5 Common Makeup Mistakes for People with Small Eyes

Each one of us has unique physical features. If you have small eyes, then take a look at these common makeup mistakes to prevent them. 
5 Common Makeup Mistakes for People with Small Eyes

Written by Paula Heidemeyer

Last update: 11 June, 2022

Each person has their own unique physical features: small eyes, big eyes, thin lips, thick lips, prominent cheekbones, round cheeks…the list could go on. Makeup is one way that people highlight their best features. Today, we’d like to tell you about the most common makeup mistakes people with small eyes make.

Maybe you’re looking for a way to use eye shadow, eyeliner, or mascara to make your eyes look bigger. However, if you don’t know how to use these tools correctly, you may be making mistakes and not getting the effect you’re going for.

So if you want to make your eyes look incredible, keep reading for some helpful tips.

5 common makeup mistakes people with small eyes make

Small eyes and makeup.

If you think you have small eyes and you’re trying to use makeup to make them look bigger, check out these tips. Your particular eye shape matters a lot.

It takes good technique and skills to use makeup well. Despite how easy online tutorials make it seem sometimes, don’t get frustrated if something doesn’t turn out the first time. It takes time, patience, and quality cosmetics to get good results.

Mistake #1: Using eyeliner on your inner rim

Lining your inner rims actually makes your eyes look smaller. It gives your eyes a “harder” look. However, lining only the outer rim will immediately make your eyes look bigger.

Also, don’t use eyeliner colors that are too dark; use lighter colors to brighten your eyes (which helps them look larger).

Take a look at these tips too:

7 Makeup Tips for Women with Oily Skin

Mistake #2: Shaping your eyebrows too thin

Your eyebrows frame your eyes. So if you have small eyes, you have to pay attention to what your eyebrows look like. You want thicker, well-defined eyebrows.

Don’t go overboard with the plucking or waxing, because thin eyebrows won’t make your eyes look bigger and they won’t draw attention to them either. If necessary, fill them in with an eyebrow pencil the same color as your hair to create an illusion of density.

Mistake #3: Using cream concealers

It’s better to use liquid concealer because it spreads more uniformly over your face. Plus, it minimizes fine lines.

Mistake #4: Misusing eye shadow

Eye shadow is like a double-edged sword: it can either help or ruin your makeup. If you use dark eye shadow, you’ll make your eyes look smaller.

We suggest using more than one color, ideally complementary colors. Always use a lighter color in the inside of your eyelid, near your tear ducts, and use a darker color on the outside part for depth and dimension.

Mistake #5: Using low-quality mascara

It’s frustrating to put on mascara and see clumps and eyelashes sticking together. That’s why it’s best to opt for quality cosmetics. Clumps and overly thick eyelashes will make your eyes look smaller.

We also recommend reading:

5 Tricks to Thicken Your Eyebrows with Natural Products

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Tips and other common makeup mistakes

Lastly, we’ve compiled a list of additional makeup mistakes.

  • Using too much eye shadow and overdoing the smokey eye. The result will just be even smaller-looking eyes.
  • Putting on too much makeup in general. Don’t go overboard with foundation, eyeliner, eyebrows, lip color, false eyelashes, etc. “Less is more” is still a valid motto to follow.
  • Drawing downward lines. Make all lines swoop up, to some degree, or else you may end up looking sad.
  • Putting on your eyeliner too thick. This might actually be counterproductive, so try to make it thin and elegant.
  • Using light colors and not combining them with darker colors. Complementary colors are better, and that goes not just for your outfit but also your eye makeup.

If you keep these tips in mind, your eye makeup will be flawless. Don’t forget to look for high-quality makeup, too, because the health of your skin and eyes depend on it.


This text is provided for informational purposes only and does not replace consultation with a professional. If in doubt, consult your specialist.