Makeup Tutorial for a Hooded Eye

Makeup Tutorial for a Hooded EyeI’m so excited to do my first makeup tutorial today!  When I used to work in a spa as an aesthetician, I also worked as a make up artist. I have put off sharing some tutorials with you all because I was so worried about not getting the lighting right.  I hope you all enjoy this as much as I did making it!

I love doing makeup!  It’s amazing how even a small amount of makeup applied in the right way can bring out or disguise a person’s features.  It truly is an art form!

Today I am going to give you tips on how to minimize the look of a hooded eye or droopy eyelid.  A hooded eye is when your brow bone is lower and your eye lid is not visible when your eyes are open.  This can be a certain bone structure or can be from age causing the eyelid to sag.  Typically a person with a hooded eye, or droopy eye has small eyes.  Some people see this bone structure as very beautiful, while some people see it as an issue.  Some famous women that have a hooded eye are Claudia Schiffer, Jennifer Lawrence, Blake Lively, and Selena Gomez.  Most Asian eyes are hooded as well.

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Whatever you want to minimize or recede you darken.

Whatever you want to bring forward, you lighten.

The trick with a hooded eye is to apply your shadow not in the crease, but right on top of the crease.  You want to minimize the bone so you apply your shadow on top of the bone.  I love the Too Faced, Natural Eye neutral eye compact.  This compact contains everything I use for a daytime look all the way to nighttime.  I also use the lightest matte taupe in the palette to fill in my brows for a natural look.

You always want to highlight the bone area right beneath your brow.  I like to highlight between my eyes and underneath my eyes as well.  This helps to enlarge the eyes, making them look more awake.  I love to use Benefit’s High Brow-It’s a soft pencil that is so smooth and easy to blend.  It gives just the right brightness.

Another way to make the eyes look bigger is to curl the lashes and make sure your lashes are pointed upwards after applying mascara.  I have recently discovered Tarte’s Gifted Mascara.  I absolutely love it-the brush separates and thickens my lashes quite well, it doesn’t smudge and it lasts all day.  Plus it’s free of parabens and other harsh chemicals!  Once in a while, after I’ve applied my mascara, my lashes will be pointed sideways rather then upwards.  When this happens I give a quick squeeze with the eyelash curler and this does the trick!

In order to not enclose the eye, I hardly ever wear eye liner.  While it can enhance the lash line, making the lashes look thicker, lining the eyes always makes them look smaller.

By applying a lighter shadow on the lid, you can have the appearance of a more pronounced lid.

Once you are finished applying your shadows, always go back and blend, blend, blend.  It’s really easy to make this look really harsh.  Blend in an outward motion making sure to not deposit too much dark to the highlighted area.

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I hope you enjoyed my first makeup tutorial!  I sure did!  Comment below if you have any questions or would like to see more makeup tutorials!

xx, Jenni

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9 Comments

  1. Elizabeth
    September 29, 2014 / 7:46 am

    Love this! Really helpful! I have hooded eyes (I have always referred to them as “deep set”) and have always struggled with eye makeup. While I already knew some of these tricks, it was great to see it all put together. And I am very excited about trying the benefit pencil to highlight. Keep up the tutorials!

  2. September 29, 2014 / 10:07 am

    Love it! Great pictures and very helpful tips for those of us with hooded eyes.

  3. Debbe King
    September 29, 2014 / 6:32 pm

    Thanks so much! I have hooded eyes, also.

  4. October 23, 2014 / 1:50 pm

    Pretty! This was a really wonderful article.
    Thanks for supplying these details.

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  6. ruth
    October 11, 2016 / 4:52 pm

    I, too, have eyelashes that go off to the side after curling. And I also find that my lashes with mascara look like spikes because they’re clumped together. Any tips for me? And maybe it’s time for a new mascara because of the spikey look. Hmmm.

  7. Sue
    May 8, 2018 / 9:16 am

    Hi Jenni,I agree with other posts asking for a video tutorial on makeup application! I’m finding the make up products and techniques I’ve used for years need to change to accommodate my more mature skin. Can you possibly recommend any video’s (maybe onYouTube?) you think offers good advice? I’ve watched so many trying to find something good specifically for mature skin. I’ve never tried or heard of using a beige color on the waterline. Your eyes look amazing so now I’ll have to get a beige liner! I wash an old mascara wand and use that before and after curling my lashes to separate them before mascara is applied. I like it better then the brush/comb tool. I also started lightly wiping the mascara wand with tissue paper (avoid fluffy tiddue)to remove excess product before applying. Yes, it is a waste but it’s easier to avoid clumps than fix them.
    This is something I shouldn’t recommend but my friends and I always used a long sharp metal pin (like a corsage pin) to get in and carefully separate the clumped lashes. Probably not a safe idea if your eyesight is poor or have shaky hands but it’s been my 40-year habit to do this and if you’re very careful it works best to fix the clumps. To avoid problems I only use one light coat of mascara on the top lashes only. I get Birchbox so I’ve built up quite a little stash of different brands of mascara. I avoid using mascara on my bottom lashes because it’s time-consumng andhard to apply without creating an undereye mess even using the wand perpendicularly.

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