How to Make Eyes Look Bigger

Three Methods:Using MakeupEyebrow and Eyelash SolutionsTreating Eye Problems

There's nothing like having a big pair of beautiful sparkling eyes. Unfortunately, nature does not always cooperate, leaving us with eyes that fall short of our ideal. If you'd like to make your eyes look bigger, there are several ways to go about doing that, and not all of them involve makeup!

Method 1
Using Makeup

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    Don't apply eyeliner all the way around your eyes. Doing so will cause your eyes to look smaller, as they will appear fenced or ringed in by the circle line. This also means avoiding the smoky eye look). This is not necessarily a bad thing––small eyes can still look mysterious and dramatic, but if you're looking for a bigger eye effect, that's not the effect that you want.
    • When you apply eyeliner on your lower lashes, do it just below the lash line, not inside the rim. In particular, don't let the line come all the way to the inner corner of your eye.[1]
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    • You might also want to line your wet line with white or other light color. It makes eyes look noticeably bigger, but be careful, as overdoing it will look awkward.
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    Extend the eyeliner beyond the outer corners of your eyes. This line should move upwards a little as well, mimicking a very long eyelash. This technique will make your eyes appear wider, but is a tricky technique to do well. If the eyeliner isn't applied symmetrically, it can make your eyes look lopsided, so try doing this with a mirror or ask a friend to help initially.[2]
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    Add white eyeshadow or eyeliner to the inner corner of your eyes. This technique helps to bring more light into your eyes and produces the effect of larger-looking eyes. Use soft white though; a harsh white will look theatrical. You can also use the white liner on your lower waterline, which extends the white part of your eye.

Method 2
Eyebrow and Eyelash Solutions

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    Groom your eyebrows. In much the same way a picture frame affects the way the picture looks, your eyebrows affect the way your eyes look. The simple act of removing stray hairs can make your eyes more noticeable. However, don't make the mistake of assuming that the thinner your eyebrows, the bigger your eyes will look. Read How to Shape Eyebrows for more advice.
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    Shape your eyes. Apply white eyeliner to your waterline, or apply black eyeliner from the outer corner to the middle, not the whole way.
    • Curl your lashes.
    • Apply lighter eye shadows like cream, beige, white etc.
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    • Apply a thin line of eyeliner on the top of your eyelid and wing it out.
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Method 3
Treating Eye Problems

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    Reduce any puffiness in your eyes. Swelling in the skin on and around your eyes can make them look smaller. Try these steps to reduce puffiness:
    • Get plenty of sleep.
    • Wash your face with cool water.
    • Place cold, used teabags over your eyes. The tannins in the tea act as an astringent, tightening the skin.
    • Reduce your salt intake. Too much salt leads to water retention, which leads to eye puffiness.
    • Exercise to increase circulation, which in turn reduces water retention.
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    Get rid of dark circles under your eyes. This won't necessarily make your eyes look bigger, but dark circles will detract from even the biggest, most beautiful eyes.
    • Stay healthy. This means getting plenty of sleep, eating a balanced, healthy diet and minimizing the intake of salt in your diet.
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    Try applying cold spoons. Before you go to bed, place two spoons in the freezer overnight. Wake up, rub the sleep out of your eyes, and place the two spoons over each of your eyes for about 1 minute. This method helps your eyes to appear bigger and brighter throughout the day. ( Plus, it helps to reduce the appearance of under-eye circles.)[citation needed]
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  • There are many makeup tutorials available online that show in-depth visual examples of how to make your eyes appear bigger.
  • There is no scientific evidence to suggest that putting a little bit of olive oil on your eyelashes will help them grow. While it will certainly provide them with a bit more sheen, which will help them look bigger, it won't stimulate growth in the follicle itself.
  • If you don't have a white eye liner you can get black and go halfway don't go all the way that will make your eyes smaller.
  • Circle contacts, which are not commonly sold in stores in America, but are in some Asian countries, are contacts that give your iris the appearance of being larger. This distorts the ratio of your eye to your iris, often giving the effect of bigger looking eyes. There are many websites that will ship them out of Asia.
  • If you chose to open your eyes wider than natural, try to get your eye brows to raise up slightly to make the proportion correct but going too far will make you look surprised so be careful.
  • If you don't have an eyelash curler then try using hot spoons from under hot water and run them gently against your lashes. Then when you have your desired curl, hold the spoon at the end to keep it in place. Add mascara and blow dry it on the warm setting to seal it for good!


  • Do not just open your eyes fully because this will make you look permanently surprised.
  • If you do choose to open your eyes wide, make sure your nostrils do not flare as well.

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