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These Makeup Mistakes Are Making Your Eyes Look Small

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Since the days of Twiggy’s reign, women have been doing anything and everything they can to make their eyes pop—and now, we are too. Heralding the return of the doe-eyed mod look, we’ve rounded up seven easy ways to nix your bad habits and make your peepers look bigger instantly—plus, shop our favorite products to get the job done.

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Mistake: Not De-Puffing Under Your Eyes

We all get bags, but taking a few minutes to settle the swelling makes your eyes look bigger and more awake. Pop eye patches in the fridge for extra cooling and de-puffing power.

Mistake: Using A Concealer In A Shade Too Light

A common misconception for hiding dark circles is to use a shade lighter than your foundation, but this can draw more attention to the area under your eye. Instead, choose a concealer in the same shade as your foundation to avoid making circles the focal point.

Mistake: Not Curling Your Lashes

Taking a few seconds for this step instantly opens up your eyes.

Mistake: Not Tightlining Your Eyes

Lining the inner rim of your top lid with a dark brown or black pencil makes lashes look fuller.

Mistake: Not Defining Your Crease

A dark shadow in your crease adds dimension and creates the look of large eyes.

Mistake: Using A Dark Liner On The Waterline

Using a dark pencil to line the lower waterline can accentuate dark circles. Instead, use a nude pencil to instantly brighten the entire area.

Mistake: Not Incorporating Color

When you want to try something new, add a subtle pop of color on the lids to draw attention directly to your eyes. Just remember to accentuate the crease in the darkest shade.