Guide: Eye Makeup Tips For Hooded Eyes

Hooded Eyes

If you have hooded eyes, you will understand the frustration of applying eyeshadow only for it to disappear when your eyes are open. There are some tips and tricks all you hooded eyed beauties need to know to make the most out of your eye shape. After reading through our advice you’ll understand what suits your eyes best, what to avoid and what you should defiantly be doing! It’s all about switching things up and using techniques to give the illusion of space which can all be done using makeup! We might even end up transforming your makeup routine… you can thank us later. So before we get started, you may be unsure if you do have hooded eyes. Check below to see if you match or can relate to the following:

What Are Hooded Eyes?

The crease of your eye folds over the outer corner, making your upper eyelid look smaller. It can sometimes make your eye look down turned or droopy. Hooded eyes usually make your eyelid look smaller.

How to know if you have Hooded Eyes:

  • If you can’t see the crease in your eye when your eyes are open then you have hooded eyes.
  • If you are wearing eye liner and can’t see the liner when your eyes are open, you have hooded eyes. This is because the crease of your eye folds and covers the liner.

 Celebrities Who Have Hooded Eyes:

Jennifer Lawrence, Taylor Swift, Megan Fox, Jennifer Lopez, Selena Gomez, Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, Amber Heard, Tyra Banks, Naomi Campbell, Emma Stone


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First Things First, Understanding Your Eye Shape

Grab a mirror and examine your eye shape, this will help you understand how much of your lid area you can see when your eyes are open. You can then get a better understanding of the best places to apply eyeshadow and eyeliner. For many with hooded eyes, a cut crease will do wonders! Read bellow to find out our top best tips and tricks all especially for hooded eyes!

Apply Mascara Properly

It’s all about making your lashes as curled as possible using different mascara techniques. Longer, curled eyelashes will open up your eyes and give the appearance that your eyes are less hooded than they are. A top tip is to hold the mascara wand horizontally and wiggle the mascara through your lashes to make sure all your lashes are coated evenly.

Step One: Choose the Best Formula for You
There is no ‘best’ mascara, of course there are good and bad ones but it’s all about what works best for you and gives the best results. Before purchasing a mascara, decide whether you want waterproof or regular as well as the colour; ultra-black, black or brown, if you’re feeling adventurous why not try a coloured one. The colour you decide on depends on the look you’re going for, ultra-black is the most impactful and dramatic, whilst a brown will give you the benefits of mascara but will keep things looking more natural. You should also keep in mind and ask yourself the question of ‘what do I want from my mascara?’ If you are looking to lengthen your lashes then opt for a lengthening mascara. There are plenty of options such as volume, lengthening, long lasting, 24 hour etc. A top tip is to check the wand the mascara comes in, different wand types will give you different results; a thicker wand will give you more volume whilst a thinner wand will give you more length.

Step Two: Wipe Off the Excess Mascara before Applying
Be sure the wipe any excess mascara off the brush before applying. If you don’t do this then you run the risk of clumpy lashes. However, for some this is the look they are going for so stack up them layers!

Step Three: Apply Mascara to the Lash Root
When it comes to application you want to make the most out of the mascara. It’s always best to start working from the root and towards the end of your lashes. By applying mascara to the root, this gives the appearance of fuller, thicker lashes! Keep repeating this step until you are happy with the amount of volume you’ve achieved. You can also use this method on your bottom eyelashes.

Step Four: The “Out-Up-In” Method
This method makes sure your lashes don’t all clump together and ensures they are more spaced out like your own lashes are. To use the ‘out-up-in’ method start at the outer corner of you eye, apply the mascara at an angle. This will pull the eyelashes up and out helping them appearing much longer. Next, move to the centre of your eye and pull the lashes up and move onto the lashes in your inner corner and pull them in. If you feel you need to be more precise in the inner corner then why not use the tip of the mascara wand?

Step Five: Apply Mascara to Your Bottom Lashes
Use the same technique as you did on your upper lashes, but this time on your bottom lashes. We recommend you use a thinner mascara wand for this as it will help you be more precise and prevent you from getting on your under eye. If you find this hard to do without getting mascara everywhere apply some cello tape underneath your eye or hold a piece of card there. This will prevent mascara getting on your skin and will go on the cello tape or card instead.

