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Lupita Went With an Elaborately Thematic Look at SXSW

Lupita Went With an Elaborately Thematic Look at SXSW

In case you missed the flames licking at your local Internet, Twitter was on fire this weekend after Jordan Peele premiered Us at SXSW. Lupita stars in his Get Out follow-up, and waltzed onto the red carpet in hair clips and Annie Lennox-inspired makeup, all of which were part of a larger plan: She told Variety (in this video) that the coif, made up of the styling tools that are usually the unseen part of the process, ties into the movies themes of bringing what’s hidden to the fore… and also that she was inspired by Snoop Dogg. Allure also has a long piece about how Nick Barose created the makeup. What do you think? For me, I love the thought behind it and wish the outfit itself lived up.

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Makeup artist Huda Kattan shares top tips for making eyes appear bigger using makeup

Makeup artist Huda Kattan shares top tips for making eyes appear bigger using makeup

Makeup artist Huda Kattan has revealed her top tips and tricks for using makeup to create the illusion of having bigger eyes.

The 35-year-old artist, from Oklahoma, showed off her beauty hacks in a video she uploaded to her YouTube channel on Wednesday, February 27. 

The makeup mogul, who boasts a whopping 33.5 million followers on Instagram, said she is ‘constantly’ asked how to make eyes appear bigger by her fans and followers, spurring her on to create the highly anticipated video.

Makeup pro! Beauty mogul Huda Kattan, best known as Huda Beauty, has shared a video that includes a number of tips for using makeup to make eyes appear bigger 

Tips and tricks! In the video, the 35-year-old makeup artist makes one eye appear bigger (right) and compares it to her other eye, which she makes appear smaller than usual (left)

Courtesy: Huda Beauty

Makeup mogul Huda Kattan, best known as Huda Beauty, shared the video to her channel last week, and it has since garnered over 300,000 views as fans gather to check out her latest tips. 

How to make your eyes look bigger 

  1. Conceal eye area with a formula that matches your skin tone 
  2. Contour the eye socket with a powder shadow 
  3. Use a light shimmery highlighter on the brow bone, lid and inner corner
  4. Create a faux lash line using a thin black eyeliner, then line the water line with a white pencil 
  5. Use mascara and false lashes 
  6. Wear light-colored contact lenses 

The description of the video reads: ‘We all want to achieve that doe-eyed, Disney princess, Bambi look – without the Instagram filter. 

‘This is possible with makeup!’ she added.

Huda, who is the founder of beauty line Huda Beauty, began by revealing that she would be going through the ‘dos and don’ts’ for making eyes look ‘really nice and big’.

‘Let me tell you, there are a lot of tricks,’ she said. 

Throughout the eight-minute clip, the artist can be seen demonstrating the tips on one side of her face, while demonstrating what not to do on the other side.  

At the end of the video, the 35-year-old artist compares the result of both eyes, and shows the difference between the makeup she did on one eye to make it appear bigger, versus the makeup on the other eye, as a result of which appears much smaller. 

Step one! Huda’s first step in making eyes appear larger is making sure to conceal the eye area with a shade that properly matches your skin tone 

Comparison: To stress the importance of using the right shade of concealer, Huda applies too light a shade on the opposite eye, showing how it can ‘shrink’ the eye

1. Conceal eyes using a shade that matches your skin tone 

Huda begins by setting one thing straight – the importance of using the right shade of concealer. 

‘The wrong concealer for your eyes can make your eyes look tiny,’ she explained. 

Using a shade of concealer, that resembles the shade of her skin tone, Huda dotted the product all over her eye lid, before blending it out using a small fluffy brush. 

To show the impact of how using the wrong shade of concealer can ‘shrink’ the eye, she applied a light shade of concealer on the opposite eye.

She said: ‘I’ve had this done to me so many times by so many makeup artists back in the day, and it’s not attractive. 

‘It’s almost scary when you look up at yourself for the first time you’re like, “Woah, what happened?”‘ 

Expertise! She then uses a medium-shade brown eye shadow to contour her eye, making the space appear bigger and deeper than it actually is 

Clever! She uses a fluffy brush to apply the brown shade right underneath her brow bone

2. Contour the eye socket 

Next, the artist stresses the importance of using eye shadow to contour the eye, saying that utilizing the space on the eye lid is key for making the eye appear bigger. 

‘A lot of people think it’s just you put white eyeliner on your eye, and book your eyes look bigger,’ she explained.

‘That’s actually not what its about. It’s really about utilizing the space properly,’ she added.

Huda took a medium-shade brown eye shadow on a fluffy brush, and began swiping it gently in her eye socket and just underneath her brow bone, making the area appear more defined. 

‘This is now going to make this lid space look bigger,’ she said. 

