Many women feel self-conscious about wearing eyeliner because they think it makes their eyes look smaller. But in reality, this is a common misconception; eyeliner can make the eyes look bigger! So, does eyeliner make your eyes look smaller?
The myth that eyeliner reduces the size of one’s eyes may stem from the olden days when women wore thick and obvious makeup styles which did not flatter their facial features and made them appear to have smaller eyes.
Because of this, we associate eyeliners with these outdated makeup styles and find it difficult to accept that lining our eyes can do anything other than making them appear smaller.
For modern women who want beautifully defined eyes without looking overdone or tacky, there are many different types of eyeliners available to create the desired effect while enhancing the eyes instead of making them appear smaller.
Eyeliners can be used to define and open up the eye area by correcting any drooping or sagging lid issues that may create a tired or sad look on the face.
They can also make one’s eyes appear wider apart with a little bit of creative blending. For example, a simple cat-eye with a winged tip can lift and open one’s eyes while accentuating your cheekbones at the same time.
The best way to avoid having small looking eyes is by choosing eyeliners correctly based on your facial structure and desired look. You should always choose an eyeliner style that complements your eye shape so you do not unintentionally exaggerate it even more than it already appears!
For example, round eyes are best suited with eyeliners that are thin to make them appear elongated. Almond-shaped eyes can benefit from thick eyeliners along the upper lash line blended up toward the end which opens up and enhances your eyes even more.
Deep-set eyes should stay away from strong dark colours to avoid drawing focus downward instead of upward toward the brow bone where they reside.
The point is that you can use eyeliner to define your eye area but it’s not necessary, especially if you have small looking eyes already! Makeup artists recommend using subtle techniques so as not to overdo it, which could potentially create an unflattering look for any face shape or size.
However, below are tips on how to carefully use an eyeliner.
Eyeliner Tips for Large Eyes
If you have large eyes, avoid lining your upper lash line too close to the inner corner of your eye because this emphasizes the size of your eyeball. Avoid winged liner on the outer corner because this makes your eye look smaller and can add a ‘witchy’ or overly dramatic effect.
Keep lashes short and sweet by only applying mascara to the outer half of your top lashes.
This will keep you from looking like Tammy Faye Baker and also bring attention to the centre of your face! If you feel that eyeliner makes your eyes look smaller, try lining just underneath and just above your eyelashes with a colour that is lighter than black instead of filling in spaces between the lash line and eye.
This will make your lashes appear thicker and can also serve to keep smudges at bay by making sure that you apply an even amount of dark liner on both top and bottom lash lines.
Eyeliner Tips for Small Eyes
If you have small eyes, applying eyeliner above the lash line will help open up your eye area; it serves as a frame for your peepers! You can tightline (apply pencil along the waterline) but ‘tight lining’ is more successful when there is no eyeliner present on the upper lid.
If you decide to use only liquid or gel (not pencil), avoid creating a winged effect because this can close off your eye area even further than you intended. The same goes for using eyeliner with a heavier hand than usual; stay away from the outer corners and only line the inside of your lash line instead.
Put liner on last, after putting everything else on foundation, concealer, blush and eyeshadow. To apply liner most effectively and avoid getting it all over your fingers (c’mon ladies we’ve all been there), put some powder or base underneath it. This will help prevent smudging as well as make clean-up easier!
Eyeliner makes your eyes look smaller if you use too much of it or use it incorrectly. Try switching to pencils with softer colours like browns and greys; this is especially good for those with dark skin because using grey can be flattering whereas black may smudge into already dark skin.
Eyeliner is an amazing tool that, done correctly, can make anyone’s eyes look gorgeous and alluring. We hope that these tips help you to figure out how to use eyeliner for your benefit!