Let’s be real: faking bigger eyes is a covetable makeup trick that just about every guru wants to master. While we can’t promise a magical doe-eyes at the drop of a hat, 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). Ahead, find 10 quick, easy looks that use eyeliner and a tinge of mascara to get those rounder, enviable eyes.

THE PREP

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 four steps to get your eyes ready to look their best.

1. Dab on lightweight eye cream to hydrate. Focus only on the area under the eyes, not lids (as this will cause makeup to smear). The cream should absorb quickly and leave your skin feeling smooth but not greasy. Try Lancôme Rénergie Lift Multi-Action Lifting And Firming Eye Cream.

2. Apply a color corrector to neutralize dark circles. Pick an orange-based corrector and apply with a small brush. Make sure to go up to the lashline, as well as the inner corner of the eye to lighten the dark area by the nose. Let the color sit on your skin instead of blending in. Try L'Oréal Paris Infallible Total Cover Color Correcting Kit.

3. Pat concealer directly on top of the corrector. This will virtually erase any darkness and create a smooth, clean palette for your eye makeup.  Use your ring finger to blend the concealer carefully. We recommend the Maybelline New York FaceStudio Master Camo Color Correcting Kit for this step.

4. Keep concealer from sliding away throughout the day with powder.  Choose a translucent powder, like the L'Oréal Paris Hydra Perfecte Loose Powder and lightly dust it all over the face.

THE EYE LOOKS

Shimmery Bright

Peachy Keen

Less Liner

Tip: Skip this if you have round eyes, which look best when the top lash line is darker and thicker.

Upturned Ends

Halfway Haute

Bright Lights

Lighten Up

Tip: This look works on smaller eyes only if you add dark liner to the upper lashline. Otherwise, it doesn’t create enough depth to make eyes appear larger.

New Neutrals

Not-so-Cat’s-Eye

Tip: If your eyes are downturned, add in the upward flick at the end to make them look lifted.

Two-Tone Liner

 

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger

Step 1: Do not use black liner on your waterline. This will visually shrink your eye shape.

Step 2: Do not wear dark, matte shadow. Flat and dark colors on the lids will make your eyes recede.

Step 3: Don’t go overboard with your false lashes. Too much of a good thing can be...too much. Heavy lashes on the upper lash line weigh down the eye make it look like it’s closing.

Step 4: Never skip your undereye concealer. Dark circles obviously make you look more tired, but they also make eyes look smaller.

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