To show the difference made by contouring, Huda left the other eye as it was.  

Glamorous! Next, Huda takes a shimmery light shade and uses it to highlight the center of the lid, the inner corner of the eye and the top of the brow bone 

Avoid: She compares the highlight to what would happen if you used a dark shade to highlight the brow bone, as she says: ‘Nobody should ever do this’

3. Highlight the eyelid, brow bone and inner corner 

Huda’s next step involved bringing light back into the eye with the use of a light, shimmery shade of eye shadow. 

The makeup artist begins the step by applying the shimmery champagne color to the center of her eyelid. 

In order to ‘enhance the contour’ she then applied a small amount of the same light color to her brow bone. 

To show the good effect of highlighting properly, Huda compared this to a common mistake people make – applying too dark a shade under the arch of the eyebrow – which she demonstrated on the opposite eye. 

‘Nobody should ever do this,’ she said as she laughed. To make the opposite eye look even smaller, she took a dark brown-black shade and applied it to the lid. 

‘The difference is so insane already,’ she said. ‘That dark shadow kind of absorbs all the light in this area and it makes it look smaller.’    

Gorgeous: To accentuate the eye shape and add a ‘faux’ lash line, Huda lines the eye with a black felt-tip liner, creating a slight cat eye 

Dos and don’ts: She demonstrates how using a cream-colored eyeliner will help to open up the eye (left), while using a black liner on the water line will make it appear smaller (right)

4. Use black eyeliner to create a ‘faux’ lash line and a cream-colored liner to line the water line 

The next step in achieving bigger-looking eyes, according to Huda, is using an eyeliner to create a fake lash line. 

She said: ‘There is a misconception with liner that applying too much can make your eyes look small. So you really want to make sure that you apply liner in a shape.’

Using a felt-tip liquid eyeliner, Huda began lining her upper lash line, creating a small wing toward the outer corner of the eye.

Then, she dragged the liner into the inner corner of her eye slightly, before grabbing a cream-white colored pencil eyeliner, which she used to line her water line. 

On the opposite eye, Huda used a dark black colored eyeliner to show the difference in using a light and dark color and how they can make the eyes appear different in size.  

Finishing touches: When she’s finished with the liner, Huda applies a coat of mascara to her top lashes before adding a pair of false lashes. She then coats her bottom lashes with mascara 

5. Apply mascara and false eyelashes 

Coming to the end of the tutorial, Huda applied a light layer of mascara to her upper lashes, before adding a set of false lashes.

She explained: ‘A lot of people are afraid of big lashes, they think they’re too heavy. But if you put them directly on your eyes – yes – they can absolutely be too heavy.

‘I’m going to put them a big higher than where my lash line is, I’m actually going to apply it on the liner.’

She then used her finger to push the lashes up, making her eye appear more open.

Huda then used another layer of mascara to ‘life the eye lashes even more’, before adding a coating to the bottom lashes as well. 

She then applied a ‘soft’ brown shade of eye shadow underneath the lower lashes to contour the area. 

Finished look: The final step, which Huda says is optional, is using light-colored contact lenses to add light to the overall area, making eyes appear bigger than they really are 

Voila! The artist showed off the finished result of the makeup at the end of the video 

6. Apply light-colored contact lenses (optional) 

Last, but not least, Huda, who naturally has deep brown eyes, revealed that wearing contact lenses of a light color can make eyes appear bigger overall. 

‘It just tends to add more of a lightness to the space,’ she said.

Using a light green-blue colored contact lense, Huda applied it to the eye, and compared it to her darker eye, which appeared significantly smaller.

Fan-favorite: Huda started her blog Huda Beauty in 2010, and later created a YouTube channel where she boasts a whopping three million subscribers

When the look was complete, Huda said: ‘We made this whole space look big. We made this kind of faux lid and we highlighted in the right places.

‘Whereas on this eye we did the opposite, we made a faux lid that looks smaller and looks a little bit more tiny.’

Speaking about Bratz dolls, she continued: ‘There’s a reason why they make these doll’s [eyes] bigger, there’s a reason Disney characters now have really big eyes.

‘It can look really attractive,’ she added.    

And it isn’t the first time the 35-year-old has let her fans and followers in on her best tips and tricks.  

The makeup artist has been filming and uploading makeup tutorials since approximately 2010.

Her videos include makeup tutorials, DIY videos and different beauty-related hacks.

She boasts a whopping three million subscribers on YouTube, and has even created her own beauty line, Huda Beauty, which started off as a blog nine years ago.

The line, which features a variety of different makeup products, launched in 2013, and has proven successful among Huda’s clientele.  

