One of the things that I used to Google the most when I was learning how to apply my makeup was, “how to make my eyes look bigger”. I have almond shaped eyes, a little bit on the hooded side. For each eye shape, there’s generally a corresponding method to make that particular shape look bigger. Fortunately, with a lot of trial and error, I found a pretty universal way to make your eyes look bigger regardless of your eye shape (I’ve tested this on my mom and sister!)
Today I’m going to show you how I make my eyes look bigger in 4 easy steps using just 5 products from Rimmel London.
Step 1 – Eyebrows
The first thing that I do is I fill in my eyebrows. Eyebrows are everything when it comes to makeup! I love using a combination of wax and powder. This brow this way sculpting kit is amazing because you get the two formulas in one little set (perfect for traveling or to carry in your everyday bag) I use the “Dark Brown” shade and I use the wax to define and shape my eyebrows (If you’re interested to see how I do this in a video let me know in the comments below!) The powder is going to set the wax and give you that natural look. Don’t forget to blend with the little comb. Next, because my eyebrows have lives of their own, I use this brow styling gel to hold my brows in place all day.
Step 2 – Eyeshadow
I’m an eyeshadow girl, not going to lie. I love makeup and I love wearing eyeshadow, even if it’s just a little bit of shimmer. I wanted to create a look that would look good on anyone and break the myth that says “you can’t wear black eyeshadow if you want your eyes to look bigger”. THAT’S A LIE and I’ll show you why. Here, I used the MAGNIF’EYES double ended shadow + liner in “Back to Blacks”. I only used the eyeshadow side. I applied it onto my eyelid and then smudged it with my finger for a subtle look. Then, to blend any sharp lines I actually used the Kate Sculpting Palette in “Golden Bronze” (contour color – see image) and with a blending brush, I applied it onto my crease. Tip: Blend, blend, blend! Lastly, I applied the highlight color from the same sculpting palette to the inner corner of my eyes. This technique will, you guessed it, produce the effect of larger-looking eyes.
Step 3 – Eyeliner
I only applied eyeliner on my tightline or the upper waterline. This technique adds so much definition to the eyes. If you have small eyes avoid applying eyeliner all around your eyes because doing so will cause your eyes to look smaller and we don’t want that, right? I used the Exaggerate Smoke N’ Shine eyeliner in Little Black Smokey.
Step 4 – Mascara
This is probably the most important step! I’m obsessed with the 24 HR SUPERCURLER Mascara. This mascara has a curling power that, seriously, lasts all day. I have not used my curling wand since I started wearing this. To give the mascara it’s maximum curling effect start by applying to the top set of your lashes, then place the wand so it hugs the roots of your lashes and wiggle the wand up and out to get the maximum volume and curl. This little trick is also going to give the illusion of fuller lashes!
On my face, I used the Match Perfection Foundation in “202 Nude”. To finish up the look I used the same Kate Sculpting Palette in Golden Bronze (contour color) and applied it to my cheekbones. For lips, I used The Only 1 in “It’s a Keeper” for high impact color, moisture, and all day comfort.
Here’s the final look, what do you think?
What are some of your tips for making your eyes look bigger? Let me know in the comments below.
This post was in collaboration with Rimmel London. As always, all opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting all The Girl From Panama collaborations!
Photos by Regan Cleminson
Location: Nine Zero Hotel Boston