How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger With Or Without Eye Makeup

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With many states encouraging or requiring the use of face masks in public, it can feel difficult to be seen and stand out from the crowd. Questions like “How do I look pretty in a face mask?” and “How do I make wearing a face mask look good?” can sometimes plague even the most polished of morning routines.

As cloth covers the lower part of one’s face, the upper area — especially the eyes — presents the perfect real estate for personality, originality and flair to peak through.

Utilizing eye makeup, accessories, and skin hacks while wearing a face mask can help enhance the eyes and make them look larger for a more striking look.

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Even without makeup, there are many ways to play up one’s eyes au naturale. Mask, or no mask, these tips can help make the eyes pop, even during these strange times. 

How to make your eyes look bigger with makeup

1. Use magnetic eyelashes and eyeliner

Magnetic eyelashes and eyeliner make makeup just that much easier and fool-proof. Fans of traditional false lashes might want to trade in their lash glue and sticky application for its modern counterpart.

Magnetic liner and lashes, like that of Lola’s Lashes, is first applied like normal; eyeliner is swept across the upper lash line into a thin, thick, or cat-eye shape of any sort.

Then, because of its magnetic properties, users can simply place the magnetic lash strip onto their freshly dried liner. Lashes like Lola’s come in a variety of styles, allowing for even more room for playing around — from wispy and long, to dramatic and voluminous.

Whichever style is chosen, this lash trick can make your eyes look bigger with eyeliner and falsies. 

2. Brighten up your dark circles

One way to nearly guarantee the appearance of larger eyes is to brighten up dark circles and under-eye bags. Shadows are known to make the eyes look more sunken and tired, so alleviating this with illuminating creams and / or concealers can help to lift and lighten.

These products are your new go-to. Adding highlights or shimmer to the inner corners of one’s eyes can add some great brightness. Light colored powers, like a typical highlight or iridescent shadow, are perfect for this application.

When popped into the very inner corner of the eyes (near the tear ducts) via a small powder brush or humble finger dab, this highlight can make the eyes appear wider and negate those pesky, tell-tale circles of a long night and too little sleep by combating this discoloration and providing a light base for dark lashes to stand out against.

Remember to choose a concealer shade slightly lighter than that of your foundation for maximum brightness, color correction and lash contrast. 

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3. Brighten up the water line

Similarly to brightening dark circles, brightening one’s water line can make all the difference in putting the eyes on display in a big way.

While darker liners in the brown and black family can close off the eyes, lighter liners in the white and cream family actually open the eyes up.

Concealing potential water line redness — especially as the seasons begin to change and allergies flare — can serve to not only make the eyes look less irritated, but larger and more brilliant. 

4. Highlight the inner corner of your eyes

While learning how to make your eyes look bigger with makeup, a solid highlight may open them up for viewing — and compliments! 

5. Try winged eyeliner    

Winged eyeliner is a go-to classic for adding interest to the eyes, and for good reason. Extending fine lines out from the eyes, instead of closing them off and connecting them all the way around, can make them appear bigger, both width and length-wise.

To create a classic wing, extend the line out past the edge of the eye by just a touch and create a fine point at the end to create length and dimension.

It’s best to move swiftly but accurately when applying liner; too much liner or liner that’s too thick and heavy looking can have the opposite and undesirable effect.

For the best results, try using a precision liner with a felt tip like the liner that comes with Lola’s Flick & Stick liner and false lashes kit

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4. Highlight the lids

Like highlighting the inner corners of the eyes, highlighting the lids can also have an enlarging effect on the eyes.

Contouring the eyes with a slightly darker shade than one’s foundation can give a pleasing shape and dimension to them.

Simply sweep the shade along the crease of the eyelid to reach the desired effect with little makeup or skills needed.

Highlighting the lids is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make your eyes look bigger with just a touch of eyeshadow.

How to make your eyes look bigger without makeup 

1. Use false eyelashes 

If you’re not sure how to do eye makeup, false eyelashes can act as a great happy medium.

Instead of curling and applying mascara to the lashes, false lashes can simply be glued or used with a clear adhesive strip on the lids.

False eyelashes come in a variety of different styles and lengths to achieve different goals — dense for volume, long for flashy length, etc.

Lola’s Lashes offers a range of these different lashes, from their popular Diamond Strip eyelashes to their Jade Strip eyelashes.  

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2. Shape your eyebrows

Shaping the eyebrows is surprisingly an easy, impactful way to frame and make your eyes look bigger in pictures and in person. Eyebrows that have been groomed and sport a subtle arch create a flattering shape.

An accentuating shape around the eyes makes them look bigger with ease. Simply remove stray hairs, focussing mostly on cleaning up the areas directly above and below the brows, to create a strong shape using tweezers.

Eyebrows can also be shaped easily via waxing or microblading as well, but should probably be done by a professional.  

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3. Control your eye puffiness

While puffiness does technically mean your eyes are bigger, the swelling — especially under the eyes — can make the eyes appear significantly smaller.

Luckily, it’s incredibly easy to reduce said puffiness. Using ice cubes, cold spoons and / or cooled jade rollers as cold compresses against the eyes can quickly diminish puffiness and any redness.

Removing this inflammation will make the eyes look much larger and reduce further irritation. 

4. Curl your eyelashes

One of the easiest ways to make the eyes appear larger is by touching them up with a simple eyelash curler.

Curled lashes help open the eyes up, create considerable volume and add flare to small-seeming eyes. Eyelash curlers like Lola’s are basically the perfect tool for making lashes appear fuller and larger by turning the hairs upward and finessing length.

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Curling one’s lashes also makes the eyes appear wider because of the instant lift they provide and eyelash shadows they reduce.

Even a slight curl can help tackle the question of how to make your eyes look bigger without makeup. 

To sum it up 

Working with or without makeup to enhance the eyes can be a great way to look and feel pretty, even from behind a face mask.

Whether it's de-puffing, concealer or liner and lashes, the simplest of tricks makes all the difference when it comes to playing up your natural features and making your eyes pop.


1. How can makeup make your eyes look bigger?

Makeup like black eyeliner, white eyeliner, mascara, and eyeshadow can each help make your eyes look bigger by affecting the shape of the eye.

Makeup can also help you contour and bounce light off certain areas of the face to make eyes look bigger. 

2. How do I apply eyeliner to make my eyes look bigger?

Applying winged eyeliner to the top lids and white or beige eyeliner to the bottom water line can help make eyes look bigger. 

3. How do you make small eyes look bigger naturally?

Without using makeup, you can try using false eyelashes and an eyelash curler to enhance your eyes.

Also consider putting a cold spoon or ice under the skin of your eyes to reduce puffiness, which can make eyes look smaller. 

4. How do I make my eyes look bigger without makeup?

Fake lashes, under eye creams, eyelash curling, and getting rid of under eye puffiness will all be helpful. 

5. How to make your eyes look bigger with mascara?

Look for lengthening mascara and always use an eyelash curler to take things up a notch.

If you’re using false lashes or magnetic eyelashes, you can apply mascara to them too. 

6. How to make your eyes look bigger with black eyeliner?

Black eyeliner works great on the top lids, especially when winged. Using black eyeliner on the bottom, inner lids can actually make eyes look smaller. 

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Shannon Ullman is a writer who focuses on love and relationships, beauty, health and wellness, and shopping. Her writing has also appeared on HuffPost, PopSugar, Yahoo and MSN.

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