How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Saying “you look tired” to another woman is a girl-on-girl crime as high up there as giving Regina George a Kälteen bar. As much as we’re all juggling these days, of course we’re tired! That said, it still doesn’t mean you always want everyone knowing you didn’t exactly get eight hours sleep.

While using heavy makeup to disguise exhausted eyes sometimes works, other times it can just make you look as if you’re wearing a mask of your face. Spend the same amount of time invigorating your skin and combatting signs of fatigue (instead of covering them up) and you’ll be in a much better place by the time you’re ready to walk out the door. You might not even want to wear any makeup at all—your call. Here, our favorite skin-saving and eye-awakening tricks that don’t involve a single drop of makeup.

Breathe in an Invigorating Scent
Step one to looking more awake: Actually wake up. And yes, coffee might help, but you could also try something a little bit gentler, like essential oils. Muji’s so-space-age diffuser ($120, muji.com) vaporizes oils into your bathroom or bedroom, so you can go about your business while inhaling a restorative, heavenly scent. Try its “Refresh” blend of citrus and eucalyptus oils, or look for peppermint or rosemary oils, which are also known to make you feel more alert.

Give Your Skin a Fresh Flush
Bringing some color and life back to your skin is one of the easiest ways to look more well-rested and generally alive. You could do this by working out for 30 minutes or—since we’re guessing you’re like most of us and probably don’t have the time—you could grab your best facial mask and go to town. We love the Glossier Mega Greens Galaxy Pack ($22, glossier.com), which features white clay, avocado, and greens to help detoxify and hydrate skin to a very satisfying degree. Put it on for 10 minutes while you’re styling your hair or eating breakfast. #multitasking

Clear Up Bloodshot Eyes
If you’ve been up all night—and not exactly chugging water and doing yoga—your eyes are probably dry and red, or just generally dead looking. Give them some moisture and relief with eye drops or, for a more natural alternative, put fresh cucumber slices on your eyes for five minutes. Cucumbers have antioxidants that help reduce irritation while the cold temperature (assuming they came from the fridge) also reduces inflammation.

Get ready to hear, “Your eyes look amazing!” all the time.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

There’s something so playful and sexy about big doe eyes—but you don’t have to be genetically gifted to get them. Just use these tips from M.J. Forte, a New York City-based makeup artist, to fake big, bright eyes.

Go Light In The Corner
For eyes that pop, focus a light shadow on the inner-third of your eyelid, closest to your tear duct. “It makes your eyes look bigger instantly,” says Forte. The lighter color acts as a highlight to create an open appearance to the eye, making your eyes look larger, fresher, and more awake. Forte’s favorites are M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Yogurt and Vanilla ($16 each, maccosmetics.com).

Highlight The Browbone—But Not with Highlighter
Adding a highlight under the tail of your eyebrow on the highest part of your eye socket—the brow bone—will give mega-lift to your eye by drawing the attention up, says Forte. While you can definitely use the same shadow you would use on the inner corner of your eye, Forte recommends using a concealer. Go for a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone to illuminate the eye area. “Anything that’s lighter is going to brighten,” says Forte.

Use a Layered Approach to Make Dark Circles Vanish
When it comes to big, bright eyes, any and all dark shades are the enemy. Forte says that the biggest mistake a girl can make is not concealing her undereye circles. “Darkness around your eyes will make them look smaller,” says Forte. Her concealing secret is to start with a pink-toned concealer before layering a yellow-toned concealer on top. She recommends Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($24, sephora.com) as your base and Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long-Lasting Concealer ($40, nordstrom.com) for your second layer.

Visually Extend Your Eyes
White liner opens up your eyes instantly. Use it on the inner rim of your lashes to extend the whites of your eyes and make them look larger and more awake with one stroke. Forte’s go-to: M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16, maccosmetics.com).

Rock a Nude Lip
If you want all eyes on your eyes, Forte says it’s important to keep the rest of your face as natural as possible. “Make your lips a lighter color because then the attention will be on your eyes,” says Forte. Her favorite for nude lips is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima ($22, sephora.com).

Double Up on Falsies
There’s a reason those models in mascara commercials have that doe-eyed look. Forte says that she uses false lashes for all of the shoots she works to give the models a wide-open eye. In fact, she uses two sets of falsies instead of one. “I always layer two sets of lashes, one for length and one for thickness,” says Forte. This means serious drama in the eye area. Try Ardell lashes ($1.99-$5.49, ulta.com).

