How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

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How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

There’s something so playful and sexy about big doe eyes—but you don’t have to be genetically gifted to get them. Just use these tips from M.J. Forte, a New York City-based makeup artist, to fake big, bright eyes.

Go Light In The Corner
For eyes that pop, focus a light shadow on the inner-third of your eyelid, closest to your tear duct. “It makes your eyes look bigger instantly,” says Forte. The lighter color acts as a highlight to create an open appearance to the eye, making your eyes look larger, fresher, and more awake. Forte’s favorites are M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Yogurt and Vanilla ($16 each,

Highlight The Browbone—But Not with Highlighter
Adding a highlight under the tail of your eyebrow on the highest part of your eye socket—the brow bone—will give mega-lift to your eye by drawing the attention up, says Forte. While you can definitely use the same shadow you would use on the inner corner of your eye, Forte recommends using a concealer. Go for a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone to illuminate the eye area. “Anything that’s lighter is going to brighten,” says Forte.

Use a Layered Approach to Make Dark Circles Vanish
When it comes to big, bright eyes, any and all dark shades are the enemy. Forte says that the biggest mistake a girl can make is not concealing her undereye circles. “Darkness around your eyes will make them look smaller,” says Forte. Her concealing secret is to start with a pink-toned concealer before layering a yellow-toned concealer on top. She recommends Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($24, as your base and Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long-Lasting Concealer ($40, for your second layer.

Visually Extend Your Eyes
White liner opens up your eyes instantly. Use it on the inner rim of your lashes to extend the whites of your eyes and make them look larger and more awake with one stroke. Forte’s go-to: M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16,

Rock a Nude Lip
If you want all eyes on your eyes, Forte says it’s important to keep the rest of your face as natural as possible. “Make your lips a lighter color because then the attention will be on your eyes,” says Forte. Her favorite for nude lips is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima ($22,

Double Up on Falsies
There’s a reason those models in mascara commercials have that doe-eyed look. Forte says that she uses false lashes for all of the shoots she works to give the models a wide-open eye. In fact, she uses two sets of falsies instead of one. “I always layer two sets of lashes, one for length and one for thickness,” says Forte. This means serious drama in the eye area. Try Ardell lashes ($1.99-$5.49,

Lash Curlers Are A Must
Creating length coming up and out of the eye draws the focus away from the lash line, making the eye look wide open, says Forte. To achieve this effect, invest in a pair of lash curlers, and curl before applying mascara. Try Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler ($12.15, “They’re a lifesaver,” says Forte. “Every girl needs a pair.”

MORE: 7 Things You Never Knew About Eyelashes

This article was co-authored by Devorah Kuperland. Devorah Kuperland is a Makeup Artist and the Founder of Glam By Dev, a New York City-based business specializing in bridal, special events, and editorial campaigns. Devorah has over five years of professional makeup consulting experience and her work has been featured in New York’s Bridal Fashion Week.

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If you’ve had a late night, your eyes usually give it all away. They can look red, puffy, dull, and tired if you haven’t gotten a good night’s sleep. But just because you didn’t get enough rest doesn’t mean you’re stuck with small, tired eyes. With the right skin care products and a few good makeup tricks, you can make your eyes appear wider and more awake no matter how exhausted you feel.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Devorah Kuperland
Makeup Artist & Stylist Expert Interview. 16 April 2020. Dark circles under the eyes can make you look tired, but concealer alone may not be enough to hide them. To counteract the blue undertones, you should use an orange color corrector first. Apply it with a brush or a clean finger until well blended, and then cover with a flesh toned concealer. [4] X Research source

  • If you have light or fair skin, an orange corrector may be too dark for you. Instead, opt for a peach shade.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Devorah Kuperland
Makeup Artist & Stylist Expert Interview. 16 April 2020. Choose a concealer that’s a shade or two lighter than your skin tone to use under your eyes. That will help brighten the area so you look like you got plenty of sleep. [6] X Research source

  • For the most brightening effect, apply your concealer in a “V” or upside down triangle shape beneath your eye. Swipe it directly under the eye, but bring it down to a point on your cheek beside your nostril and fill in the entire area. Blend well with a brush or a clean finger, and use a finely milled powder to set the concealer so it doesn’t crease.

Dark circles: We’ve all been a victim of theirs. Whether you’ve pulled an all-nighter or had a case of insomnia, lack of sleep not only leaves you feeling crappy the following day, but it can also take a toll on your beauty look. But you know what they say—fake it ‘til you make it! If you aren’t able to get enough shut-eye, you can at least make it look as though you did with the help of an under-eye brightener. Yes, under-eye brightening creams exist, and they’re about to be your secret weapon for looking wide awake and radiant! Interested? We thought you might be. With the help of our L’Oréal Paris eye brightener, you’ll be well on your way to well-rested eyes in no time.


