I still remember when I first started getting into makeup and would watch YouTube tutorials religiously to improve my pretty shoddy skills. One thing that would always frustrate me was the eye makeup. I just could never seem to get it to look like the beauty gurus on the video!
A “Smoky Eye How-to” would have me looking like a panda who’d just been punched in the face twice. A “Golden Goddess Look” would leave my eyes looking more small and squinty than big and beautiful. How annoying hey? The most confusing part for me was when they talked about “defining your crease”… Well, “what crease?”, I would think. I just didn’t seem to have the same sunken-in area which is commonly used for defining with a dark coloured shadow. It was only after coming across a video about Makeup for Hooded Eyes that I finally realised why I was having so much trouble!
A “Hooded Eye” refers to eyes with extra fold of skin which covers the natural crease of your eyelid. Often this becomes more pronounced with age and it can be a big pain to deal with! It basically means it’s a lot easier for you to look tired and for your eyes to look squinty with makeup. Don’t fret though!! There’s lots of makeup tips and tricks which will help you to enhance this distinctive feature rather than cover it. Here are the 9 tips which I’ve found really work for me!
1. Go easy on the dark eye shadow….. During my teenage years, I used to cover my entire lid with dark eye shadow thinking this would make me look all sexy and sophisticated. It did not. Instead, I looked like a raccoon on a come down. When you have hooded eyes, your lids can look a lot heavier than most. Use very dark shadow sparingly and not across the entire lid.
2. Avoid heavy eyeliner….. A similar tip is to be careful with very heavy, dark eyeliner. In general, I’ve found a dark brown eyeliner such as MAC Teddy Eye Kohl applied at the outer corners looks much better than a thick line of black.
3. Accentuate the brows and lashes….. Hooded eyes can sometimes look a little droopy, making you look tired. Make sure to fill in your brows (not too heavily!), apply a highlighter underneath the brows, and apply mascara if you’re wearing makeup. This will stop the makeup overpowering your eyes! If you’re a false lashes kind of girl, try sixties-style ones which flick out the edges. This will draw the eye outwards and give the illusion of bigger, wider eyes.
4. Bring the main colour above your crease or fold… When you apply your main eyeshadow colour across the lid, make sure to bring it above the fold. This way, it won’t disappear and become basically invisible.
5. Apply a dark shadow to the outer corner… I’ve found that applying a lighter shade from the inner corner and a darker shade at the outer corner, gives the illusion of a wider eye. Just remember to follow tip 4 for this too!
6. Invest in a bloody good crease brush… The MAC 217 Blending Brush is supposedly one of the best crease brushes out there, although I personally love the Real Techniques Shading Brush (which is half the price). One of my biggest issues with applying shadow on my crease was the fact I was using completely unsuitable brushes. You should look for ones with soft, dense fibres, which has slightly longer hairs than your standard brushes. Use this to apply a darker eyeshadow on and above the crease (hooded ladies; close your eyes to find it more easily), and this will give the illusion of a much more open eye.
7. Highlight the inner corners….. I would always recommend doing this anyway, especially if you’re wearing heavier eye makeup. Take a light shadow or a highlighter and use your finger to press it into the inner corner.
8. Avoid sparkle above the fold… If you apply a sparkly glitter above the fold, you’ll natuarally attract the eye to this area and make it seem more prominant. It’s best to stick to mattes, and only use sparkle on the lower lid.
9. Don’t stress!….. Some of the most beautiful women in the world have hooded eyes! Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, Catherine Zeta-Jones… So you’re in a good camp don’t worry! Don’t think of it as a flaw, but an interesting feature which can be enhanced and embraced.
I hope you’ve found some of these tips helpful! Do you have any tips yourself? Let me know in the comments below! I’ll be posting a smoky eye “Do’s and Don’ts” for hooded eyes on Wednesday if you fancy checking that out!
Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx