7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Eyes Look Smaller

September 02, 2020
Jessica Harrington
By: Jessica Harrington | Makeup.com by L'Oréal
7 Makeup Mistakes That Make Eyes Look Smaller

There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to create a perfect Cupid's bow, hacks to reshape your eyebrows and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. If you’re having trouble mastering that last one, there are a number of reasons that could be to blame. Maybe you go overboard with eyeliner, or maybe you apply too much smoldering eyeshadow. All of these contribute to the appearance of small eyes. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and explain how to fix them. 

Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner

Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you apply it and what shade you choose. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tinier than they actually are. Instead, make your eyes look wide awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the L’Oréal Paris Pro Last Liner in Nude. A light color opens up your eyes, making them look larger. You can certainly use black eyeliner, just avoid lining the inner rims of your eyes. 

Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes

This almost seems impossible, right? Well, if you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking on strips can make your lids appear heavy. For a bright-eyed look, opt for a natural, wispy set. You can even use single fake eyelashes for a customized effect.

Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse

Sadly, we’re not all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. A couple of coats of this magical stuff can transform the appearance of your eyes. We love the Urban Decay Lash Freak Mascara and the IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Volumizing Mascara.


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Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes

You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but do you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. A good curl before every mascara application really opens up the eyes.

Mistake #5: Applying a Smoky Eye the Wrong Way for Your Eye Shape

Creating the perfect smoky-eye look takes skill, practice and lots of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.

Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape

In that same vein, you should also consider your eye shape when you apply eyeliner. If your liner is too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can minimize the appearance of your eyes. You want your liner to lift and make the eyes pop. Get it right with these eyeliner tips for every eye shape.

Mistake #7: Skipping Concealer When You Have Dark Circles

Darkness under your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: concealer. A formula like the L’Oréal Paris True Match Eye Cream in a Concealer instantly brightens up the eye area and neutralizes dark circles.
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