Pro: The beauty pro has been focusing on the eyes a lot of late, having just released the second range of shades in her Matte & Metal Melted Shadows collection

REVEALED: The products you need to make your eyes look bigger 

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Concealer: Huda recommends a concealer that will blend perfectly with your skin tone, so make sure you find a formula and a shade that works best for you. Huda’s own Huda Beauty The Overachiever Concealer (bottom right, $30) and the Fenty Beauty Pro Filt’r Instant Retouch Concealer (top left, $26) both offer a wide range of shades. Meanwhile the Cover FX Power Play Concealer (bottom left, $30) and the Urban Decay Naked Concealer (top right, $29) are both lightweight formulas that work perfectly for the thin skin around the eye. 


Something new: Charlotte Tilbury’s newly-launched Icon Palette ($65), which is part of the recently unveiled Icons Collection, includes 12 shades, giving you plenty to work with in terms of both contour and concealer. The formulas are incredibly pigmented and apply very smoothly, making them easy to work with. Each column of three shades is also designed to create a specific look, so once you’ve done highlighting and contouring you can add a fun pop of color to your lid. 

Options: NARS’s limited-edition Ignited Eyeshadow Palette ($59) includes a range of shimmery and matte shades, giving you plenty of options to work with in terms of highlighting and contouring. 

Fun and funky: The Lime Crime Venus XL II Eyeshadow Palette ($58) features a whopping 18 shades, including a couple that are perfect for contouring and highlighting. Then, if you want to add something a little extra to your look, there are plenty of colors to use and experiment with.


Dazzle: If you want something a little bit more over-the-top to highlight with, look no further than the Smashbox Crystalized Highlighter (left, $39), which is part of the brand’s new collaboration with Instagram star The Hoodwitch. The seven-piece range includes a variety of stunning crystal-inspired products, but the shining light, at least in our eyes, is this highlighter. If you’re looking for a more budget-friendly option however, the Physicians Formula Powder Palette Mineral Glow Pearls Highlighter ($13.95) is a great drugstore product worth trying. 

Have some fun: If you prefer a cream highlighter formula – and love something a little extraordinary – then Kaja’s Roller Glow Roll-On Highlighting Balm ($28) may well be the perfect product for you. Whether you choose to use the adorable little paint roller-esque applicator, or your finger, the formula is a dream to work with and leaves just the subtlest hint of sheen on the skin.


Swish and flick: There is a mascara out there for everyone, and it’s all about finding the formula that works best for you. If, as Huda suggests, you use false lashes as well as mascara, it’s important to find a clump-free option that won’t affect the lashes. Our top picks as far as no-clumping formulas are the L’Oreal Unlimited Lash Lifting and Lengthening Washable Mascara (left, $12.99), the Lancome Monsieur Big Mascara (center, $25), and the Maybelline Snapscara Mascara (right, $7.77)


Volumizing: Huda Beauty’s collaboration with Bollywood star Jacqueline Fernandez resulted in these beautiful lashes ($19) that will add plenty of drama and excitement to any beauty look. 

Length: If you want something slightly more natural, but with just as much length, flutter your lashes in the direction of the Ardell Lashes in Natural 105 ($4.90), which are a great option for a night on the town, or for a daytime look that has a little more pizzazz to it. 


Add some edge: Liquid liner can be an incredibly tricky and annoying aspect of any makeup look if you don’t have the right formula on hand. However, these three products represent some of the best options on the market. First, the Stila Micro Tip Stay All Day Waterproof Liquid Eye Liner (left, $22) will enable you to be incredibly precise with your application so if you’re feeling a bit shaky, or want something subtle, this is the liner for you. If you’re not sure what works best for you, try the Revlon ColorStay Liquid Eye Pens (center, $9.99), which come available in three different nib options, allowing you to pick the perfect one for you. A good all-rounder option however? The Kat Von D Tattoo Liner (right, $20) which has been a firm favorite among beauty lovers for years – and for very good reason. 


Open up! As Huda explained, lining the water line with a cream or nude pencil will really help to brighten up the eyes and give them the appearance of being much wider. There are a number of options out there for this kind of product, but our favorites include the incredibly wallet-friendly Wet N Wild Color Icon Kohl Liner Pencil (left, $0.99), the precise Marc Jacobs Beauty Fineliner Ultra-Skinny Gel Eye Crayon Eyeliner (center, $25), and the oh-so-creamy Charlotte Tilbury Rock ‘N’ Kohl Eyeliner Pencil (right, $27)


Bright white: While not technically a makeup product, the Lumify Redness Reliever Eye Drops ($20.99) work wonders on eyes that are feeling anything less than big and bright. In just a matter of seconds, the drops brighten the eyes, and leave them looking fresh and rejuvenated – ideal for emphasizing that big-eyed makeup look. 

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