Your peepers are now centre stage… here’s how to make them stand out – The Sun

GONE are the days of using a bold lipstick to brighten up your look.

As the Government advises using face masks on public transport, in some shops and in small enclosed spaces, it’s not just our lifestyle that is changing but our make-up routine, too.

For the foreseeable future, it’s our eyes that are taking centre stage.

From getting that winged eye-liner just right to keeping our eyebrows plucked to perfection and dark circles at bay, SOPHIE BRONSTEIN speaks to experts on how to nail the mask makeover.


WE are living in stressful times, and it can really start to show around our eye area in the form of puffiness, dryness, dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.

But with so many lotions and potions, it’s hard to know what will help.

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Consultant dermatologist Dr Justine Kluk says: “Products containing retinol or other vitamin A derivatives can help with smoothing wrinkles around the eyes by boosting collagen — the substance naturally produced by our skin to keep it plump.

“Peptides can also help minimise dark circles by plumping up skin thickness, and if it’s purplish discolouration from blood vessels you’re dealing with, look out for anything that contains vitamin K oxide.”

Try a pea-sized amount of La Roche-Posay Redermic Retinol Eye Cream each night before bed for smoothing wrinkles.

For dryness, reach for an eye mask that contains hydrating hyaluronic acid that’ll instantly brighten tired eyes.

We love Garnier Skinactive Hyaluronic Acid and Orange Juice Eye Sheet Mask.

And if those bags under your eyes are taking their toll, give The Body Shop Oils of Life Eye Cream a go.

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That eyeliner flick is notoriously difficult to master, but now is the time to get the hang of it.

Clayton Reid, NARS Senior Artist, says: “If you’re a beginner, apply a pencil first to trace a shape that you like along your lash line and then flick it out.

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“Once you’re happy with the shape, strengthen the pencil lines you have applied with a liquid.”

To begin, hold the brush flat against your upper lash line, and start in the middle of your eye, gently dragging the tip out towards the outer edge.

Once you have reached the end of your lash line, lightly sweep the pen up towards the direction of the tail of your brow.

Then, gently join the middle to the inner corner of your eye.

We love Charlotte Tilbury The Feline Flick Eyeliner, £22, for creating a fail-safe flick.

If you find that the line ends up looking too thick, lightly coat a small cotton bud with a smidge of eye cream, then roll along the top of the line to tease the shape thinner — the eye cream is not as strong as a make-up remover, so it erases the perfect amount of product.

For fail-safe flicks, or if you’re just in a rush, invest in The Quick Flick Eyeliner Stamp — a ready-made flick that you can just stamp on to the outer corner of your eye when you’re on the go.


Your brows frame your face, which is why it’s important to keep them under control until you can get back to your beautician.

Permanent make-up artist Trace Giles, who counts Vogue Williams as one of her clients, says: “The first step to creating perfect brows at home is properly measuring them.

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“Take your pencil and place it vertically up from the inner corner of your eye to your eyebrow — this is where your eyebrow should start. Then, to determine where your eyebrow arch should be, place the pencil diagonally from the corner of your nose to just outside your iris.

“Finally, place the pencil from the corner of your nose diagonally to the outer corner of your eye, and this is where the tail of your brow should end.”

Remove any hairs that sit outside of this area.

To finish, use an eyebrow powder or pomade, such as Laura Mercier Pomade & Brow Duo, to fill in any sparse areas of the brow for extra boldness, still following the new shape.

Use an eyebrow brush to work the product into the brow and manipulate the hairs into your desired shape and direction, and set with a fixing gel, like Benefit 24-Hour Brow Setter Clear Brow Gel.

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A slick of mascara could be all you fancy, although it might be worth thinking about using a mascara primer if you want a little bit to go a long way.

Zara Findlay, a Bobbi Brown PRO Artist, says: “A primer is going to ensure that even if you do love a minimal look, it will hold the product onto the lash for longer.”

  • L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara Primer, £11.99, – buy now

A great option is L’Oreal Paris Paradise Mascara Primer. And when you’re looking for the perfect mascara?

Zara says: “I always say shopping for mascara is the same as shopping for a bra.

“It needs to suit your lash type and size.

“If you have thick and heavy lashes naturally, get a mascara with a bigger wand to help support the lash.

“If you naturally have shorter lashes, try a mascara with a smaller wand to help lengthen and lift them.”


If you feel like going glam to boost your mood then false eyelashes can work wonders. But if you’re not so used to using them, application can be tricky.

ITV Make-up Artist Donna Clitheroe says: “Most false lashes are too long for our eyes, so they need cutting down.”

  • Ardell Wispies False Eyelashes, £5.49, – buy now

Always apply a coat of mascara to your own lashes, so they look as black as the falsies.

Swipe some lash glue onto the back of your hand and run the strip of false lashes through it.

Wait a few moments before looking downwards into a mirror to apply them to your lash line.

Hold both ends of the lashes and push the outer edges into place first, then the centre with a pair of tweezers.

Ardell Wispies False Eyelashes are great for everyday wear.


Did you know that certain eye looks can complement different eye shapes best?

If your lids are hooded, like Blake Lively or Taylor Swift, make your lashes the main event.

And if you do want to experiment with liner and shadow, focus it to the top of your lid as opposed to nearer to your lash line to prevent smudging.
For close-set eyes, like Sarah Jessica Parker’s, you’ll want to make your eyes appear wider, so only apply shadow to the outer third of the eye to avoid “closing them up” more.

A touch of highlighter along the brow bone and inner lids will also help to give a wider effect.

If like Kim K, you’ve got deep-set eyes, always keep your liner and shadow as close to your lash line as you can, as blending product up too high can make you look gaunt.

And for almond-shaped peepers like Adele, a feline flick will dramatise your eye shape best.

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