4 Easy Tricks for Hooded Eyes

No (visible mobile) lid, no problem.

I have hooded eyes. I’m fine with it. Many people do.

In case you’re not familiar with the term, hooded eyes basically means you don’t have a lot of visible mobile eyelid space when your eyes are open because there is a little extra skin at your brow bone that hangs a bit.

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Celebs like Jennifer Lawrence, Khloe Kardashian, Blake Lively and Selena Gomez are just a few examples who prove that you can sport dramatic eye makeup even with a lack of visible lid space. It’s simply of matter of knowing how to work with what you’ve got. Read on for top beauty tips for hooded eyes.

Primer is a must 

This is non-negotiable. Not only are my eyelids hooded, they can sometimes get oily. I use an eye primer before applying eyeshadow or liner, and it keeps everything from sliding around on my lids, getting transferred to my brow bone or collecting in my crease

Brighten your inner corner

The key to making hooded eyes stand out is by creating dimension. Adding a bit of gold, white, or silver shadow will open up the eye helping it to appear larger.

Placement is key

On many non-hooded eyes, the crease is visible when your eyes are open, making it easy to contour and highlight the area. However, on hooded eyes, the crease is usually receded or hidden, making it a bit more challenging to create the illusion of depth. If you simply draw your normal crease line slightly above where your lid goes back, you can still create a look with dimension.  Just be sure to blend thoroughly so it doesn’t stand out too much.

Winged eyeliner

Winged liner is another fun way you can play up your eyes. Luckily, it that works well for anyone with hooded eyes. Extending your liner slightly past where your eye ends and drawing it up can make your eyelid look larger and more open.

Instead of winging your liner straight up at the outer corners, extend the line out past the crease of your lid, then draw your wing. You can also experiment with making the flicks curved or more sharp, depending on the unique shape of your eyes and your preference. The possibilities are endless so don’t be afraid to get creative!

I understand not all of these tips will work for everyone, but hopefully this helps in some way. Let me know in the comments:

– Any other tips you can share to help our hooded friends out? How do you do your eye makeup?

– Can we at the very least agree that, despite the minor annoyances, hooded eyes are sexy?!

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