Beauty and makeup trends are different for everyone. What suits one person may not necessarily look good on you. We live in a diverse world of features, each naturally beautiful in its own way. Just like every other part of the face, the eyes need special attention. There are many kinds of eyes, from round to almond to mono lid and hooded, and so on. Each eye shape needs a particular stroke and some special tips to enhance its look. You can’t apply the makeup trends of a round eye on that of a hooded one, it may make the hooded eyes look smaller and may not even work for them at all. I have hooded eyes. In fact, my right eye droops a bit more than my left eye and it's something I've absolutely hated all my life. I mean, who has different eyes? Freaks.. Okay, not really. But that's how I used to feel! Hooded eyes can be difficult to enhance, however, the following makeup tips have really helped me out!
Use eye primer
You can’t underestimate the power of a good primer. Women with hooded eyes know how easy it is to smear their makeup on their top lid. To prevent these smears and smudges it is best to start your eye makeup with a primer as a base. The primer will act as a stronghold and will hold the pigments together, preventing them from mixing together or getting onto the upper lid.
*I am using this Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in Sin.
Apply makeup with eyes open
You know when you apply makeup on your eye and it just disappears beneath the hood? Well, an easier way to avoid this is to simply apply makeup with your eyes open. This will provide you with guidelines that allow you to see where your eyeshadows appear. Now you can easily manage your makeup and be sure all your hard work can actually be seen.
*I am using this Morphe 35W palette.
Apply eyeshadow just above the eye crease
A great tip is to start applying shadow is to place it where you want your crease to be, instead of in the natural folds of your lid. This prevents all that color getting lost in your eye when you open them. You spend so much money on makeup and so much time applying it, so we better make sure people can see it!
To minimize the hooded effect you need to stick with some matte shadows instead of shimmers. Shimmery eyeshadows reflect light and can make the hoods look heavier than they really are. Stick with mattes to drive the focus towards your lower eyes for a perfect look. Now, if you really don't want to give up all of your glittery/shimmery shades, use them on your inner eye corner! This will make your eyes appear bigger, while giving you a more glitzy look.
*BTW, I am using these makeup brushes by Sigma.
**These are a more affordable set by BS-Mall that I really love too!
Flick your wing up
If your eyes are downturned, a wing will help counteract it. It will create the illusion that the end of your eye is going up instead. Make sure to use waterproof eyeliner or else you'll have the same effect as not using waterproof mascara! I know you're not supposed to, but I always tug a little at my eye when I'm doing my eyeliner. It's what works for me!
*I am using this Rimmel London eyeliner in 'Black Glamour'.
Don't go too thick
If you make your eyeliner too thick, it will make your eyes appear smaller and none of your eyeshadow will be visible. To others it will look like you covered your whole lid in black liner/shadow. Yikes.. You don't want that, do you? Now, if you would prefer not risk accidentally making your eyeliner too thick, you can just tightener your upper lash line! That way you don't have to use up any of your lid space so you can show off your work proudly. Again, I'm tugging at my eyelid and that's a huge no-no. I get it. 🙄
*I am using this Marc Jacobs Gel Eye Crayon in Blacquer - Black.
Always use waterproof mascara
Waterproof makeup should be your best friend! Having a waterproof mascara can completely change your makeup game. Other mascaras can stick to your eyelids over time and can really spoil your perfect makeup. As your eyelashes tend to touch your eyelids with every blink, some of the product will leave a black shadow on your lid. You wouldn't want that to happen, would you? What a waste! The best way to avoid it is by using a waterproof mascara with no fear of it coming off once dried.
*I am using this L'Oréal Million Lashes Waterproof Mascara in Black.
Wear wispy lashes
If you want to wear fake eyelashes, make sure to use some lashes that have the hairs spaced out. Wispy lashes are perfect because they will let your eyeshadow/liner peek through the spaces. Whereas if you opt for thick, dramatic lashes, they usually tend to completely hide any makeup on your lid.
*I honestly have no idea what lashes I'm wearing.. I had these in my used lashes pile.. Sorry!! I want to say they're the Amy lashes from Bullseye Lashes though?
Over the years I've come to love my hooded eyes and accept that they are beautiful. Like all the other types of eyes, there are special ways to enhance their beauty. You may dread them at first, or think, "OMG Conchita, you are so full of s***! This doesn't work!!". But keep practicing and these tips and tricks will allow you to create the most mesmerizing look to enhance your eyes. Give it a try and let me know if this post helped you out!