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Larger, brighter, wider eyes are one of the easiest beauty tricks to master. Curling your lashes is a no brainer, and we’ve known a little shimmery champagne colored shadow in the inner tear duct will brighten your eyes since Blake Lively‘s makeup artist spilled her secrets circa Gossip Girl season 2. These 5 tips are the secret sauce that will make your regular eye makeup pop even more.

The Stamp

When you’re finished applying mascara (or if you need to freshen up your lashes in between a day at the office and a night out) take your mascara wand, press it horizontally against the base of your lashes, and wiggle the brush to deposit product only at the base. Targeting product at the roots of your lashes and a firm-but-gentle pressure will give your lashes a little extra lift and curl. Stamping mascara only at the base of your lashes adds extra volume without clumping or spidery tips.

The Dot


Take a soft kohl pencil (like MAC Eye Kohl or Rimmel Soft Kohl Kajal Eye Liner) and press the tip in between your top eyelashes. Create a dashed line all the way across your lashline, working the pencil in between lashes instead of across your lid. The effect is even more subtle than tightlining, making your eyelashes look thick and lush at the base.

The Layer Cake

Mascara may be the cosmetic industry’s greatest gift to women, but ignore any and all mascara that promises to do it all. A thick, volumizing formula with a feathery brush will never achieve the extreme lengths you want without flaking, and lengthening formulas are generally too thin to build volume without clumps. If you require lashes that are voluminous and curled and lengthened, it’s best to use a volumizing mascara, lengthening mascara, and a lash curler. You’ll get the best results using any lengthening/defining formulas first, and saving your volumizing picks for last.

For a false lash look step by step, start with CoverGirl Lash Exact on inner corners and lower lashes to tint and define. Follow with Rimmel Lash Accelerator to build length. Finish with volumizing mascara for drama, like Maybelline Volum’ Express the RocketBenefit Bad Gal Lash, or Lancome Hypnose Doll Lashes.

Dolly Eyes


For a wide-eyed effect that rivals extreme circle lenses and false lashes, adjust the shape of your liquid liner. Begin by tracing along your upper lashline with liquid eyeliner. When the liner is dry, widen the line at the center of your eye, directly over your pupil. This gives your eyes a rounded appearance for innocent, doll-like eyes.

A quick drying felt tip liner is easiest to maneuver for this look. Try L’oreal Carbon Black Lineur Intense in carbon black.


You can also play with line thickness to get more sultry, angular eyes. If you already have wide eyes and want to tone down the dolly look, keep the line thin from the inner corner to your pupil, then widen the line at the outer corner (just short of a cateye flick) to draw the outer corners up and out. You’ll get a subtle cateye effect that’s more sexy than sweet.

The Edie

For dramatic doe eyes, copy Edie Sedgwick’s mod undereye look. Before applying mascara to your bottom lashes, trace a few lashes under your lower lashline. Use a pencil or liquid liner to draw on 2-6 lashes under your eyes, concentrated at the outer corner. A few dashed lines create the illusion of thicker, shadowy, undereye fringe. Finish with mascara on your lower lashes.

You can tailor this look for a candle lit date night dinner or a themed sixties party. Use a freshly sharpened dove grey pencil liner for subtle shadows, and a black liquid liner for dramatic false lash effect.

Edie Sedgwick

Light, tasteful makeup is all fine and good, but it’s so much more fun to change the shape of your eyes completely. Icons like Edie Sedgwick and Goldie Hawn didn’t always wear the most flattering eye makeup, but frosty lids, defined black creases, and drawn on lashes create bold, unforgettable looks. Grab your favorite eye pencil or liquid and try a new shape. It’s cheaper than plastic surgery and way less painful to fix your mistakes!