We know that nothing says innocent like a pair of big bright eyes! From Doutzen Kroes to Miranda Kerr, celebs are loving the doe-eyed look this summer. It's one of the simplest makeup techniques to master because it doesn't require complicated eye shadow techniques or fancy winged liner. So whatever your eye colour or shape : hooded, deep-set, almond, et cetera....we're bringing you some easy tips to help you get that trending wide-eyed innocent look.
It's important to start off with a prepped canvas so be sure to conceal those dark circles or under eye bags using a shade that is about two shades lighter than your foundation (apply in an upside down triangle shape under the eyes). This alone will make the eyes pop and cover up any darkness you might have. Pro Tip: Using a damp Beauty Blender, take whatever concealer is left on your sponge and run that over your eyelids. This allows you to forgo eye primer altogether and ensures your lids are bright and ready for eyeshadow. If your dark circles are extremely severe, try using a colour corrector before your concealer (yellow, orange, or salmon coloured shades will help neutralize blue and purple tones). Be sure to set this with a yellow-based powder that matches your concealer and avoid going in with a powder the same colour as your foundation as this will just undo all of your hard work!
When it comes to eye shadows, the doll-eyed look can be achieved in a few easy steps. Forget trying to smoke out your shadows and ending up with fallout that makes you look like a racoon, or trying to get your winged liner to match on both eyes. Simply start out by taking a shimmery beige or champagne shade and applying that all over your lid. Then, take a matte taupe shadow or use your bronzer and apply into your crease, focusing on the middle, using windshield wiper motions. The key here is to ensure that you blend upwards slightly towards your brow rather than down onto your lid. This will create the illusion of a larger eye. Also, concentrate the bulk of the crease colour right in the centre of your lid rather than at the outer corner like you would for a smoky look. Pro Tip: You can also apply a little bit of your highlighter directly in the centre of your lids.
Most people have a tendency to pull their mascara wand up and outwards diagonally towards the end of their eyebrow which works great if you are trying to create the illusion of almond-shaped eyes. For the doll-eyed look, use a lengthening mascara after you curl your lashes and pull the wand directly upwards. Not only will this make your lashes look longer (since you're pulling them straight up instead of out at an angle) but it will also make your eyes look rounder. Focus whatever is left right at the outer corner of your lashes. Pro Tip: The skinnier your brush, the easier it will be to get right to the base and go behind your lashes.
Liner is not required for the doe-eyed makeup look, but if you feel like your lashes need some extra definition, just use an ultra-fine liquid liner in dark brown or black and run that on top of your lids. Be sure to keep the line extra thin (the thicker the line, the smaller your lids will look). No need to wing it out at the end, instead, focus on making the line slightly thicker near the centre of your lid to give you a rounded appearance. Pro Tip: Use a nude coloured pencil liner in your waterline for some added brightness.
And that's it...remember, when it comes to achieving that doe-eyed trend, it's all about the technique!