Bright Eyes and Bushy Tailed

By on March 1, 2013

By Wendy Lyn Phillips, Image Expert, Author and Speaker –

Alluring. Intriguing. Coniving. Mysterious. Enlightening. Blissful. Weary.


Since eyes are the window to our soul, they outwardly reveal much about what’s going on inwardly. Whether it’s using the latest and greatest eye cream with retinol, knowing how to use eye makeup to minimize eyes that are deep set, needing to drink more water and getting more sleep, there are tricks anyone can use to enhance their pretty peepers. When engaging in conversation, a person’s passion becomes very obvious with expression from their eyes. Your eyes often articulate what your words can’t.

Read on to find out secrets the stars use to brighten their pooped out peepers.

For starters, take note of your eye shape. Are they close set, deep set, or wide set? Do you have a hooded lid? Are the whites of the eye more yellow or even red from obvious veins? Do you have noticeable crows feet at the corner, bags underneath or prominent dark circles? Any of these issues are ones that can be improved by monitoring amounts of product intake, utilizing proper application, and overall product use.

Let’s talk about the items/products you’re ingesting. Truly, drinking more water can help detoxify and enhance the liver which is often the cause of yellow, dark, dull or red eyes. Drinking too much alcohol, or not enough fruits and veggies is another reason they are not bright! Avoid sugar to further help the liver do its job. Using eye drops can help lubricate and soothe tired, stressed eyes. Also avoid areas of smoke as this can irritate and dry out the eye area and make them pale. To make the white’s of eyes look brighter through product application, use a blue liner on the top and bottom lid and add silver or a white shimmer to the lid. Lastly, a home remedy of using pure, fresh, lemon juice on a cotton ball for an antioxidant 1-2 times a week will help brighten the skin.

One of my most asked questions as an image consultant is how to make eyes “pop”. These steps will ensure that happens for you.

  • Use a good Concealer. Dark under eye circles are a major culprit in making your eyes look tired. Pat with the ring finger to apply, (don’t rub) and remember to include the inner part of the nose as you come under the eye into an inverted triangle shape and blend downward on top of the cheek bone.
  • Use an Illuminator. An illuminator with a slightly pink tone in it will add a bit of shine to sallow skin tones. It can also catch the light to reflect it, which helps to brighten the face as well.
  • Use an Anti Wrinkle Cream especially good for the delicate eye area. Many of the eye creams today have ingredients that address the big three areas all in one product: puffiness, crows feet/lines at the corner, and dark under eye circles.
  • Highlight the Inner Corner of the eye. When you haven’t gotten enough sleep, you can fake a bright, wide-eyed look by using some well-placed shimmery eye shadow. Highlighting the inner corner of your eyes near the tear ducts instantly makes your eyes look wider and adds some much-needed brightness to a spot that’s often dark. You can use an ivory or cream-colored shadow that has a shimmer or satin finish that catches the light. IF your skin is darker a gold tone color will look more natural. Also use the highlighter on brow bone just in the middle of the arch of your brow. This application tip will give your eyes instant lift by creating a vertical line.
  • Using three colors for a basic look is ideal – a base color, a contrasting color to create depth in the crease and a highlighter. And the real secret is: BLEND, BLEND BLEND…then use at least 2 coats of mascara!


If the chamomile tea bag or cucumber slices don’t work, make sure to get nine hours of sleep and see if that helps! Open those eyes to more meaningful conversation and appear more bright eyed and bushy tailed this year. Here’s to peepers that are worth keeping. You can find more tips for eye tricks and overall makeup and image updates by connecting with Wendy on her website. Sign up for free video tutorials and her newsletter at

About Wendy Lyn Phillips

Wendy Lyn is a beauty and image expert with over 25 years experience. As an entrepreneur for all of her adult life, she has coached thousands on the value of a compelling presence, sales, and communication. She is a speaker and the author of the best-selling book, Naked to Knockout; Beauty from the Inside Out. Visit to find out more.

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