Here's What the "Doe Eyes" Makeup Trend Looks Like IRL
If you've seen the popular "siren eyes" makeup trend on TikTok, chances are you've probably also come across its counterpart: "doe eyes." While the two makeup looks can subtly transform your eye shape, they're quite different in terms of effect. Siren eyes are generally considered sexier than sweet and innocent doe eyes, which are typically defined as large, open eyes (just like you see on a female deer). Think Ariana Grande, Lana Del Rey, and Zooey Deschanel.
The doe-eyed makeup look is just as appealing as siren eyes, but in a different way. Doe eyes are typically warm, round, and associated with endearing naivety. Plus, if you've seen the TikTok videos, they're really easy to pull off. So if you're interested in trying out the trend yourself, we spoke with makeup artist and beauty influencer Dani G to find out exactly how to achieve the look. Keep reading for a step-by-step guide, including product recommendations.
How to Do Doe-Eyes Makeup
When creating a doe-eyes look, you need to lay down a bit of groundwork around the eyes first. Believe it or not, your eyebrows are a huge part of changing your eye shape. Dani recommends starting with the brows and working your way down your face: "Your eyebrows can shape your face and make you look more awake. Just brush them upwards with a spoolie brush and add some extra upward strokes in with an eyebrow pencil." To do this, I used Ere Perez's Natural Cosmetics Argan Brow Hero ($29).
Then, apply a concealer under your eyes. "You can achieve this look with a liquid concealer around two shades lighter than your skin tone," she says. "Apply your concealer with a damp beauty blender for an airbrushed look." For this part, I used RMS Beauty's "Un" Cover-Up Concealer ($36). When it comes to eyeshadow, Dani prefers a "pale" color with a "slight shimmer" because it "gives the illusion of more space between your nose and eyes."
You don't want to add a dramatic winged eyeliner to this look. "With siren eyes, you want to elongate your eyes using eyeliner, but the goal with doe eyes is to push your liner upward to widen them," she says. "You want to draw a short and straight angled line from your outer eye to create a tiny wing. Then, line across the rest of your eyelid and make it slightly thicker above your pupil. This gives the illusion of a more rounded eye." To achieve this, I used Lottie London's Wing Woman in Brown ($7).
Next comes a white eyeliner all the way across your lower lash line. "This really brightens up your face and makes your eyes look bigger," Dani says. Two of the best white eyeliners, in our opinion, are Charlotte Tilbury's Rock 'N' Kohl in Eye Cheat ($29) and Makeup by Mario's Master Mattes Brightening Pencil ($20). Then, top off the look with mascara on your top and bottom lashes. I found a combination of Ere Perez's Avocado Waterproof Mascara ($28) and the Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Volume 2 Mascara ($32) to give the best result. Dani also recommends adding some wispy eyelashes like the Doll Beauty Dolly Wispies ($18) or Anastasia Beverly Hills Norvina False Eyelashes ($12) to the top and bottom lids for a whimsical finish.
Doe eyes are so achievable that you could easily wear the look on a daily basis. I added a flush of blush on the apples of my cheeks and highlighter on the tip of my nose and cupid's bow. This look needs to feel really soft and round all over, so add your favorite pink lip liner and a subtle lipstick.
While I've tried both trends, I personally preferred doe eyes to siren eyes because it was still alluring without overwhelming my natural eye shape. I used brown liner instead of black to keep it subtle and make the blue in my eyes stand out. I'll definitely be returning to these steps next time I do my makeup.