Eye Makeup for Small Eyes

by mehak on December 23, 2010

in Eyeliner, Makeup Tutorials

Small eyes , present a challenge to do makeup on because with no makeup , they might not look prominent on the face, and with the incorrect amount of makeup, they can look even smaller! Hope this little guides helps those  readers who have contacted me and  want to know how to apply makeup for small eyes. All the simulation has been done using an online makeover tool. And our nameless model today is the same one featured in the eyeshadow colours post here  – lets call her girl with the small brown eyes..

Eyeliner for small eyes

  • Avoid lining the inner rim of the lower lashes .
  • Line on the outside of the lower lash line, leaving a gap between the liner and the lower waterline. 
  • For an even brighter wide eyed look- line the inner lower rim and inner corner with white eye pencil. This gives an instant wide eyed look (not shown in pics here)

Small eyes lined on top and inner bottom

Small eyes lined on top and outer bottom– eyes appear bigger
Small eyes lined – with thicker liner extending outwards

Eyeshadow for small eyes
  • Avoid dark colours- they make eyes look smaller . Avoid- dark browns, blacks, navy blues etc
  • Wear lighter shades that reflect light to make eyes appear bigger- shimmer is a good option. Go with lavenders, golds, silver, cream, light browns, soft greens, etc
  • Always highlight the brow bone (the area just under the arch of the eyebrow), with a light colour (white/silver etc). This draws attention to your eyes.

Darker shades recede the eye further

Lighter shades reflect the light and make eyes stand out

Mascara & Eyebrows for small eyes

  • Apply heavier coats on the outer lashes and softer to the inner lashes (same funda as the extended liner)
  • Shape Eyebrows so that they are thicker in the middle and thinner on the outside

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{ 15 comments… read them below or add one }

locke December 23, 2010 at 11:30 am

nice post! thanks for sharing :) happy holidays~ xoxo


Inky Pinky December 23, 2010 at 12:58 pm

How did u know I have small eyes ? :D
Jokes apart, its a very informative post. Thanks for sharing:)


shuchita December 23, 2010 at 1:38 pm

nice post


Chennai Ponnu December 23, 2010 at 2:02 pm

Something that i was searching for :) … Thanks


Joll Burr December 23, 2010 at 3:24 pm
S M ɑ r y ɑ m December 23, 2010 at 4:31 pm

This is great! I love this! Do you think you could do a post for big eyes? I have big eyes and I find it a challenge to wear makeup without looking tacky.

Much appreciated.


EVE-O-LUTION December 23, 2010 at 5:03 pm

Thnks yaa for Sharing this- I have small eyes and dats why i apply the darker colors on the crease so that at least some make-up is visible..
im trying the liner trick right now :)


Soft, Sweet and Gentle December 23, 2010 at 5:27 pm

i have small eyes..and i have to very careful when i do my eyes..will try the white pencil tip…


bhumika December 23, 2010 at 10:13 pm

nice tips..


G A B Y December 23, 2010 at 10:20 pm

Amazing post! I'm off to send the link to my best friend (=


Adorable On Your Vanity December 24, 2010 at 12:49 am

awesome post M! :)


Madiha December 24, 2010 at 10:35 am

Great post :)


Cynthia García December 24, 2010 at 12:32 pm

buenos consejos!!:)

feliz navidad!, x, Cynthia



keerthi March 17, 2012 at 6:40 pm

thanks…it really helps


azra September 17, 2012 at 11:40 pm

hi mehak,
nice article… Plz post smethng on how to do big eye makeup?
I have big eyes and specialy the upper lid more dn usual so any bright n colorful eyeshadow makes me look like sme clown :p :-/
i nrmaly stick to natural / neutral shades…..like goldn peach or natural pink glow
plz if possible tel me more abt it :)))


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