5 Tips For Applying Makeup To Hooded Eyes

Hooded eyes makeup

What are hooded eyes?
Are you like me and blessed with hooded eyes? If you’re unsure, take a close look in the mirror. Can you see your eyelid with your eyes open? If you answered no, then you probably have hooded eyes. Eyes are considered hooded when skin hangs down over the crease, making the eyes appear smaller. When hooded eyes are open, the eyelid isn’t generally visible as it retracts into the crease. Because of this, many people with hooded eyes often have a droopy eye look, and trouble applying makeup.

However, with the right makeup placement, you can trick the eye into looking large and lifted, disguising the hood. If you’re not sure how to do this, don’t worry!! Read on as I’m showing you how to do that with 5 fool-proof makeup application tips!

Hooded Eyes

Tip 1: Apply eyeshadow slightly above the crease with eyes open.

Tips For Hooded Eyes

If you apply the shadow directly in the crease, it will end up hidden in the fold when the eyes are open. Applying the color above the crease will allow the shadow to been seen (which is what we want) with open eyes, plus it gives the appearance of a faux crease, making the eyes look lifted.

Applying shadow with the eyes open will direct you where to place the color. I did this in the above photo, at the spot where my lid hits my brow bone. You can see that by applying the color in this spot (and not in my crease) instantly lifts the eye.

Tip 2: When you apply a contour color, blend upwards and outwards.

Hooded Eye Makeup Tips

Adding a contour, or deeper color to the eye can give you a bold or smoky look, and even open up the eyes. However, this color can drag down a hooded eye if it’s not placed in the right position. If the color is blended downwards, or comes out past the edge of the eye, it will make the eye look droopy. You can avoid this by blending the color in an upward motion to towards the brow bone. This will give the eye a lifted look.

Tip 3: Use a lighter shadow color on the eyelid.

Hooded Eyes Makeup Tips

When we highlight and contour the face, we use lighter colors to make an area of the face stand out, and darker colors to conceal or slim an area.  The same rule applies to the eyes. Since people with hooded eyes have smaller eyelids, or the fact that their lid often gets hidden, it’s best to use a light color to make the lid stand out. Shimmer colors are also great to use on the lid as they reflect light, making the eyelid look larger.

On an opposite note, try not to use too much of a highlight or shimmer color on the brow bone. People with hooded eyes already have protruding brow bones, and a shimmer can make the hooded part look larger and puffy. Keep the highlight color thin and close to the eyebrow.

Tip 4: Keep your eyeliner thin.

Hooded Eyes Makeup Tips

Since people with hooded eyes already have limited lid space, you don’t want to take up that lid real-estate with eyeliner. A thick liner will only make the eyelid look smaller.  When wearing eyeliner, keep the product as close to the lash line as possible, and don’t fully line the eyes as this will only make them look smaller. 

Tip 5: Don’t skimp on mascara! 

Hooded Eyes Makeup Tips
Longer lashes open up the eyes, making them appear larger. They also draw the eyes up, which is what we want with hooded eyes. Finding a great lengthening mascara is key, and I highly suggest the VolumeIntense Mascara by SeneGence. It lengthens, conditions, and doesn’t smudge or flake off which is another plus for hooded eyes.

I hope you found these tips helpful! If you have any questions, ask me in the comments below.

XO Rachael