Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes

by Shruti N on December 6, 2012 · 33 comments

Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes

Hey everyone! I LOVE doing eye makeup! No, it does not mean that I am good at it. It actually means that I try and learn a lot! ☺ I read tutorials, watch videos and browse through our own IMBB to get tips on eye makeup. Everyone would agree with me if I say, if you have lovely features, your makeup process gets easier. However, not all of us are blessed with perfect and flawless features and hence, we take the help of makeup. Eyes are the most expressive part of your face. If you get your eye makeup right, your face instantly gets a makeover.
Beyonce Olivia

Hooded eyes are a type of eye-feature that some people are born with. However, these can be acquired with age too. Celebrities like Beyonce, Jennifer Lopez and Olivia Wilde have hooded eyes, but they use it to their advantage. I have hooded eyes and I used to hate this feature a lot, because no matter how much I tried, my eyes never looked nice and open. Then I started researching about disguising this feature of mine and I was surprised to see that hooded eyes are not that bad! If you use the right kind of hues and apply makeup in a certain way, hooded eyes will instantly transform into sexy eyes! Here are some tips on how to get those gorgeous eyes-

1. Apply different tones of eye shadow across your lid instead of just one:

Hooded Eye Taylor

Use a light colored eye shadow or a highlighter, preferably with a little shimmer, near your upper lash line and inner corner of the eye (A).Then use a slightly darker shade to cover your lid till the brow bone. Blend it very well to avoid creases (B). Now use an even darker shade on the crease (you have to pinpoint the crease with your fingertips) and then blend it well so that it covers the outer half of you lid(C). Use the same dark eye shadow to line your lower lash line with a little smudge. If you are using eyeliner, line the upper lash line alone, with a very thin streak. Always blend your eye shadows till the outer corners and end it with an angle. If you blend it till your cheekbones, your eyes will look droopy. Curl your lashes and apply a generous amount of mascara. And you are ready! :) You’ll be able to see the transformation yourself!

2. Apply eyeliner carefully:

Eyeline Taylor

If you like to create looks using eyeliners alone, make sure that you line the upper lash line too. Most of us just use kohl or liner on the lower lash line or waterline and leave it. That actually pulls the eyes down and gives the impression of droopiness. We don’t want that, do we? When apply liners, always apply more on the upper lash line than the lower one. If you want to line the upper lash line alone, that is fine too. Make sure that the color you choose for lining the lower lash line is lighter than the upper one. For e.g.:-if you choose a black liner for the upper lid, use a brown, bronze or smoky grey for the lower lash line. You can also apply an eye shadow on your lower lash line with an eyeliner brush. When you go for the winged look, make sure the end is a little more extended than it usually is. Pay attention to the outer corners of the eye. A thick, dark extended winged eyeliner look will do wonders for hooded eyes. Alternatively, you can play around with metallic eyeliners to camouflage the droopiness.

3. Mascara is the key:

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Long, dense and curly lashes open up your eyes to a very great extent. Use eyelash curlers and mascara to get that bright-eyed look. Here’s a little trick to get more out of your ordinary mascara. If you want thickness, place the mascara brush horizontally at the base of the eyelashes and pull it upwards with a to and fro motion. This way, the mascara particles will get attached in-between your lashes and will make them appear thicker. For longer lashes- Hold the mascara brush vertically with the tip touching the base of the lash and pull it upwards. Repeat for each eyelash. This way the mascara gets attached to the tip of your eyelash and will make it longer.

4. Brow your way to perfection:

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Yes! Brows have an important role to play here. Use your eyebrow pencils/brushes to perfectly sculpt that brow angle, so that it looks arched. You can highlight the area just under the brows to ‘lift’ them. Concealers work great for this purpose, since they mimic your skin tone and do not have shimmer.

5. Have fun!

That’s right, You don’t have to strictly follow the rules of eye makeup to make those eyes pop! You can play around with matte, shimmery eye shadows and eyeliners and create a look yourself. Concentrate on one feature if you don’t have much time to get ready. As mentioned above, you can use mascara to instantly open up those peepers, or you can go for the classic winged eyeliner look. The important thing is to be confident about your looks and always use the oldest and the most effective face brightening technique- Smile! ☺

I hope the above points were helpful! I use these tricks almost every day while going out. Although I I haven’t perfected them myself, I hope to learn more such tricks to get gorgeous eyes and maybe get the confidence to do an OOTD post on IMBB ☺

Do comment below if you have more of such tips to share ☺

Image sources: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7.

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neha December 6, 2012 at 10:19 pm

OMG this is for me !!!!!!!!!!
thnks shruti :)

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Shruti December 6, 2012 at 10:51 pm

Ure welcome Neha:) you wont believe how much these tips have helped me:)

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Surbhi December 6, 2012 at 10:33 pm

i have hooded eyes too and i hated it :-( but then i started applying combination of different tones of eyeshadows and i can definitely see the difference :)

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Shruti December 6, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I know right? Most of these tips apply for others as well. The point is,we should not leave any stone unturned when it comes to learning makeup tricks:)

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Shruti December 6, 2012 at 10:47 pm

Omg! This is a pleasant surprise!:) I ll be super happy If this article helps everyone like me:)

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Nandini December 6, 2012 at 11:06 pm

LOved loved them all!!! I think I have hooded eyes judging by the pics in this article, this would work so well for me! Thanks for sharing!

