Make-Up Moves: Making Small Eyes Appear Big and Big Eyes Appear Small

By Torrey, Make-up Maven

December 18, 2013

An easy way to create the appearance of a differently shaped eye is to play with different shades of eyeliner on your waterline.

Now, where’s your waterline? A while back we did a post on the different parts of the eyes, seen here.  Basically, the waterline is the small strip of skin directly above your lower lash line. It’s a pinkish, tissue looking, part of the eye. Some products are not safe in this area of the eye, so please use caution with your products. Only use what is recommended for this part of the eye, as it is very sensitive.

To make your eyes “pop” or seem larger, using a white, off white, or light beige type of color will accomplish this. This will “open” your eyes, making them appear brighter and bigger. You want to use a shade that is complimentary to your skin color. Those with fair/light skin should opt for white. Those with medium/deep skin should opt for an off white or beige shade. This will keep your look from being too stark and unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for).

To create a more sultry look, or to make your eyes appear smaller, use a dark/black color on the waterline. This will cause a more “closed” effect, making your eyes appear smaller and much more sultry.

Visit our Shutterfly Gallery to see pictures that show the difference between eyes that “pop” and a sultrier look.

SHUTTERFLY GALLERY

You can also play with different colors, like pink, purple, green, in the waterline for a very bold and playful look.

I have pretty big eyes, they don’t bulge, but they’re big, so I usually opt for a darker color in the waterline in order to close them up a little.

If you notice, using the white/off-white color in the waterline creates continuity which causes your eyes to look bigger. It appears as though the sclera (the white part of the eyeball) is extended.

When using a darker/black color in the waterline, it creates a barrier which further pronounces the end of the eyeball, so to speak.

Try using this technique and post your results on Instagram. Remember to tag YCS!

An easy way to create the appearance of a differently shaped eye is to play with different shades of eyeliner on your waterline.

Now, where’s your waterline? A while back we did a post on the different parts of the eyes, seen here.  Basically, the waterline is the small strip of skin directly above your lower lash line. It’s a pinkish, tissue looking, part of the eye. Some products are not safe in this area of the eye, so please use caution with your products. Only use what is recommended for this part of the eye, as it is very sensitive.

To make your eyes “pop” or seem larger, using a white, off white, or light beige type of color will accomplish this. This will “open” your eyes, making them appear brighter and bigger. You want to use a shade that is complimentary to your skin color. Those with fair/light skin should opt for white. Those with medium/deep skin should opt for an off white or beige shade. This will keep your look from being too stark and unnatural (unless that’s the look you’re going for).

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