Lash Curlers Are A Must
Creating length coming up and out of the eye draws the focus away from the lash line, making the eye look wide open, says Forte. To achieve this effect, invest in a pair of lash curlers, and curl before applying mascara. Try Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler ($12.15, ulta.com). “They’re a lifesaver,” says Forte. “Every girl needs a pair.”

MORE: 7 Things You Never Knew About Eyelashes

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Disney Princesses were basically our first-ever #beautygoals, and Princess Jasmine, Ariel, and Belle all had one thing in common, huge doe-eyes! Faking Bambi-like eyes is so achievable when you follow these strategic guidelines. Here’re our ultimate eye makeup tips to make your eyes look bigger.

1. Brighten your waterline

Lining your lower waterline with a pale-colored eyeliner is one of the easiest tricks in the beauty bible. You can use a white pencil liner for a dramatic difference, but we prefer a beige liner, which looks more natural and has the same effect.

Top Tip: Liner doesn’t last long on the lower waterline – probably because you blink about 1500 times a day – so take your liner out with you and reapply whenever you pop to the bathroom.

2. Highlight like a pro

Highlighter doesn’t just give life to your cheekbones, it’s one of the best tricks for opening up your eyes too. Use it on your brow bone (which will lift your brow), on the inner corners of your eyes to open them up, and on the very center of the lid to make your eyes pop.

3. Use concealer strategically

Use concealer on the inner corner and outer corners, which are areas that tend to look darker. By adding light to these areas, you bring the eyes forward and emphasize their size.

4. Lift your lashes

We all know mascara makes a massive difference to our eyes, so imagine how bomb the right pair of false lashes can look. With false lashes, it’s crucial that you find the right style to flatter your eye shape: Depending on whether you have almond, round, hooded or deep-set eyes, each needs a different lash, otherwise, you run the risk of making your eyes look smaller. Check out our guide to choosing the right lashes here.

If it’s not an occasion for lashes, then a good mascara – we love the L’Oreal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise, $9 – combined with a lash curler will lift and open up your eyes immediately. You can also get a lash-lift at your local salon, which is a semi-permanent beauty treatment that adds an insane curl to your lashes for around six weeks.

5. Don’t forget your lower lash line

Adding mascara to your lower lashes will also open up the eyes for a wide, doe-eyed look: For a softer look, you can use brown mascara, or even colored mascara if you like. Adding a little eyeliner to the outer corner of your lower lash line will also help to elongate your eyes. Stick to the outer third of your eye, and use a soft brown eyeshadow to smoke it out, which will make the eye look wider – harsh lines can make the eyes look smaller.

6. Define your crease

Whether you’re going for a natural look or a smokey eye, tailor your eyeshadow to the look and define your crease. If you’re doing a no-makeup-makeup look, you can use a light brown shade in the crease, which adds dimension to the eye. Slowly build up the eyeshadow with a soft fluffy brush, for a natural look (dark lids can make the eyes look smaller).

7. Frame your face

A well-groomed pair of brows is so essential for creating balance and harmony of the face, but also for accentuating your eyes. Check out our guide to find the right brow shape to suit your face shape here.

Top Tip: Instead of bringing the tale of your brow downwards at the end, elongate it so that the tip flares out towards your ears, which will help to lift the brow for a more youthful appearance.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

8. Conceal dark circles

Bright eyes not only make your eyes look more awake, but they also open up your eyes. Choose a shade of concealer a shade or two lighter, or if you have dark circles, use a peach-toned concealer, which will cancel out purple undertones. Baking under your eyes will also add brightness and help to keep your eyeliner from smudging throughout the day. Just apply a thick coat of translucent powder underneath your eye area after concealer, and let it sit for three to five minutes. Afterward, dust it off using a clean, fluffy brush.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

9. Wing it

Winged eyeliner can also help create the illusion of bigger eyes. If you have smaller eyes it’s better to avoid heavy eyeliner on your upper lid, as this can make it look smaller. Instead, you can draw a very thin line above your lashes, tapering the eyeliner outwards from the last third of your lashes to create a subtle flick. Check out our guide to drawing the sexiest wing to suit your eye shape here.

If you’re thinking about getting eyelash extensions, check out everything you need to know before you book your appointment here.