Ready to meet your new BFF? The L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Anti-Aging Eye Brightener Paraben Free is just what you need to combat the appearance of a lack of sleep. This eye cream, which is formulated with imperial peony extracts, reduces the look of dark circles, visibly brightens skin around the eye area, and creates an overall healthier, younger-looking complexion. No sleep? No problem! The under-eye brightening cream has a unique whipped texture that instant blends onto your skin. Oh, and did we mention that it’s paraben and mineral oil-free and suitable for sensitive skin? It’s safe to say it checks all the boxes.


So, you know about our under-eye brightening cream and how it can help reduce the appearance of dark circles, but how do you put it to use? Well, follow the steps below to do just that!


The first step to creating the illusion of an awake complexion is to use a brightening cleanser. Give the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift Bright Reveal Brightening Daily Scrub Cleanser, which is formulated with glycolic acid and gentle micro-pearls, a try to exfoliate dullness and impurities to improve skin tone, texture, and clarity. The result? Visibly brighter, more radiant skin. Lather into wet hands and gently massage onto skin in a circular motion, avoiding the delicate eye area. Rinse thoroughly and pat dry.


Next up, you’ll want to use a brightening face serum. After all, looking wide awake is all about having radiant, luminous skin, right? We recommend a vitamin C serum, like the L’Oréal Paris Revitalift 10% Pure Vitamin C Serum. The lightweight, yet highly potent formula (it contains 10% pure vitamin C!) effortlessly glides onto skin to restore skin’s radiance and reduce wrinkles. Apply dime-size amount onto fingertips and apply to face and neck, gently smoothing over your skin. Avoid the eye area.


Drum roll, please—it’s time for your under-eye brightener! Simply use your fingertip to pat the under-eye brightening cream around the eye area and gently smooth until absorbed. You can use it on the under-eye and eyelid areas. Dark circles, who?


As the final step in your skin care routine for wide-awake skin, you’ll want to smooth on a moisturizer that’ll revive your complexion. We know just the one! Formulated with imperial peony extracts and LHA, the L’Oréal Paris Age Perfect Rosy Tone Moisturizer for Mature, Dull Skin gently exfoliates dull, sallow skin and revives skin’s natural rosy tone. This is especially ideal for those with mature skin, since as skin matures, its ability to renew surface cells slows down, resulting in a loss of its natural pink tone. Use this cream in the AM to help promote a younger-looking, smooth complexion despite lack of sleep. Gently smooth it onto your skin as the last step in your routine.

Next up: You don’t have to rely on only your skin care routine to look more awake. There are always makeup products to save tired eyes, too. Here are Our Best Under-Eye Concealers for Banishing Dark Circles.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

It’s no secret that bigger, brighter eyes make for a more polished look. But if you have genetically dark under eye circles, are lacking in the sleep department, or have dullness around the eyes, then no eye cream or cooling gel can truly transform the look of your eyes. Instead, you can easily create the appearance of larger, more illuminated eyes with makeup. It’s fairly simple, and can be done with products you probably already have in your makeup drawer. Ahead, watch celebrity makeup artist Carissa Ferreri show you how to make your eyes look brighter and bigger with makeup.

Click Play to Watch MUA Carissa Ferreri’s Bright-Eyed Makeup Tutorial

Meet the Expert

Carissa Ferreri is a celebrity makeup artist with clients among the likes of Ashley Graham, Hannah Brown, Gina Rodriguez, and more.

Wear Shimmery, Champagne Eyeshadow

“I’m going to use this all over the lid,” says Ferreri. “I always like to pull the skin a little taut, this just really helps to get in on any creases or fine lines. Then I apply slightly above my crease using a dense, fluffy brush. Blend up and out.”

Create Definition With a Darker Pigment in the Crease

Once you’ve applied a brighter, shimmery shade to the lids as a base for the look, you can make your eyes feel larger and brighter by adding definition to the crease with a pigment that’s a few shades darker than your skin tone. “By creating some shadows here, it’s going to focus the inner corners of the eyes to bring everything lifted up and more awake.”

“Next, I’m going in with this more taupe shade in the palette,” she says. “I want to focus on the outer corner of my eyes. I’m going to give them some shape by doing little circles focusing on the crease, above the crease, and the outer corner.”

Ferreri says you always want to blend upward and outward, and for this particular look, try using a tapered blending brush, which helps control exactly where you’re depositing pigment.

