While we're all about embracing one's individual look and using makeup to enhance our own natural features, there are still a few traits that are undeniably sought after by just about every woman out there. Among them, are large, wide-eyes that add a sense of lively innocence to a look, but can be played up for a dramatic and sultry appeal when it's time to switch things up. Clear, bright eyes not only make you look more lively – they make you look accomplished, well-slept, put-together as well.
Thanks to Get The Look, you don't have to be born with an Emma Stone sized stare (or clock a full eight hours of sleep) to get clear, bright eyes. With the help of some key makeup tips and tricks, and the right products, you can make your eyes stand out like never before.
Without further ado, we give you 5 tips for making your eyes look bigger and brighter.
FIND A LINER THAT'S EASY TO APPLY
The easiest way to elongate your eyes and make them appear larger? Dainty stretched-out flicks (or cat eyes, in other words), at the corners of the eyes. The best way to achieve this look is with a killer liquid liner, but if you don't have that unflinching, steady hand, opt for a gel liner instead.
ACCENTUATE THE OUTER CORNERS OF YOUR EYES
If you're looking for an easy way to supersize your eyes, instead of lining your entire eye, stick to the outer corners. Lining the entire lid will make eyes look smaller, while the outer corner technique will accentuate the eyes and make them appear larger. The best part about this technique? It works with any liner look – on the waterline, gently smudged into the lashline, or just outside the lashline.
Further open the eyes by staying away from blacks, browns, golds or greys, and using a lighter liner shade. And if you want to keep your look intact all day, opt for a smudge-proof pencil with staying power to prevent liner that spreads in a downward direction.
TIGHTLINE YOUR WATERLINE
It's no secret that tightlining your waterline with a sharp liner pencil really makes eyes pop. The problem? It can be a little painful, and if done incorrectly, can even make eyes appear smaller. If you're a makeup pro, use a black liner to tightline your waterline for instant edge and a standout look.
If you aren't so confident when it comes to putting sharp objects near your eye, opt for a mascara with asymmetrical brush like L'Oreal's Voluminous Butterfly Sculpt Mascara that will push the formula right into your lashline, giving you that tightlined effect.
SKIP THE UPPER LID
If you wake up in the morning with heavy lids, or you simply want to achieve a more lifted eye look, the key is to choose the right lining technique. To make eyes appear lifted, opt out of applying liner on the upper lids. Instead, line the bottom lid from the outer corner halfway inward with a dark brown or black pencil – this will give definition without weighing down the eye. Apply mascara on the upper lashes for added drama.
You may think that white liner will make tired eyes pop, but opting for a softer shade, like a peach or beige, will do the same thing without the bold effect. Lining your eyes with a champagne, peach, or even cream liner will cancel out any redness or fatigue in the eyes, and make them appear bigger and brighter. Simply line the inner rims of your upper and lower lids for an instant lift!