How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with Eyeliner

Thursday, March 10, 2011 | Tips & How-Tos, application tips

Shutterstock_2890464 If you’ve ever seen one of those big-eyed supermodels lounging around without makeup, you might be surprised to see that their eyes don’t necessarily look all that huge. That’s because in professional shoots, makeup artists have a number of tricks up their sleeves to make models’ eyes look bigger with a simple, skillful application of eyeliner. Here’s one you can do right at home.

Start out with an application of foundation or primer to ensure that your eyeliner will remain in place and not smudge over the course of the day. Even if you don’t wear cosmetics on the rest of your face, it’s important to apply some sort of base coat to your eyes so the eyeliner will set.

For application, we suggest Pür Minerals Mineral Eye Defining Pencil with Smudger. Try to choose a shade which will pick up and enhance the natural colors in your iris. Start by turning the barrel of the self-sharpening pencil slightly to create a precise point of color. You want the thinnest tip possible so that your lines are sharp. (Thick lines tend to make eyes recede and look smaller.)

EyePencil_PolishedStone Start your application with the inner lid, first pulling the eye down, and then applying a line along the lower lid, trailing the lash line. Next, hold the eye up and apply a similar thin line along the upper lid. Be sure to fill in the corners of the eyes as well. This will make your eyes pop out dramatically.

The next step is to close one eye, pulling the lid and the lashes down, and then applying the eyeliner along the top of the lash line. Here you don’t want to start tracing at the crease, but rather at the outer ridge from where the lashes begin, or even slightly past that. You can create an exotic, cat eye effect by extending the line past the corner slightly.

Once you have a thin line trailing the lashes, thicken the middle of it to create the illusion of a larger eye. Then, using the smudger built into the eye pencil, soften that outer line to create a sizzling, smoky look.

WhiteOpal_878147000745 Once you have applied your base lines, highlight the outside of the eyeliner with a light colored cream or off-white eye shadow, drawing the appearance of the eyes outward and making them look even bigger. A small dab of white eye shadow in the inner corners will complete the look, making your eyes look bigger and brighter than ever.