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How to Make Your Eyes Appear Smaller

How to Make Your Eyes Appear SmallerHaving the appearance of large eyes is all the rage these days and there’s no limit to the endless number of articles with makeup tips for achieving this look. However, such makeup tips on eyes that are already large can led to overkill. What’s a naturally doe-eyed gal to do? All it takes is learning how to use the opposite effects to your advantage.


The main thing to keep in mind when it comes to drawing attention away from large eyes is to stick to dark colors. Dark shades of eye shadow effectively create a closing effect, which makes eyes appear smaller. So the next time you go makeup shopping, be sure to snag a couple of eye shadows in different shades of grays, blacks/charcoals, dark blues and deep purples.


Eyeliner is another helpful tool in creating the illusion of smaller eyes. Carefully lining the entire eye will make them appear to recede, but in a good way. As with eye shadow, go for dark colors when using eyeliner such as dark brown, navy or black, depending on your skin tone. The trick with using eyeliner effectively is to make sure that you don’t overdo it. Liquid eyeliner tends to be too heavy in appearance, so stick to pencil eyeliner. You want the lines to be thick but not obvious- eyeliner is supposed to define your eyes, not be the main focus (remember you want to draw attention away from your large peepers). Line both your upper and lower rims, being careful to stay as close to the lash line as possible. Allow your eyeliner to meet at the upper and lower corners, which will create the closing effect. Apply mascara to the bottom lashes as well as the top to finish off the look.


If you’re not very savvy when it comes to applying liner, here are three easy steps to follow…practice makes perfect!


·    Start with the lower rim of your eyes, just beneath the lashes. Smudge with a sponge to soften the line.

·    Now move on to the top lid and draw a steady line from the inner corner of your eye to the outer corner. Make sure to thicken the line gradually as you work your way from the inner corner to the outer corner.

·    Stand back from the mirror and double check your handiwork. Fix any mistakes with makeup remover or smudge with a sponge to control the thickness of your lines.


When applying liner, make sure that the pencil isn’t too soft or too hard. For soft pencils, stick them in a refrigerator for a few minutes. For hard pencils, hold the liner in between your fingers.


The perfect makeup look that allows you to showcase sexy eyes without worrying about their size is the smokey eye look. This popular makeup look involves using dark and neutral colors. Achieving this affect is simple, especially if you’re already a pro at applying eyeliner and eye shadow.


·    Line both the top and bottom rims with black liner. Smudge the liner in the outer corners of your eyes to soften the look.

·    Apply a thin line of black eye shadow over the eyeliner to emphasize the liner you’ve used.

·    Apply a neutral or charcoal shadow all over the top lid. Blend as needed.

·    Finish off with mascara.


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