Curl Your Lashes

Curling your lashes helps to fan them out for a more awake-looking appearance. “This might be the biggest step to making your eyes look bigger and more awake. This is my favorite step of all time,” Ferreri says. “It’s very easy. You’re going to look at yourself in the mirror. With the lash curler open, place it right on top. it should fit right in the socket of the eye.”

She continues, “When you think you have all of your lashes in, just clamp down gently making sure you’re not pinching any skin. Try to get [the curler] as close to the root of your lashes as you can, and I like to do a few little squeezes.”

Apply Eyeliner, Concentrating Pigment on the Outer Corners of Your Eyes

“This color is a warm brown that also has a bit of shimmer to it,” Ferreri says of the Charlotte Tilbury pencil she’s using in the video. “So it’s going to reflect light. This is the trick: You want to focus on the outer corner of your eye. So I’m not going to go all the way in, just focus on the quarter outer edge.” Start with your upper lash line, then repeat this step on your lower lash line, still focusing only on the outer corner of the eye.

“And then I like to connect the two [lines],” she says. “Slightly overdrawing it and just smudging it slightly with your finger.”

Apply Mascara Generously

“This [mascara] by Givenchy has a really interesting brush,” says Ferreri. “And you can really focus on each individual lash. I like to start on the outer corner of the eye with the lashes because that’s where I want most of the color to be deposited. And for this look, I like to do the top and bottom lashes.

“Just sweep [the applicator] across the bottom lashes, pulling them from the root-down to create that wide-awake, doll-like shape.”

Top It Off With Nude Eyeliner and Highlight

“If you want to take this look a step further and you’re still looking a little bit tired, a nude eyeliner is the way to go,” says Ferreri. “You’re going to use this on your waterline. I’m doing it very gently to just coat that under eye.”

As a final step, you can finish this look off with a pop of highlighter on the inner corners of the eyes to really brighten that area significantly.

Tired all the time? After too many late nights, endless screentime and a lack of self-care, our eyes can quickly turn from bright and sparkling to hooded and puffy.

To get your peepers looking pert again, make-up artist Saffron Hughes shares how to achieve wide-awake eyes with clever cosmetics.

Boost your brows

Perfectly arched brows can work miracles, providing an over-all lifted look to the face.

Saffron said: “First, extend the brow length outwards and opt for a subtle, natural arch without significant shaping.

“To find where your arch should be, line a brow pencil diagonally to the centre of your eye from the side of your nostril. Fuller brows are also ideal for drawing the attention upward but be careful not to overdo the pencilling!”

Turn up the base

“Finding the right eyeshadow base is crucial for creating a fake eye lift,” explained Saffron. “Whether you choose a primer or concealer, the formula should be crease-free, neutralise the tone of the eyelids, and emphasise the eyeshadow colours.

“Simply apply the base and set it with a neutral eyeshadow to create a blank canvas, and opt for a cream formula, as it tends to be longer lasting.”

Clever contouring

According to Saffron, every woman needs three items in her eye lift arsenal: concealer, contour and mascara.

“Apply concealer under the eyebrow arch and then at the outer corner of your eye,” she explained. “These are naturally shadowed spots, so concealing and neutralising any darkness here will create a lifted look.

“Next, use a brown eyeshadow for contouring, following the crease of your eye, and flicking outwards for a blended, winged effect. Finish with mascara to lift the eyelashes and create an awake, youthful look.”

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awakeMake-up artist Saffron Hughes shares clever tips and tricks to get an eye lift without going under the knife

Sparkle and shine

Saffron continued: “Highlighter doesn’t just give life to the cheekbones, it’s one of the best tricks for faking an eye lift. Dab a little iridescent highlighter on the inner corner of your eyelids and below the arches of your brows to instantly make your eyes appear wider.”

Fake it

If your lashes are a little lacklustre, Saffron recommends adding a false flutter to open and frame the eyes.

She said: “If you have big or round eyes, create more drama towards the outer corners with demi-wispies. If you have smaller or hooded eyes, opt for lashes with a slightly longer centre to create an illusion of depth. Once you find the right pair of falsies, it will flatter and lift your eye shape.”

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

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Today, we would be talking about makeup tips on how to make your eyes look wide awake. Even if you did not sleep the last night, there is no need to show the world that you are in need of some sleep. Mostly, your eyes look swollen, worn out and droopy due to lack of sleep. Well, if you are seriously looking for out for help that will make your eyes look wide awake, here are some fantastic makeup tips to serve your need.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Read on to know more.

