puff your eyebags. Some women struggle with undereye bags more than others, but I recommend adding a few minutes of ice rolling or undereye patches (extra tip: throw them in the fridge before use) into your morning routine.
2. Brighten Dark Circles
After you have managed to eliminate or mitigate a puffy undereye and applied both your moisturizer and foundation, you will want to brighten dark undereye circles. Minimize dark circles with correct concealer application and continue with your face makeup routine. I discuss all things concealer in this post for additional reference.
3. Shape Eyebrows
Once puffy eyes, dark circles, and the rest of your bronzer and blush routine are complete, it is time to shape your brows. Make sure you always brush your eyebrows upwards and then fill in each eyebrow as usual. Pluck any unwanted stray hairs.
4. Curl Eyelashes
Next, curl your lashes using a quality eyelash curler to lengthen your lashes. Never skip this step!
5. Apply Eyeshadow
After you curl your eyelashes, apply eyeshadow or a bronzer to your crease. Don’t be afraid to add more depth to your crease by using a fluffy blending brush. Apply a warm brown or a bronzer shade to your crease to give your eyes the lifted effect that generally isn’t there.
6. Nude Liner
Next, highlight your eyes’ inner corners and your waterline with a nude liner to make your eyes appear larger and brighter. I love this one and use it daily on myself and my clients.
7. Apply Eyeliner
After your eyeshadow is complete, frame your eyes by applying eyeliner in the upper last line (tight line). Applying a liner in the upper lash line will help make your lashes appear thicker and help open your eyes more. Make sure to use eyeliner sparingly, especially if you have hooded eyes. Having a thick liner on hooded eyes can pull your eyes down and make them look heavier and smaller.
Finally, lengthen your eyelashes by applying a few coats of mascara. I recommend this one. When you finish with your top lashes, apply a generous amount of mascara to your bottom lashes as well. If you smudge, don’t worry, just grab a q-tip and gently wipe the mascara.
If you feel that your eyes are small, try these tips, and let me know if you see a difference the next time you do your makeup! I would love to hear from you.