If you have hooded eyes, you’re probably all too used to having little space to create eyeshadow looks or a proper wing with liquid liner. You can even see it dripping all over because of your slightly layered eyelids.
But there are so many good hooded eye makeup tips that will always allow you to create beautiful eye looks. Take makeup artist Katie Jane Hughes, for example, whose Recent TikTok applying an eye-opening winged liner look has recently gone viral.
“There are so many absolutely gorgeous women with this eye shape – Gabrielle Union, Gigi Hadid, Kate Moss and Claudia Schiffer,” makeup artist and podcast host Rose Gallagher recount OK!. “The one I would really call out is Shay Mitchell, because her makeup is always absolutely flawless. I think she’s a really good example of someone you can always see really full makeup on with that eye shape. .
On that note, we asked Rose to share some of her best hooded eye tips to help you achieve great eye makeup every time. Consider this your indispensable guide.
Look straight ahead when doing eye makeup with your eyes open
We’re so used to doing eye makeup with your eyes closed that it might feel weird at first, but try applying it with your eye slightly or fully open, looking straight ahead. This will give you a better idea of the final look as you apply.
“We have this tendency to tilt our head back because it gives you a better view of your eyelid,” Rose says. “But actually, when you look from the front, you’ll have a better idea of what your makeup will look like when you’re sitting in front of someone.
“So many people get frustrated that their color is lost when their eyelid is shaped like this,” she adds. “But if you do makeup from the front, you won’t lose anything because you’ll still be looking at the finished angle.”
Outline your look first with eyeshadow, then go on with eyeliner
Rose says eyeliner is one of the most requested things when it comes to hooded eyes.
“The first thing I do is start building these wings with eyeshadow,” she says. “Then when you feel comfortable having the right form, you can retrace your steps with a dedicated liner.”
Choose gel pencils over smudged formulas
If you use an eye pencil, a formula that dries will really help here.
“The really creamy pencils are perfect for buffing, blending and using as eye shadow”, Pink tells us, “but when it comes to a hooded eye shape, you might prefer a pencil with a gel consistency, as they have a more solid finish.”
“You can also use a blending medium to get a longer lasting finish to your eyeliner,” she adds. “Peaches and Cream sells a blending solution [£5.95 here] which you can add to any existing liner or eye shadow and it will give it a waterproof, lightly lacquered finish. It certainly won’t budge, even if your eyelids droop where the eyeliner was applied!
Make the most of the space you have
It can often seem like you have to follow a specific “shape” when it comes to eye appearance, but there are no rules when it comes to makeup. “Go outside the lines, draw the shape where you want it to be rather than where it ‘is’,” Rose says. “And don’t forget to make the most of the space between the forehead and the top of the eyelid. We all have different eye shapes, but if you have the space, you can apply more color and use it to bring out your color.
Use your lower lash line to create a look that stands out
Who said eye makeup was only about the eyelids?
“We get so attached to what’s not there when we look at ourselves — whether it’s our hair, our makeup, our figure, whatever — and we forget what IS there,” Rose says. “With a capped eye shape, if you want to weave in color, remember you have all that space on your lower lash line.
“Use your pop of color below the lash line and you can still incorporate any type of color you like into your makeup.”
Consider your hooded eye makeup crash course complete!
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