How to Make Your Eyes Look Good Without Makeup

Two Parts:Making Your Eyes PopCaring for the Skin Around Your Eyes

You don't need tons of make up products to make your eyes stand out. Whether you are not allowed to wear makeup, have sensitive skin, or just prefer to go au naturale, this article will show you how to make your eyes look bright and beautiful without makeup.

Part 1
Making Your Eyes Pop

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    Curl your lashes. Even if you are wearing makeup, most makeup artists agree curling your lashes is a must, because it makes your eyes look larger and more awake.[1] Use an eyelash curler to first curl along the very base of your lashes (squeezing for 10 seconds), then the middle of your lashes and the ends. This will give your lashes a natural curl instead of just bending them up at one harsh angle.[2] If an eyelash curler is out of the question, there are other ways to make your lashes stand out.
    • Blow on the ends of your fingertips to warm them up, then gently press your lashes up. Hold for ten seconds, and repeat if necessary.[3]
    • Heat a spoon in a mug of warm water, then hold the edge of the spoon along the root of your eyelashes. The curved side of the spoon (the side that holds soup or cereal) should be facing out, away from you. Use your fingers to gently push your lashes up and against the edge of the spoon.[4]
    • Use a clean toothbrush to brush your lashes upward. Run the bristles under hot water to warm up the brush, wiping off excess moisture on a towel. Then brush the bristles up through your lashes, a starting near the root, and holding at the tips for ten seconds.[5]
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    Wear colors that make your eyes pop. Figure out what shades really highlight your eye color and buy shirts and scarves in those colors. Think about what color you are wearing when people compliment your eyes, or try holding up a bunch of different colored fabrics to your eyes and have a friend tell you which ones look best.
    • Blue eyes should start out with black and different shades of blue (darker blues will make your eyes look a deeper blue, lighter blues will lighten), purple, pinks, and light green.[6]
    • Brown eyes should start with oranges and red (or combinations like peach), shades of light brown, bold blues, lavender, gold, and moss green.[7]
    • Green eyes should try any shade of purple or green, black, navy, pale yellow, and deep browns.[8]
    • Hazel eyes should try black, navy, and other dark neutrals, orange, burgundy, and lavender.[9]
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    Keep your eyebrows on point. Your eyebrows frame your face and bring balance to your features. Stick with a strong, natural looking brow over over-plucked, pencil-thin lines. If you can have a professional salon shape your brows they will give you a template for how they should look and then you can do maintenance with a tweezer.[10]
    • Avoid waxing your brows, as the process damages the extremely sensitive skin around your eyes. Try plucking or threading instead.[11]
    • If you aren't allowed to tweeze your eyebrows, use a toothbrush to brush the hairs upwards slightly. This trick will make your eyes look bigger.[12]
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    Use eyedrops if your eyes are bloodshot or tired-looking. A few squirts from hydrating eyedrops or eyedrops made to relieve redness will make your eyes look clear and awake.[13]
    • You can also use eyedrops to de-puff the skin around your eyes--just dab the liquid on the skin around your eyes.[14]

Part 2
Caring for the Skin Around Your Eyes

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    Get a good night's sleep to minimize puffiness and dark circles. The skin around your eyes is extra thin, which means it is extremely sensitive and will show the effects of a sleepless night. Lack of sleep can affect your circulatory system, making the blood vessels more visible through the paper-thin skin under your eyes.[15]
    • Sleep with your head propped up on two pillows, allowing the skin under your eyes to drain while you sleep and prevent puffiness.[16]
    • Dark circles can also result from allergies, genetics, or bone structure.[17]
    • To lessen puffiness, try sleeping propped up on two pillows, which can help drain excess fluid from your face overnight.[18]
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    Massage the skin around your eyes to encourage drainage and reduce puffiness. Swollen-looking eyes are usually a result of excess fluid under the eyes. Gently massaging the skin around your eyes can help move the fluid out of your face and into larger lymph nodes where it can be processed efficiently.
    • Gently tap and massage the skin around your eyes, using your ring finger (this is the weakest finger and will make sure you don't press or pull too hard). Work your way around your eye in a circle, starting at the outside corner, going down under your eye, and then over along the brow bone.[19]
    • Learn more extensive techniques for a full facial massage.
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    Invest in a good eye cream. You may need to experiment with a few different eye creams to find the right one, but you ultimately want something that is moisturizing and contains vitamin E. Beware of eye creams that are too rich, greasy, or waxy, as these can trap dead skin cells and lead to tiny white bumps, or milia, around your eyes.[20]
    • Look for creams that de-puff your skin (caffeine can help reduce puffiness) or contain gentle exfoliants.[21]
    • Older women should look for creams that reduce wrinkles and firm the skin around your eyes, which can begin to droop as you age. A cream that plumps the skin can help the area around your eyes look youthful.[22]
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    Take it easy on the salt. A diet high in salt, MSG, alcohol, or artificial sweeteners can damage the skin around your eyes or cause excessive puffiness.[23] Too much salt can cause your body to retain water and appear bloated. Because the skin around your eyes is so delicate, this puffiness will be even more apparent around your eyes.[24]
    • Cut back on your salt intake to reduce puffiness, especially the day before a special event.[25]
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    Pamper the skin around your eyes with household remedies. It's easy to de-puff and treat the delicate skin around your eyes with items you can find in your kitchen. That cucumbers on the eyes thing you've seen in the movies actually helps refresh the skin around your eyes. Either place two slices of chilled cucumber on your lids, or try plunging your face in a bowl of ice cubes and cucumber slices to brighten and de-puff your eyes.[26]
    • Try steeping two bags of black tea and, after allowing them to cool, place them over your eyes to reduce puffiness.[27]
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    Finished. Now you can go out and have some fun.

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