Hooded Eye Makeup 

How to apply eye makeup if you have “hooded” eyelids.

My Big 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- 

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14 year old me with my big old eyelids

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– 

  1. The usual moisturiser, primer , under eye concealer, brows and most importantly prime the upper lid
  2. Liquid liner- today I used Extreme eyeliner pen by Collection 
  3. 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   
  4. A dark matte eyeshadow all along the crease. I used MAC Blend it well  
  5. Highlight the lid. I used a gold MAC Pigment powder. Blend thoroughly with a soft brush. hooded-eye-makeup-tutorial  
  6. 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. 
  7. Mascara. A bucket of it. hooded-eye-makeup-tutorial
    The Final Result

    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.

      Get your Bourjois and L’Oreal here-


      15 Comments Add yours

      1. Elizabeth says:

        How very educational! I had no idea there was such a thing. I wonder if I have those….! Have to check! Lovely tutorial too. 🙂


      2. Double the Monkey Business says:

        I have never been very good at eye make up, I just slap it on. I may have a rare night out next weekend so will give this a try! x


      3. Your eyes makeup looks really amazing!Do you want to be friends with me on bloglovin? If yes, just follow me and I’ll follow your blog back ASAP!<3 http://www.bloglovin.com/blogs/anna-alina-3947784


      4. wow.. fab post.. i have hooded eye lids too so im going to give this a try… i hate when im putting on mascara and it ends up all over my lids …


      5. Great tips thanks for these. I have one slightly hooded eyelid and it’s annoying because eyeshadow looks great on one eye but not as great on the other. I’ll definitely have to give these tips a go x


        1. That’s annoying! I’m asymmetrical myself, I feel your pain. Thanks for the comment x


      6. This is great I have this problem and have just assumed its because I am getting old – maybe not 🙂 Good to know I can still wear eye shadow to be honest I have been avoiding it xx


      7. Kat says:

        I’m rubbish at blending anything. I need to work on it! I also don’t use eyeshadow much. There are some great and really helpful tips here 🙂


      8. Emma says:

        Great tips, it really shows how important it is to understand your face and eye shapes. Love the colours you used!


      9. You are very good at eyes! They look great.
        I’ve just discovered urban decay, and I must say, there is no going back for me now! Fab post, and super easy to follow too.
        Anna x


      10. dotmakes4 says:

        What great tips! My friend has hooded eyes and always complains about her eye makeup. I’m definitely going to share these with her! 🙂
        Laura xx


      11. I have the hooded eyebrows and I’ve always wondered about eye make up. Great post, one I’ll be using a lot I think!


      12. Some fab tips. I have very puffy eyes, partly hereditary partly due to my little man having severe sleep issue so I completely understand the challenge of adapting your make up to suit

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