portrtait of a ebautoful woman with an eye-enlarging makeup and red lip look
Photo: Milad Farhani

Big, beautiful eyes are often seen as a symbol of youth, and innocence. No wonder so many people desire them! But what if you weren't born with those naturally big eyes? Well, fret not! With a little bit of makeup magic, you can easily create the illusion of larger, brighter eyes. And the best part is that you don't need to be a pro to do it!

In this blog post, I will share some simple and effective makeup tips to help you achieve those big, doe-eyed look you've always dreamed of. So don't hesitate to try them! You might be surprised at how easy it is to make your eyes pop.

What Makeup Products You'll Need to Make Your Eye Bigger

Achieving the illusion of bigger eyes through makeup is an art that combines strategic product choices, precise application methods, and an understanding of light and shadow. Of course, all of this sounds quite complicated, but once you go through with the process, you'll be able to crack the secret to a bigger, anime-like eye in no time!

And with the availability of wholesale cosmetics for every taste and budget, you'll be able to try out different makeup products textures, and finishes, picking the ones that work the best with your eye shape and skin. Here are a few products you'll want to have for starters:

  • Eye Primer: Ensure your eye makeup stays put and appears vibrant throughout the day.

  • Concealer: Helps to cover any darkness or discoloration around the eyes, creating a clean canvas for eye makeup.

  • Neutral Eyeshadow Palette: Opt for shades like beige, taupe, or soft browns to create depth and dimension on your lids.

  • Eyeliner (Pencil or Gel): A versatile tool to define the eyes; opt for brown or nude shades for a softer, more natural look.

  • Mascara: Choose a lengthening and volumizing formula to open up the eyes and make the lashes appear fuller.

  • False Lashes (Optional): For those seeking a more dramatic effect, false lashes can significantly amplify the appearance of larger eyes.

  • Highlighter or Shimmer Eyeshadow: Light-reflecting products help in creating the illusion of larger, more awake eyes.

  • Eyebrow Pencil or Powder: Well-groomed eyebrows can frame the eyes and complement the overall look.

collage with all the essential makeup products for eye-enlarging makeup look

How to Make Your Eyes Look Bigger With Makeup?

Okay, now that we have all our essential makeup products and brushes ready, it is time to move on to an actual tutorial. Make sure to prepare your skin for the makeup, as we want our foundation to look as smooth and flawless as possible. Professional makeup artist Lennie Billy recommends implementing de-puffing eye creams and masks to help with the appearance of dark under-eye circles. This is a very crucial step that will help you to get a bigger eye look.

#1. Prep is Key: The Canvas Matters

Before diving into pigments and brushes, let's prime the canvas. Getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and applying a good eye cream will reduce puffiness and dark circles, making your eyes appear naturally brighter and bigger. Concealer is your best friend here – choose a shade slightly lighter than your skin tone and tap it gently under your eyes, blending seamlessly.

#2. Lighten Up: Let There Be Brightness

Embrace the power of light! Shimmery, light-reflecting eyeshadows are your allies in creating the illusion of bigger eyes. Opt for champagne, ivory, or pale pink shades and sweep them across your lids, extending slightly upwards towards your brow bone. This opens up the eye area and adds a touch of sparkle.

close-up of a woman's blue eye with enlarging makeup look and pearls

#3. Define and Lift: The Art of Eyeliner

Eyeliner can be your friend or foe when it comes to eye size. Ditch the thick black liner that can shrink your peepers. Instead, embrace thin lines and strategic placement. Focus on the outer third of your upper lash line, drawing a delicate line that flicks upwards in a subtle wing for an elongated effect. Remember, less is more!

#4. Lash Love: Flutter and Amplify

Lashes are the crowning glory of any eye look. Give yours some TLC with an eyelash curler to lift and separate them. Then, apply mascara, focusing on the outer lashes for a widening effect. For extra oomph, consider wispy falsies placed at the corners of your eyes.

Celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony also recommends concentrating on the lower lash line. She also suggests going for waterproof mascara: "Waterproof mascara is best for avoiding any makeup transferring onto your skin." Pick a colorful lash-defining mascara that will separate every and each lower lash, making them pop.

#5. Inner Glow: The Finishing Touches

Don't forget the inner corners! A touch of shimmery highlighter or white eyeliner here instantly brightens and widens your eyes, making them appear more awake and alert. Finish with a touch of brow pencil to define your arches, framing your eyes beautifully.

Let's wrap up...

With these simple tips and tricks, you'll be well on your way to achieving those big, beautiful anime eyes you've always dreamed of. Remember, makeup is a tool for self-expression, so embrace your unique features and have fun creating looks that make you feel confident and radiant!