How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger With Natural Makeup
When putting on makeup, the goal is to create the best version of yourself. Whether you’re still wearing a face mask or not, having bigger and brighter eyes will make you stand out, and make you look healthier and younger.
Today I’m sharing with you some expert advice from a professional hair and makeup artist, Mayela Vazquez. I think you will find her advice on how to make your eyes look bigger with natural makeup, an easy step-by-step way to make your eyes stand out by appearing bigger and more youthful.
Mayela Vazquez has over 12 years of experience working as a makeup and hair artist. She lives in New York City where she creates looks for international ad campaigns, celebrities, fashion editorials, runways, and short films. Her work has been featured in multiple magazines, including Vogue US, Spain, India Mexico, and Latin America; Glamour, Elle, and Allure — just to name a few. Check out her beauty blog Within The Trend right here.
She has also worked for multi-national brands such as Fendi, Bobbi Brown, L’Oréal, Converse, among others. In addition to her makeup artistry, Mayela has a passion for teaching and sharing her knowledge with others.
How To Make Your Eyes Appear Bigger Naturally
By Mayela Vazquez
Here are the areas that I consider important to create a nice frame and make your eyes pop and why:
Making sure you have your brows on point, well groomed and defined is key to create the perfect frame to your eyes. You can do simple things like brushing them upwards everyday (you can use a clear mascara to make sure the hair stays in place during the day).
Giving them a nice shape by removing extra hair in the areas where is not needed and making sure you don’t overdo it leaving your brows thin and without definition.
Under Eye Area
When it comes to brightening and taking good care of this sensitive area is a never ending topic but it is important that you take the time and care and you add extra steps to your routine to improve this area with time.
- The first and most basic thing is to rest, try to sleep well, and good enough if you don’t want to get puffy and sore under the eyes.
- Using the right skincare products for this particular area is so important. I suggest you have a day and night cream that helps you prevent getting lines, decrease puffiness, and helps brighten this area. You can also use eye masks during the week and/or before going to a special date to boost hydration and add freshness to this area making it look radiant and healthier.
Curly lashes equals bigger and healthy eyes, lashes open up the eyes. I will explain what’s the right way to curl them later in this article so continue reading if you want to know more details.
How To Take Care Of Your Eyes
- Use eye drops if you experience red, tired eyes.
- Apply natural home remedies such as using a chamomile tea bag to de-puff or slices of fresh cucumber to brighten and refresh before going out.
How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger With Makeup
Let me tell you that the well known “no-makeup makeup” technique and highlight + contouring techniques can also be applied to create bigger and brighter eyes :
The good part is that you don’t have to spend hours to achieve the desired shape for your eyes. Remember that the goal is to create a natural look by enhancing the areas around the eyes that I just mentioned before.
Adding some makeup to the equation helps to achieve the goal that we want. With makeup, we will highlight the areas needed and add definition to create the perfect shape for your eyes.
1. Define Your Eyebrows
As I mentioned before, brows will give a nice frame to your eyes but in order to do so, you need to make sure they look naturally defined. You can use a pencil, a gel or a brow mascara with pigment to define your eyebrow shape.
An important thing you might consider is to bring the tail of your brow more towards your ears instead of going down for a lifting effect.
2. Conceal Your Under Eye Area
After applying your moisturizer, day cream and/or eye mask you want to focus on brightening this important area and for this, applying a long lasting concealer that doesn’t crease is key.
If you have really deep dark circles you may want to look for a peachy tone to cancel out the purple undertones and then apply a color that is one or two tones lighter than your skin.
It is important that you consider setting your concealer by applying a loose setting powder afterward. I recommend using a soft blending brush to apply just the right amount and blend if necessary.
Choose a light eyeshadow or shimmer to highlight your brow bone which will create a lifting effect, your inner corners for brightening that area and to the center of your eyelids to open up your eyes.
4. Contour Your Crease
To give a nice dimension to your eyes, use a natural shade and apply it into your crease with a fluffy blending blush. Your crease has a naturally darker shade than your eyelids already so the goal is to enhance that shadow a little bit more.
Blend the eyeshadow out towards the tail of your brows for a natural finish. If you want to get creative or achieve a much more dramatic eye you can also add a darker eyeshadow to the corner of your eyes for length.
5. Brighten Your Waterline
Using a pencil in a light shade like a beige, apply it carefully into your lower waterline, this will cancel out any redness and create an amazing brightening effect.
6. Define Your Lower Lash Line
Using the shame eyeshadow you used for your crease, apply a thin line on top of your lower lash line going from the outer corner towards your inner corner. This line will create the perfect balance and help to achieve a bigger eye effect.
7. Curl Your Lashes and Add Mascara
This step is a must to add length and open up your eyes, continue to read below to learn how to curl your lashes like a pro.
Believe it or not, enhancing your cheekbones will also help to frame your eyes creating the perfect balance with your brows to focus all the attention into your eyes. You may use a neutral color for this and then apply a shimmer on top of your cheekbones to create an extra glow.
How To Use Eyeliner To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger
Here are the 4 rules to follow to use eyeliner properly to makes your eyes looks bigger :
1. Don’t Apply Liner All Around
This will make your eyes look smaller and heavy.
2. Go For A Thinner Liner
Because the goal is to open up your eyes, start by drawing a very thin liner following your upper lash line.
3. Wing It to Add Length
If you want to add an extra-length effect, you can wing your eyeliner going towards the very end of your brow tale. See the post How To Apply Liquid Eye Liner right here.
4. Do Not Use Darker Shades On Your Lower Lash Line
Instead use browns and neutral colors to make create a much more natural effect.
How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger Without Fake Lashes
Lashes create a big difference when they are nicely done, this doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to wear fake lashes or magnetic eyelashes to make your eyes pop. In fact, I don’t love wearing lashes on myself because my eyelid is smaller and instead of making my eyes look bigger, they look heavy and tired.
The key is to achieve a good curl technique and have a great lengthening mascara to back you up during the day to maintain the lashes on point.
- To curl your lashes, I recommend dividing your lashes in 3 sections and start by curling in the base, then move to the center and finish curling at the top.
- Then, I recommend doing the same with your mascara and start by focusing on your base, then following up to the center and finishing at the top of your lashes doing a slow horizontal motion with your mascara wand going upwards.
If you want to add extra lashes, I recommend choosing the individual lashes and apply them from the outer corner towards the center of your eyes without going all the way in.
For this, I recommend curling your lashes first, then applying a thin coat of mascara focusing on the base of your lashes, then apply the individual lashes, and after they are dry add an extra coat of mascara for extra length and volume.
Achieving bigger-looking eyes, no matter your age, is easily done with these simple steps. By keeping the eyeshadow shades neutral and soft, you can look like you naturally have big and youthful peepers. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite tricks to achieve younger looking eyes!