3 steps to subtly define your eyes for maximum impact

How To Subtly Define Your Eyes For Maximum Impact - Reese Witherspoon

A neutral palette and voluminous lashes are always ‘in’

InStyle Contributing Editor / October 16 2017

Creating bigger, brighter eyes is a classic makeup look that will take you from desk-side to dinner. Sweep away any signs of fatigue with a wash of eyeshadow and amp up the drama for evening with extra liner and lashings of mascara. Here, makeup artist Charlotte Blakeney reveals three simple steps to getting an eye-catching look.


Create definition with a neutral colour palette

Shades such as grey, taupe and bone are both flattering and foolproof, says Blakeney, who recommends camouflaging redness by covering lids with a pale shadow then using a warmer hue just above the lid to “draw out the eyes and make them appear more youthful”. Lastly, add definition by applying a darker shadow to your lash lines – but, cautions Blakeney, don’t go too heavy on the bottom lashes as it can make you look tired. Palette we love: Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trio in Not So Nude.

Elizabeth Arden Eye Shadow Trio in Not So Nude


Makes eyes pop with a shimmering finish

Shimmery shadows open up your eyes but take care to use them sparingly as too much powder can settle into fine lines, drawing attention to crow’s feet. Lightly dot a gold or champagne tone along your brow bones and in the inner corner of your eyes to refresh your peepers. Try Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Eye Metals in Blonde Gold.

Estée Lauder Victoria Beckham Estée Lauder Eye Metals in Blonde Gold


Open up your eyes with mascara

A good mascara will add volume to lacklustre lashes; look for thickening and lengthening formulas and experiment with brown or blue-black, which may work better with your complexion and hair colour than true black. We like Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara (available in Blackest Black, Blackened Brown and Plummy Brown). Use an eyelash curler to “open hooded eyes”, says Blakeney, then apply mascara, sweeping the wand from roots to tips. Fullness at the outer edge of the lids “will widen the eyes” so add a few individual false lashes to your upper lash lines.

Revlon Mega Multiplier Mascara

Want to add more colour to your eye makeup look? Give burgundy eye makeup a try!

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Chelsea is BEAUTYcrew’s Contributing Editor. She has a sweet spot for anything that claims to make skin glow and won’t leave the house without a slick of mascara. Chelsea has 10 years of experience as a beauty editor and her words can be found on BEAUTYcrew, Women’s Health, Daily Addict, The Joye and Primped.