Want to make your eyes look bigger? Most women do. The eyes have a unique way of capturing our attention; they are usually the first thing we notice in people, and some even say that they are the windows of the soul. Some people are blessed with thick, dark lashes and wide eyes, but for the rest of us, makeup can be used to get a similar look.
The Science of Bigger Eyes
Anthropologists claim that women are most attractive who have eyes that are 1.618 times wider than the tip of their nose (Marquardt Mask). This constitutes eyes that are rather wide.
Bigger eyes have also been associated with desirable personality traits such as honesty; there seems to be a phenomenon of “wide-eyed innocence” in western societies, which is closely related to naiveté and youth. Because youth is considered an attractive trait in women, it would make sense that we would associate the traits of youth with someone who looks youthful. Since large eyes, as well as defined eyes, are considered signs of youth, it makes sense that if a woman had one, she’d likely have the other (Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin). And since both of these are associated with youth, vitality, and innocence, it makes sense that she would be considered attractive.
Whether you consider these to be true or not, the eyes tend to droop with age. A loss of collagen and elastin production over time leads to significant hooding over the eyes, which makes the eyes appear smaller. People often report that they look angry, sad, or tired, without knowing why. The truth is, it is aging.
#1.) To get bigger-looking eyes, apply eyeliner.
A good eyeliner is a must. In a test FutureDerm conducted on durability, the beauty blog found that Make Up For Ever Aqua Eyes Matte lasted the longest and was the most durable.
To best line your eyes, get as close to the lash line as possible. Eyeliner should be about 1/4″ thick, meaning that you should either use an eyeliner that is automatically sharpening, or an eyeliner that is freshly sharpened by hand. Eyeliner that is too thick can paradoxically make eyes look smaller.
#2.) Use eyelash enhancement serum morning and night.
Next, get your best lashes.
In addition to making the eyes look bigger, long eyelashes have long been associated with femininity, health, and fertility (Journal of the Royal Anthropological Society, 1934). Long eyelashes make eyes look bigger by beautifully framing the eye, providing a larger canvas to reflect more light from the eye area.
We recommend a good eyelash enhancer and conditioner that contains amino acids and peptides. Using an eyelash enhancer with these ingredients prevents the loss of moisture from the eyelashes and nourishes the hair follicle.
If you’re still not noticing great results in your upper eye area, it may not be your eye lashes, but droopy-looking eyelids that are the main problem (One company is offering a free product supply to help your eyes look bigger.) We will cover this in #5.
Believe it or not, there is an actual science to teensy-tiny mascara brush bristles! For the most “va-va-voom” from your lashes, it’s best to choose a mascara brush that is large, rubbery, and with long bristles. Larger brushes are simply able to cover more surface area with each stroke than smaller brushes.
Cosmetic pros have already determined rubber cushioning makes brushing hair easier, as the cushion expands with the thickness of your hair and eyelashes (Milady Standard Cosmetology, 2012).
Finally, longer bristles means that the brush can “grip” each eyelash from root to tip, allowing for even, steady application of product.
The best formulations are also waxy. Wax resins to maintain texture, composition, and to keep the mascara formulation in solution (Milady’s Encyclopedia of Hair). For you, this means more even application, more beautiful eyelashes, and bigger-looking eyes!
The secret to effective under eye concealers are micronized light-reflecting particles, which simultaneously cover (like a concealer) and reflect (like a highlighter). Look for ingredients like micronized mica, or “brightening” in the description.
One note: Be sure that you either match the shade to your skin tone or go no more than one shade lighter; if you go too light, this thick, reflective formula will leave you with half-moons under your eyes.
#5.) Address droopy and sad looking upper eyelids.
Certain plant extracts have shown remarkable ability to tighten that droopy skin on your eyelid. One in particular is from a California based company called AminoGenesis. It’s new patented eyelid lifting serum was developed in France and has been making the rounds on morning talk shows for the past several months.
They offer a free 5 day supply , and they even pick up the shipping.
They send a limited amount each week, so better get yours while available.