Eyelash Curlers

We recommend using an eyelash curler to take your lashes to the next level. Lash curlers really help you to achieve those perfectly curled eyelashes that mascara alone won’t help you to achieve! The best part is they take seconds to use and really make a difference!

Great, but how to use eyelash curlers? Use the curlers before and after applying mascara for the curliest lashes. Clamp the lash curlers onto your top eyelashes and hold for a few seconds, apply mascara and wait until it is completely dry and curl your eyelashes again.

Select False Eyelashes that Suit Your Eye Shape

What you should look for in false eyelashes when you have hooded eyes:

Mixed lengths: Your falsies should have a mixture of long and short hairs – this will open up your eyes.

Wispy lashes: These falsies will have slightly longer hairs in the middle of the strip – these will give depth to your eyes.

Best Lash Envy Beauty Lashes for Hooded Eyes:

 Luxury 3D Mink Collection: 

  • 1, No.2, No.3, No.4

 Luxury 3D Faux Mink Collection:

  • No.2, No.3, No.5

 Multi Packs:

  • #301, #304. #306

Avoid Harsh Eyeliner

Harsh eyeliner has the tendency to make eyes appear smaller. However, this does not stop you from wearing liner, it’s all about the technique! We recommend the smudging technique, this creates a less harsh line and allows you to apply eyeliner without it making your eyes appear smaller! In fact, smudging your eyeliner can actually help you achieve wider looking eyes! So, how do I create the smudged liner affect? It’s simple, use a pencil or crayon eyeliner rather than a liquid or gel liner (doesn’t work well with smudging). Apply the liner to your upper and lower lash line and use either your finger or a blending brush to smudge it out. Keep smudging until you’re happy with the results. However, be careful and smudge in small amounts as over smudging can make it look like you have a black eye!

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Use a Nude / White Eyeliner Pencil

This is a super quick and easy to do technique. Select a nude or white eyeliner pencil or crayon. A white liner will give you more of a dramatic finish, whilst a nude will be subtle yet still works wonders! Apply to both your upper and lower waterline. This will make hooded eyes pop and appear wider and takes only a minute to achieve this look! This works so well as give the appearance that the wides of your eyes are much bigger than they are. If you was to do the same technique but with a black or dark liner, it would brighten your eyes but not make them appear bigger.

Apply Eyeshadow Primer

Yes we are aware that when you’re in a rush it’s tempting to skip the eyeshadow primer. However, priming your eyes before applying shadow makes the world of difference. Not only will it make sure your eye shadow lasts all day and night but it also enhances the pigment in your eye shadow. When you have hooded eyelids, its common that eyeshadow moved about on your eyes and does last all day… primer will be your best friend so long as you make sure you wear it every time you wear eye shadow or eyeliner!

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Use Neutral Eye shadow

Eyeshadow is the perfect tool for enhancing those beautiful eyes of yours, it can help to create shape and dimension to the eyes. More natural shades of eyeshadow tend to give the appearance of a larger eyelid and darker shades give the appearance of smaller lid space. For those with hooded eyes, this is the perfect secret weapon! Apply neutral tones such as browns, bronzes, peaches and pale pinks these will enhance your lid space the most. We highly recommend a smokey eye using the browns and bronzes rather than blacks, greys and silvers. Make sure when you apply the eye shadow that you blend it out towards you brow bone, this will make it so when your eyes are wide open you can still see your gorgeous eyeshadow!

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Avoid Shimmer Eye Shadow Shades in SOME Places

Shimmers can really open and widen your eyes, they are also great for giving the appearance of larger lid space. However, be careful where you apply these shimmery shades. Avoid applying shimmer to in and above the crease of your eyes. This can sometimes make your eyes appear droopy and the aim is to avoid this! Apply shimmer shades to the inner corners of your eyes and blend out. We recommend you use a matte shade on the rest of your eye area to complete this look.

We have a wide range of different styles and materials to make sure we can match everyone’s lash needs!
Luxury 3D Mink Lashes – can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Lashes – vegan and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Luxury 3D Faux Mink Multi Packs – vegan, three pairs of lashes and can be worn 20 – 25 wears if looked after
Synthetic Lashes – vegan and can be worn up to 20 wears if looked after.
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