Work more on the far corner of the eyes, don't be even. Apply eye-line thinker in those areas, and taper down to a point at the point of your eye closest to the nose.
If you're using shaddow don't just use one flat colour, start dark in the corner and smudge out, the smoky eye usually makes eyes look bigger and more dramatic.
As far as mascara is concerned, apply in a zigzag movement; let it dry and then put a second layer on top and make sure you move with the curl, or curl again then they're still wet - just make sure you clean the curlers. Again, work more on the outer point into less at the inner point.
just remember when you are doing your eyes that darker colors close and make things smaller and lighter colors make things bigger and brighter.
there are some really pretty light colored eyeliners, I would suggest peach, silver, light blue
my favorite way of opening an eye is to use mascara on the top and use a peach liner on the bottom inner rim. you want to stretch the top up so don't use eyeliner up there because that will close it in making your lid heavier. the peach on the bottom inner rim will brighten the white of your eye while making your eyes appear rounder. good luck!:)