Making myself look awake and well rested every morning is a daily battle. It's not that I don't get enough sleep, it's just that my eyes are shaped and framed in a way that makes me look like I'm on the edge of a cat nap every day, and frankly, I just don't have a good morning face. In this instance, make-up is a godsend. Here are some make-up tips for day or night that I've found useful in making my eyes look bigger, as well as some tips that I'll definitely need to try!
1. Ombrè Eye Shadow
Putting a light color on your eyelid and a darker color near the crease adds dimension to your face, widening your eyes instantly. Just make sure you blend the transition well!
2. Groom your Eyebrows
Maintain a clean shape to keep your eyebrows from weighing down your eyes and pulling attention downward. Keeping your eyebrows nicely shaped also will make your eyelid look bigger.
3. Stay Natural
Too much make-up will make your eyes look heavier. I like to keep it clean with just a little mascara and a neutral eye shadow. Try using a pressed powder two or three shades darker than your skin tone to create the illusion of having larger eyes without using a lot of complicated make-up technique.
4. Dot After Mascara
After applying mascara, use liquid eyeliner between lashes to draw attention away from gaps or sparse areas to make your lash line fuller as well as elongate your eyes.
5. Use Liquid Concealers
Liquid concealers won't settle into lines and creases under your eye like cream based concealers will.
6. Keep Your Eyebrows Full
If you aren't blessed with the gift of naturally full eyebrows, be sure to pencil them in. Keeping a full and nicely defined brow will pull attention upwards with the arch.
7. Mascara Technique
Start by taking the tip of the mascara wand to apply mascara to the ends of your lashes with an up and down swipe and then continue to apply mascara to the base of the lashes using a quick right and left wiggle to build thickness.
8. Concentrate Color At Defining Points
Keep any color you apply to your eyes concentrated at the highest and lowest points (usually around the middle of the lash line) to emphasize the widest section of your eyes.
9. Blue Toned Eyeliner
Try out cooler blue tones of eye liner to help bring out and draw attention to the whites of your eyes, making them appear larger and brighter.
10. Double Up
Using two coats of mascara on your top lashes will create a lifting effect. So long droopy lids!
11. Curl Away
Curl your lashes! I know it hurts, but find a good lash curler and use it everyday. It's really quick and super effective. Try this technique: start at the root of your lashes and pump three times, then move midway up your lashes and repeat. This will keep the curl looking natural and not too sharp.
12. Follow Your Crease
Apply a thick liner along your crease, but only as far as the crease extends to get the most out of your eye's natural contour.
13. Top Coat
It's well known that we should use a top coat to extend the life of our manicures, so why not extend that idea to our eyes! After applying mascara use a top coat to keep your lashes looking black and shiny!
14. Pay Attention To Your Eye Color
It's simple, there are certain eyeshadow colors that just look fantastic with and enhance certain eye colors. Generally, warm shades are great for those with green eyes, pinks and golds go with brown eyes, and subtle blue (cooler) shades work for just about everyone.
15. Keep Close To The Lash
Concentrate most of the color you apply close to the lash line. This will create a structure and shape which will then widen your eyes. Applying heavy color too close to your brow will overwhelm and make your eyes look heavy.
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Check out some looks that you can try to widen your eyes in the gallery!
Lovelies, have any make-up tips to fend off droopy lids and keep you looking wide awake?