7 Tips for Makeup on Smaller Eyes.

I recently had the pleasure of doing makeup for this gorgeous girl and we decided to go for this soft glam makeup look. It totally inspired me to come up with a list of tips and tricks that I find most flattering when doing makeup on people with slightly smaller eyes.


I am a firm believer in the saying “there are no rules in makeup”… You do you, boo! However, I will say that there are definitely tried and tested techniques which we can’t deny are extremely important. So, I have put together a list of seven techniques that I think are the most flattering on smaller eyes, or if you are simply wanting to open up your eyes and look more fresh and awake.

Let’s get started!

  1. Use a white or cream eyeliner in your waterline

I am sure that sometime in your life you would have heard of this, and I’m sure you would have also heard that using a black eyeliner in your waterline closes up your eyes – making them appear smaller. It is a well known trick and I’m putting it in this list, as number one, because I think it is the most important. It’s a sure fire way of making your eyes appear larger. Think about it, putting a white pencil in your waterline will give the illusion that the white part of your eye (called the sclera) is actually larger than it really is.

I love the Nyx Jumbo Eye Pencil in the shade Milk, it is super creamy and stays in the waterline for a really long time!


huge difference, right?

2.  Keep the inner third of your eyelid a light shadow.

Just as putting black in your waterline will close up your eyes, applying dark eyeshadows all over your eyelid will do the exact same thing. It is extremely flattering to place a light matte or shimmer eyeshadow in the inner third, or even half, of your eyelid. Keep the darker eyeshadows in the outer corner and crease.

As pictured below – the light, shimmery pink-champagne eyeshadow was placed from the tear duct to about halfway on the eyelid. The darker matte brown shadows were kept in the outer corner of the eye and in the crease.


3. Create a “new” crease.

This applies to people with small eyes, as well as people with hooded eyes. How do you know if you have hooded eyes? Look straight ahead into a mirror. If your eyelid is covered – either slightly or completely – by the fold of your eye, you have hooded eyes.

The trick here is to take the shadows that you are wanting to put in your crease, and blend them slightly above the natural crease of your eye. This is so that when you are looking straight ahead, the shadows in your crease aren’t going to disappear but will still peek out above the fold of your eye. Be careful of placing very dark shadows too high on the eyelid, as this can sometimes end up looking like a bruised eye.


4. Brows are important! 

Your eyebrows are what is framing your eyes, so it’s important to put some effort into them. If you have short brows, extend the tail with an eyebrow pencil. If you have sparse brows, fill them in with an eyebrow pomade or powder. There are so many brow products in the makeup industry right now – you can basically create any brow look you want.


Using a powder is more of a natural way of giving your brows some definition

I love the look of natural, bushy brows -which she already had. So all I did was fill them in slightly with the powder from the L’Oreal Brow Artist Genius Kit.

5. Highlight underneath your brow bone.

Using a very light matte or shimmer eye shadow, highlight directly underneath your eyebrow. The light colour reflects light, lifting your brow, and thus giving the illusion of more spacious eyelids. I like to use the Nyx Ultra Pearl Mania eyeshadow pigment in the shade White. These are extremely shimmery eyeshadow pigments – so I use the tiniest amount… Just enough to catch the light. Trust me, a little goes a very long way with this product!


6. Gel or liquid liner. 

A very thin line of black gel or liquid liner on the top lash line is extremely flattering on small eyes. You can extend this line slightly outwards at the edge of the eye, and this will elongate the eyes and give a slight cat-eye effect. As seen in the previous photos of the soft glam makeup, I did not create a wing of any sort. All I did was continue with the line slightly past where her lashline ends, in an upwards direction – similar to the idea of winged eyeliner.


amazing quality for an extremely affordable price!

I used the Rimmel black gel liner, which has been my absolute favourite gel liner for months and months now!

7. Lashes! 

Eyelashes are great for opening up the eyes. However, on small eyes a full, thick band of intensely dramatic lashes can actually weigh down the eyelids and have the opposite effect. Half lashes are extremely flattering, and a more ‘natural’ way of opening up small eyes. You can either cut a full band of lashes in half, and apply them to the outer edge of your lash-line OR the Essence Half Lashes are incredible for this.

03 half lashes

03 half lashes

I absolutely love these lashes. They look so beautiful without being too over the top, and they are my favourite lashes to use on people with smaller eyes.

And that brings us to the end of my very first blog post. Thank you so much for reading this far! I really hope you find these tips and tricks helpful. Please feel free to leave feedback in the comments, I’m still new to the world of blogging so any feedback would be appreciated 🙂

Stay tuned for more.



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