Big, beautiful eyes are the stuff of movies and advertisements. With the right eye makeup, they’re also more achievable than you may think.
Whether you’re getting ready for an upscale date or a night on the town with girlfriends, a doe eye can complement your look. Here’s a simple technique that will make your eyes appear bigger and more vibrant.
Get a Good Start
Big eyes are a good thing, but big under-eyes are not. There are many factors that can contribute to under-eye puffiness, including stress, lack of sleep and emotional distress.
Fortunately, there are things you can do to combat puffy eyes. If you plan in advance, you can start prepping your eyes for their big reveal as soon as you wake up.
Inflammation-soothing eye pads can go a long way toward helping you achieve a smooth start to your doe-eye look. A good old-fashioned ice pack can also help soothe swollen skin when held to your under-eye area for a maximum of five minutes on each side.
Tame Wild Eyebrows
Big, bold eyebrows are very fashionable right now, but that doesn’t mean you can let them grow completely wild. If you have stray eyebrow hairs encroaching on your eyelid space, your eyes will look smaller and more boxed in.
To prevent this from happening, use a magnifying mirror to locate stray hairs. Once located, remove them with tweezers.
Shape and Define Your Brows
Now that you’ve removed stray hairs, it’s time to shape your brows. Do this by using a brow brush to direct the hair upwards, then over and outward.
Next, give your brows color and dimension by applying powder with a brow brush. Defined brows frame the eyes nicely and make them look larger and more inviting.
Create a Light Lid
When making your eyes look bigger, sweep a light eyeshadow or cream across your lids. This is a great way to bring your eyes to the forefront.
Dark, smoky lids are great for a fancy night out, but they won’t help you get the wide-eyed look you’re going for. A light-colored lid is essential for making your eyes look wide and awake.
Define Your Crease
To make your eyes pop and avoid a one-dimensional look, define your crease with a warm, matte eyeshadow. Browns, plums and soft rose hues are all good choices.
To avoid going too heavy on the crease, use a small, fluffy eye brush and gently sweep the eyeshadow from the outer corner of your eye toward the center of your crease. There should be slightly more pigment located in the outer “V” crease of your eye to create an illusion of lift and length.
Place a Bit of Shimmer at the Inner Corners
Take a look at your eyes. See the inner corners, where the eyelids meet and form a small “v” shape? This is where you should add just a touch of shimmer.
Placing shimmer at the inner corners of the eyes makes you look more awake. The shimmer catches the light, making your eyes look bigger and more energetic.
Become an Artist With Your Eyeliner
Slapping eyeliner across your lid is a great way to make your eyes look boxy, shapeless and small. To create the large, lengthened look you want, you need to become a bit of a makeup artist when applying your liner.
Create the illusion of larger eyes by making a very thin line with your eyeliner from the inner corners of your eyes to the outer corners. Next, add a bit more liner to the outer corners of your eyes to add thickness and make your eyes appear to tilt upward.
To give the illusion of lift, create a small, upward flick at the outer corners of your eyes with your eyeliner. This look is often referred to as “cat eye” and can give your eyes a gorgeous, almond-like shape.
Don’t Forget Your Lower Lid
It’s important not to be heavy-handed when applying liner to the base of your lower lashes. You should also avoid sweeping the liner all the way across.
Instead, create the thinnest of lines from the middle of your lower lid outward. The line should become slightly thicker as it reaches the outer corner of your eye.
Smudge the liner gently to make sure there are no harsh lines. Smudging the liner will also make it easier to blend it into the “cat eye” portion of your upper liner.
Use an Eyelash Curler to Create Lift
Eyelash curlers have been used for decades, and it’s easy to see why. They are very effective at creating lift and making the lashes appear longer.
When your eyelashes are lengthened, they draw attention to the eyes. They also allow the whole eye area to be seen more clearly.
Apply Volumizing Mascara
Not all mascara formulas are created equal. Some are meant to define the eyelashes while others are intended to add volume and lift.
For best results creating doe eyes, select a volumizing mascara. Apply generously to the top eyelashes, moving the hand in an upward motion as you apply.
To avoid sealing your eyes off and making them look closed, apply a thinner layer of mascara to your lower lashes. Your upper lashes should always stand out more than your lower lashes.
Create the Wide-Eyed Look You Want
Creating the perfect wide-eyed look takes a little practice, but anyone can do it. To get started, browse through the gorgeous eye makeup palettes and products at LaLa Daisy.