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A sexy smokey look for hooded and monolid eyes

Hooded eyes are probably the least favourite eye shape and it seems that doing make-up on them comes with nothing but trouble. Eyeliner is difficult to do and everything else you try just looks weird and makes your eyes look droopy. We’re here to tell you it’s not that bad. You can have hooded eyes and still make your make-up look magical. Here are some tips to help get you started!

Step 1: Prep and Prime

Hooded eyes are super prone to creasing, but there’s a quick and easy way to avoid eyeshadow bunching up and transferring - primer. Silicone face primers work just as well as eye primers, so if you’re a 2-in-1 kind of gal, give this a try.

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Step 2: Set with Matte

Set your primed eyelid with a nude eyeshadow, or go in with a slightly darker eyeshadow for a more dramatic look. This step can be quite messy; the blending comes later.
Setting your eyelid with a powder product will prevent creasing, the eyeshadow won’t look patchy and whatever you put on top will be much easier to blend. There is no reason why you shouldn’t prep and set.

Step 3: Build Up the Drama

Once you’ve set everything in place, you can start working on that seamless blend. First apply a metallic or shimmery eyeshadow to the middle of your eyelid, which will bring your eyes forward and make them look bigger.

Pro-tip: With non-matte eyeshadows, try to find out what kind of application works best for your particular eyeshadow. Glittery, shimmery and metallic shadows tend to work best when applied with a finger. Fingers warm the product up and make it stick better to the skin, giving you the best possible colour pay-off.

To make the look extra sultry, apply a darker eyeshadow from the middle of your lash line and outwards to the end. Blend slightly outwards and upwards from the corner of the eye to get some more lift.

It’s also extremely effective if you slightly lift the eyelid with your finger and work the dark eyeshadow into your lashes. No skin showing through means thicker lashes and bigger eyes.

Step 4: Blend for Your Life

You now have the placement of every separate eyeshadow right, but now it’s time to blend. Go in with a fluffy brush without any product and start blending by following your natural crease. The goal is to make the line between your skin and the eyeshadow look as seamless as possible.

Pro-tip: If you feel like this is taking forever (because sometimes it sort of does), try taking some of that bone eyeshadow you used to set the eye. That will help you get the perfect blend in half the time.

And remember, keep it light in the inner corner, and build the drama only in the outer corner.

Step 5: Connect the Dots

To really finish off the look, connect your lower lash line to the smokey flick on the outer corner. All you have to do is take a flat detail brush and take some of that same dark eyeshadow you used before.

Keep most product on the outer third of the lower lash line, and then with whatever is left on your brush, blend outwards and upwards. That will make the look more smokey and it’ll work better as a whole.

Step 6: Frame the Picture

With heavy eyeshadow looks, it’s a good idea to accentuate your brows as well. Pluck first to empty up the space below the brow. This helps lift the eyes even further, as it creates more space between the eye and the brow. Then trim, and fill in sparse areas with a brow pencil (for a lighter feel), or a brow pomade (for an Instagram feel).

Step 7: Foundation First - or Last?

With dramatic looks, switch up the order in which you apply products. Start with the eyes, get rid of the fallout, then move on to your face products.

Apply a thin layer of foundation and set. With a powder contour product, sculpt your face, then lift the cheekbones by applying blush right above the contour. Blend it all well together and add some highlighter to the tops of your cheekbones, nose tip and under the brow bone. And that is how you become a glowing goddess.

Products list


  • Lancome La Base Pro primer
  • MAC Burgundy Times Nine eyeshadow palette
  • YSL All In One BB cream in Medium
  • Sleek eyebrow pencil in 716 Light
  • She Glitter eyeliner
  • Urban Decay Naked Skin concealer in Light Neutral
  • Kevin Aucoin Sculpting Powder in Medium
  • YSL Blush Volupte in number 8
  • MAC lip pencil in Whirl
  • Carmex Classic Moisturising lip balm