Whether you stayed up a little too late last night binging Netflix or had a few more drinks than you were planning while out with friends, there are a number of reasons why your eyes may be looking a little tired this morning. Tired eyes are a telltale sign of a lack of sleep and can make your entire face look fatigued. If you want your eyes to look energized and wide awake, we’ve rounded up 11 tips for how to make your eyes look brighter, even on your sleepiest of days.
How to Make Your Eyes Look Brighter
1. Use an Eye Cream
The skin underneath your eyes is thinner than the rest of your face, making the area more prone to wrinkles, puffiness and dark circles. The Honest Beauty Eye Cream is part colour corrector, part hydrating eye cream and instantly diffuses the look of dark circles. Formulated with hyaluronic acid and squalene to boost moisture and illuminating pearl to brighten the eye area, it’s the perfect product to add to your AM makeup routine. It also offers a subtle tint even before you apply your concealer.
2. Colour Correct
If you’re dealing with dark circles, use a peach-toned concealer to balance out the blues in your under-eye bags. Apply the corrector to the innermost corner of the eye, then tap on the product to make a V shape, with the point landing right above your cheekbone. Blend it in and watch your dark circles fade away.
A good under eye concealer is one of the best ways to brighten your face and make your eyes look more awake. Look for a product that’s packed with pigment and has moisturizing properties to hydrate your skin and cover dark circles. Tarte’s Shape Tape Concealer is super blendable and instantly helps to brighten and lift the eyes. It’s made with shea and mango seed butter to moisturize and liquorice root extract to brighten and colour correct.
4. Line Your Eyes with Sheer Shadow
Lining your lower lash line can make your eyes look smaller, especially if you use a black liner. Instead, apply a sheer layer of light brown shadow along your bottom lashes. This little trick reflects light and gives the appearance of more space, making your eyes look bigger. Stay away from drastic black liner altogether when you want to look more awake.
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This tutorial is filled with tips on how to make your eyes look more awake and open. Whether you didn’t get enough sleep or were on your devices for too long, these makeup hacks are sure to make your eyes look nice and bright. From shaping your brows to applying eyeshadow and so much more, you’ll learn lots from this video!
6. Use a Brightening Powder
Set your concealer with a brightening powder, not only to prevent creasing, but also to bounce off any shadows and make your eyes appear brighter. It will blur fine lines, help to hide dark circles and brighten dull skin.
7. Highlight the Inner Corner of Your Eye
Adding a pop of highlighter to the inner corners of your eyes reflects light and makes your eyes look brighter and well-rested. Use a small precision brush and apply the highlighter in a tapping motion, making sure not to apply too much. Using too much highlight in that area can reflect too much light, making your eyes look a little too intense.
8. Nude Eye Liner
Using a nude liner to brighten your eyes is one of the oldest tricks in the book. It gives your face an instant refresh, and makes the whites of your eyes look whiter, brighter and more awake. This liner by theBalm is highly pigmented with a satiny finish to give you a naturally brightened look.
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With just a few simple tweaks to your eye makeup routine, you can easily emphasize your eyes, making them look bigger and brighter. Follow her step-by-step tips to take your eyes from lack lustre to bright and stunning. She uses products like the Almay Eyebrow Styler, the Benefit Precisely My Brow Pencil and the Grande Cosmetics Grande Drama Intense Thickening Mascara to make her eyes pop.
10. Highlight Your Lids
Create a faux glossy lid by applying highlighter as eyeshadow. This creates a glossy, statement making look that won’t crease. The shimmer in the highlighter will reflect light and make the eyes pop. For this look, take a bit of highlighter and pat it onto the centre of the eyelid, on top of your eyeshadow of choice.
11. Curl Your Lashes and Use a Lifting Mascara
Curling your lashes with a lash curler makes them longer, and also lifts and separates them, opening up your eyes. Once you’ve curled them, apply a lengthening mascara to up the drama. The additional lifting effect on your lashes will make your eyes look more open and bright. You can also use a mascara primer to create an even base for your mascara and add length and volume.
If you want to make your eyes look brighter, add these tips to your morning makeup routine to make your peepers look wide and awake!
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