Sunday Stash Shopping #34: Elongating The Eyes

Now that my face is getting puffier already so puffed up, you know, the last stretch of the pregnancy and all (literally!), I find that my eye makeup is more flattering if I drew my eyes longer. Not too long, but natural enough to be believable. If you have round or smaller eyes, this might work for you too. Basically, what you need is a pencil liner, a small eye brush that suits the size of your eyes, and a blender brush. I used 2 eye shadows here, a dark brown and a light bronze. You can use whatever colour you want. It’s up to you, really.

 

tools

 

To summarize the whole process, you just need to use the pencil to draw the shape you want, that you think is flattering. Everyone is different. (1) This is how I draw mine. (2) I like to pull out my eye liner like a cat eye, but instead of winging it up and out, I just draw it more horizontally. It’s like mapping a longer version of my eyes, following my natural eye shape, if that makes sense.

 

pictorial 1

 

Then, (3) I just smudge out the liner, still keeping the shape. (4) I’d use a darker eye shadow to shade the outer corners of my eyes (using the elongated shape as guide), and pulling it halfway down the lower lash line. (5) Using a clean blending brush, I blend and blur out the edges. (6) Using my ring finger, I then pat on the light bronze on my lids, from the inner corners until where the darker shade is, just overlapping a little. It’s actually pretty easy. Then, I like to (7) tight line with a black or grey liner and (8) apply a few coats of mascara. That’s it 🙂

 

pictorial 2

 

Of course, finish off with blush and lipstick, and here’s the complete look on me.

 

look

 

This look can be more dramatic by elongating it further, and by adding false lashes at the outer (extended) corner of the eyes. Makeup is so much fun when used right 🙂 As you can see, this isn’t a dramatic change, but just a little enhancement which makes subtle changes to the overall features. I hope you liked this and that you found this helpful 🙂

 

xoxo Lily

 

 

  • Great look and tutorial, Lily! 😉
    I like extending the lines a bit longer too, but I usually just fill in the folds after. I am going to try your technique. Very pretty!

    • Lily

      Thanks Lena. Do let me know how it works for you!

  • Haha, I do this all the time, but with a different technique. 🙂

    • Lily

      If only my eyes were naturally longer, then this wouldn’t even be necessary. LOL!

  • Oh, Lily! Glamorous! I extend the line with a cat eye liner shape, and I guess I drag the shadow out a little bit, but usually not a whole lot. I rarely put shadow on the lower lashline, too. I’m going to try this, though! So pretty!

    • Lily

      Hey Larie, I like to draw on the outer half of my lower lash line just to balance things out. It’s probably due to my eye shape though 🙂 And do let me know how this turns out on you!

  • Sataa Zaidi

    Thanks a LOT for this step by step pictorial I also have small eyes well not really small but I really want to make them look more bigger and elongated I saw a few You tube tutorials but those techniques did not work for me after seeing this post I went ahead and tried it and it works 🙂 omg I am so excited THANK YOU SOOOO MUCH LILY!!

    • Lily

      I’m glad it works for you Sataa 🙂 Thanks for trying it out!

  • Bella

    This is so pretty! My eyes could do with elongating, but my lids are so hooded I tend to be an eye makeup minimalist (despite the 25364748483 palettes I own).

    • Lily

      As Lisa Eldridge says, if you have hooded eyes, do your eye makeup with your eyes open 🙂 So just map out your elongated eye shape, note how high you should take the eye colors with your eyes open, then fill in the lids!

  • OOO sweet trick, Lily! I’ve got to give this a go like today! You don’t look puffed up to me AT ALL, seriously!

    • Lily

      Aaw, thanks Sunny. I hope this works for you too!

  • Nice!! This really does look super flattering and pizzazz-y! Thank you for the awesome tutorial. Your face does not look puffy to me, girl. I just see a smoldering beauty. 🙂

    • Lily

      LOL that’s very kind, Kristen. I looked at my older photos just a few months ago, and I’m definitely rounder, as expected 🙂

  • Lily you do not looked puffed up at all!!! Au contrare, you look great! That’s a great trick that I’ll give a go at some time I feel puffed up 😉

    • Lily

      LOL Sofia! Thanks 🙂

  • Liz

    Oh, very helpful! I always love how you do your eyes, so it’s cool to see a step by step tutorial. Nice and simple too. 🙂

    • Lily

      I’m glad, Liz. I hope you’ll give it a try 🙂

  • I do this all the time too! It’s a great tip! And your eye looks always look lovely. And I see NO puffy face! Just a gorgeous lady!

    • Lily

      Thank you Tracy! Elongating the eye just a tad bit definitely makes a difference 🙂

  • Jaa

    Oh I found it helpful indeed! I also do this method often to elongate my eyes. Adding falsies also helps A LOT, too! I am not seeing the puffed up face, though. Maybe it’s more evident in person? You look great here! 🙂

    • Lily

      Thanks Jaa 🙂 I’m not a big fan of wearing falsies because I find them very uncomfortable and way overdressed, but yes, it definitely helps in making the eyes look bigger. Oh, I’m puffy alright. It’s the angling and tilting of the face, and the lighting that took lots of the puffiness away!

  • Ohh I love this look on you! The funny thing is I think I used to do this exact technique too…except I had no idea what I was doing as usual hahaha. But anyway, so nice to see the step-by-step 🙂

    • Lily

      Thanks Sarah 🙂 And congrats on your new blogging venture! Hate to see MM go, but PnE will be even more awesome, I bet!

  • Shu Ting

    Thanks for sharing your step-by-step guide, Lily! I’ve been in a rut lately so I’ll definitely try this out tomorrow. I always get inspirations from your posts. Really. 🙂 And thanks for that. 🙂 BTW, what lipstick were you using? It’s so preeeetteeeee!!! xxxx

    • Lily

      Glad to hear that, Shu Ting 🙂 I hope you’ll give it a try, and that it works for you too! The lipstick is Guerlain Lou Ling

      • Shu Ting

        I’ll try and report back. 😀 I have an affection for the name Lou Ling. It sounds like the name of one of my close friends in primary school. 😀