Makeup Tips To Make Small Eyes Look Bigger Using An Eyeliner

That absolutely gorgeous doe-eyed look is easier to achieve than you thought!

Reviewed by Nyssa GreenNyssa Green, Makeup Artist
By Jyotsana RaoJyotsana Rao  • 

If you are searching for how to make small eyes look bigger with eyeliner, your search ends here. We agree that eyes are not only the window to the soul but also the key to ensure a perfect makeup look. Well-defined eyes can accentuate your facial features, even while wearing minimal makeup. Some are blessed with big doe eyes, while others depend on makeup to get the desired look. If you are someone with smaller eyes, worry not, because you can get brighter and bigger eyes too. If you have an eyeliner (gel, pencil, or liquid), read this article to know how you can use it to enhance your eyes and make them look wider. Swipe up!

How To Apply Eyeliner To Make Eyes Look Bigger? – Tutorial

Before I start with the tutorial, I would like to tell you that the basic trick applied here is to create a thin line at the inner corners and thicker at the outer corners. This helps define your eyes, making them look bigger than they actually are.

Things You Will Need

  • Concealer
  • Eye Primer
  • Eyeliner (Pencil/Gel/Liquid)
  • Eyeliner Brush
  • Eyelash Curler
  • Mascara

Step By Step Tutorial

Now, let’s begin with the tutorial.

Step 1: Moisturize Your Eyes

Start with moisturized eyes and well-groomed eyebrows. You may use a concealer and/or compact to hide your dark circles. to emphasize your look. I haven’t used any in these pictures, thanks to the early sleeping habit that I am keeping up to since the past few days.

Step 2: Apply Eye Primer

Apply an eye primer. This is an optional step. I prefer applying this because I have oily lids and this increases the longevity of the eye liner/eye shadow and prevents early creasing.

Step 3: Blend In Primer

Blend in the primer nicely. This particular eye primer from Makeup Academy looks almost transparent after blending in.

Step 4: Create An Arc With Eyeliner

Take the eyeliner and create a rough line of the thickness you want. I have used the Maybelline Gel eye liner and created an arc-shaped line with the thin eyeliner brush.

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Choose an eyeliner color based on your skin tone. A dark color may make your eyes appear smaller than they actually are. A medium shade of brown will be a good option if you want to keep it subtle.

Step 5: Fill The Space

Take the same thin tip eyeliner brush to fill the space you have created. I am not taking a thick brush because I want the line to be very precise and thin at the inner corners.

Step 6: Thicken The Eyeliner In The Outer Corner

Now, in the above step, you can see that the outer corner is not so thick as compared to the inner corner. In fact, it is more of an arc-shaped line that we have formed. So, I took a thick eye liner brush and increased the thickness of the eyeliner in the outer corner, to highlight the makeup.

The thin brush used here is the Basic care lip liner brush; I use it for applying eye liner to small eyes. The thicker brush I have used here is from Faces.

Step 7: Apply Eyeliner On Lower Lashline

Keeping the same brush, apply the eyeliner inwards on the lower lash line, starting from where the liner ends on the outer end of the upper lash line to form a ‘V’ kind of shape.

You don’t have to do much to beautify your eyes. You do not have to extend the liner on the upper lash line since we don’t want to have a dramatic eye look; just give a stroke on the lower side forming a ‘V’ pattern. This makes your eye makeup pop!

Step 8: Stop At Some Point

Follow the same eyeliner line, keeping in mind that you do not have to thicken it at the inner corner of the eye. If you notice, I have kept the tear duct area almost bare. I have not extended it on the lower lash line because it looks very dramatic on me in that case. I have used pencil eyeliner instead of the gel one for this step as I am more comfortable with that. It helps brighten the eyes and create a more open effect. I have used the Lakme Absolute Ultimate Kajal eyeliner.

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You may also apply a flesh-toned eyeliner on the lower lash line to make your eyes look bigger. It can also help neutralize any redness of the skin around the eye.

Step 9: Curl And Apply Mascara

Nothing more; just curl your eye lashes and apply mascara. I have used the Basicare Eye lash Curler and L’Oreal Volume Million Lashes mascara. Nothing can elongate your lashes like a curler. It gives a glamorized and dramatized effect that helps intensify your look. Use a good mascara that lasts long to lengthen your lashes and awaken your eyes.

As you can see in the pictures above, a few skilled eyeliner strokes can make a world of difference. There is no need to feel conscious about your small eyes as it can be easily dealt with using some basic tips. If you are a beginner, it might feel tricky at first since you need your hands to be stable, but it will soon become easy with enough practice. Follow these simple tips on how to enlarge small eyes with eyeliner and say goodbye to all your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make my eyes look bigger naturally?

Brush your eyebrows upwards with a dry toothbrush or a spoolie brush. This hack gives a lift to your eyes and frames your face perfectly. You may also curl your eyelashes and apply transparent mascara to widen your eyes.

What color eyeshadow makes eyes bigger?

To make your eyes look bigger, apply white or light color eyeshadow on the inner corners of your eyes and the center of your eyelids. Next, apply brown eyeshadow to the crease of your eyes to make them appear bigger.

Key Takeaways

    • There are numerous tips and tricks that you can use to make your small eyes look bigger.
    • A primer can help increase the longevity of the eyeshadow and eyeliner.
    • An eyeliner helps you create an arc and makes the lashes look lush.
    • In addition, creating a small V shape on the outer corner of the eye makes it look bigger.

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