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10 Ways to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

July 6, 2012


From erasing dark circles to lengthening wimpy lashes, we got the scoop from top-tier beauty pro's on how to troubleshoot tired eyes.


#1. Lash Out

"To get your longest-looking lashes, start by taking the tip of the mascara wand and apply formula directly to the ends of your lashes in an upwards direction," advises Madonna's go-to makeup maven, Gina Brooke. "For thickness, wait a few seconds, and continue to apply mascara to the base of the lashes using quick right-to-left strokes. This all works to coat the lashes as much as possible."


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#2. Twin Peaks

"Using two different eye shadow shades from the same color family creates instant dimension on your lids," explains celebrity makeup artist Jake Bailey. "I did this for Katy Perry when she attended the Smurf's premiere, and the effect was dazzling."




#3. Follow the Crease


"To get the most out of the natural contour of your eye, only apply liner as far as your crease extends," explains celebrity makeup artist, Joanna Schlip (Eva Longoria and Jessica Simpson are among her many clients).


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#4. Swoop for Coverage


"After you apply concealer to your under-eye area, use a makeup sponge to lightly buff out any globs. To prevent distracting streaks, you should blend all the way out to your temples to catch any lingering foundation traces," Bailey adds.


#5. Go Ombre

"A great eye-opening trick is to apply a light color eye shadow on the base of your eyelid and a darker color at the crease. This adds dimension to you face," Willer tells us.


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#6. Outsource

"Don't be afraid to try false eyelashes," recommends Lucero. "There's a reason why they're so popular."


#7. Warm Shades


"For more impact, sweep warm-colored eye shadow shades along your lower lashes," notes Brooke. "This draws attention to the whole contour of your eye."



#8. Dot the Line


"After you apply mascara, dot liquid eyeliner between your lashes to fill in any sparse spots. This will also help to elongate the line of your eyes," Martin adds.


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#9. Stick to Liquids


"Use liquid concealers instead of cream-based ones to cover your under-eye area," Bailey says. "They won't settle into lines and creases like thicker, opaque formulas."


#10. Get Pouty

"Wearing a bright lip color with no mascara or shadows on your eye can also make your eyes look bigger," Martin notes. "Just be sure to cancel out any uneven tones around the eye first with color-correcting concealer."


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Reprinted with permission of Hearst Communications, Inc.



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