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How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger and Brighter in 9 Easy Steps

Who doesn’t want to look like a Disney princess? With those big, gorgeous eyes? (Think: Jasmine, Aurora, Belle, Rapunzel, and even Elsa.) While most of us women haven’t been blessed with such large eyes, they are one of the most coveted features many women wish they had. Did you know that making your eyes look bigger can help you look younger and more awake?

Luckily there are a lot of tricks experts use — and I’ve got them all here for you …

Makeup Tricks for Bigger Eyes 1 of 10
One of the most often complained about issues are small eyes. Luckily, with a few makeup tricks, you can play them up and help them look bigger!

I've asked makeup artists for their favorite tips for opening up the eye area. Don't forget, sometimes it can be best to just use eyeshadow for your eye shape, rather than concentrating on the size.

Image: eflon via Flickr

Curl First 2 of 10
It seems a bit counterintuitive, but starting with your lashes will help define your eye shape, and therefore make it easier to open everything up.

If your lashes don't take curl well, you can gently warm up the curler with a short blast of air from your blow dryer.

Try:
Tweezerman ProCurl Eyelash Curler $20
Conair Ion Shine 1875 Watt Hair Dryer $19.99


Add Length 3 of 10
Long lashes will help open up your eye area. Rather than concentrating on adding volume, reach for a lengthening mascara.

Even if your lashes aren't really long, you can create the illusion of length by using a fiber mascara, which uses nylon fibers to truly add a few millimeters to your lashes!

When applying the mascara, putting the emphasis on the center of your eyes, rather than the outer corners will also open up your eyes more.

Try:
Too Faced Better Than False Lashes Mascara $35


Eye-Opening Liner 4 of 10
"An easy trick for those with small eyes is to line the inner rim of your eye with a white or nude colored pencil. This will help to open up your eyes and make them look big. The NYX Wonder Pencil is a great nude option or the NYX Jumbo Pencil in Milk is a great option for a white color."
Meghana Prasad

Try:
NYX Wonder Pencil $4.50
NYX Jumbo Eye Pencil in Milk $4.50


Smudge The Bottom 5 of 10
Reach for a pencil eye shadow brush and apply a mid to dark tone shadow closely under your lower lashes.

Unlike a black liner in your lower lash line, this lighter wash of color will open your eye while still adding emphasis to the lower lash line.

Try:
Urban Decay Eye Shadow in Bust $18
Sephora Pro Smudge Brush #11 $18


Reach for Navy or Blue 6 of 10
If you chose to line your upper lash line, use a dark blue or navy liner instead of black.

The blue tone will make your eyes look white and brighter. It also helps to keep the line tightly into your lash line, rather than using a thick line on your upper lid.

Try:
Smashbox Always Sharp Waterproof Kôhl Liner in French Navy $20
L'Oreal Paris Infallible Never Fail Eyeliner in Navy $7.16


Push Up Your Crease 7 of 10
"To make small eyes appear larger apply a light or medium color from lash line to crease. Use a medium to deep color slightly above your natural crease and blend it upward towards your brow bone going back and forth like a windshield wiper."
Karol Young Moses, blogs at Add Lip Gloss and Stir


Inner Corner Highlight 8 of 10
A little bit of lighter shadow in the inner corner of your lid can make a big difference in opening up your eyes.

How you highlight here is up to you, this trick works with a little shimmer shadow in the corner or just a light liner on your inner rim.

Try:
L'Oreal Paris Colour Riche Shadow in Absolute Taupe $9.99


Shade the Outer V 9 of 10
"By far my number one trick is to use a dark, matte shadow at the outer corner of your eye, also called the outer "v" of your eye to contour the shape of your eyes and give the illusion of a larger eye," says Sheila Arkee.

Image Courtesy Of Painted Ladies

Brow Lift 10 of 10
The final step for opening up your eyes isn't even for your eyes, it's for your brows!

Filling in your brows, and highlighting under and above them, will create the illusion of a brow lift. This really opens up your eyes!

Try:
IT Cosmetics Your Brows But Better Brow Power Skinny Pencil $24
Too Faced Instant Attitude Brow Lift $20


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