Today, we would be talking about makeup tips on how to make your eyes look wide awake. Even if you did not sleep the last night, there is no need to show the world that you are in need of some sleep. Mostly, your eyes look swollen, worn out and droopy due to lack of sleep. Well, if you are seriously looking for out for help that will make your eyes look wide awake, here are some fantastic makeup tips to serve your need.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

Read on to know more.

1. Drop Out Black Mascara:

If you want to make your eye look wide awake, try to use more of blue tinted cosmetics as it helps to counteract dullness on the face. In order to impress with eyes, you can swap your black mascara with a blue tinted one. Simply switching over to a blue tinted mascara from a black can do wonders on your face and also save your time.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

2. Exfoliate Your Skin When You Wake Up:

Even though you are feeling sleepy, you need to wake up and exfoliate your skin for a natural glow. Experts say perfect exfoliating can help to get rid of the dark cells and also get rid of the clogged pores on the skin. Use a gentle exfoliator and scrub all over the face and pay attention to the under eye area.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

3. Curl your Lashes:

You might have never heard about curling your lashes as soon as you wake up from sleep, but believe me, this is a phenomenal idea to do. This simple step helps in opening up your eyes and give you the wide awake you crave for. Pinch your eye lashes in between the eyelash curler and do this several times. Now, you are good to go with a blue tinted mascara.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

4. Make Use of Peach Color Concealer:

When your skin is tired and dull, it looks darker than your usual complexion color. When your skin is dark due to fatigue, make use of peach color concealer so that it can help to revive your skin tone and also make your skin look fresh. Dab some peach color concealer towards the inner edges of the eye and use a primer for rest of the face. If not peach color, you can also consider using a pink color concealer. This will help to hide the dark shadows on the skin easily.

5. Add a BB Cream:

BB cream can work in several different ways on skin. It can work as a concealer, as a primer, as a tint and also a moisturiser. Using a BB or CC cream can help to give an even coverage to your skin and also hide the blemishes and acne scars on the face. Use a small amount of BB cream all over your face to give an even pigmentation throughout the face.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

6. Use Creams with Caffeine Extracts in it:

Caffeine is one of the incredible ingredients that help to boost the functioning of a human body and also make you feel energetic. The effect of caffeine on the skin is the same as it helps to rejuvenate your skin. Use an eye cream that contains caffeine extracts and massage the area for several minutes. You can a see a lot of difference later.

7. Go for Bold Lipsticks:

When your eyes cannot be an attention seeker, look out for distraction. You can distract someone’s attention with your bold and shimmery lipstick. Wearing a bold lipstick can draw attention from tired eyes and put it on your lovely pout. Make sure you choose a color which matches your skin tone and looks perfect.

Get ready to hear, “Your eyes look amazing!” all the time.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

There’s something so playful and sexy about big doe eyes—but you don’t have to be genetically gifted to get them. Just use these tips from M.J. Forte, a New York City-based makeup artist, to fake big, bright eyes.

Go Light In The Corner
For eyes that pop, focus a light shadow on the inner-third of your eyelid, closest to your tear duct. “It makes your eyes look bigger instantly,” says Forte. The lighter color acts as a highlight to create an open appearance to the eye, making your eyes look larger, fresher, and more awake. Forte’s favorites are M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Shadow in Yogurt and Vanilla ($16 each, maccosmetics.com).

Highlight The Browbone—But Not with Highlighter
Adding a highlight under the tail of your eyebrow on the highest part of your eye socket—the brow bone—will give mega-lift to your eye by drawing the attention up, says Forte. While you can definitely use the same shadow you would use on the inner corner of your eye, Forte recommends using a concealer. Go for a shade slightly lighter than your natural skin tone to illuminate the eye area. “Anything that’s lighter is going to brighten,” says Forte.

Use a Layered Approach to Make Dark Circles Vanish
When it comes to big, bright eyes, any and all dark shades are the enemy. Forte says that the biggest mistake a girl can make is not concealing her undereye circles. “Darkness around your eyes will make them look smaller,” says Forte. Her concealing secret is to start with a pink-toned concealer before layering a yellow-toned concealer on top. She recommends Laura Mercier Secret Concealer ($24, sephora.com) as your base and Chanel Correcteur Perfection Long-Lasting Concealer ($40, nordstrom.com) for your second layer.

Visually Extend Your Eyes
White liner opens up your eyes instantly. Use it on the inner rim of your lashes to extend the whites of your eyes and make them look larger and more awake with one stroke. Forte’s go-to: M.A.C. Cosmetics Eye Kohl in Fascinating ($16, maccosmetics.com).

