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Makeup Tips for Hooded Eyes

Cheryl Mascarenhas
Hooded eyes or bedroom eyes, as you may call it, have an extra layer of skin that droops over the crease making the eyelid appear smaller. With makeup, you can draw attention upwards, thus, enlarging your eye shape. Follow these makeup tips given in this BeautiSecrets article to enhance the look of your hooded eyes.

You've got Company!

Blake Lively, Renée Zellweger, Jennifer Lawrence, Catherine Zeta-Jones and Camilla Belle are some celebrities with hooded eyes.
They say, the eyes are one of the foremost features that are noticed when it comes to creating a good first impression. People with hooded eyes, for instance, come across as a little secretive, a little sensual, and a little sultry. This happens solely because the natural crease on the eyelid is covered by an extra layer of skin that droops over the lid.
While it is true that the extra layer of skin conceals most of the eyelid, making it tough for you to highlight your eyes, there is nothing that cannot be corrected using makeup. You can make your eyes more alluring, mysterious, and beautiful by employing the right makeup techniques.

Highlight your Lashes

Use your eyelashes to cover your droopy eyelids. Enhance your eyelashes by curling them before applying a good dose of mascara. You can even use false lashes to draw attention. Do not forget to use mascara on your lower lashes as well.

Define your Eyebrows

Queer as this may seem, a well-defined brow can definitely draw attention away from the sagging eyelid. To do this, you need to shape your eyebrows to a soft arch directly above the outer iris of the eye. Use a highlighter to define the arch as well as to seemingly raise the arch.

Create a Dimension

Highlight the lower side of the inner corner of your eyes to make them look brighter. You can also line your lower lids to make your eyes stand out. Make sure you use a light shimmery eyeshadow or white liner on the inner and outer corners of the eye to make them seem larger.

Contour with Darker Shades

Let the light get your eyes. Not literally, but visually. Take the tired and droopy eyes away by using lighter shades on the upper lid, while using darker shades to contour the outer corners of your eyes. Darker shades used on the outer edges will eventually draw attention to the eyes, and make them seem larger than they actually are. Besides, it will give you more space to work on your eyelids.

Use Upward Strokes to Blend

Blending your makeup well is the key to getting seemingly brighter eyes. At the end of the makeup session, you do not want your eyes to look like those on a patchwork doll. Use upward strokes to blend your eyeshadow as well as give a virtual lift to your eyes.

Go Easy on the Eyeliner

Your main motto while applying eye makeup is to take the heaviness away from your eyes, and not add to the droopiness. While lining your upper lids with liner, ensure that you begin from the center of your eyelid. To be safe, you can make the outer corners thicker to make them seem more open. Go easy on the inner corners, and use a thin line to define them if you need to.

Cat eyeliner for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Apply light shadow over the eyelid.
  • Use a piece of paper to trace a line on the outer edges.
  • Using a fine, angled brush, smear gel eyeliner along the lid line.
  • Make the line thicker towards the center, and taper it on the edges.
  • Apply mascara to further open your eyes.

Dramatic eyes for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Use a round brush to spread light shadow all over the moving eyelid.
  • With the angle shadow brush, apply the dark shadow to form a deep v on the outer corner of the eyelid.
  • Blend the two shades to make it softer towards the center, and smear the darker shade on the lower lid.
  • Highlight the arch of the brow, and the inner corner of the eye with a white pencil.
  • Define your eyebrows with a pencil, and finish the look by applying mascara and eyeliner.

Nude Makeup for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Apply a light base color all over the lid area.
  • Use shimmer with a darker tinge over the outer lid area and above the crease.
  • Blend the two colors evenly with a round brush.
  • Line the upper lid with pencil to form a wing.
  • Finish with a highlighter along the brow and inner corner of the eye.

Subtle highlights for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Start with a light base all over the lid.
  • Use earthy browns, and golden in matte finish to go over your crease.
  • Use a shimmer shadow in gold or bronze to go over the outer lid.
  • Line the upper and lower lid with a light gold or brown liner.
  • Apply mascara on your upper and lower lashes.

Pink makeup for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Use a light shadow to fill the inner corner of your eyelid.
  • Go over the crease line with a darker tinge of pink/red.
  • Apply darker shades along the outer corner of the eyelid and blend.
  • Line your lower lids with the same color lining your crease line.
  • Apply eyeliner and a thin coat of mascara to complete the look.

Winged eye makeup for hooded eyes

How to :
  • Keep your eye open, and apply gray eye shadow above your crease line.
  • Use a tinge of blue along the crease line.
  • Blend the blue and gray together.
  • Use a black/gray shimmer shadow over the outer corner of the eye.
  • Lift the outer corner with a rising line, and complete the look with mascara.
There's more to eye makeup than what catches your eye. Make it a point to highlight and lift the features of your eye with the right makeup technique.