It’s been said that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery. In many cases, it is also very practical! If you’ve got small eyes, then you know how tricky it can be sometimes to apply eye makeup correctly. So why not steal some (or 10) makeup secrets from some lovely celebrities with small eyes? Achieving expert results from small eyes makeup doesn’t have to remain elusive.
- Keep brows neatly groomed – Big, bushy, unruly brows can make small eyes look even smaller, and over-plucked brows can actually end up doing the same. The trick is to find a happy medium of your perfect eyebrow shape. Female stars with small eyes like Keira Knightly are known for gorgeous youthful brows. If your hair is blonde and brows barely visible, you might consider darkening your brows with an eyebrow tinting kit or highly rated Annabelle Skinny Brow Liner in universal light or medium shade that will blend nicely with your own shade of brows.
- Amplify your lashes – This is one of the most often used makeup secrets, especially by female celebrities with small eyes. Before mascara, give your bare eyelashes a few gently upward strokes with a heated eyelash curler (the easiest and arguably safest to use) or press down a conventional clamp style curler and hold lashes for 3 seconds (any longer will crimp the lashes), and curl in three segments…base, middle, tip… to give a more natural curve. Then add two light coats of mascara. Don’t forget to check with Skin Deep Cosmetics Database to make sure that the makeup products you are using do not contain health compromising ingredients such as parabens, phtalates, BHA, PEG, fragrance, and triclosan. Don’t assume that FDA has you covered and consider switching to smaller healthier cosmetics brands.
- False lashes = Big eyes – Celebrity false eyelashes are everywhere and on every lady in spotlight, and come in a variety of thicknesses and lengths. However, those made of authentic mink are everyone’s favorite because they look the closest to the natural lash in shape, texture, and lightweight. If a full strip of best fake lashes by Minki Lashes is too much for you, you can opt for a more natural partial/accent lash, or achieve a fuller effect by adding individual eyelashes.
- Know where to line (and where not to line) – One of the biggest no-no’s when dealing with eyeliner for small eyes is lining the inner rim (waterline). It may be tempting (especially when rocking a smokey eye), but try to avoid it. The dark liner will only help to close in the look of your eyes.
- Tightline – If you’ve never heard the term, allow us to introduce you to one of your new best friends and best kept makeup secrets. “Tightlining” is essentially filling in the bare spots between your eyelashes. Yes, we know they are small and require some precision. But by filling them in, it will give the illusion of a longer eye line. Taylor Swift, one of the best known female celebrities with small eyes is a pro at this. (The easiest way to tightline is to dot liquid eyeliner in the bare spots after applying mascara). It’s a good idea to also use this technique when using false eyelashes (such as Minki Lashes), because it will help eliminate the potentially visible distance between Minki’s and your own lash line.
- Think ombre – By simply using two closely related shades from the same color family, you can actually produce dimension and space on your lid. It has everything to do with using shadow and light to create depth. The lighter of the two shades is used in the center of the lid, with the darker shade either in the crease above or in the outer corner forming a sideways V. Celebrities with small eyes often use this trick on the red carpet because the effect captured in the flashing lights is striking.
- Lighten up – Among the celebrities with small eyes’ fans of a shimmery nude eye is Naomi Watts. Naomi keeps the upper lids light, with subtle shimmer on the inner third of the eye, and she also smokes out the lower lash line with a glistening taupe. By keeping the overall colors light (and light-reflecting), your eyes appear bigger and brighter.
- Shadow placement is key – Repeat to yourself: Dark colors recede, light colors bring forward. That’s the mantra for all eye makeup, regardless of shape, but it’s even more important if your goal is to create the illusion of larger eyes. With eyeshadow for small eyes, avoid the dark shades on the lid (it will you’re your eyes look smaller). Instead, create an elongated eye style with a smokey cat eye, keeping the dark shadow to a sideways V in the outer corner of your optics.
- Check the concealer – Celebrities with small eyes know that dark circles under the eyes not only make them look smaller, but sunken. Instead of a yellow-based color, opt for a peach or pink hue. This one of the less obvious eye makeup secrets will better cover the bluish tones of the dark circles.
- Illuminate – One of the most miraculous little makeup artist secrets used on celebrities with small eyes is called an illuminator or a highlighter. It is more than a shimmery highliting eye shadow; it can be used under the eyes, in the tear duct, under the brow…anywhere you want to bring light to visually enlarge your optics.
Remember, female celebrities are just ordinary people with a little (or a lot) of fame. They come in all shapes and sizes, and so do their eyes! Celebrities with small eyes, celebrities with hooded eyes, celebrities with big eyes…we can all benefit from the work of their expert makeup artists. So if you have been struggling with your eye shape, and fighting to find the right makeup techniques, look to the stars!