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:15 am

Ohh thank you thank you Nandini :)

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Tinkerbell December 6, 2012 at 11:07 pm

I too have hooded eyes…n used to hate them coz no matter how much effort i would put into my eye makeup..it just wouldn’t show! hehe, but i have accepted it, n try to work with it instead of against it :) Really good article

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:17 am

Exactly! I used to feel the same way! I am so glad that I wrote this article :)
Thank you! :)

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ashwitha December 6, 2012 at 11:21 pm

I never knew I had ‘hooded ‘ eyes till now :-) all I know is that any eyeshadow I put just wouldnt show when I open my eyes.so I would just close my eyes to show the color my eyeshiw ti my boyfriend :-(

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:18 am

Arey I just used to skip the eyeshadow step itself :D Then IMBB came to my rescue!

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Shami December 7, 2012 at 9:39 am

Ashwita!! :high5:
after reading this article only me too realized that i too have hooded eyes he he..

i have to try winged eye liner hereafter, thanks for the tips Shruti!!

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Shruti December 6, 2012 at 11:29 pm

Great tutorial Shruti. I have always been confused about technique for hooded eyes. This really helped a lot. :)

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:19 am

Thank you Shruti! :) I am really flattered!:)

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Manu December 6, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Shruti .. that’s a very nice article. I have hooded eyes and I use only mascara and eye liner because i hate eyeshadows on my eyes..will definitely try these tricks though :)

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thank you Manu. Believe me after you have tried these tricks, you’ll be addicted to applying eyeshadows :)

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neetu aadya lohani December 7, 2012 at 8:28 am

I am confused if i have hooded eyes or not.. :p anyways am going to go thru all ur tips my lil guru.. :) very nice attempt dear.. :) keep pouring in ur gyan ka khazanaaaa sweety.. :D

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 9:24 am

Aww! Thats so sweet of you dear! :) I dont have a khazaana of gyan! But I’ll definitely help out in my own small ways :)

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Rati December 7, 2012 at 9:58 am

I have such heavy hooded eyes. :P I took a while to figure out what works the best for me. 2 cents from my side :

1. You dont have to highlight your browbone always. The idea is to contour the heaviness of the browbone than highlighting it.

2. After you are done with your eye makeup, open your eyes and use a soft matte brown eyeshadow above the crease , that would sort of contour your eyes. If you ‘stare’ :P at any of the pics above, you’d see a soft wash of brown color slightly below the browbone..that’s basically done to cut the wide area we have from crease to the browbone. :D

Excellent article shruti. Totally agree with all your points. :))

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Shruti December 7, 2012 at 10:25 am

Floored by your comment Rati! Thank you :)
Your points are so right. Many people dont know how to correctly determine their crease area, which is a very significant factor in eyeshadow application. It makes all the difference in the world! :)

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Rati December 7, 2012 at 10:32 am

yeah because even though we have crease when we open our eyes, it disappears. :( loved your post. :))

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Neha Padhi December 7, 2012 at 10:54 am

Exactly,crease disappears na…mujhe bada confusion tha isko leke..thanks for helping out Rati!!!

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Neha Padhi December 7, 2012 at 10:53 am

i have just started with eye makeup very recently…and still learning,thank u so much shruti…will surely try these out!!!

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Megha December 7, 2012 at 10:58 am

hi shruti…thanks for this article. I too have hooded eyes nd my frnds r always discouraging me for any type of eye make up. But after going through this article nw m confidently do my eye make up…he he he…lol…thanks a lot

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Megha December 7, 2012 at 11:00 am

Rati can u suggest how to choose d right shadow? i think it wl b different shades for day nd night…cud u pls help me with d shades????????

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Rati December 7, 2012 at 11:23 am

always go for palettes, that ways you are never confused about the shades. There are many good ones available in maybelline and lakme. You can pick up browns, and plums for the start.

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Kinjal December 7, 2012 at 11:38 am

nice article shruti… got to know more .. thanks

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Megha December 7, 2012 at 11:53 am

thanks Rati

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nidhi sharma December 7, 2012 at 11:58 am

I too have hooded eyes, and m always confused about doing the right eye make up !
I mean i so love the smokey eyes look/ applyin eye shadow… but some how i feel i jst dont get it right !
Thanx for the article , wud try these tips next tym i m applyin eye makeup.. :)

Is there a different way of smokey eye look for hooded eyes people??

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Shriya December 7, 2012 at 12:11 pm

REally great tips shruti ! :) Apply concealer just underneath brow bone is what I always do and recommend. It gives a nice uplifted look to eyebrows :)

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Shriya December 7, 2012 at 12:12 pm

REally great tips shruti ! :) Applying concealer just underneath brow bone is what I always do and recommend. It gives a nice uplifted look to eyebrows :)

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Nafisa Ali December 7, 2012 at 12:45 pm

excellent tips! :)

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Bee December 7, 2012 at 10:09 pm

I have hooded lids and it took me a great while to understand how to play witth them.. excellent article and Rati’s tips too :)

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