There are makeup hacks for everything — hacks to make a perfect Cupid’s bow, hacks to shape your eyebrows differently and even hacks to make your eyes look bigger and brighter. That last makeup trick, however, is a bit harder to master than others. Maybe it’s because you go a little crazy with the eyeliner, or maybe you applied too much dark, smoldering shadow. Ahead, we rounded up seven makeup mistakes that are making your eyes look smaller — and how to fix them.
Eye Makeup Mistake #1: Lining Your Waterline With Black Eyeliner
Eyeliner can make your eyes look bigger or smaller, depending on how you wear it. Rimming your eyes in inky black liner makes them look tiny. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner like the IT Cosmetics No-Tug Waterproof Anti-Aging Gel Eyeliner. A light color opens your eyes up, making them look rounder and larger. If you do want to use black, don’t line the inner rims of your eyes. Draw a light line right above the lashes, working the product into the lash line.
Eye Makeup Mistake #2: Wearing Too Many False Lashes
This almost seems impossible, right? Unfortunately, it’s not. If you’re a faux lash queen, going overboard with the extensions or stacking strips can make your lids appear heavy. Every once in a while, opt for a natural, wispy set for a bright-eyed look. You can even use single eyelashes for a customized effect.
Eye Makeup Mistake #3: Skipping Mascara If Your Eyelashes Are Sparse
Sadly, we weren’t all blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side (or both!), your makeup mistake may be not coating them in a lengthening mascara. We like IT Cosmetics Lash Blowout Mascara. A couple coats of this magical stuff and your eyes will instantly look more open.
Eye Makeup Mistake #4: Not Curling Your Eyelashes
You may never be one to forget to apply mascara, but did you curl your lashes first? If not, you’re missing out. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.
Eye Makeup Mistake #5: Applying the Wrong Smoky Eye for Your Eye Shape
Landing the perfect smoky eye takes skill, practice and an endless amount of patience. For some eye shapes (like hooded or deep set), applying dark shadow all over can actually accentuate your top lid and make it look sunken or heavy. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic. Here’s how to master the perfect smoky eye look for your eye shape.
Eye Makeup Mistake #6: Applying the Wrong Eyeliner for Your Eye Shape
On that note, the way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. If it’s too thick, has too big of a wing or goes all around your eye, it can make them look smaller, as well. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes. Get it right with this eyeliner tutorial for your eye shape.
Eye Makeup Mistake #7: Not Wearing Concealer When You Have Dark Circles
Darkness around your eyes from lack of sleep, stress or genetics can detract from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one: Reach for concealer. A concealer like Maybelline New York Super Stay Full Coverage Under-Eye Concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and hide dark circles.