The eyes are said to be the windows to the soul. At the very least, they are one of the first things that people notice. In addition, beauty ideals tend to favor round, doe-like eyes. Those that were blessed with small eyes, can feel a bit left out and may feel like we need to over-compensate. Lucky for us, there are tricks and tips to use to make small eyes look larger.
While it may depend on your own color preferences, it’s best to stick with lighter, neutral tones of eyeshadow. Darker eyeshadow is fine in the crease, but avoid using it all over the eyes. I personally start with a color such as cream or even a very soft gold eyeshadow. Using an eyeshadow brush, I sweep the eyeshadow all over my eyes, from the top lash-line up to the brows.
If you would like to add a bit more color, use an angled eyeshadow brush to apply a darker eyeshadow to the crease of your eyelid. Some color options include a dark brown, hunter green or even royal purple. Make sure to blend it well.
Eyeliner is the most important product to use, in my opinion, to make your eyes appear larger and more defined. I recommend using a gel eyeliner or liquid eyeliner, perhaps along with pencil eyeliner or eyeshadow. The color to use is up to you, but brown is pretty universally flattering. Black works too. It just need to be a dark color as a light color won’t show up well.
Use an angled eyeliner brush to apply gel liner. Start at the inner corner of the eye and apply a thin line to about halfway across the eyelid. Once you reach that spot, make the line a bit thicker and draw it to the end of the upper eyelid, slanting upwards a bit at the end. This is a cat-eye type of look and elongates the eye. If you are using a liquid eyeliner, follow the same process.
Avoid putting any eyeliner on the bottom lash-line. It will actually make your eyes look smaller. Applying eyeliner on the upper eyelid only opens up the eyes. To soften up the eyeliner, so that it isn’t a harsh line, smudge it using a brown or black eyeliner pencil on the ends. Another option is to use a small eyeshadow brush to apply a brown or black eyeshadow over the gel or liquid eyeliner.
To finish up the look, apply three or four coats of brown or black mascara to your upper eyelashes only. To really add some drama to your small eyes, or for a special occasion, consider adding some individual false eyelashes to your eyes, especially to the outside corners. My favorite are Ardell individual lashes. I purchase them at Walgreen’s or Sally’s Beauty Supply.
Enhance your small eyes using these tips!