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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 hope, that’s totally alright. That’s exactly what makeup is here to help you achieve. Here, learn how to make your eyes look bigger by using eyeliner.
Sure, in middle school and high school it might have seemed like a good idea to completely surround your eyes with 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, this can actually make them look smaller. So, the next time you want to make your eyes look bigger, take a step back draw a simple thin line on either your top or bottom lash line—not both. Try the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Silkissime Eyeliner.
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 taking your eyeliner out beyond the outer corner of your eyes to mimic a wider gaze. If you decide to do this, 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.
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 draw a dark classic cat eye along your lash line 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 out beyond the corner of your eye.
Despite what you may have heard, it’s not the best idea to apply dark eyeliner to your 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 you left your lash line and waterline clear of dark eyeliner, this is the perfect area to touch up with a pale or white eyeliner, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in White, to help make your eyes look bigger. If you extended your top liner 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 some added radiance.
In addition to the previous six eyeliner hacks, a great way to make your eyes look bigger is to apply mascara to your lower lashes. 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 White Eyeliner Hacks to Try This Summer.