The Ultimate Hooded Eye Makeup Guide

Time needed: 20 minutes.

Love the super glam, but don’t know how to do hooded eye makeup? Here’s a step by step on how to do hooded eye makeup. It’s really easy once you get the hang of it.

There are so many different types of eye shapes out there it can get overwhelming trying to figure out how to do your eye makeup. As pretty much an expert on the matter, I’ve decided to help you and provide you a video tutorial on how to do hooded eye makeup.

This is a great easy hooded eye makeup tutorial that shows you how to create a beautiful and sophisticated eye look inspired by the runway. Hooded eye makeup is something that can take some getting used to. You need to be extra careful when applying your eye shadow so that you accentuate your eye shape and make it look its best.

Hooded eyes are very charming and are greatly in vogue. They create a rakish look which is quite sexy. But it is not an easy task to have hooded eye makeup, unlike other eyes which can easily get all the attention of everyone. If you are also blessed with this kind of eyes, you will find it difficult to get some attention. Come with me if you want to up your game on getting the perfect makeup for your hooded eyes!


    The first step in applying eyeshadow is always to apply your eye primer, if you’re using one. Eye primers act a dry layer for your eyeshadow to adhere and chill in while you get ready for a long day of work or school. If you don’t use eye primer, I promise you that your eyeshadow will crease on your eyelid by the end of the day. This is why I recommend everyone apply an eye primer prior to putting on their eyeshadow.

    Apply eyeshadow to lid and crease. Sweep a light brown eyeshadow (or two) into your crease. You can choose to use a matte shade or a shimmery one to add dimension to the eyes. I like using a matte base because then I know that the other shadows will be super shiny, which is my thing.

    Your natural eyelid curves are most likely different on each side of your face, so creating a mask-like line that follows your natural creases is ideal. You don’t want to look like a character from an anime or a superhero. I also recommend lining your eyes with colored, waterproof eyeliner to give the impression that you have larger eyes than you actually do.

    Hooded eye makeup is when you apply a darker shade of eyeshadow on the eyelid and blend it upwards. This makes your eye make appear to be wider and bigger. This can also help for people with smaller eyes. It is recommended to choose a neutral or light colored eyeshadow for hooded eyes. Choose colors that are light and not too bold especially in the crease area.

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    The second step is to spread the eyeshadow. It creates a nice finishing touch for your look. Like in the example, you apply the eyeshadow towards the corner of your eye with a fluffy brush.

    Apply the lightest color on your eyeshadow palette onto the lid of your eyes and slightly up to the crease. This is going to be one of the most important steps because it adds definition to your eye shape, which in turn makes your eye makeup appear more natural and less harsh.

    You don’t want to put all the eyeshadow on one spot, you want to spread it out. Start at the end of your eyebrow and work your way up. You should put enough on that it can be seen, but if you do too much, just wipe some off with the back of your hand.

    Determine where the edges of your “eye” are to be placed, and where the edge of your eyelid itself should be. To do this, I like to use my eyeshadow as a guide. Hold your eyeshadow brush at the outer corner of your lid, and then drag it towards an imaginary point straight above your pupil. I find that this gives me a perfectly neat line, which is easy to work with when you begin defining the crease.

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    Once you have the basic placement of your eyeshadow done, you are ready to blend! Before blending, make sure that your eye makeup is completely dry. With your eyeshadow brush, start at the lash line and lightly drag towards the center of your lid. Then, do the same in the opposite direction to soften any harsh lines. You should be able to notice a smoother transition between darker and lighter shades of shadows.

    For blending, you don’t necessarily need an eyeshadow brush. A medium-sized flat eyeshadow brush is perfect for this duty. If you really want to pimp out your look, then get a smudge brush. I recommend a smudge brush that is firm so that it picks up the right amount of eyeshadow without picking up too much excess color.

    This step is where you’ll probably spend the most time. Choose a shade of eyeshadow that’s close to the same color as your skin tone, even if it makes the color a bit light.

    The key to a smooth application of eyeshadow is a flat, dense eyeshadow brush. If you don’t have one, pick a new one up! Dense makeup brushes will work much better than fluffy ones because they will swipe on the shadow more evenly and smoothly.

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    Next, it’s time to conceal the visible part of the eye. This is a bit trickier than concealing the lid because you’re working with two different colors and both have to blend nicely. This will be for the other half of the eye. Make sure that you choose a concealer that is for your skin tone. Go in with the concealer and blend it with the eyeshadow.

    Use a concealer for half of the eye. You probably shouldn’t go outside without having at least some concealing on your under eye area, so you’ll need to get used to it. A good concealer will cover up dark circles and other imperfections that would be distracting if they were showing.

    To achieve a bright-eyed look, it is imperative to bring some light to the eyes. This will give the illusion that they’re popping out of your head — a good thing! (In my experience.) To do this, use the tip of your ring finger to apply a tiny bit of concealer directly under the tear duct.

    For the under-eye area, I also use a yellow toned concealer. I like to apply under the eye after setting my primer and powder because it helps neutralize any warmth that’s peeking through, especially if you have yellow-toned eyelids or eyeshadow. A lot of people are afraid to use yellow under their eyes, but it actually brightens the area instead of adding darkness; just make sure your concealer is very well blended or pigmented.

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    In this step we will apply the eyebrow pencil to the inner corner of our eyes. This makes a contrast between the white that already existent in our eyes. This is a great tip for those of you with hooded eyes. Sculpting the face that is under your eyelid can make a dramatic difference in how your eyes look.

    Drag your eyebrow pencil to the inner corner of your eye. With the help of a mirror you will start shaping the tiniest bit; this is what provides the illusion that your eyes are getting bigger. Try not to exaggerate any curves because it may look like you are trying too hard. Continue shaping the rest of your eyebrow line and blend in very well.

    The lower part of the eyelid has a crease that comes into view as you raise your eye brows. You have to draw along this line if you want it appear real. This means that the drawing should be towards the center from the outer corner of your eye. However, there is no need to rub too hard with the pencil. All you need is to lighten the area and make sure that it appears natural. This tip may be subtle but it complements your features in such a way that it even makes your eyes look deeper and bigger in appearance.

    Dragging your eyebrow pencil to the inner corner of the eyelid creates a crisp contour between your eyes and your lower lids. The purpose of having a sharp line is to create an elongated effect.

    Credits @ardesb

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