Sunday, 7 September 2014

How To Make Your Eyes Look Bigger and Awake

In an ideal world we would get some good eight hours of beauty sleep every night but let’s be realistic – our summer holidays are over and it’s officially back to school / work season. Staying in the library till the small hours or having sleepless nights, stressing over a due project – trust me I’ve been there! And the worst part is that we don’t get to call the next day a ‘duvet day’ and we need to be back at school or work and look presentable even if we’re falling asleep at our desk. Fun times. Luckily, we can always rely on or our best friend, the makeup, to come to the rescue and erase all signs of fatigue. Here are my tips and favorite beauty bits, which help me look a little bit more bright-eyed and present.

Talking makeup for tired eyes, we obviously need to start with covering those not-so-flattering dark circles that are peeking through, using your favorite concealer but you know the drift, so let’s jump into the second step – applying light eye shadow. All you need to do is pop some all over the lid or right in the center, which gives a 3D effect on your eye and makes it appear brighter and wider. The makeup mavens agree that the best shade to use is champagne or a very light gold with some tiny reflecting particles in it. If you fancy taking things one step further, you can also add some white shadow in the inner corners of your eyes, which will instantly create the illusion of well rested and awake look.

My two favorite ‘tired-eye’ companions are the MAC Paint Pot in Bare Study (here) and the bloomin’ beautiful Too Faced Eye Shadow in Magic Mushroom (here). Bare Study is my most cherished cream eye shadow and I adore the stunning light champagne-y color and the stunning frosty finish. It not only brightens up the look in one swift sweep of your finger but also helps cover any veins that you may have. Score. Review here. Magic Mushroom on the other hand tickles my fancy with its unique light pink-y shade with subtle golden shimmer running through it. It has ‘brighter and awake eyes in a pan’ written all over it and the way it makes my eyes pop and look wider is incredible. Oh and did I mention how creamy the Too Faced shadows are – they are virtually like butter. Review here.

Next step towards making the eyes appear bigger and awake is using this medieval torture device known as eyelash curler. Having the perfect eyelash curl is essential when you want to trick everyone into thinking that you had a chilled night in catching up on Netflix. This is the quickest and easiest way to get that wide-eyed look and I wouldn’t skip it if I were you – it makes the biggest difference. All you need to do is get the curler as close to the root of the lash as possible and curl. It’s easy peasy and I’m feeling it. My curler of choice is the makeup artists’ beloved Shu Uemura one (here) and it just makes everything a child’s play. It gets the job done perfectly without breaking the hairs as well – hello bigger eyes even on the no-makeup days!

If you want to create faux awake eye look you can’t skip on mascara. End of. Keep your favorite at the ready and apply nice coat to those hairs. Make sure you use lengthening mascara, which also offers a great deal of separation and you are halfway there. Wearing mascara helps massively with bringing your eyes out and opening up the look and helps hold the curl for hours and hours. For a bigger and brighter look I like to max out my lashes with the Benefit They’re Real Mascara (here) as I find that it doesn’t clump my lashes and keeps the hairs long and separated, as well as beautifully voluminous. Love it.

One of my favorite steps to making my eyes look bigger and wide-awake is the good ol’ nude eyeliner trick. When I’m having an ‘I look so dull and tired’ crisis I like to line my waterline with nude eyeliner. It makes world’s biggest difference and instantly makes me look ten times more present. It is the ultimate thing to do when you are after a doe-eyed look, just make sure the kohl is nude and not white as it looks more natural. The nude-y color counteracts any redness and opens up the look, making your eyes appear twice the size. The best nude kohl pencil I’ve tried comes from the drugstore and it’s in the form of the Rimmel Scandaleyes Kohl Kajal in Nude (here). It’s cheap as chip but don’t let that fool ya – its waterproof formula is incredible and just glides on, adding the right amount of color and hanging for the whole day. Winner.

How do you make your eyes look bigger and more present? Share your tips in the comments!

Lots of love,


  1. Some great tips Andrea :) I'm currently a student so late nights and dissertation stress are full on this year and I hope to try some of these out to at least pretend to the world that I'm awake. Think I need to invest in a better eyelash curler really, my Boots value one isn't up to the job.

    Lovely post as always! :) xx

    Forever Dreaming of Oz Blog

  2. Such a great idea for a post! I always use my nude Rimmel eyeliner it brightens my eyes so nicely! I really must try using a light eyeshadow. xx

    Beauty Girl

  3. I do similar things to this to make me look more awake. You've mentioned some great products that I need to try!! :) x


  4. This is great, I'd love to try some of these products! Especially the Benefit they're real mascara

  5. That Too Faced eyeshadow is so pretty, I had a look at the review and looks gorgeous on! I usually find that a little bit of liner and mascara do the trick for me... Without I look sleepy even after a good night's sleep! ;) xx

    Gyudy’s Notes Of Beauty

  6. Bare Study looks so pretty, I really want to try it out now!
    Maddy, xo // UNSTITCHEDD

  7. I've never tried a nude eyeliner but do really like that Rimmel range so will be having a look and giving that a go :) x

  8. Great tips!
    I absolutely love Scandaleyes nude liner.
    Lovely post :)

  9. Great tips, I can't believe what a difference eye makeup makes to my face everyday, without mascara my eyes look so much smaller and tired x

    Kat from Blushing Rose

  10. Fab tips! I really want to try the MAC paint pot in Bare Study - it looks soooo pretty! I always use the Benefit mascara too, and I like to use the shade "Booty Call" in the Naked 2 palette to brighten my eyes a bit! Sophie x

  11. Brilliant tips, Andrea and so helpful especially for a new mum like me, thank you! xx

    Reflection of Sanity

  12. Great tips! That Rimmel liner looks perfect.

    xo, alison*elle

  13. Thanks for these tips. I have four kids and get little sleep! Very useful.

  14. love the rimmel nude pencil its such a great colour to open up your eyes and not as harsh as white

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  15. In love with the rimmel pencils, they are lovely! As is benefit they're real mascara! Its my new fave!
    xprincessjas | x

  16. Didn't realise Rimmel had a nude eyeliner! Wanted to try one for a while :)

  17. I love the Benefit mascara, so good!

  18. I use the Rimmel Scanaleyes nearly everyday! It is perfect for the waterline!

    CassandraMyee | NZ Beauty Blog

  19. The Rimmel pencil looks amazing! *adds to wish list*

  20. Great tips!

  21. This is a life saver!!!

  22. It's so funny that I just bought gray and icy blue nail polishes as well! Great minds think alike ;) I'm really intrigued by the Sephora chubby stick. I just bought some PRETTY DARK lip creams from NYX and this chubby stick seems like a nice sheerer alternative!

    Keep in touch!
    Jen xx

  23. I absolutely love the Scandaleyes liner and it's my go to for brighter eyes in a flash! x


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