Beauty Advice- How to make my eyes stand out?
We’ve got a repeat reader asking for some beauty advice. Always glad to help!
Dear Sharon: I’ve contacted Focus On Style about a year ago and it helped me to change my style completely. I really am quite confident in what I wear now and it’s quite fun. Thank you again!
I just have a quick question regarding my eyes. I have very small eyes that don’t really grab attention (that’s why I wear quirky glasses *giggles*).
I was wondering is there anything I can do to sort of enlarge my eyes to make them stand out a bit?
I’ve tried everything, dark colours, light colours, matt and shine, and Im still quite confused and dont know what fits best. My eyes are brown and I have short and light eyelashes. (T via Fashion Advice)
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I thought it would be best to have Brad Boles answer this time as he worked magic as a makeup artist for a gazillion years and can shed some professional makup pro advice on how to make eyes stand out. -S.H.
Thanks for sending your photo, and as promised, we won’t publish it. I must say what a beautiful face you have. There is no reason to be hiding behind glasses unless you really like the geek chic look of wearing eyeglasses all the time.
Good new for you…. Your eyes are not as small you think!
When it comes to makeup magic, it really is a matter of how you apply your eyeshadow to create the illusion of much larger eyes. Here’s how:
- I recommend that you use a medium brown shadow (non-metallic) on the outer corners of the eye in a cat shape tilt.
- On the inner corner of the lid, brush a light beige metallic from the lash line joining the brown shadow to the outer corner of your eye.
- Use a natural rose colored matte shadow in the crease.
- Above the crease you will use the same beige shadow brush the brow from nose to outer corner.
- Use a dark brown mascara on the upper lids only.
- Avoid any shadow or liner on the lower lids.
Stay away from any pencil liner unless your skilled enough to do a very thin line.
Have your brows professionally shaped with a striking center arche to open up your face. Think Elizabeth Taylor!
It’s more than just your eyemakeup. The key to opening up the eyes is the apply the right contour to the apples of your cheeks up towards the ears with a swiping motion of the brush.
Good luck and let us know it works. – Brad Boles
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Photo: Image.netPublished on December 18, 2012
Brad Boles landed in New York in the early eighties at the height of “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and worked his way up the make-up artist ladder to fame with his work being featured on the cover's of countless fashion magazines, as well as editorial spreads. MTV was his playground working with the most celebrated artists of the time from Pat Benatar to Grace Jones.
When Hollywood came calling, he landed his first film doing Kim Cattrall’s make-up and went on to work with Reese Witherspoon, Gina Gershon, Sandra Bernhard, Karen Black, Billy Zane, Andrew McCarthy and more.
Brad was the creative director for Denise Rich for 12 years as her stylist and make-up artist, as well as designing her legendary parties for such luminaries as President Clinton, Patti Labelle, Natelie Cole, and Richard Avedon.
Later, Brad opened a store of exotic interiors in NYC in 2002 and then opened a store in Moscow! Brad also designed the Zarin Fabrics showroom with Jill Zarin thus leading to being on the “The Real Housewives of New York City” seen as Jill Zarin's gay husband. Brad is currently working globally on interior projects and has been busy doing interiors in New York City, The Hamptons, Moscow, Morocco, and Dubai.
He has shot the pilot for his own TV show produced by Nancy Glass Productions. Look for his coffee table book, "The Art of Extravagant Luxury" coming soon. Brad and Sharon Haver are developing a style book and series.