1. Drop Out Black Mascara:

If you want to make your eye look wide awake, try to use more of blue tinted cosmetics as it helps to counteract dullness on the face. In order to impress with eyes, you can swap your black mascara with a blue tinted one. Simply switching over to a blue tinted mascara from a black can do wonders on your face and also save your time.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

2. Exfoliate Your Skin When You Wake Up:

Even though you are feeling sleepy, you need to wake up and exfoliate your skin for a natural glow. Experts say perfect exfoliating can help to get rid of the dark cells and also get rid of the clogged pores on the skin. Use a gentle exfoliator and scrub all over the face and pay attention to the under eye area.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

3. Curl your Lashes:

You might have never heard about curling your lashes as soon as you wake up from sleep, but believe me, this is a phenomenal idea to do. This simple step helps in opening up your eyes and give you the wide awake you crave for. Pinch your eye lashes in between the eyelash curler and do this several times. Now, you are good to go with a blue tinted mascara.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

4. Make Use of Peach Color Concealer:

When your skin is tired and dull, it looks darker than your usual complexion color. When your skin is dark due to fatigue, make use of peach color concealer so that it can help to revive your skin tone and also make your skin look fresh. Dab some peach color concealer towards the inner edges of the eye and use a primer for rest of the face. If not peach color, you can also consider using a pink color concealer. This will help to hide the dark shadows on the skin easily.

5. Add a BB Cream:

BB cream can work in several different ways on skin. It can work as a concealer, as a primer, as a tint and also a moisturiser. Using a BB or CC cream can help to give an even coverage to your skin and also hide the blemishes and acne scars on the face. Use a small amount of BB cream all over your face to give an even pigmentation throughout the face.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

6. Use Creams with Caffeine Extracts in it:

Caffeine is one of the incredible ingredients that help to boost the functioning of a human body and also make you feel energetic. The effect of caffeine on the skin is the same as it helps to rejuvenate your skin. Use an eye cream that contains caffeine extracts and massage the area for several minutes. You can a see a lot of difference later.

7. Go for Bold Lipsticks:

When your eyes cannot be an attention seeker, look out for distraction. You can distract someone’s attention with your bold and shimmery lipstick. Wearing a bold lipstick can draw attention from tired eyes and put it on your lovely pout. Make sure you choose a color which matches your skin tone and looks perfect.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

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Dear Jean, I love a natural look, but my eyes are just less noticeable than I want them to be. How do I get definition—and bigger-looking, more-awake-looking eyes—without a major eye-makeup look? And what do you think about lash extensions? —Lyndey B.

  1. How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Dear Lyndey, The key, believe it or not, is eyeliner. Liquid eyeliner, ideally in blackest black, in fact. People going for a natural look often imagine that neutrals and paler shades are their unassuming friends, but the opposite is more often true. You might think, Oh, I don’t need all that makeup. Why don’t I just put on a little mascara? But if it’s definition you’re looking for, you need coats and coats of mascara to get it—a far from natural no-makeup look.

So: back to eyeliner. Liquid liner is the most concentrated in terms of pigment, so you need just a trace of it (an almost undetectable trace) to define your eyes. I used to find liquid eyeliner intimidating, but eyeliner pens are easier than easy; this one could not be simpler to use, and the black is gorgeously inky.

Eyeliner the Easy (and Natural-Looking) Way

These principles apply to any eyeliner—pencil, powder, brush-on liquid, or pen—but I think the pen’s the best.

1. At the very base of the top outer third of your lashes, ink in a bit of liner. Instead of trying to make a line, imagine you’re trying to connect the dots between your lashes.

2. Continue connecting the dots all the way to the outer corner of your lashes.

3. With a Q-tip, sweep away all errant smudging—any liner that’s not right next to the base of your lashes. This is easy to do with one or two swipes of the Q-tip, which you can dampen if you need to (the liner usually smooths right off).

4. Curl your lashes if you like. I always think it’s not worth the hassle, and then I do it and I look a thousand times better.

5. Done! Mascara can now go on if you like; usually one coat is plenty.

    How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    False Lashes? Extensions?

    There are people who swear by extensions; the downside is you tend to lose a lot of actual lashes during the removal process. My actual lashes are unimpressive enough that losing any more is not a viable option. Instead, I’ve found the best ever (most natural yet with an instant look-at-my-giant-eyes effect) version of false lashes. Made by style icon Jenna Lyons—of J.Crew fame and, incidentally, born with a genetic disorder that left her lashless—they are called LoveSeen. The lashes couldn’t be easier to put on: They come in a chic little sort of drawer, and you pull one out, grab it with the specially designed LoveSeen tweezers, smooth a little glue onto the strip (the strips are a little sticky, so practice a few times without the glue and they’ll stick enough for you to see the result), move in toward your eye, and doink, it’s on.

