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There’s a reason why we love the princesses of our childhood—and it’s not solely because of their pretty ball gowns or their epic love stories. Nope, it’s their big doe eyes that make it impossible to look away. There’s just something about the appearance of big eyes that makes someone’s overall look seem more youthful. If your eyes don’t look quite as large as you’d like, that’s totally alright. That’s exactly what makeup, and eye makeup in particular, is here to help you achieve. Here, learn how to make your eyes look bigger with eyeliner.
Sure, in middle school and high school it might have seemed like a good idea to completely surround your eyes with dark eyeliner, but now that you’re an adult, it’s time to update your makeup technique. That’s because when you surround your eyes with dark eyeliner, it can actually make them look smaller. Instead, draw a simple thin line on either your top or bottom lash line—not both—using an eyeliner pen with a precise tip, like the L'Oréal Paris Infallible The Super Slim Liquid Eyeliner. If you’ve lined your upper lash line and still feel like you need more of an accent on your lower, use a medium-toned brown eyeshadow instead of more eyeliner. Apply a super light dusting of shadow using a thin, tapered eye shadow brush.
Speaking of what to line, if you really want to make your eyes look bigger, try lining only the outer three-fourths of your lash line, which can help draw attention to the wider, outer corners of your eyes. Sometimes when you draw one solid line across your lashes, this can make your eyes appear smaller, much as lining them all the way around would.
To make your eyes look bigger, another tactic you can try is extending your eyeliner beyond the outer corner of your eyes. This will help mimic a wider gaze. If you decide to try this tip, just remember that it can take some practice. This is definitely a makeup look that you want to draw on carefully because even the slightest variation could make your eyes look lop-sided. Use a pencil eyeliner, such as the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner, for this technique. Liquid eyeliner will lend itself more easily to making mistakes, especially if you’re trying out this technique for the first time.
This is probably the most complicated tip you’ll find for making your eyes look bigger, but when done correctly, it can make all the difference in the world. All you have to do is create a classic cat eye using the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in Black Party, followed by a line of the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Paints Eyeliner in White Party along your lower lashes extending slightly beyond the corner of your eye.
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not the best idea to apply dark eyeliner to your bottom waterline because this can actually shrink the appearance of your eyes. Instead, apply your go-to eyeliner just below your lower lashes to help make your eyes look bigger.
Since we've already determined you'll leave your waterline clear of dark eyeliner, this is the perfect area to apply a nude or white eyeliner. Try lining your waterline with the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White to help make your eyes look bigger. If you extended eyeliner out past the corner of your eye, you can even line the underside of that line with a touch of white for added width. Finish this makeup look off with a blurred touch of white in your inner corners for extra radiance.
Black might be your go-to color when it comes to eyeliner, but using a brown or colored eyeliner can also help make your eyes appear bigger and brighter. For enlarging the appearance of your eyes, choose a colored liner that mimics the natural color of your eyes! If you have beautiful baby blues, for example, reach for the L'Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner in Cobalt Blue. For all our green-eyed gals, use the same pencil eyeliner in Forest Green.
We know this is a list of eyeliner tips, but your mascara matters, too! A great way to make your eyes look bigger is to apply mascara on your lower lashes, in addition to your upper ones, of course. When swiped on with the highest concentration in the center of your lower lid, this can give a contoured appearance that will allow your eyes to stand out. Try this tip with the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Washable Mascara.
Want more eyeliner tips? Check out our article 8 Graphic Eyeliner Looks to Add To Your Eye Makeup Rotation.