9 Ways to Make Your Eyes Pop With & Without Makeup!

If you’re looking to make your eyes really stand out, it can be helpful to use makeup that accentuates their natural beauty. There are other ways to make your eyes pop besides using making and we’ve listed the five most effective methods below!

Give them a try and see which one works best for you! Your eyes will thank you with compliments and attention from everyone around you!

Make Your Eyes Pop With Makeup

There are a variety of products that can help you make your eyes pop with makeup, including lipsticks, concealers, and primers. Choosing which one is right for you is all about deciding how much time you want to spend on your daily routine and what kind of look you’re going for.

Some of the more obvious makeups to make your eyes stand out are mascara, eyeliner, and/or a coat of colored eyeshadow (in a shade that complements your natural eye color). To make eyes pop with a more subtle look, try using liner on just your upper lids. Add a layer of mascara over your upper list for a bolder look.


  • Choose a lengthening one that makes your lashes look fuller. You can brush your lashes before applying mascara to help prevent mascara clumps!
  • Curl your lashes before applying mascara for extra length. A professional can give you a lash lift for a long lasting curl!


  • Try applying eyeliner in a shade that matches or complements your natural eye color for a subtle effect. For example, if you have green eyes, try using a liner in dark green or brown—but steer clear of black, which will only make your eyes look smaller!
  • You can add some white liner in a small C shape or flick at the inner corners of your eyes. If you have lighter eyes, brown or grey is going to work best.
  • If you have monolids, you can line both top and bottom lids or just one if you have double lids. Adding a bit of brightness inside your lash line and in between your brows helps draw attention upward—which makes it look like you’re looking up more, which instantly makes your eyes look bigger.


  • Use complementary eye shadow colors to bring out the color of your eyes! Use a complementary color chart to start your search for a great color for your eyes. Remember that eyes colors come in many different shades so you may need to try several shades of your complementary color to find the perfect one!
  • Combine a couple of eye shadow colors to help bring out any flecks of additional color that may be in your eyes.
  • Use eye shadow shades from darker plum tones like burgundy or brown all along your eyelid and lower lash line, or try navy blue or black on top with white underneath for a fun combination of colors.


  • A good lipstick color can help draw attention to your eyes as well. If you have darker hair, keep in mind that a contrasting or complementary color scheme is always going to look best. For example, if you have dark hair with deep brown eyes, consider wearing a bold red lip with a softer smoky eye—red brings out brown and accentuates green eyes as well.
  • Use lipstick with a bold shade to help brighten up your face

Concealer & Foundation

  • If you have dark circles or just need a little extra color in order to balance out your complexion, using concealer around your eyes can be an easy way to make them stand out.
  • Makeup experts often recommend placing foundation along the top of your cheekbones (but not underneath them) because it helps create a sense of light in areas where shadows are already common—this is especially helpful for making small eyes look bigger.
  • When you’re looking for ways to make your eyes pop, you first need a solid foundation. If you wear dark or subdued colors all day (which is perfectly fine!), consider picking up something colorful that will instantly brighten your overall look and draw attention to your face.

If you’re having trouble keeping your makeup from fading or smudging, you may want to try adding a primer or other base product to your routine. These are designed specifically for holding makeup in place and usually come in a liquid form that can be applied before foundation and powder.

A spray-on primer is also available if you prefer a quicker application method. It should go on just like regular water, so simply spray it onto your face after moisturizing and let it dry before continuing with your makeup routine.

Make Your Eyes Pop Without Makeup

Looking for a non-makeup option? Try finding a colored lens that matches your eye color. These are available online and are easier on your eyes than colored contact lenses.

Colored Contacts

  • Although most of these lenses aren’t meant for long-term wear, if you want to be subtle about making your eyes pop or just aren’t keen on wearing makeup every day, there’s no harm in giving it a try. They are available at eye-care stores and can be worn every day—but remember that most lenses aren’t washable and can damage easily.
  • Colored contacts can range from subtle shades that match your natural eye color to crazy colors that look like something straight out of a cartoon.


  • If you have dark hair and light eyes, consider bringing your hair over one shoulder or incorporating some kind of side part (remember old Hollywood for reference).
    Hair color, not just hairstyle, can help accentuate your eyes! Experiment with some highlights or lowlights in complementary colors to your eyes.


  • Earrings that dangle just below your eyes can make them appear bigger, while earrings or hoops right above them can draw attention to your eye shape. Just be careful with chunky rings, as they’ll draw attention away from your eyes.
  • Although bold makeup looks good on some people, others should steer clear of it—it will only overpower smaller eyes. If you have round eyes and aren’t sure what kind of jewelry looks best on you, a pair of dangling earrings is a great option.
  • Piercing rings also look great on round faces. Try wearing one near an eyebrow or over your eyebrow for maximum effect!
  • For those with a small face, try wearing large earrings or chunky necklaces around your ears. Large necklaces should fall between your collarbone and shoulders, while earrings should be just below your jawline. Both will draw attention up to your eyes, making them appear larger in comparison. Just make sure you don’t wear more than one at a time—too much jewelry can overpower and shrink even large eyes.


  • Something as simple as a colored scarf can do wonders for making your eyes pop. At nighttime, wearing darker eye makeup like liner and mascara is a great way to keep the focus on your eyes instead of overdoing it with neon lipstick or foundation.
  • Choosing simple clothing in bold shades can make it easier for people to notice things like jewelry, scarves, and earrings—basically, anything that adds color to an otherwise neutral outfit.

It’s also worth remembering that your eyes aren’t just a pair of eyes. It includes everything around them, including your eyebrows and lips. If you want to make your eyes pop, don’t forget about these other accessories in your makeup routine as well!

Here are some extra tips:

  • Fill in your eyebrows using products like brow powder or eyebrow pencils so that you have more shape around your eyes

Experimenting with makeup is all about being unique and expressing yourself, so feel free to experiment until you find something that makes your eyes pop just right! There are plenty of ways you can experiment with make up. Don’t be afraid to try something new!

Additional Resources to Make Your Eyes Pop

Leave a Comment