Makeup 101: How to Make Small Eyes Look Bigger

If you have smaller eyes or monolids, making your eyes look bigger through the use of makeup is probably up there on your must-learn beauty tricks. But mastering the doe-eyed look can seem quite daunting.

Luckily, with the right tools and techniques, whether you love to use Korean skincare and makeup products, western brands or both, it will be easier for you to do it on days when you just want your eyes to pop and take center stage.

Conceal and Brighten Your Eye Area

Dark under eyes could make your already small eyes look smaller than they are. But the right concealer shade could hide discoloration and darkness, make your lashes pop and brighten your eye area.

Pick a concealer shade that is a bit warmer and lighter than your eye area to correct any purple or blue undertones and illuminate it. Using your finger, a concealer brush or sponge, work the concealer around and underneath your eyes, blending as you go.

Fake a Crease

woman applying eye shadowTake out your go-to contour shade and use an eye shadow brush to work and buff the product along your eye socket to create a crease effect on your eyelid if you do not have a pronounced crease.

Use All the Available Socket Space

Smaller and monolid eyes might lack that distinct crease, but this just means that you have a ton of space that you can work with. Apply eye shadow right up onto your brow bone.

When you have monolids or smaller eyes, this technique will give you that illusion of having deeper and bigger eyes. You only need to make sure to blend it properly to avoid having severe lines under your brows.

Line Your Eyes Right

Lining your eyes with dark liner all around could make your eyes look even smaller. To balance it out, apply a contrasting pearl or white-colored eyeliner to your lower waterline and then apply a dark, smudged liner on the lower lashes. This technique will open up your eyes and make them appear brighter and doll-like.

Take Contrast to the Next Level

If you are looking for that the next level of extra, apply contrasting shades to the outer and inner corner of your eyes. Go for that winged cat eye to elongate your eye shape outwards and then apply some highlighter in the inner corners of your eyes to lengthen your eye shape inwards. For that extra oomph, dust the same highlighter in the center of your eyelids.

Step Up Your Lash Game

Slap on some falsies if you want next-level lashes and much-needed definition and depth to your small eyes. Otherwise, curl your lashes first and then apply lengthening mascara on your upper and lower eyelashes for that really wide doe-like effect.

Applying liner the right way, banishing dark under eyes with the right concealer shade, playing with contrast, faking a crease, and good old mascara are all you need to fake bigger eyes. You do not even have to do all these. Practice and see what works best for you.