It's one of my personal beliefs that our differences are what make us beautiful. If every person looked the same, that would be terrible. (Not to mention how boring my job would be!) However, sometimes our differences can trick us into thinking something is wrong with us — and I'm here to tell you that's not true!
Almost every hooded eye gal who's sat in my chair has told me how they can't wear eyeshadow, they don't know what to do, and/or they don't really like their eyes. I know the struggle is real, but it's only because they are trying to follow "rules" that don't really apply to them.
That's why the best makeup application is always tailored to YOU. If you can pay attention to your facial features, complexion, and balance needs you will be surprised with how much you can do to really enhance the beautiful features you've had all along.
Before I go into this (video) makeup tutorial for hooded eyes, check out my "Make Your Eye Color Pop" blog post so that you can choose eyeshadow colors that are going to benefit you, instead of work against you.
Tip #1 - Don't Over Highlight the Hood
As a general rule, dark colors are going to retract an area and light colors are going to bring an area out. Thus, putting a bright light color on the hood is a big no-no. You want to avoid highlight on this part of your eye.
Tip #2 - Create a Crease & Don't cross the line
I was hesitant to use the word "crease", because under no circumstance should you leave a harsh line on the hood. But I think saying crease helps you understand that you are in part, creating an illusion of a crease by adding dimension to your eye.
When you start adding the shadow, it's imperative that you keep the direction going upwards as opposed to downwards. You'll know if you've been dragging the eyeshadow downwards if your eye looks droopy (or extra droopy in the case of a down-turned eye). So don't cross the line!
Tip #3 - Dark Shade Stays in Outer Corner
If you could image three vertical sections on your eyelid, then the outer third is where a majority of the darkest eyeshadow shade should reside. Keeping with tip #2 (upwards direction) you can apply shadow in a 'c' shape, 'v' shape, or '7' shape just depending on the look you want to achieve. Just be aware that all three of those shapes need to follow an upturned 45 degree angle.
Tip #4 - Blend
I'm personally not a big fan of harsh lines, but it's particularly important with hooded eyes not to leave any. Like I mentioned above, you don't just draw a crease on your hood, you want to blend in the eyeshadow and create the illusion of a natural shadow.
Do this by using less product and a small fluffy eyeshadow brush.
Tip #5 - Curl Your Lashes
I know this might sound more like a step rather than a tip, but hear me out: your lashes are your secret weapon. While your eye might be in an epic battle with the hood for the spotlight, your lashes (when curled) can completely open up the eye.
List of Products that I used
I hope that this has given you some good insight on hooded eyes. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment box below!
If you like Franzi's complete look (dewy skin) then make sure you don't miss out on the next post!
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I am a professional makeup artist and licensed cosmetologist. I absolutely enjoy sharing hair and makeup tips to help you enhance your natural beauty. (Trust me, you're gorgeous.)