    How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    If you’re experienced with false lashes, you’ll find these easier than others; if you’re new to the form, a few test runs will get you in shape. Either way, the results are gorgeous and natural-looking and dramatic enough that you don’t need liner or mascara. And the lashes can last for many applications: One pair is good for five wearings. I highly recommend the brass box—so cool, and it keeps the lashes happy when you travel.

    Beyond improving upon the lashes themselves, you can further make your eyes front and center with a bit of concealer. (If you don’t have dark circles or redness around your eyes, you can stop reading here.) Start with eye cream to smooth and plump your undereye area—this also helps concealer blend more naturally. The best eye cream, of course, also treats the skin around your eyes to long-term benefits: In studies, this one reduced signs of crow’s-feet over time, believe it or not.

    Next, using a brush, dab concealer on only the dark or red areas (you’re using a brush because it’s precise enough to do this). Now, with your middle finger, pat the concealer under your eyes lightly but firmly. Do not rub in your concealer—that just moves it off of what you’re trying to conceal, and you’ll need to add more. Pat lightly and it will seem like the concealer is not blending into your skin. Continue patting for a few seconds more and it will be perfectly naturally blended. With your circles and redness minimized, your eyes will wake right up.

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    How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    It’s all in the eyes. In this era of face masks, the eyes have become all the more important in revealing our wellbeing, emotions and personalities. We shouldn’t downgrade our makeup even if half our face is covered with a mask. Rather, we should upgrade our eye makeup skills.

    Read on to find out eye makeup tips to look awake and lively!

    How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    Dab on eye concealer
    My makeup routine always includes a trusty eye concealer. As someone who wakes up to panda circles every morning, I cannot emphasize enough how important this step is. Eye concealer hides any discoloration around the eyes and can serve as a base for eye shadow, all in all brightening eyes and making them look more awake. To key is to use the correct color – a peachy color to cancel out dark circles and green veins, and yellow to erase blue and purplish veins. I normally go for a peachy liquid concealer that’s one shade lighter than my skin tone. Gently dab a small amount onto the under-eye area using the doe foot applicator before lightly patting in with the ring finger. That way, the concealer will stay put throughout the day.

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    • How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    Strong brow game
    Many of our facial expressions come from the brows. Whether you have faint, sparse brows or thick, lush brows, precisely outlining and filling in your eyebrows guarantees a livelier look. To perfect your brows, line up your inner brow to the outer edge of your nostril. Continue to draw until you reach an imaginary line extending from the outer edge of your iris. This is where you can add an arch for a bold statement. End the brow line at a point that aligns with the outer edge of your eye. I prefer using an eyebrow pencil, which usually draws better and sits well on my skin. After filling in my brows, I use a spoolie to tame any unruly hair. If you crave something extra, experiment with eye-catching soap brows by scraping a spoolie against a soap bar and combing it upwards onto your brows to keep hairs up all day.

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    • How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    Color, color, color
    A perfect way to let your personality shine through is to get creative with colorful eye shadow. Choose from a plethora of colors and textures, and feel free to mix and match. A color that contrasts with your eye color makes eyes pop. Neutrals, browns and dusty rose are great for blue eyes, whereas striking teals and subtle, moody reds bring out brown eyes. I like blending different shades together, starting with a light color on the inner part of my lids and adding a complementary dark color as I blend outward. Occasionally, I add some radiance using either glitter or highlighter on the inner corners of my eyes and under my brow bones.

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    • How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    Draw in eyeliner
    Eyeliner adds definition and depth to eyes. I usually go for liquid liners to create a sleek and subtle look. Plus, I find them easier to apply than pencil liners. You can go bold or subtle by controlling the thickness of your lines. There’s the classic winged cat-eye, or the suave graphic arrow if you trust your drawing skills. If you want to be more experimental, choose a playful color, like dreamy turquoise or galaxy white, to keep the youthful spirit alive!

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    • How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake
    • How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

    Lash out
    Another way to look instantly awake is to lift your eyelashes. Curly lashes give eyes a fluttery, feminine boost and make them look bigger. Make sure your eyelash curler is arched to fit your eye. It should have a rubber lash pad to prevent tearing of lashes, and a wide handle for ease of movement. After curling, apply black or dark mascara to bolden the look. A good mascara gives volume and keeps lashes lifted all day. I also opt for eyelash extensions when I want to be more dramatic.