How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger with Makeup

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For many years in all different countries, large eyes have been known to signify beauty. They also make you appear more awake and healthy, two traits we all would like to be known for. If you were born smaller eyes and want to make them appear larger, you are in luck. Due to an influx of beauty products on the market today for this very challenge, you can achieve this look in no time.

Get rid of the puff

Before applying makeup, there are a few things you can do to make your eyes appear larger. Reduce any puffiness with plenty of sleep and water. If your eyes are naturally puffy, apply a cream overnight or use an anti-puff eye roller in the morning.

Tweeze and fill in your brows

Brows that are too thick (or thin) can change the entire shape of your face, including your eyes. After the brows are done, it’s time to start on the makeup.

Contour your eyes

The first way to make your eyes look bigger with makeup is to contour properly. Don’t apply shadow or color above the crease, since this will make your eyes appear smaller. Apply a nude and shimmery shadow to your lids for a slight hint of color. Go one or two shades darker around your upper lash line for a hint of color. You can use an eyeshadow or a liner for this- the key is to just have a darker color around the upper lash line.

Another way is to add highlights to certain areas. Adding a small dab of a light, shimmery highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes instantly opens them up. This only takes a few seconds and will make a huge difference in your appearance.

Line the rim

For those who are more on the daring side, try lining the inner rims of your bottom waterline with a white or blue liner. White will contrast with your eyes, adding height to your eye shape. Blue adds a pop of color that make eyes appear bigger as well. Curl your lashes so they are more noticeable and then we can move onto mascara.

Don’t forget mascara

Lastly, mascara is a must! Mascara not only darkens your lashes, but also lengthens and thickens them. This opens up your eyes and highlights the eyeliner which you applied in the previous step. To see the difference, apply mascara to one eye and leave the other bare- you’ll instantly notice a difference. For extra-noticeable lashes, apply a few coats of different forms of mascara to get your desired look.


  1. Adding highlighter to my inner eyes is a trick I learned in college and I’ve been using for years. I love how it opens up both the eyes and face! Great suggestions.

  2. Wow, this is a great post, Rachel! I’ve never tried the white eyeliner trick before, sounds promising! Thanks for these tips. Super helpful post 😉

  3. Great post! I use that eye roller and I hope it has been keeping my eyes younger looking. Gotta keep those crows feet away!

  4. I usually can’t predict how big my eyes will look – it totally depends on how much sleep I get/how tired I am! But these tricks definitely do help! I want to try out that Garnier roller! Have you tried it?

    1. I personally haven’t because I don’t get bags under my eyes (lucky, right?) BUT tons of my friends/bloggers have used it and love it. Clinique makes a good one, too- but its more expensive.

  5. I’m still trying to find the right mascara..I’m currently using a Cover Girl one which I like, but maybe I’ll try that Maybelline Falsies one next!

  6. love a white liner – lately I’ve been using a nude color and it works even better!!! thanks for the tips 🙂 x 

  7. These are great tips! The highlighter in the corners of the eyes? My go-to… I’m actually doing it today because someone thought it would be a good idea to stay out until midnight on a work night. Oops.

  8. oh this is awesome. I’m totally going to try it out! My eyes aren’t really small, but they get lost behind my glasses =(

  9. GREAT post! I really need to get some of that highlighter. When I was in college/first started working, I never wore mascara, but now I feel weird leaving the house without it!

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