Everyone wants to have bigger eyes. Going under the knife may not always be an option for all of us – so how do you make your peepers pop? Thankfully, makeup can help create the illusion of bigger eyes and here are eight simple tips to get you started.

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1. Brighten up the inner corners of your eyes

Highlight the inner corners of your eyes with a glittery white or champagne eyeshadow to look more awake. You can even use your favourite highlighter! Take note, though: a little glitter goes a long way. Don’t overdo it!

2. Lashes frame your eyes – but not too much

You probably already know that curled eyelashes and a coat of mascara makes a world of difference for your peepers. Mascara not only makes your eyes look wider, it also opens up your eyes. Opt for a lengthening mascara if you’re going for a natural and fresh look, else go for a volumising one or falsies if you prefer a fuller look

But if you’re thinking of layering on a few falsies to make your lashes look extra lush – don’t. Heavy-looking lashes can overwhelm your eyes, making them look smaller than they actually are.

3. Draw a cateye and don’t be afraid to wing it out

There’s a reason why the classic cateye eyeliner look never goes out of style. One of the top reasons – it helps create the illusion of bigger eyes by extending the look of them. Not just that, it adds definition and a whole lot of attitude.

We all love a winged look but do be careful not to have your eyeliner or mascara smudge around your eye area as too much might cause your eyes to look smaller instead of bigger! (Yes, same theory as what we’ve described in the last tip.)

4. Use nude eyeliner to tightline your waterline

We’ve always heard from Youtube makeup tutorials that using a white eyeliner on the waterline can make our eyes stand out more. While it can create a stark contrast, it actually also frames your eyes and make them look smaller instead.

The solution? Put the white eyeliner away and use a nude eyeliner instead; it will leave you with a softer finish and more natural look. This simple trick not only helps you look more awake, but makes your eyes look bigger! Choose a creamy eyeliner for easy application and be careful not to poke yourself.

5. Contour your eyes

Just like contouring your face, using eyeshadows (or even your bronzer) to contour your eyes is an easy way to make your eyes appear larger. Use a darker shade at the outer of your eyes. Focus a shimmer/glitter eyeshadow in the middle to create dimension. Of course, don’t forget to blend it out. Here’s a Youtube tutorial by Pony that shows you exactly how to get it right.

You can also refer to this simple guide on how to apply eyeshadows for Asian eyes. A trick? Connect the upper and lower lids by putting a dark eyeshadow colour which gives off the illusion of having wider eyes.

6. Do as the Koreans do – Aegyo sal

Aegyo sal is a popular Korean makeup trend which involves applying a shimmery white or beige eyeshadow on your lower lashline, blending it downwards. This simple Korean makeup trend which some swear by not only creates the illusion of bigger eyes but also adds a youthful look. Be careful not to add too much and don’t extend it too far down from your eyebags.

7). Draw in more bottom lashes

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It’s easy to get that wide doll-eyed look! Not all of us are blessed with long eyelashes so for those of us who aren’t, as the saying goes, fake it till you make it. You can draw in your bottom lashes by using an eyeliner pen and drawing short strokes downwards. Ensure that you don’t overdo it or it would look unnatural. Get some inspiration here.

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Our eyes are often called the windows to our soul, and indeed, they are the first features people notice on us. This probably explains why double eyelid incision and surgeries that make eyes appear wider are becoming popular. However, if you don’t believe in going under the knife, the good news is makeup can do miracles in transforming the way we look. Want some tips to how you can make your eyes look bigger without visiting a plastic surgeon? We have seven:

1. Pamper your peepers

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Fatigue-looking eyes that are puffy and lifeless aren’t a flattering look. While you take care of your facial skin, don’t forget to give your eye area an indulgence from time to time. The skin around our eyes is very thin and delicate. This, coupled with the constant blinking action, makes this area more prone to droopiness and fine lines. Treat it with a mask once every week (you can use eye masks or sliced cucumbers would work well too) and remember to apply an eye cream every day. Massages are also going to be useful to draining out puffiness.

2. Perfect your brows

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Your brows frame the shape your eyes. Grooming your eyebrows help to accentuate your eyes and make them look larger. Your tools: tweezer to pluck away stray hairs, and eyebrow pencil or powder to fill in the gaps after that. Otherwise, find an eyebrow professional to shape it for you regularly. Getting rid of stray brow hair will immediately brighten up your eye area and make your eyes look more prominent. We’ve compared a few brow bars in Singapore so you can use it as part of your research to find the brow salon you want to go to.

3. Conceal dark eye circles

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Dark eye circles make your eyes look dull and tired, so cover them up with concealer if you want brighter and bigger-looking eyes. A salmon-coloured concealer helps correct the blue colour of dark eye circles. Go easy with the amount and slowly build it up, because you don’t want your concealer to look too thick. Just like your eye cream, you should be using your fourth finger to gently dab your concealer on.

4. Opt for bright eyeshadow colours

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While smoky eyes is the look to go for if you want a sultry, sexy look, dark eyeshadows can make your eyes appear smaller than they actually are. This is because dark colours “push back” the features and bright colours make them pop out. If you want your eyes to look bigger, go for brighter shades like pink, yellow and pale blue.

5. Apply a thin line with eyeliner

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Referring to the same theory as Tip #4, avoid thick eyeliner to make your eyes appear bigger. Pick up the art of tight-lining, which is to apply your eyeliner as close to your lash line as possible. If you don’t know how to do it, we’ve featured a video to teach you how to tightline some time ago. Check it out!

6. Don’t forget your bottom lash line

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One simple trick to make your eyes look brighter and bigger immediately is to line your water line with a pale colour. White is a perennial favourite, but you can also try champagne and pale pink to achieve the same effect.

7. Highlight your eyes

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Just like how applying some highlighter on your cheeks can create the illusion of higher cheekbones, add a touch of highlighter at the centre of your lids to finish off your eye makeup. This makes your eyes look more three-dimensional and lively.