Your eyes are the first thing that people notice when they look at you. Big, bright eyes draw people in. They give the impression of lively youthfulness and can help signal how actively engaged you are with the world around you.
Whether or not you’ve been losing sleep, dull, tired eyes can give off the impression of passivity and exhaustion. Making your eyes look bright and alive will change how other people see you and uplift your mood!
Fortunately, you don’t have to go to enormous lengths to make your eyes pop. Here, we’ve broken down five simple natural beauty tips you can use to make your eyes stand out effortlessly.
1. Prep Work
Your eyes are major signifiers of internal health, so in order to have bright, healthy-looking eyes, the rest of you should be healthy too. Ensure you get enough sleep (at least 7 hours per night) to prevent those dark circles.
However, even if you’re getting more than enough sleep, you might still have those designer eye bags. There are lots of home remedies you can try to help prevent puffiness under your eyes, including putting tea bags or cold spoons over your eyes.
Preventative measures are still the best way to keep your eyes looking healthy. Staying hydrated and applying sunscreen daily can help prevent the appearance of puffiness and wrinkles over time.
2. Let There Be Light
Once you’ve woken up and are ready to brighten those eyes, there are several steps you should take to lay a great foundation for any eye makeup. Before you start reaching for any makeup tools, make sure you put on a quality eye cream to create a smoother canvas.
If you’ve still got some dark circles, covering them up with a little bit of brightening concealer can go a long way toward counteracting dullness. Make sure to blend it out for a natural boost.
Your makeup also doesn’t have to be right on your eye to make your eyes pop. Try applying some highlighter to your browbone, the corners of your eyes, the bridge of your nose, and even your cheekbones to brighten your whole face. Don’t go overboard, though – you don’t want to look like the Tin Man from the Wizard of Oz.
3. Liner Things
If you’re really looking to make your eyes stand out, the liner is definitely the way to go. There are tons of different kinds of liners and ways of applying them. You want to be careful not to apply anything too dark or dramatic that could actually make your eyes appear smaller or more sunken.
A great way to instantly brighten your entire face is to line your lower waterline with a touch of white (or even light peach) liner. This trick works wonders toward making your eyes appear bigger and more awake.
Instead, grab a pencil or kohl liner and draw a fine line on the top and bottom lash line, thickening slightly at the edge. You can also layer your liner with a little bit of liquid liner for extra definition and staying power. You might even try lining the upper lash line with black and the bottom with brown for a softer look.
If you’re really looking to create the illusion of fuller lashes, try lining the water line (or inner rim of the eye) for even more definition and intensity.
4. Lashes for Days
Getting long, voluminous lashes is one of the most important steps in making your eyes look bigger. Quality mascara is a must-have, but you should also make sure that you’re curling your lashes before application to get the biggest effect.
Play around with putting mascara on your lower lashes. This opens the eyes even more for some people, but for some, it can look a bit too heavy. You might even experiment with using black mascara on your upper lashes and brown on the bottom for a softer alternative.
If you really want to boost your lash game, there’s nothing better than lash extensions. Getting lash extensions will make your eyes look bigger and brighter naturally without mascara. You can even try it yourself with an at-home lash extension kit.
5. Stand Out!
If you really want your eyes to pop, you might want to take a couple of extra steps. Brushing up your eyebrows with clear mascara can really change the shape of your entire face and give your eyes a major brightening boost.
For even a little bit more intensity, fill in your brows lightly with a pencil to create full, sculpted brows that frame your eyes. A slight arch in your brows will create an alluring effect that draws people in.
Even if you’re going for a natural look, color is a powerful tool to make your eyes pop even more. Try wearing a color complementary to your eye color to really make your eyes stand out.
If you’re feeling bold, there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of colored liner or shadow. Just make sure you’re not going too crazy.
Natural Beauty Tips for Bigger, Brighter Eyes
Especially in a world where we’re all staring at screens too much, we want our eyes to appear as alive as possible. Hopefully, these few natural beauty tips can give you the boost you need to appear more awake and alive and make you feel more alive too.
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