Today, I’m going to use eyeliner for a look that makes my eyes look smaller and squintier… said no one ever. And there’s very good reason for that (beyond the obvious). There's a boatload of research that tells us why subconsciously (and not so subconsciously) we strive to make our eyes look bigger and brighter. Seeing a set of large peepers that seem to take up most of our face immediately registers a vulnerable, youthful, Bambi-like innocence that has scientifically been proven to be one of the features that endears and bonds parents to their babies. Think about every Disney princess you’ve ever seen: An entire empire built on fluttery lashes and huge saucer-like eyes.
While we can’t promise you your own kingdom, we can give you some easy, fool-proof ways to make your own eyes bigger and brighter using only eyeliner and mascara (no shadow necessary). Here, makeup artist Pamela Jordan gives us 10 quick, easy looks that use eyeliner to get enviable eyes.
All the eyeliner advice in the world won’t make a bit of difference if you’re starting out on a canvas of dark circles and uneven skin tone. Make sure to follow these 4 steps to get your eyes ready to look their best.
Curl lashes and apply mascara to top lashes only, concentrating on outer third to create lift.
Line the upper lashline from the center of the eye outward, extending the line just slightly past the corner of your eye (but without drawing upwards at the end, like a traditional cat’s eye). This gives the illusion of wider, almond-shaped eyes.
About the Author:Karina Giglio is a lifestyle, beauty and health writer whose work has appeared in numerous national publications including Women’s Health, Washingtonian, Ladies Home Journal, OK!, Allure, Fitness, Marie Claire, Bride’s and The New York Post. She was a regular contributor to makeup.com, and her articles and blog posts can be found on prevention.com, dailyglow.com, yahoo.com and huffingtonpost.com. Karina has worked onstaff at Cosmopolitan and YM, as well as being part of the original Sephora.com launch team