There's a reason why every girl wants to achieve that Disney-princess wide-eyed look: We associate them with youthfulness, and typically find ourselves wishing for big eyes due to the way they instantly convey a well-rested alertness. Believe it or not, there is a way to achieve that well-rested doe-eyed look even if you haven't had your full eight hours (or first cup of coffee). Want to learn how to make your eyes look better pre-coffee?
All you need is a few simple items that are probably already in your makeup bag! Read on to find out 5 tricks that will make your eyes look bigger!
5 TRICKS THAT WILL MAKE YOUR EYES LOOK BIGGER
The first trick? Line your bottom lids (inside the waterline) with a white or beige eyeliner pencil – it's basically an optical illusion. This will neutralize the colour of the waterline, making it look like it's actually part of the eye. If you want a more subtle look, skip the optic white pencil in favour of something with a hint of peach or cream – it will look a touch more subtle!
LOWER LID MASCARA
Make your mascara really pop by going over the undereye area with concealer first. The contrast of dark mascara to brightened skin will frame the entire eye, though product on the lower lash runs the risk of smudging. To avoid this, opt for a waterproof mascara so that makeup won't transfer onto your skin. Keep the eye-brightening concealer in place by dusting a light layer of powder on top.
Mascara on the lower lashes is important because it extends the eye downwards and out, giving you the appearance of a larger eye.
Adding a touch of light-reflecting silver or white eye shadow in the inner corner is an old brightening trick that will not only brighten, but make the eyes appear wider. To up the trick's eye-opening powers, go with two products rather than one. For example, use a chubby pencil in a champagne or nude colour and set it with a powdered highlighter or a shadow that has some shimmer.
One of the easiest ways to ensure larger-looking eyes? Avoid tightlining with black pencil liner inside your waterline. While this may be a great way to make the whites of your eyes stand out and create a bold, sensual look for a night out, tightlining the inside of your lower waterline can actually make your eyes appear smaller. If you want to wear liner without shrinking your eyes, use a pencil liner to create a V-shape around the outer corner of your eye, smudging a little in to your upper lid and lower lash line directly onto or underneath your lashes.
As for the most complicated eye-opening trick, start by drawing a classic cat-eye shape on the top lid with a dark coloured liner. Switch to a lighter shade and sketch a thin line under the lower lashes just at the end of the eye. This can reshape your eye in a huge way. You can also extend or curve the lines for different effects – and don't be afraid to experiment with different coloured liners and how you layer them.