Eye Makeup Application for Big or Bulging Eyes
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Eye Makeup Application for Big or Bulging Eyes

Big eyes are generally considered a highly desirable trait, but if your eyes have a bulging or protruding appearance you may be wondering what you can do to play them down. This article focuses on how to make big or bulging eyes look more subtle and proportional. The article includes advice on how to apply eye shadow, eye liner and mascara to this eye type.

There are many celebrities with big eyes like Christina Ricci and the forever popular Audrey Hepburn.  If you have a look at these women compared to other celebrities you may notice they do less to emphasize the size of their eyes. For example, on the recent television series Pan Am Christina Ricci’s eye makeup was much simpler than many of her counterparts who wore thick Black eyeliner and stand out on false eyelashes to make their eyes look more prominent.

Let’s take a look at how you should apply eye shadow, liner and mascara if you want to tone your eye area down.

Eye shadow tips for big or bulging eyes

You are lucky when it comes to eye shadow as many other eye types have to stick to soft shades to help make their eyes look bigger. You can experiment with dark and smoky looks. Try eye shadows in tones like dark gray, navy and dark brown. Dark colors help make an area appear smaller than it really is. In general you want to avoid light shades as they will have the reverse effect. Also steer clear of light reflecting shades.

Try applying one of these deep shades to the eyelid right up to the socket on the top lid and use a little along the bottom lash line. If your eyes have a bulging appearance it is generally best to concentrate color towards the center of your eye and tone it down towards either corner of your eye.  

Eye liner tips for big or bulging eyes

It is typically best to avoid using hard eye liners as they create very definite lines which aren’t very flattering on bulging or protruding eyes. As described above you are often best off using eye shadow as a means of defining the outside rims of your eyes. Then if desired use a kohl liner and line the inner rims of your eyes in a dark shade to make the eye area recede a little. Never use white eyeliner on the inner rims as it will make your eyes stand out more. This tip is best suited to women with smaller eyes.

Mascara tips for big or bulging eyes

Mascara helps open the eye area up, so if your eyes already stand out, you can actually skip it if desired. If you want to add some definition to your lashes try sticking to a light coat on the top lashes only. Generally it is best to avoid volumizing and lengthening mascaras, especially the new false lash effect style mascaras that build up the lashes. However  if you have big, but no bulging eyes you can apply as much mascara as desired to the top and bottom lashes, if you like the doll like effect.

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Comments (6)

It seems the little eyed people want bigger eyes and the bigger eyed people want smaller eyes. thanks to your expertise you will gently help each acquire the look to soften each of the problems they face. Thank you for your skill and patience and ability to give us these directions to follow.

I have often thought of people with bulging eyes as having a disease but for the moment the name of the condition escapes me....


I think I will recommend this to my friend.  She has protruding eyes and sometimes wears unflattering make-up. 

Large beautiful eyes really look great on girls. Useful information here...

@Brenda, you're right, there is a condition called TED or Thyroid Related Eye Disease that causes the eyes to bulge, it can get bad enough that the whites of the eyes are visible all around the iris and sometimes the eyes get pushed in different directions altogether.

It's (obviously) not a fun thing to deal with, but it's nice to find some simple make up applications that can help at least minimize the appearance of bulging eyes!

Thank you so much! I have been having such a rough time trying to find information like this. Everywhere I kept finding tips to make my eyes bigger... 0.o. Trust me, my eyes don't need to be any bigger. My thyroid disease makes my eyes HUGE and protruding. THANK YOU SO MUCH!