Rock a Nude Lip
If you want all eyes on your eyes, Forte says it’s important to keep the rest of your face as natural as possible. “Make your lips a lighter color because then the attention will be on your eyes,” says Forte. Her favorite for nude lips is Stila Stay All Day Liquid Lipstick in Bellissima ($22, sephora.com).

Double Up on Falsies
There’s a reason those models in mascara commercials have that doe-eyed look. Forte says that she uses false lashes for all of the shoots she works to give the models a wide-open eye. In fact, she uses two sets of falsies instead of one. “I always layer two sets of lashes, one for length and one for thickness,” says Forte. This means serious drama in the eye area. Try Ardell lashes ($1.99-$5.49, ulta.com).

Lash Curlers Are A Must
Creating length coming up and out of the eye draws the focus away from the lash line, making the eye look wide open, says Forte. To achieve this effect, invest in a pair of lash curlers, and curl before applying mascara. Try Tweezerman Classic Lash Curler ($12.15, ulta.com). “They’re a lifesaver,” says Forte. “Every girl needs a pair.”

MORE: 7 Things You Never Knew About Eyelashes

Expert tips for a wide-awake look.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

There is some science to the appeal of Disney-princess size eyes: We associate them with youth since babies are born with a set that’s close to how large they’ll be in adulthood. Fair, but we typically find ourselves wishing for a wide-eyed look due to the way it instantly conveys a well-rested alertness. Babies are nice, but looking ready to conquer the world pre-coffee is everything.

If you’re of the same mind, prepare to master makeup tricks you’ll use forever. We asked celebrity makeup artist Michael Anthony for easy tips that can enhance whatever you’re working with.

Anthony’s first trick—lining the bottom lid with a white or beige pencil—is basically an optical illusion. “It neutralizes the color of the waterline, making it look like it’s actually part of the eye.” Skip the optic white pencil in favor of something with a hint of peach or cream—it’ll look a touch more subtle.

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Anthony’s first trick—lining the bottom lid with a white or beige pencil—is basically an optical illusion. “It neutralizes the color of the waterline, making it look like it’s actually part of the eye.” Skip the optic white pencil in favor of something with a hint of peach or cream—it’ll look a touch more subtle.

Make your mascara really pop by going over the undereye area with concealer first. The contrast of dark mascara to brightened skin will frame the entire eye, though product on the lower lash runs the risk of smudging. “Waterproof mascara is best for avoiding any makeup transferring onto your skin,” Anthony explains. Keep the eye-brightening concealer in place by dusting a light layer of powder on top.

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Make your mascara really pop by going over the undereye area with concealer first. The contrast of dark mascara to brightened skin will frame the entire eye, though product on the lower lash runs the risk of smudging. “Waterproof mascara is best for avoiding any makeup transferring onto your skin,” Anthony explains. Keep the eye-brightening concealer in place by dusting a light layer of powder on top.

Adding a touch of light-reflecting silver or white eye shadow in the inner corner is an old brightening trick, but Anthony had a twist up his sleeve. To up the trick’s eye-opening powers, go with two products rather than one. “I use a chubby pencil in a champagne color and set with a powdered highlighter or a shadow that has some shimmer.”

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Adding a touch of light-reflecting silver or white eye shadow in the inner corner is an old brightening trick, but Anthony had a twist up his sleeve. To up the trick’s eye-opening powers, go with two products rather than one. “I use a chubby pencil in a champagne color and set with a powdered highlighter or a shadow that has some shimmer.”

False eye lashes for the upper fringe, sure, but below? “Putting lashes at the center of the eye gives a doe-eyed, innocent appearance,” Anthony told us. Use individuals or cut a strip into a small, roughly quarter-inch section, and apply in the same manner you would on the upper lid.

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False eye lashes for the upper fringe, sure, but below? “Putting lashes at the center of the eye gives a doe-eyed, innocent appearance,” Anthony told us. Use individuals or cut a strip into a small, roughly quarter-inch section, and apply in the same manner you would on the upper lid.

Anthony saved his most complicated eye-opening trick for the end. Trickier to master, he promised us it’s worth the work: “It reshapes your eye in a huge way. You can extend or curve the lines for different effects. It’s fun to experiment with different colored liners and how you layer them.” To start, draw a classic cat-eye shape on the top lid with a dark color. Switch to a lighter shade and sketch a thin line under the lower lashes just at the end of the eye.

