How to apply eye makeup if you have “hooded” eyelids.
The term hooded applies to eyelids where the upper part of the eyelid covers the crease. There is excess skin below the brow bone. This could be because of aging or it could be the way you were made. I’ve always had hooded lids. I found a photo of when I was 14 to make sure it’s not just because I’m old-
I used to really hate my baggy eyelids. I’ve got bigger fish to fry these days.
You have to tackle your eye makeup differently if you have hooded eyes- your eyes can appear sleepy, closed and small, eyeshadow tends to crease and mascara rubs onto the upper lids more than our small lidded counterparts. I’d say us hooded ladies need better eye makeup products, there’s more of a challenge for their longevity.
So if you have hooded lids, the principles of your eye makeup are as follows-
- Get a decent eye primer (eg. Urban Decay Eyeshadow Potion)
- Find a mascara that doesn’t flake (eg. Bourjois Clubbing)
- Make your eye look more open- ++mascara, liquid liner above the lashes, skin coloured liner on the lower water line
- Exaggerate the crease with matte eyeshadow
- Highlight the lid
My Hooded Eye Makeup Tutorial–
- The usual moisturiser, primer , under eye concealer, brows and most importantly prime the upper lid
- Liquid liner- today I used Extreme eyeliner pen by Collection
- Demarcate the crease- for this I used a soft purple eyeliner pencil. Do it with eyes open so you can see where the crease is. It doesn’t have to be neat, it’s going to be blended
- A dark matte eyeshadow all along the crease. I used MAC Blend it well
- Highlight the lid. I used a gold MAC Pigment powder. Blend thoroughly with a soft brush.
- Then I used a concealer pencil below the brow going right into the inner corner of my eye (you can just about see it in the picture above). This just cleans up the surrounding area. I used the same flesh coloured pencil for the lower waterline. This makes you eyes look more awake and open.
- Mascara. A bucket of it.
These are the products I used, of course you can use whatever colour you want but just keep in mind the shape your trying to make. You’re trying to block your upper lid with a dark matte and bring out the lower lid with a light reflective shadow essentially.
I don’t mind having hooded eyes anymore (I might change my mind when I get old and my eye skin is stopping me from seeing). Whatever eye shape you have there is always a way to work it.
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