Do you have hooded eyes? If so, you know that applying makeup can be a bit of a challenge. The good news is that there are plenty of tips and tutorials out there to help you create the perfect look for your eyes. In this article, we will share some of the best tips and tutorials for applying makeup to hooded eyes. We will also provide advice on how to lift droopy, aged eyes with makeup. So whether you’re looking for a natural everyday look or something more smokey and dramatic, we’ve got you covered!

What are hooded eyes and how do I know if I have them?

If you were blessed with hooded eyes or almond-shaped eyes, you should know that you are beautiful and your eyes are something you should be proud of. Celebrities like Jennifer Lawrence, Lucy Lu, Taylor Swift, Mindy Kaling, Blake Lively, Emma Stone, and so many more are evidence that hooded eyes are unique and gorgeous.

While some of us were born with hooded eyes, this is also a symptom of aging. As we get older and our skin loses elasticity, the natural folds of our eyelids become hidden by sagging eyebrow skin. 

Having hooded eyes means that your top eyelid covers the bottom part of your eyelid either fully or partially when your eyes are open. 

You can also tell if you have hooded eyes by determining what the outer corners of your eyes do — go up or down? If they are straight, then you have hooded eyes. 

Another way to decipher whether you have hooded eyes is to look in the mirror and see if you can see an eyelid’s natural crease. If not, you have hooded eyes. 

Having hooded eyelids can make it difficult to apply makeup because when your eyes are open, you can’t see your full eyelid. Another challenge that people with hooded eyes face is that their eye makeup tends to crease or melt throughout the day. 

But learning how to apply makeup correctly can be a game-changer so stick around for some awesome tips and videos on how to accentuate your beautiful eyeshape!

Makeup for Hooded Eyes Shouldn’t Be a Mystery—Here’s How to Show Off Your Gorgeous Eye Shape With Makeup Tutorials and Videos!

Do’s and DON’Ts for Hooded Eyes

What Looks Good On Hooded Eyes? 

There are a few makeup looks that look great on hooded eyes. One is the smudged eyeliner look, which we talked about earlier. You can also try a cat eyeliner look.

Using light colors all over the lid is a good way to go when it comes to eyeshadow. You can then use darker colors in the crease to create depth. And don’t forget about mascara! Waterproof mascara is a must for those with hooded eyes, as it will help keep your lashes from smudging or transferring onto other areas of your face. 

Highlighter – Only highlight the brow bone thinly, just under the eyebrow to give the illusion that your crease is higher. 

Thin Eyeliner – you want to keep lines thin as to not make your eyes look more droopy.

Shimmer – adding shimmer to the center of your eyelid (lashline to creaser) gives the impression that you have more lid. 

Should people with hooded eyes wear eyeliner?

Some people with hooded eyes feel like they need to wear eyeliner in order to make their eyes look more open. But this isn’t always the case. Eyeliner can actually accentuate the droopiness of hooded eyes, so it’s important to be careful when applying it. If you do decide to wear eyeliner, try a thin line on the top lid only, and make sure it’s a darker color than your natural skin tone. 

Here are a few makeup tips and tricks for applying makeup or eyeliner to hooded eyes

  • When applying eye shadow, use a light color on the entire lid. You can then use a darker color in the crease to create depth.
  • Keep the eyeliner lines thin. 
  • Use an eyeliner that is slightly darker than your natural skin tone and apply it close to the lash line. This will help make your eyes look more awake and defined.
  • Use waterproof mascara to keep your lashes from smudging or transferring onto other areas of the face. 
  • Apply highlighting concealer under the eyebrows and in the inner corners of eyes for a brighter, more open look.  
  • Use a primer to keep makeup from spreading or melting throughout the day.
  • Use a flat brush to apply a darker eyeshadow to create your crease.
  • Use a matte shades to create depth and minimize your upper brow bone.
  • Try tightlining your upper lash line to create a bolder look. To do this, take an eyeliner pencil and apply it to the roots of your lash line and on the upper waterline.
  • Use false eyelashes to make your eyes appear bigger! But don’t get too carried away. 
  • If you are applying eyeshadow, use concealer or foundation all over the lid first, then apply eye makeup.
  • Do a smudged eyeliner look – after applying your eyeliner, using a flat brush, apply eyeshadow to the top of your liner, giving it a smudged look. 
  • Apply makeup with your eyes open so you can see your natural crease. 

How to Apply Makeup on Hooded Eyes for a Natural Look

If you’re looking for a natural makeup look, there are a few things you can do to make your hooded eyes appear more open. 

First, use a light color eye shadow all over the lid. Then, using a darker color, contour the crease to create depth. You can also use a primer on your eyelids before applying makeup to prevent creasing or melting throughout the day. 

Another tip is to apply highlighting concealer under the eyebrows and in the inner corners of eyes for a brighter, more open look. This will help make your hooded eyes appear larger and more awake

How to apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes

There are a few different ways that you can apply eyeshadow to hooded eyes. 

One way is to use a light color all over the lid, and then contour the crease with a darker color. You can also try using a primer on your eyelids before applying makeup. This will help keep your makeup from fading or creasing throughout the day. 

How to achieve a smokey eye look for hooded eyes

If you’re looking to achieve a smokey eye look for hooded eyes, there are a few things you can do.  

First, use a dark color eyeshadow all over the lid. Then, using a brush, blend the shadow up into the crease and towards the brow bone. You can also use a lighter color eyeshadow on the inner corner of your eye to brighten it up. To finish off the look, apply eyeliner and mascara. If you want to make it look more dramatic, try applying dark or black eyeliner to both the bottom and top waterline. You can also tightline your eyelash roots, leaving no room for your skin to come through, and giving your smokey eye an even more bold look.

Makeup techniques for mature hooded eyes

I love this video tutorial from Kerry-Lou, showing women who have aged hooded eyes how to make their eyes look less droopy and more awake!

I hope these tips and tutorials were helpful for figuring out how to apply makeup to hooded eyes to make them look more open, awake, and less droopy!

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Hillary Gruener is a wife, mother, writer, and musician. If she's not at her desk writing content on family life, she's adventuring the world with her husband and two boys.

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