Play Up Your Eyes To Make Your Face Look Smaller

Makeup is a simple way to transform your look, and you don't need to be an expert to do it. If you're hoping to detract from the size of your face, eye makeup can achieve a beautiful, slimming look. The best secret to a smaller face is the illusion of large eyes. This guide outlines four steps to have your eyes pop and slim your face.

Step 1: Properly Apply Eyeliner

The best eyeliner application for the appearance of large eyes is smooth liner along the top lash line only. Though it is popular to use liner on the lower lash line as well, you'll instantly make eyes appear smaller by applying it there. If you have a steady hand and are feeling adventurous, you can also experiment with liner to achieve a cat's eye look, which will lengthen your lash line.

Step 2: Shimmer Up the Corners

Shimmery or pearlized eye shadow is a great way to draw attention to your eyes. This highlight is best applied to the inside corners of your eyes. This gives the illusion of larger eyes, equaling the illusion of a smaller face.

Step 3: Apply Mascara

Using a blow dryer, blast a few seconds of heat onto the metal portion of your lash curler. Much like a heated curling iron, this will help your lashes hold curl better. Be sure to test the curler on the back of your hand so you do not burn your sensitive eyelids.

Once your top lashes are curled, apply two coats of volumizing mascara. Black or "very black" mascara will achieve the most eye-popping look.

Step 4: Work on the Brows

Eyebrows are a very important part of the entire eye look. Thicker brows help a face look thinner and more youthful. Shape your brows with a slight angle to add natural contour to your face. Even if you don't have naturally thick eyebrows, they can be filled in with a matching colored eyebrow pencil, eyebrow gel or eye shadow and an angle brush.

It is fairly simple to make your face look smaller by making your eyes look bigger. Take the time to add to your makeup collection so you have all the eye-popping tools you need: eyeliner, shimmery shadow, eyelash curler, volumizing mascara and brow filler. Experiment to find a routine that works for you. Ask your beauty professionals, or even a student at a cosmetology school, for more ideas on creating bigger eyes to achieve a slimmer-looking face. Talk to a school like Capilo Institute for help.