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Anthony saved his most complicated eye-opening trick for the end. Trickier to master, but he promised us it’s worth the work: “It reshapes your eye in a huge way. You can extend or curve the lines for different effects. It’s fun to experiment with different colored liners and how you layer them.” To start, draw a classic cat-eye shape on the top lid with a dark color. Switch to a lighter shade and sketch a thin line under the lower lashes just at the end of the eye.

The combination of all five makes for a bright-eyed look that hints at a perfect eight hours of sleep.

Hair: Jacob Rozenberg

Makeup: Michael Anthony

Stylist: Brandy Joy Smith

Manicurist: Rachel Shim

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The combination of all five makes for a bright-eyed look that hints at a perfect eight hours of sleep.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awakeWritten by
Dr. Mounir Bashour

We most commonly have tired eyes at bedtime, right before falling asleep. The eyelids feel heavy and they begin to droop. Your field of vision narrows as you squint and blink at the TV screen, trying to stay awake. Then your eyelids become even heavier and close when the need for sleep takes over.

It is also common to have tired eyes at the end of a long day, after many hours of concentration during which you must keep your eyes open. Staring at a computer, reading, scanning, watching — whatever your eyes do is a workout for the eye and eyelid muscles.

Most of the time, tired eyes are simply a sign of muscle fatigue. This is why rubbing tired eyes temporarily revives them. The rubbing increases the blood flow in the area, and like a massage of the calf muscles after exercise, it helps loosen the muscles, making the eyelids feel less heavy. Tired eyes from muscle fatigue may also appear red and puffy.

In some instances, the eyes may look tired but you may not be tired. In people born with thicker eyelids, the eyes appear to droop. As people age, fat can accumulate around the eyes, and the extra tissue can make the eyes look tired.

This is often described as bags under the eyes. For those with excess tissue around the eyes, eyelid surgery (blepharoplasty) can improve both cosmetic appearance and vision.

Resting tired eyes is usually all that is needed to return them to normal, and not resting tired eyes can lead to eye strain. Although it is usually harmless, eye strain can lead to other problems, such as headache, dry eyes, irritability, and eye pain.

Common Reasons Our Eyes GetTired

It is usually easy to pinpoint the cause of your tired eyes. Here are a few common reasons for swollen, droopy eyes and heavy eyelids:

  • Too little or too much sleep
  • Prolonged staring at digital devices (computer screens, smartphones, video games); this is known as Computer Vision Syndrome
  • Allergies
  • Overworking the eyes by performing an activity that requires intense use of the eyes, such driving or reading, for an extended period without taking a break
  • Incorrect vision prescription
  • Dry eye syndrome (a chronic lack of moisture in the eye that can occur when the tear glands don’t produce the correct quantity or quality of tears)
  • Farsightedness (difficulty seeing objects that are nearby)
  • Astigmatism (a condition in which the cornea is abnormally curved, causing vision to be out of focus)
  • Exposure to bright light or straining to see in dim light
  • Presbyopia (the slow loss of ability to see close objects or small print) is normal as you get older; people with presbyopia often have headaches or strained, tired eyes, and may require reading glasses

All these conditions force the eye muscles to work harder than usual. Ophthalmologists speculate that much eye fatigue is really caused by dryness. People normally blink about 12 to 15 times per minute. This naturally refreshes the eyes.

When you are tired, the blink rate slows down and the eyes are not properly lubricated, causing irritation. Studies suggest that computer users blink much less frequently, about four or five blinks per minute.

The less you blink, the more productive you may be, but this can take a toll on your eyes. The symptoms that accompany eye strain from computer use have been summed up as Computer Vision Syndrome:

“Computer Vision Syndrome is by far the most prevalent [workplace ergonomic issue], affecting an estimated 150 to 200 million Americans, or 90 percent of computer users who work more than three hours a day on the computer.” (Huffington Post, 2012)

Symptoms Associated With Tired Eyes

Whatever the cause, the signs of eye fatigue are unmistakable. Other symptoms that may be associated with tired eyes include:

  • Redness or irritation
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Dry or watery eyes
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Increased sensitivity to light
  • Pain in the neck, shoulders, or back

Sleep deprivation can intensify these symptoms and reduce your productivity. Getting enough sleep is essential for eye health. Sleep allows your eyes to fully rest, repair, and recover. Insufficient sleep may result in persistent eye irritation and weaken your vision.

