Bright-Eyed Beauty: 10 Makeup Techniques That Will Make Your Eyes Pop

Summer is here, and along with minimizing the weight of your wardrobe comes the need to lighten up on your makeup, too. With temperatures reaching the high nineties (if not higher), the last thing you want is to put in the time to perfect your face only for it to sweat off into one runny mess. That said, instead of accentuating every feature of your face with a heavy makeup application, why not put your focus front and center with your eyes? To learn how to perk up your peepers just in time for summer, we tapped Wilhelmina makeup artist, Dominique Lerma, to get the 4-1-1 on makeup tips to make your eyes pop. And since we’re all about making your summer makeup routine as simple as possible, we’ll even let you in on the best makeup products to make your eyes stand out. So, what’re you waiting for? Your most summery smize is just a scroll away.

1. Use a Flesh-Toned Eyeliner to Brighten Eyes
“My go-to quick technique to reverse the appearance of tired eyes is using a matte flesh-tone eyeliner rimming the waterline of the eye and the inner corners for an instant pick-me-up,” says Lerma. Her favorite? Tarte Cosmetics Fake Awake Eye Highlight. Designed to reveal bigger, brighter eyes in a single swipe, this twist-up gel eyeliner works to fake a full night’s sleep in a pinch. What’s more, since it’s formulated with aloe vera, vitamin A and E, you can feel good about not only making your eyes pop, but dousing your lash lines in nutrients, too.

2. Accentuate Your Lashes with a Hot Eyelash Curler
Wish your lashes had a bit more oomph? You’re not alone. Lerma’s favorite hack is to use a lighter to heat up her go-to beauty tool, Kevyn Aucoin’s Eyelash Curler. Known for its sleek stainless frame and curved rubber lash press, this cult-classic curler only gets better with heat. “This acts as a curling iron for your lashes and ensures that they will stay in place all day,” she explains.

3. Coat Your Eyes with Sheer Color for an Instant Pop
“For a French girl no-makeup makeup look I highly recommend RMS Eye Polish for a veil of sheer color and an effortless sun-kissed eye,” Lerma says. She loves this creamy eyeshadow due to its light-reflecting finish that’s available in nine eye-catching shades. Can’t choose just one? You’re in luck! “They look gorgeous layered and can be applied by dabbing with the ring finger,” Lerma adds.

4. Experiment with Colored Eyeliner
If you’re not much of an eyeshadow gal, it’s time to look to other makeup products to make your eyes pop. “For an added punch and a play on vibrant eyes, colored eyeliner is a cool technique to define the eyes for summer,” Lerma says. “Try tight-lining and winging out the eyes with Kevyn Aucoin’s Precision Eye Definer. It’s self-sharpening, waterproof, paraben-free, easy to use on the waterline and available in six shades,” she notes. “Try the color Evergreen on green eyes to make the color stand out even more,” Lerma says. “Evergreen can also be used on hazel and brown eyes to bring out the honey shades of the eyes. Ironclad and Kobicha will accentuate every eye color and Stealth is a deep rich blue that will make those baby blues appear like the Mediterranean sea,” she explains.

5. Add a Little Heat to Your Lid Look with a Sunset Statement Eye
One of the summer’s best features lies within the beautiful sunsets that paint the season’s skies. And if the goal is to embrace a summery lid look, what better way than with a statement sunset eye? To get the look, Lerma recommends adding BY TERRY’s Eye Designer Palette 2 to your makeup arsenal. “This palette will aid you in producing a shadow look that reflects a California Sunset,” she says. “These copper, rust and orangey tones are eye candy on any eye shade and shape,” she adds. For the best effect, Lerma says to use a fluffy blending brush and apply the rich burnt-orange shade on the eyelid up into the crease area. Follow it up with a dark brown or black eyeliner and waterproof mascara.

6. Brighten Your Under-Eye Areas
When it comes to making your eyes pop with makeup, it’s important to remember that your upper lids aren’t the only area that deserves a little TLC. To create a well-rounded lid look, Lerma recommends adding a few pumps of Kevyn Aucoin’s The Celestial Skin Liquid Lighting in Starlight into your foundation, CC cream or tinted moisturizer before applying it under your eyes.

7. Substitute Eyeshadow for Highlighter
There are millions of eyeshadows on the market that can take your lid look to the next level, but sometimes you may crave a bit more shimmer to make your eyes pop. The trick is to find a light-reflecting highlighter that doesn’t look too overdone. Take it from Lerma, you can’t go wrong with Jouer Cosmetics Skinny Dip Collection Powder Highlighter. The ultra-fine pigments create a faux European glow that shines brightly in every light.

8. Draw the Focus to Your Inner Eyes and Brow Bones
The no-makeup makeup look of statement eye looks is as simple as applying a touch of light-reflecting shadow on your inner eye area and dusted across your brow bone. “Pressing a pop of shimmer—like the RMS Living Lumizer—on the inner corners of the eyes and along the brow bone will leave the eyes looking fresh and doe-eyed,” Lerma says.

9. Lock Your Lid Look
Just as with your face makeup, if you want your eye makeup to last, it’s important to give it an extra boost of long-lasting power. Lerma loves using Becca Cosmetics Under Eye Brightening Setting Powder to blur and set the under-eye area for a virtually flawless, picture-perfect eye look.

10. Wear a Waterproof Mascara for a Lash Look That Lasts
Last but not least, mascara can take your lid look a long way. “Summer is the perfect time to switch up your makeup routine discarding old products,” Lerma says. “I throw out my old tube of mascara and upgrade to Tarte Cosmetics Lights, Camera, Splashes Waterproof Mascara. It’s perfect for those long-wearing workdays and tropical vacations, assisting in a well-put-together eye look without the problem of makeup transferring,” she notes.