Forgive me if the pictures are not true to color. I'm not really an oompa loompa. Of course my fail-safe point-n-shoot camera crapped out on me (RIP homie), and I had to pull out the big guns. And for me, the extent of my camera knowledge ends at about "On/Off".....
I have tiny eyes. It's always been a "thing" for me. I don't have long or thick lashes, I don't have a double eye lid or definitive "crease", making eye makeup application tricky. I've taken some tricks from Michelle Phan (that awesome beauty guru all over youtube) and some other basic makeup tips I have acquired over the years and decided to share what I do to make my tiny eyes pop. Hope you find this helpful!
Step 1: The arsenal of tools
Below I have the following for this tutorial:
eyelashes and eyelash glue
mascara (not pictured)
black and white eye liner
a set of various brushes
circle lenses (not pictured)
I'm not particularly brand loyal, I tend to use whatever tickles my fancy, mainly items based on friends recommendations. i'll explain each product I use through this tutorial.
Step 2: Le face
I start with concealer under the eyes. I'm using Smashbox's tube concealer. I squirt the concealer directly on the top of my hand first. This helps to warm up the concealer so it absorbs into your skin better. With my middle or ring finger, I gently pat the concealer under my eyes and lightly blend it in. I get the corners of my mouth and whatever blemishes i got.
Then I squirt some foundation (Again, using Smashbox) onto my hand like the concealer, and use a brush to apply it to my face. A brush gives me a more even look and keeps my oily hands off my face.
Step 3: Set your foundation
Here I use the flat head blush brush from Sephora and sort of pat the powder into my skin. For the powder, I'm using Laura Mercer's translucent powder compact.
After you have powdered your face, this is a good time to add blush. I didn't in this instructable, but you can... you can do whatever you put your mind to!
Step 4: Circle Lens
I first heard of these from my best friend who is a hair stylist. I first saw them on a person after watching Michelle Phan use them in one of her makeup tutorials. I ordered some, and they can range anywhere from $20 a pair, to $120 a pair. They come in Rx too.
I got some in black..... should have gotten them in brown. I never wear them because they are too dark, and just look creepy. The browns would have been perfect.
They don't hurt. They are just a little bit bigger in diameter than a regular contact lens. You can see what they look like outside of the eye.
Step 5: Eyeliner
I like to start with the brows. I use Anastasia of Beverly Hills brow pencil that I got from Sephora. Fill in your brows to define the shape. I had a friend who used to use a Sharpie to fill in her brows.... id suggest against that.
Once the brows are filled in prime the lid with eyeshadow lid primer. This will prevent creasing and keep the pigments bright and on your lid. I know when I smile, my cheeks get covered in eyeshadow or liner. Using primer helps to prevent this. I like Trish McEvoy's primer. It lasted through my tears at my best friend's wedding in sweltering 100 degree heat.
I then line my top lid (we'll work on the bottom lid later) with black eyeliner along the lash line. Im using some generic black eye liner pencil here.
Step 6: Eyelashes
I can't grow lashes for the life of me. They are like little lines of peach fuzz on my face. Sometimes, to help make my eyes a smidget bigger, false lashes do the trick.
Applying them takes some practice. If you are using a new set, trim them to fit. Apply the glue to the lash line. Let the glue dry for a bit so it becomes tacky (I like to blow on it for a few seconds because I'm too impatient). Then slowly apply to the base of your lashes. Push them into your lash line till the glue dries and the lashes hold their place.
Once they are on, curl them as normal, and apply mascara. I normally like to use Trish McEvoy's mascara, but this homegirl is on a budget crunch. So for now, I'm just using some drug store Mabeline mascara. With false lashes, you really don't want to get the expensive mascara anyhow.
Step 7: Eye Shadow
This is the fun part where you get to expirament with color. I'm just using some pretty neutral colors for this instructable.
I don't have a defined crease on my eye, so I gotta make one. I use a pointed brush and fill the crease of my eye in with a soft muavey purple.
Then I hit right under the purple with a very light color (I used a shimmery white). Try and shake off the excess shadow before application, to ensure that you don't get eye shadow pigment where you don't want it...like on your lashes, or on your cheek. After I filled in my lid, then my used that same color to highlight my browbone, as well as the corners of my eye.
For my eyeshadow, I'm using a color pallet from Coastal Scents.
Step 8: Bottom Lid
To create the illusion that your eyes are bigger, line the bottom lid as close to the eye, with white eye liner (just a plain old generic one from the local drug store).
Just below that, line the bottom lid with black eye liner.
Ive seen Michelle Phan and other make up artists put a row of false lashes where the black liner is, but for me, that was a bit too costumey. If you had lower lashes, you can go ahead an apply mascara to them... i however am reminded once again that I am unable to grow hair on my bottom lids.