How to apply eye makeup to small eyes

Written by christine wans | 13/05/2017
How to apply eye makeup to small eyes
Groomed brows also help eyes look larger (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

When applying make-up to small eyes, there are some special tips to include to avoid making eyes appear even smaller. Since the size of eyes will not change, using make-up to enhance them is a great solution. Some common mistakes will make small eyes look even smaller. Avoid make-up errors by learning how to enhance the eye. A few easy steps to any make-up routine can dramatically change a woman's face, including her eyes.

Apply a base layer of eye shadow primer to the entire eyelid up to the eyebrow. This will prepare the eyelid for applying eye shadow and create a smooth area to work on. A primer also keeps eye shadow from creasing in the fine lines of small eyes. Creasing of eye shadow will look messy and darken eye shadow.

Spread a light colour eye shadow across the entire eyelid. A good choice of eye shadow colour for small eyes is a light ivory or silver. Avoid any eye shadow that is called frost. A bit of shimmer is OK, but a heavy frost will make eyes appear heavy and overdone. Dark eye shadows will only make eyes look dark and smaller.

Line eyes with a liner that is a deeper colour of the eye shadow used. Do not line the entire eye. Apply a thin line to the outer edges of eyelids, darkening the corners of eye. An eyeliner that is too thick or too dark will make eyes look tiny.

Sweep a small amount of a light shade of eye shadow on the brow bone. This is the area right underneath the outer half of eyebrow. A good colour to use is anything with just a small amount of shimmer. This highlights the entire eye and eyelid, creating a bright larger-looking eye. Try choosing a shadow that is a shimmery version of your natural skin colour.

How to apply eye makeup to small eyes
Eyelash curlers are sold at many drugstores and are often inexpensive (BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

Curl upper eyelashes. Use an eyelash curler and curl top eyelashes. After curling, apply mascara to top lashes. Cover only upper lashes with two coats of a dark brown mascara. This will pull lashes away from the centre of the eye and allow the white part of the eye to be more visible.

Tips

  • Neutral shades of eye make-up are best for small eyes. Use caution when curling eyelashes to avoid pinching side of eyes or breaking lashes

Warnings

  • Do not curl lower eyelashes

Tips and Warnings

  • Neutral shades of eye make-up are best for small eyes.
  • Use caution when curling eyelashes to avoid pinching side of eyes or breaking lashes
  • Do not curl lower eyelashes

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