Wednesday, January 29, 2014

The beauty of makeup is that it can be used in a number of ways to play up your features, create illusions and add extra oomph where needed.  In the pictures above, I've done a few key things that make my eye appear either smaller or larger- simply with the placement, color and location of  my makeup. All eye shapes are beautiful and whether small or larger, your eyes are the windows to your soul. If you want to play up your eyes and make them bigger and brighter, take a look at these do's and donts!

  • Use light colors all over the lid. 
  • Create a soft crease with diffused colors.
  • Line your water line with a flesh toned or white pencil.
  • Highlight your brow bone and tear duct area.
  • Curl your eyelashes.
  • Line your upper lashes 2/3's of the way in.
  • Softly define the lower lash line.
  • Fill in your eyebrows as arched (but natural) as possible.

  • Pack on dark shadows
  • Keep the color all on your lid.
  • Use a dark pencil in your water line.
  • Line your upper lashline all the way to your tear duct. 
  • Use harsh and dark shadow or pencil on the lower lash line.
  • Fill in your eyebrows straight across.
Just remember that the darker the eye makeup, the more likely it is to shrink your eyes. If your goal is to have the doe eye'd look, keep things light and lifted!


Heres a step by step of what I did to create the bigger, brighter eye look!

 1. Prime your eye with your primer of choice.

2. Highlight your brow bone and tear duct with a shadow 2-3 shades lighter then your skin tone.

 3. Apply a shimmery, light shadow all over the lid.

 4. Define the crease by applying medium toned shadow, and blend thoroughly.

5. Use a dark shadow to create a soft, winged eyeliner. Only apply the liner to the outer 2/3's of your eye.

 6.  Use a skin toned eyeliner pencil in your waterline. Apply the same mid toned shadow that was used in the crease on the lower lash line.

7.  Curl your lashes and apply plenty of mascara!

To add extra drama to this look, you can apply the dark shadow used for eyeliner in your crease. Smoke it out by blending it in the outer 'V' of your eye.

Products used:

Maybelline 24hr Tattoo cream eyeshadow in "Nude Pink"
Urban Decay Naked 3 palette
NYX Wonder Pencil in "Light"
Jordana Best Lash Extreme Mascara in Black

Avon Glimmerstick Brow definer in "Blonde"
NYX Eyebrow Cake Powder in "Blonde"

Covergirl Outlast Stay Fabulous 3-1 Foundation in "Ivory"

Revlon Photoready Concealer in "Light"

Maybelline Mineral Power Concealer in "Fair"

Elf High Definition Powder

NYX Blush in " Taupe"

NYX Cream Rouge in "Natural"

Revlon Matte Blush in "Perfectly Peach"

Physicians Formula Pearl Highlighter
NYX Round lipstick in B56


  1. Thank u Katie. I'm wondering, where is waterline? Also, should we only place eyeliner outer 2/3 of lid?

    1. You're welcome! A great explanation of the waterline can be found at . Essentially, its the inner rim of your bottom eyelid. Using a light pencil on that inner rim can take away redness and open your eye up by creating the illusion that the white of your eye is larger then it actually is.
      Depending on the look you're going for, only lining the outer 2/3 of your top lid can help create an open and wider set eye shape. Using an angled liner brush will really help with this- because it allows you to concentrate the liner where you want it!