How to get bigger, flashier peepers in a flash
We’re not going to tell you that your eyes are the windows to your soul but we will say that they’re the quickest, easiest way to make you look your sparkling best. Eye popping makeup is the latest fad to catch everyone’s fancy so it’s time to make the most of your pretty peepers with these clever, speedy tricks. From model-approved tired eye solutions to makeup artist-recommended eye makeup tips, here are ten of the cleverest ways to make your eyes sparkle for that special night out.
Ice ice baby
We've all faced those mornings after-the-night-before when the face that greets us in the mirror scared us! No matter whether two hours of zzzs or the bottle of wine are to blame, you know that any amount of eye makeup is not going to cut it. So now what? Use a super cooling product like Basicare Cold Soothing Mini Gel Eye Mask to zap the puff. In an emergency dig around the freezer, wrap a Ziploc bag of ice in a soft muslin cloth and place on your eyes.
And no, we're not a great proponent of white eyeliner unless you're auditioning for a Ramsay horror production. But white eyeliner like Lakme Eyeconic Kajal – White is a great way to open your eyes. Use it as post-hangover beauty tip to white out bloodshot eyes. Simply drag along your waterline for an instant brightening effect. Using a flesh colored eyeliner like Essence Long-Lasting Eye Pencil - 22 Ms. Money Penny on the water line of your lower lashes also instantly make your eyes look bigger and brighter.
Forget the old way of using mascara. Invest in two–a brown and a black one—and work the brown one on your lower lashes and the black super glossy one on your upper lashes. Nykaa likes L'Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes Mascara. The contrast will make your eyes look bigger and elongate stumpy lashes.
Light up the darkness
Dark circles can be a downer and won't help your search for brighter, pop up eyes. In fact, they make your eyes look smaller. So, pull out the big guns. Find an under-eye cream that works for you. Then block those bags with an under eye concealer that works double hard; it brightens the under-eye skin weightlessly and covers dark tones in one light seamless blend. Nykaa likes Lakme Absolute White Intense Concealer Stick SPF 20. The trick is to pick a hue one shade lighter than your skin tone.
There's a reason why sweeping lashes are so coveted. But the first step to magnificent eyelashes is glorious curls. That's why eyelash curlers are a must-have in your makeup kit. It takes just three seconds to get all curled up with Vega Face Care Premium Eyelash Curler. Don't have one? Just cup a warm tablespoon and place the edge of the spoon on top of your lashes with your thumb directly below. Gently clamp down to give your lashes a lift.
A shimmery champagne color like NYX Professional Makeup Prismatic Eye Shadow in the inner corner of your eyes can brighten your whole face. Then, instead of swiping on your fave eye shadow just press the color into your eyelid with a brush or finger for a more pigmented, wide awake look. Finally, dab dots of highlighter like Essence Metal Glam Eyeshadow - 15 Hello Goldie on the center of lids, around the tear ducts and below the brow bone for an instant lift.
Smoke it up
Nothing opens your eyes like a smoky, smoldering gaze. Liven things up with a non-fussy black smoky eye. Just combine a little bit of shimmer, tons of dark eye and a whole lot of smudging. We recommend a smoky eye makeup palette like the Freedom Pro 12 - Stunning Smokes You could also use darker shades of nude and brown to create a subtler smoky look, like the Maybelline New York Color Sensational Diamonds Eye Shadow - Topaz Gold. Just remember to keep the rest of your face matte and soft.
Doe eyed beauty
Sadly, every gal isn't blessed with classic almond shaped eyes, the classic gold standard. So, what? Fake those sultry almond eyes with an easy eyeliner trick that makes lashes look fuller and opens your peepers in a charming almond shape. Grab a smudgy kohl like Lakme Absolute Kohl Ultimate Kajal – Black and tight line from mid eye to the outer corners on the lower lash, thickening the line as you go outwards. Do the same on the upper lid as well. Use a Q tip to slightly smudge the line and finish up with a swipe of mascara. Volia! Wide open almond eyes!
Less than perky eyes can be instantly brightened with a vibrant blue eyeliner. It's a good idea to ditch the black when you feel less than fresh eyed because nothing ages you more than dark tints. Use NYKAA Glamoreyes Eyeliner Pencil - Blue Hex -01 along the upper and lower lash line for pop up sparkly peepers. You know, it's the same principle with lippies. Blue toned lipsticks make teeth whiter.
Brows are the frames for gorgeously wide eyes. First things first; never ever tweeze your brows when you're angry or bored. If they're less than perfect, make tiny hair like strokes with a sharpened pencil like Colorbar Stunning Brow Pencil - Chestnut 001 for a realistic look. Remember to extend the tail of your brows higher or at the same level where the brow begins, never lower because it can make your features droop. Use your face primer on eyebrows to before pencilling them in so that they stay in place longer.