I’m out of town this week celebrating my graduation! Please welcome Mai from Portrait of Mai, who’s taking over today with a topic that she knows a lot more about than I do! Don’t forget to show her love. xoxo Miranda
If you’re not familiar, hooded eyelids are an eye shape where the top of the eyelid folds over and acts as a “hood”, either partially or completely obscuring the eyelid. For me specifically, my eyes are also considered as having a “double eyelid”, a term generally associated with Asian eye shapes which refers to an eye shape that has a defined crease (to differentiate against monolids).
These makeup tips for hooded eyes will be useful no matter what shape you have. I know my main issue with eye makeup in the past was that I was always trying to directly translate eye makeup done on other eye shapes onto mine without taking into consideration the differences. Here are my tips to help make eye makeup easier on your eye shape.
Tip 1: Eyeshadow Primer is a Must for Longevity
Incorporating an eyeshadow primer into your routine will go a long way towards improving the longevity of your makeup. My eyeshadow has a tendency to crease if I don’t wear an eye primer, so it’s been a staple in my makeup routine for years. My personal favorite budget primer pick is Milani’s Eyeshadow Primer. It performs just as well as the Too Faced Shadow Insurance but doesn’t separate the way that the Too Faced primer can.
Tip 2: Be Mindful of the Size of Your Brushes
When it comes to eye makeup brushes, I tend to prefer either massive brushes for all over shadow/brow bone, and smaller, more precise brushes for my eyelid and lower lash line. Some of my favorite brushes in particular are Real Techniques Bold Metals Pointed Crease Brush and Angled Liner Brush, Sonia Kashuk Small Eyeshadow Brush, and e.l.f. Eyeshadow “C” Brush.
Tip 3: Apply Eyeshadow with your Eyes Open
One problem I used to have was that when I applied eyeshadow with my eyes closed, it wouldn’t show with my eyes open. The solution? Applying eyeshadow with my eyes open so I know exactly where my eyeshadow would actually appear. This lets me make sure that I apply it exactly as high as I want it to show up. This is especially important when doing smokey eyes or cut-crease looks.
Tip 4: When in Doubt, Fake a Crease
To add dimension to your eyes, you can fake a crease by adding eyeshadow towards the top of your eyelid for a more dramatic look. I prefer applying a transition shade between my eyelid and brow bone and creating the “crease” with a smaller pencil brush, then blending it out. There are a lot of tutorials out there for how to create a cut crease look that you can follow.
Tip 5: Set Eyeliner with Powder/Eyeshadow
When it comes to eyeliners and hooded eyelids, sometimes the eyeliner can transfer, or it won’t last on your lower lash line. Setting your eyeliner with an eyeshadow can help stave off the breakdown off your eyeliner, and can prevent any transfer onto the eyelid. You can use any color eyeshadow you like and can even mix and match liners with shadow colors.
Tip 6: Don’t Forget Mascara on Your Lower Lashes
Though everyone always remembers applying mascara to the top lashes, applying mascara to the bottom lashes can help balance out your eye look so your eye makeup doesn’t look too top-heavy. You can use any mascara you like, and use a fan brush for more control when you want to gradually build up product for more intense lashes.
Do you have any other tips for makeup-lovers with hooded eyes?
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