Best Products to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger
We all want eyes that pop, whether it's glamming up for a night out or just a little bit of the dramatic in your everyday. These easy tricks from makeup artists promise to help you get the appearance of big (along with some great product eyeliner, eyeshadow, and brow color recommendations!).
We all want eyes that pop, whether it's glamming up for a night out or just a little bit of the dramatic in your everyday. These easy tricks from makeup artists promise to help you get that bold look (along with some great product recommendations!).
START WITH YOUR BROWS
Not everyone bothers to do their brows, and even those who do often don't know how to do them well, according to Emmy-nominated makeup artist Kathleen Marsh. But when they succeed, a well-done brow can make a big difference. Marsh says pencils can look waxy or heavy, but she likes brow powders for a more natural look. (She says try Anastasia Brow Powder.) She also suggests going a little lighter than your actual eyebrow color (soft taupe for brunettes for instance, or a neutral blonde color for redheads) to create a soft shape and even out the tone. The effect? "If you follow the shape of your eyebrows, it basically draws a circle around your eye," Marsh says. "It draws so much attention to your eyes."
LINE YOUR EYES WITH WHITE (OR NUDE)
It's trendy to put a little white eyeliner under your lower lash line to open the eyes more, says Atlanta-based makeup artist Mimi Johnson. Johnson likes MAC Technakohl liners to get the job done. For darker skin where white might look too drastic, a flesh-toned eyeliner or one a shade or two lighter than skin can work as well. For a finishing touch, Johnson recommends adding a little bit of shimmer or highlight (nothing too glittery) in the center underneath the eye.
GO NEUTRAL WITH YOUR SHADOW
Marsh likes to work from the top down when it comes to filling in shadow. She starts with something a little lighter than the skin tone on the top of the brown bone, then follows with a neutral brown three shades deeper in the crease. From there, you can just use concealer on your lid. Or, for a little extra pop, try a little shimmer by the corner of your eye to brighten up tired eyes. To find all those shades in one, check out a neutral palette like Urban Decay's Naked Palette or NYX's Love in Paris shadow set.
CREATE A CONTRAST WITH THE WHITES OF YOUR EYES
It's all about setting off your lash line from your eyes, according to Katrina Hess, a Boston-based makeup artist and owner of the Makeup and Brow Studio. Hess likes to use Hourglass' mechanical gel eyeliner in Obsidian ("It's good on everyone," she says) to define the upper lash area and create a contrast with the whites of her clients' eyes. The final step: Wiggle your mascara wand deep into the root of the eyelash to make the lash line look even more dramatic.
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