Bright Eyes: 8 Sure-Fire Ways to Make Your Peepers Pop

Posted Sunday January 20, 2013 9:03 AM GMT

Bigger isn’t always better — but when it comes to our eyes, you better believe we want those babies looking their largest.

While there are many obstacles we ladies come up against that hinder the large, lively look we crave, such as dark circles, limp lashes, and/or lack of structure; there are ways to camouflage these imperfections and create a brighter, more beautiful gaze.

Here's how:

Fill in Your Eyebrows. Using a brow powder, like Benefit’s Brow Zings Brow Shaping Kit, will help to frame your face and bring attention to your eyes. When applying product, be sure to stick within your natural brow line to avoid that horrid drawn-on look.

Wear your Darkest Mascara. Achieve some major glam with your blackest black mascara. Be sure this product can also pull double duty in the lengthening and volumizing departments. For a lifted look, swipe on two coats of product to create bigger, brighter eyes!

Curl Your Lashes. Applying some curl to your lashes is the quickest way to wake up tired eyes. For a natural look, start at the root of the lash and clamp down gently on the curler three times, then repeat at the middle of your lashes.

Wear some Falsies. Don’t be afraid to throw on some fake eyelashes! They’re easier to apply than you may think, and offer up a mega-glam look like no other beauty accessory can. Click here for a quick and easy tutorial on how to properly apply a pair.

Experiment with Color. Ditch your brown, neutral eyeshadows for some boasting bold colors such as sultry purples and electric blues. These striking hues are very popular at the moment, and are perfect options for the gal looking to brighten her gaze. If a vibrant shadow isn’t your thing, opt for a colorful liner—we're obsessed with Urban Decay's 24/7 Glide-On Eye Pencil, which is available in a slew of peeper-popping shades.

White ‘Em Out. Place a small amount of white shadow in the creases around your eyes to make them pop. You can also apply some white eye liner to your waterline to create the larger look you crave.

Double Check Your Concealer. Peachy/pink concealers are not only better at camouflaging under-eye circles, but also allow for a lighter, brighter, and more luminous gaze.

Give Your Eyes the Ombre Treatment. Applying two hues within the same color family to your lids is a great way to create effortless dimension. Swipe the lighter of the two shades towards the inner most part of your eyes. Then, place the darker of the two on your outsides, and draw them out to make your eyes look larger and elongated.

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