How to Apply Eyeliner on Small Eyes

Updated April 17, 2017

Eyeliner is used to define your eyes and make them stand out. People with large eyes usually have no problem applying it. No matter how heavily or lightly they put on the eyeliner, it always defines and accentuates. If you have smaller eyes, however, you face special challenges. Too much eyeliner (or even not enough) can make your eyes look smaller then they actually are. If you have small eyes and want to wear eyeliner to its best effect, there are certain methods of application you should adhere to.

Cleanse your face. Follow up by applying your favourite toner. Finish by applying moisturiser to your face.

Once your moisturiser has adequately absorbed, apply your foundation. Follow up with concealer on the areas that need a little extra help. Set your make-up with face powder.

Pick two colours of eye shadow. I's important to do a wash over your entire eyelid, and to also contour your eye. Apply the wash onto your eyelids. Apply the darker colour in the crease. This will open up your eyes and make them appear larger.

Sharpen your eyeliner. A dull pencil will make lining more difficult, and will also create an unwanted thicker line. If the pencil is too sharp, you can dull it by pressing it against a hard surface

Carefully line your top eyelid. Stay as close to the lash line as you can, to prevent the eyeliner from looking too thick. Then line the bottom of your eyes-- but rather than lining the entire area, only do the outer half.

If your eyeliner is too thick on top, use the smudge brush to soften it. And always smudge the eyeliner on your bottom lid. Smudge the liner toward the centre of your eye. This will create a darker colour on the outside of your eye and a softly smudged colour toward the inside.

If you aren’t satisfied with how your eyes look, you can use white eyeliner to open up your eyes. Line the inside of your water line. This will brighten up your eye area, giving the illusion that your eye is bigger than it is. Follow up with a coat of mascara.


Use a blending brush to blend the two eyeshadows together. You want the contouring to be definitive but not too harsh.

Always dull your white eyeliner by pressing it against a hard surface. This will reduce the possibility of irritation.

Things You'll Need

  • Cleanser
  • Moisturizer
  • Concealer
  • Foundation
  • Powder
  • Concealer
  • Dark eyeliner
  • White eyeliner
  • Eye shadow
  • Smudge brush
  • Makeup-pencil sharpener
  • Mascara
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