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Makeup mistakes that minimize your eyes
October 24, 2017, 2:17 pm

You try to make your eyes look bigger and brighter with makeup — yet, you have somehow managed to make them look tired and teeny tiny. Not on purpose, of course. You just went a little crazy with the eyeliner or dark, smoldering shadow and stepped back too late to look at the final result. You thought eyeliner was supposed to make your eyes pop and look beautifully doe-eyed, but it ended up making your eyes look smaller. These are makeup mistakes you should avoid to get the most out of your makeup.

Lining your waterline with black eyeliner:  Black makes your eyes look piercing, but on the other hand, it’s going to make them look squinty — especially if your eyes are already on the smaller side. Instead, make your eyes look wide-awake with a white or nude-colored liner. A light color opens them 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.

Skipping mascara if your lashes are sparse:  Many are not blessed with naturally lush lashes. If yours are a little on the short or sparse side or both, your makeup mistake is not coating your lashes in lengthening mascara. A couple coats of mascara and your peepers will instantly look much, much bigger.

Not curling your eyelashes:  If you forget to curl your lashes first, you’re missing out on statement eyes. You need to prep your eyelashes with a good curl before every mascara application. This really opens up the eyes.

Applying the wrong smoky eye for your eye shape: It takes practice to perfect a smoky eye that is specific to your eye shape.  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. Not the best look. The right smoky eye should make your eyes look big, bold and dramatic.

Applying the wrong eyeliner look for your eye shape:  The way you apply your eyeliner is just as important for your eye shape as a smoky eye. Too thick, and your eyes can look smaller. Wing out too long, and they can look smaller. Line all around your eye, and they can look smaller. You get the gist. You want your eyeliner to lift and open up the eyes.

Not wearing concealer when you have dark circles:  Darkness around your eyes detracts from the size of your eyes. Luckily, the solution is a simple one. A concealer will instantly brighten up your eye area and fade dark circles for a bright-eyed look. Good eye coverage has been known to lift your whole face up and open up the eye area. 

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