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Most women think average means ordinary or mediocre–in other words, boring! Average eyes, though, can be a real asset because you don’t have to manipulate your makeup to counteract unattractive features, such as sagging lids, parsimonious lashes or beady little orbs. You can make average eyes sultry or dramatic, or you can highlight them with understated elegance. Your eyes are the focal point of your face, so play them up!

Add Depth

To make average eyes more attractive, use multiple eyeshadow colors to create depth. Start with a light shade, such as champagne, light pink, lilac or pearl, and sweep it from your lash line to your brow bone area. Next, apply a medium shade—chestnut, nutmeg, lavender or medium pink, for example—to the crease area of your eye and blend carefully. Create a little drama with a dark color, such as copper, chocolate or dark gray along the lash line. If you want an edgier look, try metallic shades, but be careful not to overdo the metal, or you’ll end up looking like a robot whose paint job is wearing thin.

Smoky Eyes

For evening drama, you can make your eyes look anything but average with a smoky look. Start with a soft black eyeliner pencil and line both the upper and lower lids of your eyes. Make the line in the top cover slightly thicker. Choose a vibrant eyeshadow color slightly darker than your skin and apply this color from the middle of your upper eyelid to the area just above the lid crease. Use a thin applicator or the fine edge of a makeup sponge to apply a dark color, such as eggplant, charcoal, deep blue or hunter green, along with the edges of both your upper and lower lids. Use your finger to blend the shadow and the eyeliner pencil. Apply the same shadow to the crease of your eyelids and unite it with the color along the lash line in a horizontal v-shape. Use a soft brush to blend the shadows on both the upper and lower lids. Finish with a sweep of a very light highlighter shadow just under your brow bone.

Haircuts for Average Eyes

You maximize the visual impact of your average-turned-sensational eyes with a hairstyle that draws attention to your eyes. Short hairstyles tend to make your eyes stand out, but if you’d feel like Samson if you lost your locks, there are other options. Bangs—whether wispy or high—tend to draw attention to the place where they end, so choose longish bangs for added attention to your eyes. You can also use fringed sides angled forward to bring your admirer’s attention to your eyes.

Common Mistakes

Don’t fall into the trap of matching your eyeshadow to your clothing. Just because you look good in black, blue and purple doesn’t mean you should make up your eyelids to look like two giant bruises. Eyeshadow should match or complement your skin tone and hair color. If you have dark circles under your eyes, don’t emphasize them with more dark colors. Rather, counteract them with lighter tones and keep the mascara and eyeliner on your upper lids only to draw attention away from the Realm of Darkness beneath your lower lids.

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