Twiggy has one of the most iconic and recognized makeup looks in history. Twiggy’s look has been tweaked and re-created more times than one can count since she exploded into the fashion scene in the mid-1960’s. Twiggy’s exaggerated doe-eyed appearance can be credited to a few simple makeup tricks that you can easily replicate yourself. Look no further, because here’s the dish on how to get those fabulous Twiggy eyes:
Highlight the inner corners
Highlighting is a fantastic way to brighten your eyes and give them an “open” appearance. The main area to highlight are the inner corners, around the tear duct. The bridge of the nose casts a slight shadow over that area—adding a highlight will allow light to reflect and beautify.
Highlighters come in powder, cream, pencil, and liquid formulations; they all work as long as you find a flattering shade. A golden champagne color looks gorgeous on a very broad range of skin tones, and if you’re very fair, you may be able to pull of a white highlight without looking unnatural. The finish of the highlight is also important. Avoid products with excessively glittery finishes; a subtle shimmer will reflect just enough light without making you look like a disco ball.
Line that waterline
The waterline is the small strip of skin just above the roots of your bottom lashes. Lining this area will give your eyes a little more white space, thus creating a larger eye.
When choosing a liner, it’s helpful to remember the tips mentioned above in regards to highlighting. A champagne color will be fairly universal for everyone, but if your skin is fair enough, a white liner is also an option. The important thing to remember is that you don’t want to look like a porcelain baby doll (unless it’s Halloween!). A white liner against deep skin can look very stark and might ruin the entire illusion you’re trying to create. When in doubt, stick to champagnes and nudes that are only one or two shades lighter than your skin tone.
Create a cut crease
In the simplest terms, creating a cut crease means that you’re applying a darker, contrasting color to the crease of your eyelid. Some people will blend the color out slightly, while others will leave more of a defined line.
A cut crease is commonly created within the small hollow formed between your eyebrow bone and your eyeball. If you want to give the illusion of having more eyelid space, create your cut crease on the base of your brow bone, just above that hollow. Use a matte (shimmer free) eyeshadow that’s a few shades darker than your natural skintone. The matte finish and deeper hue will mimic the shadow your brow bone would naturally make, giving you the appearance of having more lid space than you really do!
Define those lashes
Twiggy, along with innumerable women – both famous and not – would layer several pairs of false lashes onto eyes in one sitting. Eye lashes are a natural extension of the eye and when properly defined, they make a huge impact.
False lashes are always an option, if you’re comfortable applying them. If you’re not comfortable with them, mascara is of course a great option as well. Brown shades work great for folks with blonde lashes, while black shades work well with darker lashes.
Curling your eyelashes is an even simpler trick. If your lashes naturally grow at a downward angle, an eyelash curler will lift them up and away from your eyes.
You can use any combination of these tricks to achieve big, radiant eyes. Use one or two with a light hand for a more natural appearance, or use all of them with a heavier hand for full Twiggy impact!