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While every eye shape—from almond eyes to round eyes to upturned eyes to downturned eyes—is gorgeous, when you have hooded eyes it can often feel more difficult to master certain eye makeup looks. Yep, smoky eyes and winged eyeliner can pose a serious challenge if you have hooded eyes. Plus, not all eye makeup techniques will complement your unique eye shape! What you need is a makeup tutorial specifically for hooded eyes. Below, we're sharing step-by-step hooded eye makeup tutorials, covering everything from applying eye shadow to filling in your eyebrows. However, before you can benefit from our hooded eye expertise, you'll need to find out for sure if you have hooded eyes. Thankfully, we can help with that too!
Hooded eyes are known for their lack of visible lid space. But why, exactly, is that? Well, when you have hooded eyes, that means 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 eyes and help to bring all of the attention to your beautiful eyes.
Grab a mirror and really examine your eye shape to figure out whether or not you have hooded eyes. 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 eyes.
Editor’s note: Still a little unsure? Check out our article, How To Determine Your Eye Shape In 2 Easy Steps.
Characterized by lids that extend in a crease-free fashion, hooded eyes require the use of a few key makeup techniques to bring a statement eye look to life. Luckily, there are some makeup application tips that you can master to fake the appearance of a larger set of eyes.
Let’s be real: If you have hooded eyes, then you know better than anyone else just how annoying it is when you achieve the perfect cat eye, only for it to smudge onto your upper lid. To help prevent this, use an eye makeup primer first, as this can keep your eye makeup from transferring. In a pinch, you can also use a dab of foundation or concealer in place of primer.
If you don’t want to draw more attention to your hooded eyes, use matte eye shadow shades on your upper lid, reserving shimmery hues for 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.
Use a slightly shimmery, super-light highlighter, such as the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Highlighter in Rose Quartz, to brighten the inner corner of your eye and the area right beneath the arch of your brow.
Since much of your eyelid disappears when your eyes are open, applying makeup when your eyes are fully open is a good idea. This way, you won’t be surprised by what ends up being visible.
Makeup on hooded eyes has a tendency to smudge, especially when it comes to eyeliner and mascara. Opt for smudge-free, waterproof formulas to stop makeup from transferring onto unintended areas.
Hooded eyes can sometimes look a bit downturned. To flatter your shape even further, flick a little eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Voluminous Lash Paradise Liquid Eyeliner, up at the outer corners of your eyes.
Since you don’t have much lid space to work with on hooded eyes, draw your eyeliner on the thinner side so you still have room for pretty eye shadows.
When you have hooded eyes and don’t have a very defined crease, 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 can help you get the cat eye you’ve always wanted. So, grab your primer, matte eye shadow palette, waterproof eyeliner, and mascara, and follow along.
To help ensure that your eye makeup lasts, use a dab of eye primer to create an ultra-smooth canvas for the rest of your makeup application.
Using a pencil eyeliner, like the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Last Waterproof Pencil Eyeliner, draw a line from the outer edge of your eye towards the inner corner. Be sure to wield a heavier hand on the outside and gradually get lighter as you inch towards the inner portion of your eye. Feel free to arch your crease however you see fit, 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 as crisp as possible, 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 Infallible Crushed Foils Metallic Eye Shadow in Diamond Dust, Gilded Gold, and Crushed Stone.
After you complete your smoky eye, add your final eye shadow elements with the help of 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, first 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.
Lastly, just as with any other eye shape, the best way to really perk up your 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 to seal your makeup look into place so you can have “just applied” makeup all day long. Spray the L’Oréal Paris Infallible Pro-Spray & Set Makeup Extender Setting Spray in an “X” and “T” shape over your face.
When it comes to filling in your eyebrows, finding the right brow shape can make all the difference in how your brows look. If you have hooded eyes, you should take that into consideration when shaping your brows. For hooded eyes, you want to 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:
The first thing you want to do when creating thinner eyebrows is to tweeze or have your eyebrows professionally waxed or threaded. If you have naturally thick eyebrows, you may want to go 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, feathery stroke method. Next, take 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 the L’Oréal Paris Brow Stylist Brow Raiser Highlighter Duo. The 2-in-1 creamy crayon comes in three shades: Light, Medium, and Deep. First, use the matte concealer in the duo to outline the edges of your brow and define your eyebrow shape, focusing on the ends of your brow and the arch. Gently blend the concealer out. Then, apply the shimmer highlighter below and above the arch of your brows. The duo has a built in sharpener so you can sharpen either end of the crayon and always get a precise, defined brow.
For more eye makeup tutorials, check out our article, Anything But Ordinary: 6 Modern Takes On Winged Eyeliner.