Do’s and Don’ts for Smoky Hooded Eyes

I feel that my makeup and I have definitely been through a long and turbulent journey together…. From nothing but Maybelline Dream Matte Mousse and lots of black eyeliner at age 13/14, to 70s inspired glittery blue Urban Decay eyeliner during GCSE years (these photos still give me nightmares), and finally a happy, more sophisticated look which I feel I’ve mostly achieved now. However, I still wish that I could go back in time, give myself a shake, and pass on a few of the tips I’ve learned over the years.

My biggest lesson of all is how to actually wear makeup which suits my face. If you read my Sunday post, 9 Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes, you’ll know I’m in the same camp as Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, and other such lovely ladies when it comes to my eye shape. However, especially when trying to rock a heavier makeup look, hooded eyes can easily be drowned out. So today I thought I’d share with you my Do’s and Don’ts for a Smoky Hooded Eye, by demonstrating what my 17 year old self used to do, and what my current, much more knowledgable (I like to think anyway) 21 year old self does now.

Do's and Don'ts for Smoky Hooded Eyes

First up, let’s take a look at the tools I used:

I wanted to keep this very simple, so I reached for my Dior 3 Coleurs Smokey Eye Palette in Smoky Black. This is always handy as it comes in a neat little packaged box with a cream base colour, a dark matte shade, and a black glittery shade. The eyeshadow formula isn’t as pigmented or as easy to work with as some of my other brands, but this is great for sheer convenience. In terms of brushes, I thoroughly recommend the Real Techniques Shading Brush as it’s amazing for defining your crease (yes, even us “hooded” ladies have creases).

For eyeliner and mascara, I went back to the drugstore. I love this L’Oreal Super Liner as it’s one of the few liquid eyeliners which doesn’t end up half way across my face, and I recently picked up Maybelline’s Great Lash Mascara (I’ll review it soon).

Now let’s see my result. The left eye shows how I currently do a Smoky Eye, while the right eye shows how I used to… Just to add as well, this is more of a subtle “not-too-out-there” kind of smoky eye as I personally tend to prefer that for myself. If you want something more daring though, just follow my tips but amp it up a bit!

Left: Do… Right: Don’t…

I hope you can see from this picture that my left eye looks a lot more open and less “droopy”, for the lack of a better word. Usually I would bring the darker shadow up a little bit more as it can tend to be swallowed by a hooded eye, but I had trouble blending the Dior shadow! The right eye though looks very small and squinty, and the hood seems a lot more pronounced.

So what did I do differently? …

Left: Do… Right: Don’t…

Dark eyeshadow: DON’T… Apply a dark colour all over your lid and up over the fold or “hood”. It instantly makes it look more heavy and will make your eye look smaller. DO… Apply a dark, matte colour into the crease using the Real Techniques Shading Brush and at the outer corner, providing definition and smokiness, without overpowering your features.

Glitter: DON’T… Apply glitter above the hood. It will draw the eye immediately to that area giving the illusion of a small eye. DO… Use your finger to press glitter into the centre of your lid for something eye catching and pretty. It will also give the illusion of a larger eyelid.

Eyeliner: DON’T … Draw a straight line of thick eyeliner across the upper lid as this will just make everything look very flat. DO… Draw a subtle cat eye with an outward, upward flick. This naturally extends the eye upwards, making it appear wider. DON’T… Use eyeliner all along the bottom waterline, making eyes look small and squinty. DO… Smudge some of the dark eyeshadow under the waterline from the outer corner to the middle. Another tip is to use a white or nude eyeliner on the waterline to make your eyes appear bigger.

Highlighting: DO… Use a highlighter (liquid or powder is fine) to illuminate underneath your brow bone and at the inner corners. This will really make your eyes pop.

Mascara: DON’T… Skip mascara. If you’re wearing heavy eye makeup, you should definitely use mascara on both the top and bottom lashes to open them up and stop them being overpowered by the dark shadow. DO… Use false lashes. I haven’t here, but winged lashes look lovely on hooded eyes.

I hope you like my Do’s and Don’ts ladies! Let me know if you have any to share in the comments. I’m still constantly trying to learn and improve and definitely have a long way to go, so I would love any advice! 

If you fancy, you can follow on Bloglovin’, Twitter and Instagram, and check in on Friday for a travel themed post, all about the beautiful city of Rome…

Thanks for reading! Joanna xxxxx


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Hi, I'm Jo. A marketing girl with a love of bold lips, luxury skincare, delicious food, and travelling to new places. Continuing to blog all my adventures...

18 thoughts on “Do’s and Don’ts for Smoky Hooded Eyes

  1. My eyes are more hooded as I got older 😦 I’ve got that fold at the outer part of my eye. Super annoying for a winged eye liner. The wing always disappears into the fold when my eyes are open.. Luckily I learned how to deal with it. Great post! X

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