Anyone with small eyes will understand the struggles that come with applying makeup and false eyelashes. However, this guide is here to help you to discover the best methods and products to suit your eye shape.
The following guide includes tips on buying the right false eyelashes for smaller eyes which will help to open up the eyes and make them look brighter whilst also avoiding the appearance of heavy lids. You will also discover some expert makeup tips which are used by celebrities and their makeup artists which will all help to create the illusion of larger, more prominent eyes.
What are Small Eyes?
The best way to determine if you have small eyes is by comparing them with the rest of your facial features. This will involve looking in a mirror and checking the size of your nose and mouth in comparison to your eyes. If they are significantly smaller, then more than likely you do have small eyes.
It can be hard to apply makeup to small eyes as there is not much space to work with. However, there are many makeup techniques you can use to make your eye appear larger. You also need to avoid certain methods that will minimise your eye size, while also making you choose false eyelashes that do not overwhelm your small eyes.
What are the Best Eyelashes for Small Eyes?
One of the best ways to enhance small eyes is by applying false eyelashes, as they do not only increase the volume and length of your natural lashes but can also make your eyes look a lot bigger. However, you need to be very careful when choosing false eyelashes, as some thicker lash tend to overwhelm the eyes and can make them look even smaller.
The best false eyelashes for small eyes are natural-looking and shorter lashes which will accentuate the eye without making them look heavy. To help you choose the right lashes for your small eyes, here are some of the best lash products available for your eye shape.
Red Cherry Eyelashes - Desire
Red Cherry lashes in style Desire are perfect for small eyes as they add both volume and length without being over the top. They also have soft tapered ends which flare outwards, which makes them comfortable while also creating an elongating effect on the outer corners of the eye.
These are a fairly affordable set of lashes, and a pack includes a set of handmade synthetic eyelashes. They are also 100% Cruelty-Free and vegan-friendly, so you can look fabulous without the guilt.
Peaches and Cream - Style No. 30
If you are looking for cheap false eyelashes, then Peaches and Cream’s Style No. 30 lashes are an ideal choice; one set of high-quality faux mink lashes are included per pack.
This lash is perfect for people with small eyes as they are made up of multi-layered short lashes which add volume without a significant amount of length. They are also very easy to apply due to them being ultra-lightweight, so they are perfect for a quick daywear look.
Eylure Lengthening Lashes - 116
If you prefer length rather than volume, then Eylure’s 116 Lengthening Lashes are the best choice, especially if you have small eyes as they will make them appear larger without looking too heavy.
One pack of Eylure’s 116 includes one set of eyelashes and a high-quality Eylure adhesive. These products are both very easy to apply and can be reused if removed carefully.
House of Lashes - Iconic Mini
These false eyelashes are styled on House of Lashes’ legendary Iconic lashes, although the Iconic Mini style has a much shorter lash length as well as a smaller lash band. These are a perfect choice for small eyes as they accentuate the eyes without too much drama.
House of Lashes Iconic Mini falsies are in the middle price range for a pair of high-quality and lightweight lashes with a flared effect which helps to create a cat-eye aesthetic and to elongate the external corners of the eyes.
Ardell Accent Lashes - 318
Small eyes look great with natural wispy style lashes such as Ardell’s 318 Accent Lashes - featuring multiple layers of lash strands that creates graduate length. These lashes are also very comfortable and easy to apply.
Ardell’s style 318 set are high-quality and handmade false eyelashes which are ideal for almost any shape, although those with small eyes can benefit as these lashes will create the appearance of a bigger, more elongated eye shape.
SWEED x Nikki_Makeup - Sultry Corner
Another premium lash product is SWEED x Nikki_Makeup’s Sultry Corner lashes which help to enhance and elongate small eyes. These are half lashes which are only applied to the outer corners of the eye to create a cat-eye shape.
These 3D wispy-style lashes are pricey, but a pack contains one set of false eyelashes which are handmade and high-quality false eyelashes that help to add some drama to an everyday look.
Lilly Lashes 3D Mink Lashes - Cannes
For a celeb-inspired look, you may want to consider choosing Lilly Ghalichi’s Cannes lashes which offer a natural and glossy finish for both day and evening makeup looks.
Lilly Lashes in style Cannes offers a luxurious feathery and fluttery feel. This includes one set of double stacked false eyelashes which are made up of naturally-shred mink hair which offers the right balance between natural and dramatic.
Boldface Lashes - Starpower
For a more subtle lash style, you should look to Boldface’s Starpower lashes which are strip lashes that offer a more natural look. They are made up of delicate strands which are crisscrossed along with an ultra-lightweight and invisible lash band which all help to achieve an effortless finish.
Each box contains one pair of lashes in style Starpower. These are 100% Cruelty-Free as they are made from comfortable synthetic fibres which also makes them very easy to apply.
SOSU’s Premium Lashes - Sue
For an evening look that adds that extra dash of drama, look no further than SOSU Premium lashes in style Sue which give you an extra lift without too much volume. This is great for small eyes as this lash is made up of protruding lash clusters which help to open up the eye.
These lashes are a very affordable option, and a pack includes one pair of handmade eyelashes which are made of 100% human hair. The material used helps to create a natural and seamless aesthetic that is enhanced by the invisible lash band, which will mean no one will even notice that they are fake.Make-up for Small Eyes
While false eyelashes can widen and enhance the eyes, you will also need to change up your makeup to maximise the size of your eyes and make them stand out. There are various makeup methods which can make even the smallest eyes stand out, including:
To brighten and open up smaller eyes, you should apply a triangular shape of concealer under the eye and dab it with a brush to create an illuminating effect. This will not only highlight your eyes but will also hide any dark circles or blemishes, as this will also make your eyes look larger.
You can also use concealer on your eyelids to prime your eyes before applying eyeshadow or eyeliner, as this will create a smooth base and will also ensure your eye makeup lasts longer.
The first rule of applying eyeshadow to small eyes is that you should avoid dark shades as they tend to make your eyelids look heavier. Instead, you should stick to light and shimmery palettes which will reflect light and therefore create the illusion of a wider, more open eye shape. The best way to apply light eyeshadow is by putting some product onto the centre of the eyelids as this will create a contouring effect which will push the eyes forward.
If you have really small eyes and have barely any lid to work with, then you may want to contour a crease in order to create the illusion of deeper set larger eyes. This will involve using a neutral matte shade which should be brushed and blended from the outer corner to the crease.
One of the best ways to make small eyes look more open is by applying eyeliner to the bottom of your eye. However, you should only apply black eyeliner a third of the way in from the outer corner. You can also add liner to the top of the lid and flick it out to create a cat-eye shape.
White eyeliner for small eyes is also great for widening the eyes, especially in comparison to black eyeliner which when applied to the entire eye area can make them appear much smaller. To widen the eyes, you should use a white or neutral-coloured pencil that suits your skin tone and draw on the waterline.
Amping up your lashes with mascara is one of the best ways to open up your small eyes. You should try a volumizing mascara on your lashes and add three or more layers onto the outer corners in order to create a doe-eyed aesthetic.
You can also add mascara to help your false eyelashes stick on better, although, you should avoid using too much as you do not want it to clump. If you are using half lashes where the falsies are only applied to the outer corner, then you should make sure that your natural lashes have enough mascara on them to create seamless volume.Celebrities with Small Eyes
If you are unsure which makeup looks work for your small eyes, then who better to look to than your favourite celebs who share your eye shape. For instance, the well-known actress Keira Knightley has small eyes, although you may not realise as her defined and bushy brows successful frame her small eyes and bring attention to them.
Another talented actress with small eyes is Naomi Watts, who is always seen adorning shimmery and nude eyeshadows which help to reflect the light which makes her eyes appear much larger. The key to imitating this look is by applying lighter shades to the upper eyelids and using shimmery colours on the inner corners of the eye to elongate the shape.
Taylor Swift also has small eyes, although she enhances them by using the tight-line method, which involves filling in sparse areas between your eyelashes after you have applied your mascara. More than likely, she probably has a professional makeup artist do this for her as it can be quite time-consuming, as it involves applying dots of eyeliner to fill in the gaps between your lashes. This will not only make your lashes appear fuller but will also create the appearance of a longer eye line, especially when you combine this technique with some lengthening lashes.Conclusion
Now you have all the information on how to enhance small eyes, why not try out some of the small eyes makeup tips on your next outing? Also, if you have a special occasion coming up, you can choose from the selection of false lashes mentioned above. These products cover all budgets and also offer subtle volume and lengthening qualities which will really make your eyes stand out while also improving your confidence.