How to Prevent Tired Eyes

Simple changes in your work habits or environment can usually prevent or reduce eye fatigue:

  • Get enough sleep.
  • Try to reduce the environmental triggers of your eye allergies; ask your doctor about eye allergy treatments.
  • Take frequent breaks from work: step away from your computer or work space at least once an hour.
  • For computer users: try placing the screen 20 – 26 inches away from your eyes and a little below eye level. Regularly clean dust and fingerprints from the screen, and consider using a glare filter over your screen.
  • Adjust the lighting in your office or room to find a level that is comfortable for you.
  • If you are engaged in close-up work, periodically focusing on a distant object can help your eyes relax.
  • Allow your eyes to rest after work.
  • Visit your eye doctor regularly to make sure your vision prescription is correct and your eyes are healthy.

How to Reduce Puffiness of Tired Eyes

The puffiness associated with tired eyes can last a few minutes to a few hours. People who think swollen, tired eyes are cosmetically unappealing can look in their refrigerator for a few inexpensive home remedies.

While an ice pack can decrease eye swelling, it can be too bulky or hard to place on the delicate eye. The following options offer more comfortable alternatives to help reduce the puffiness of tired eyes:

  • Cucumbers: Contrary to popular belief, cucumbers do not have anti-inflammatory properties, but their round shape and composition (mostly water) make chilled cucumber slices excellent mini ice packs for puffy eyes.
  • Bag of frozen vegetables: Frozen baby peas are recommended because they have a way of filling out the space around the eyes. Always place a soft cloth between the bag and your skin. The eye swelling should decrease after five to fifteen minutes of application.
  • Whole Milk: The fat in whole milk is one of its soothing components. Protein, amino acids, lactic acid, and vitamins A and D are other ingredients that can reduce eye irritation and puffiness. Iced milk works best. Simply apply a clean washcloth saturated in ice cold milk to the eyes for about fifteen minutes.

For sleepy eyes or to hide a hangover

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

1. De-puff bags

Drain the morning puffiness swallowing your peepers with a cool shot – from submerging your face in ice cubes and cucumber (a Kate Moss trick), to dabbing cold eye drops around the eye area (a MAC makeup artist tip).

2. Brighten dark circles

Shadows will set your eyes back, literally. Colour correct dark circles with an illuminating concealer a shade slightly lighter than your foundation to lift and brighten. We like the affordable L’Oreal Paris Touche Magique Illuminating Concealer (£7.99). Remember to take it down to your cheek in a ‘V’ shape, in order to brighten up the whole face.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

3. Always curl your lashes

This instantly lifts lashes and therefore widens your eyes. Our favourite curler is by Charlotte Tilbury (£18), expensive, yes, but it’s a keep-forever tool that’ll pay you back in complements.

4. Brighten the waterline

While black liner inside the lower eyelids will close your eyes, a brightening neutral shade will open them. We’re not talking white, but a creamy flesh-coloured tone will conceal redness infallibly. Try Rimmel Scandal Eyes Waterproof Kohl Liner in Nude (£3.99).

5. Contour the crease

As you would shade your cheeks to give them definition, contour your eyelids to give them secret shape. Sweep an eyeshadow shade slightly darker than your natural skin tone along the crease of your eyelid.

6. Highlight the inner corners

Apply a touch of iridescent shadow or highlighter to the inner corner of your eyelids (near the tear ducts) and below the arches of your brows. This will instantly open your eyes making them appear wider.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

7. Frame your eyes

Never underestimate the importance of maintaining a strong brow shape – they’re the coat hangers of your face! Have them professionally shaped and try the catwalk model trick of brushing them up to open your eyes.

8. Use lengthening mascara

Mascara is THE magic wand for making eyes look bigger and if you use only one product make it this, but try a lengthening formula over a thickening one. We like Dior’s Diorshow Mascara (£25.50). For added oomph try sticking 3-4 individual lashes to the outer corners of the eye to create a cat eye shape.

9. Draw fine lines

Draw your liner as close to the upper lashline as possible and don’t enclose your eyes by lining all the way around – especially at the bottom. Increase the thickness gradually towards the outer corners. The elf Intense Eyeliner (£4.50) has a flexible tip which makes this precision a doddle.

How to make your eyes appear wider and more awake

10. Wing liner up and out

Extend your lines at the outer corners of your eyes with an up ‘n’ out technique. Try not to go too thick with your eyeliner, as this can often look a little heavy on smaller lids.