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While every eye shape—from almond eyes to downturned eyes—is gorgeous, hooded eyes pose a challenge for specific eye makeup looks. From smokey eyes to winged eyeliner, makeup for hooded eyes can be difficult to master. Plus, while there are so many beautiful eye makeup looks, not all complement your unique hooded eyelids. But, if you’re stuck on how to do hooded eye makeup, we’ve got you covered! Read on to learn what hooded eyes are along with how to best apply everything from eyeliner to eyeshadow on hooded lids.
Before we share all the details on eye makeup for hooded eyes, you should know what hooded eyelids are. For starters, hooded eyes are known for their lack of visible lid space. When you have hooded lids, the crease created by your eyelid can appear to be hidden. When this occurs, certain eye makeup looks aren’t as easily visible since your eyelid appears to be smaller. However, while some eye makeup looks aren’t as easy to create, there are others that can seriously flatter hooded lids and help to bring all of the attention to your beautiful eyes.
Grab a mirror and really examine your eye shape. Don’t notice a crease? Does skin droop from your brow bone to where your crease should be? If you answered yes to either question, you could have hooded eyelids.
Editor’s note: Still a little unsure? Check out our article, How To Determine Your Eye Shape In 2 Easy Steps.
With lids that extend in a crease-free fashion, hooded eyelid makeup requires the use of a few key techniques to bring a statement eye look to life. Lucky for you, we’re sharing a simple eye makeup guide you can follow to flatter your hooded lids. Bring on the eyeshadow and eyeliner tips for hooded eyes!
Let’s be real: If you have hooded eyelids, then you know better than anyone else just how annoying it is to achieve the perfect cat eye, only for it to smudge onto your upper lid. Use an eye makeup primer first to keep your eye makeup from transferring. You can also use a dab of foundation or concealer in place of a primer.
Open up your hooded eyes by using matte eyeshadow shades on your upper lid and shimmery hues on the lower section directly above your eyeball. Some of our favorite matte shades include the L’Oreal Paris Colour Riche Monos Eyeshadow in Matte-ison Avenue, Acro-Matte, Matte It Up, Mix and Matte, and Matte Chill. You can pair any of these shades together for an all-over matte look or add a pop of highlight to the center of your lid just above your upper lash line. When doing eyeshadow for hooded eyes, simply apply the shadow just above the natural fold of your eyelid for a more visible look.
Use a slightly shimmery, super-light highlighter, such as the L’Oréal Paris True Match Lumi Shimmerista Highlighting Powder in Sunlight, to brighten the inner corner of your eye and the area right beneath the arch of your brow.
Since much of your lid disappears when your eyes are open, applying hooded eyelid makeup when your eyes are fully open is a good idea. This way, you won’t be surprised by what ends up being visible.
Hooded eyelid makeup has a tendency to smudge, especially when it comes to eyeliner and mascara. Opt for smudge-free, waterproof formulas to further prevent transferring.
Eyeliner for hooded eyes can be hard to perfect since you don’t have much lid space. Draw your eyeliner on the thinner side, so you still have room for pretty eye shadows.
When you have hooded eyes, certain eye makeup looks—like a cat eye—may seem off the table. Luckily, the cut crease fixes that little issue. Known for the way it creates the illusion of an eye-popping crease, this makeup tutorial will bring your cat eye to life. So, grab your primer, matte eye shadow palette, waterproof eyeliner, and mascara, and follow along with our tutorial on winged eyeliner for hooded eyes.
To help ensure that your eye makeup lasts, use a dab of eye primer to create a smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application.
Using a pencil eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof, Up to 24HR Pencil Eyeliner, draw a line from the outer edge of your eye toward the inner corner. Be sure to wield a heavier hand on the outside and gradually get lighter as you inch toward the inner portion of your eye. Feel free to arch your crease, keeping in mind that a rounder edge will give your hooded eyes a doll-like appearance that can help make them appear bigger.
Before your drawn-on crease fully dries, use a fluffy blending brush to soften the line in an upward motion toward your brow bone and the outer corner of your eye. Keep the bottom edge of the line precise, as this is a defining characteristic of a cut crease. Don’t worry if you have any slip-ups—that’s what cotton swabs and makeup remover are for! Simply dip a cotton swab into a bottle of the L’Oréal Paris Micellar Cleansing Water Complete Cleanser Waterproof – All Skin Types and use it to fix any small mistakes.
With the eyeliner cut crease as your base, blend a non-shimmery eye shadow over the line of your cut for a gorgeous eye makeup look.
Again, you want to blend for a softer effect that’s similar to a smoky eye.
Cover your lid with a shimmery hue that complements your smoky cut crease. We especially love the L’Oréal Paris Brilliant Eyes Shimmer Liquid Eye Shadow Makeup in Diamond Drop, Crystal Shine, and Bronze Light.
After you complete your smoky eye, use a slightly shimmery eye shadow to highlight your brow bone and the innermost corner of your eye.
Like we said, eye makeup looks like a cat eye can be a little tricky to do on hooded eyes. To make it easier, create a line that extends up from your lower lash line. Meet it with a diagonal line from the inner corner of your eye to its tip. To finish it off, look straight ahead with your eyes wide open and fill in the blank space with more eyeliner. As for what product to use, try a liquid eyeliner with a smooth formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner.
The best way to really perk up any eye makeup look is with a few layers of mascara. Look for a voluminous, waterproof formula, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Waterproof Mascara.
You’ve spent all that time perfecting your eye makeup look, so why would you let it go to waste? Use a makeup setting spray like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray and Set Make-Up Oil-Free Setting Spray to seal your makeup look into place so you can have “just applied” makeup all day long.
When it comes to filling in your eyebrows, finding the right brow shape can make all the difference. If you have hooded eyes, consider that when shaping your brows. Go for a thinner, more precise brow as a thick, dramatic look can give your eyes a more tired appearance. A thin brow, on the other hand, will create the illusion of more space and open up the eye area. Here’s how to do it:
Start with tweezed eyebrows or have your eyebrows professionally waxed or threaded. If you have naturally thick eyebrows, head to a salon to ensure you’ll be happy with the end result. If you’re a tweezing pro, shape your brows so that they’re thin and ready to be filled in.
Use an eyebrow pencil, like the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Shape & Fill Mechanical Pencil, to lightly outline the shape of your eyebrows. Start at the bottom of your eyebrow and use light, feathery strokes to prevent any harsh lines. Then use the same pencil to lightly fill in any spaces within your brows with the same light strokes. Follow up with the spoolie end of the pencil and gently comb through your eyebrows for a more natural look.
Just because you can’t have thick eyebrows doesn’t mean you can’t have bold eyebrows! Use the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Boost & Set Brow Mascara in Clear to define the hairs of your brows and take your eye makeup look to the next level. The formula is smudge-resistant and comfortable for all-day wear.
To perfect the shape of your eyebrows, use concealer and highlighter to apply a few finishing touches. First, clean up your edges with concealer, then illuminate underneath your arch for defined brows and bright eyes.
Now that you’ve mastered eye makeup for hooded eyes, why not explore other eye makeup tutorials? Next, check out our article, Anything But Ordinary: 7 Modern Takes on Winged Eyeliner.
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